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Windows 7: Recovery Partition FULL?


15 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Recovery Partition FULL?

Hey guys,

I just got a Dell StudioXPS16, and the very first thing I did was do a clean Windows 7 Ultimate install.

I set up 40GB for a Recovery partition, and the rest as the primary partition.

I've had the computer for a week. Windows popped up an error for me this morning saying the Recovery partition was full (4.3MB left).

I've never had a Recovery partition fill up before. Clearly, there is some setup issue then. What might it be?

So what should I do? I could increase the partiton size, but since it's a Logical drive and not a primary drive, I can't extend it into unallocated space.

Have you any ideas for me?

Thanks!


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15 Mar 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BAC5point2 View Post
Hey guys,

I just got a Dell StudioXPS16, and the very first thing I did was do a clean Windows 7 Ultimate install.

I set up 40GB for a Recovery partition, and the rest as the primary partition.

I've had the computer for a week. Windows popped up an error for me this morning saying the Recovery partition was full (4.3MB left).

I've never had a Recovery partition fill up before. Clearly, there is some setup issue then. What might it be?

So what should I do? I could increase the partiton size, but since it's a Logical drive and not a primary drive, I can't extend it into unallocated space.

Have you any ideas for me?

Thanks!

How ofter are you running backup? How big is the OS partition? is there anything being backed up?
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16 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

The OS partition is 426GB. I have the OS on the same partition as all of my files and stuff. I'm beginning to think that might not have been a good idea, but I have always done it that way.

I think I found the problem. In backup settings, I had it backing up all of my files... including the dozens of GB of movies and stuff that I have.
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16 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Hi BAC5point2,
Just make sure you dont backup to your recovery partition. The reason Dell put that partition there is to let you restore the computer to factory default should something go wrong with your OS. It is not meant to be written to.
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16 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

When I reinstalled the OS, I deleted the factory partition. I then created my own partition and made my own system image for it. But, when I made that image, apparently it attempted to copy ALL of the files I had loaded onto the computer.

I simply disabled that, and had it make a new "known good" image to store to the Recovery partition that I created.
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16 Mar 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It is a good practice to have the data in a seperate partition. Apart from the security aspect, that gives you the option to backup your system at different intervals than the data - depending on the frequency of change. But backing up to the same disk drive is not such a swift idea. What if the drive goes south?
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12 Sep 2010   #7

vista home 32
 
 
Partion Image

Hi Bacpoint2,

how did you create an image to your hdd and place it on your other partiton. The reason why I am aking is because everytime i have any issues with my pc i have to reinstall windows and the software which is time consuming. Is there a free software that i can install to take an imange of my HDD so I can use it to reinstall my OS and Apps?

Thanks in anticipation
Adrian
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12 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Macrium Free Editon will do this.
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12 Sep 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello adrianlee, welcome to Seven Forums!





Have a look at this tutorial at link below.

Imaging with free Macrium
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13 Sep 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

See if you can make your Recovery disks off the partition if Dell allows this. Then use free Partition Wizard to enlarge the partition slightly, making sure nothing further is allowed to write to it. If you have the Recovery Disks you can also delete it if you want to recover the HD space.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup - Windows 7 Forums.URL
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