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Windows 7: Low Space Problem

23 Jul 2010   #21

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

I think what the OP should do is check if that recovery partition works or not by pressing F10 (or R or whatever Compaq machines want) at boot. Then if the system boots into recovery or prompts to recover, the recovery partition should be fine.

After that, turn off system restore for the recovery partition (if not already done) and disable the low disk space notifications. That can be done in the registry or through tools like tweaker.

Of course, if the recovery partition is screwed, best to image.

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23 Jul 2010   #22
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Compac is probably like HP which is F11 to get into the recovery partition. I think you are right, a test would not hurt. But I am still puzzled how he can get a low disk space notification if there is only the recovery folder. Maybe the OP can clarify that by running WinDirStat on that partition. He could, of course, extend the D partition by a few GBs from C with Partition Wizard Home edition. But only if he feels comfy doing that.
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23 Jul 2010   #23

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


First read the article from HP which was referenced in a previous post.

Personally, I do not expect that this will solve the problem.

Since recovery disks can be obtained from HP (I myself had an HP and did just that as a safety measure.), then my recommendation is:

Use Disk Managment and right-click on the D drive,
choose Format and let your D drive be formatted.

This will solve your space problem.

Incidentally, you C drive is of more than adequate size.
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23 Jul 2010   #24

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

The backup files are getting saved inside recovery thats why OP sees nothing else. Actually, AFAIK, the backup files are easily identified because of their naming conventions. A typical folder and file name would be D:\<PC Name>\Backup Set <Date and Time>\Backup Files\Backup

In the folder along with the backed up files there should be a subfolder named Catalog . That contains information about what a recovery program will need. To reclaim the space taken up by the backed up files, OP should just identify and delete the unwanted backup files in the \Backup Set and \Catalog folders.
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23 Jul 2010   #25

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kped814 View Post
I have attached screen shots for Disk Managment, My Computer and Recovery Partition.

Attachment 86926

Attachment 86927

Attachment 86928
Can you post a screenshot of the inside of Recovery folder.
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23 Jul 2010   #26
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

And what is the size of the folder called "Recovery" - check in Properties.
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23 Jul 2010   #27
Microsoft MVP


OP, in case you are confused by now: You need to unhide Hidden files at Control Panel>Folder Options>View, then post up a screenshot of your recovery partition folders.

If only Recovery folder shows again, then double click on it ignoring warnings so you can display files.

Use SNipping Tool in Start Menu, make sure to include all folders by making folder full screen, scrolling if necessary to post second screen shot.

Your choices here are to work with us to find and delete the files (likely backup) that are bloating your D partition, or to rely on your Recovery Disks and format D to use for backups going forward. However it isn't recommended to delete a Win7 Recovery Partition if it will run, which you should also test.
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