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Windows 7: D Recovery Drive full

22 Jan 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

D Recovery Drive full-capture.png

Looking at your Disk Mgmt screenshot, I don't see any reason D: cannot be deleted in Disk Mgmt and added to your C: drive. It doesn't appear to be a Recovery Partition, which is to the left of C:

The best recovery method is to save a Win7 Backup Image externally along with your backed up files.

Once deleted, here's how to extend your C: drive: Partition or Volume - Extend

If you want us to take a look at your actual recovery partition, then post back a screenshot of its contents after unhiding files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.




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22 Jan 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
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Looking at your Disk Mgmt screenshot, I don't see any reason D: cannot be deleted in Disk Mgmt and added to your C: drive. It doesn't appear to be a Recovery Partition, which is to the left of C:

The best recovery method is to save a Win7 Backup Image externally along with your backed up files.

Once deleted, here's how to extend your C: drive: Partition or Volume - Extend

If you want us to take a look at your actual recovery partition, then post back a screenshot of its contents after unhiding files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.

Greg, are you sure that little 1.46GB partition is the recovery partition. I know it says so, but it is too small to hold all the system files. Before we don't know what is in the D partition, I would not recommend to delete it.
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22 Jan 2010   #13
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gerrmcke View Post
A month ago I upgraded from Vista Home Premium to W7 Home Premium on my 8 month old Toshiba Satellite L300 ..now recovery d drive is full..only 7 gigs ..I guess the backups have been going there and have not removed previous backups ..now processing is slower and I worried about a total freeze.( could some components of my OS be there as well?)
I used the disk manager and tried to add space onto my d from c but only ended up with an unallocated partition of 20g's ..couldn't figure out how to add to D..

Is there a way to get into the d: and delete backup files ..or as I read in another forum.. do I remove the partitions letters for the d ? would that just make it one big c drive? ..would that effect computers performance? how can I get that unallocated partition back to c ..or to d ? I could sure use some help ..thanks, gerry
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The System Recovery partition contains the factory image of the OS and all the software that came installed on your computer when you bought it. It's there so you can restore the system to the factory fresh condition as a last resort if the system becomes un-bootable. Now that you've upgraded to Windows 7 though you may want to consider removing the System Recovery partition. I would do so as long as you have (or can get) System Recovery DVDs. You might need them someday if you need to reinstall the Windows 7 Upgrade, which will require that Vista be present on the hard drive.

Regarding the lack of space on D: this is a common problem caused by the Windows Backup program storing backups on D: by default. You need to go into the Backup program settings and either point it to a different drive (such as an external hard drive) or disable it. Then you need to delete the existing backups on D: - that will free up enough space to stop the low disk space warning.

I recommend that you undo the changes you made to the partition structure. Normally Windows 7 creates a 100 megabyte partition to the left of C: It doesn't have a drive letter and it's there for maintenance and repair. Your partition which is left of C: is quite a bit larger, but I wouldn't mess with it. You can stretch C: into the unallocated space to the right. You cannot move D: to the left into that unallocated space without special tools.

What's the story with the last partition to the right of D: that also doesn't have a drive letter?
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22 Jan 2010   #14
gerrmcke

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I finally got into D and it look likes its loaded with backups Here's a snip ..apparently there is imeg left of space..I didn't change the config so I wonder why the default backup was to D
Snip.............D Recovery Drive full-ddriveopencapture.png do I just delete the backups?
Thanks for the tip on Disk Managerment I'll check it out
Thanks to everyone for their help ..almost done


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22 Jan 2010   #15
gerrmcke

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Animal

BTW forgot to tell you ..Animal is the computers name
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22 Jan 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is exactly as I suspected. Your files were backed up into there because you did not change the drive letter. You now have to move those backup files to another place. Best is to an external disk or a big USB stick. You can also burn them to DVD, but that is messy and I would not recommend that. And next time you back up your files, change the drive letter from D to your external drive. If you do that, all will be good and your troubles are over.
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22 Jan 2010   #17
gerrmcke

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

.made extra recovery dvds....now that I can access D I see each BU is basically a repeat of all the content of the previous , same files, folders..before I could see D I tried to back it up with dvds but it seemed to be endless ..so I used a 16g pen drive and it filled up and back up was incomplete... Can I just delete most of the backup content ..all but the last or just delete common files from previous BU's ..I have changed my backup default to E dvd drive.. Thanks for the link to the partition video ..most helpful
I'll follow the tips
again many thanks gerry
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22 Jan 2010   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Do yourself a favor and buy an external drive. At this site you find good prices (provided you live in the US). The offerings at that site change daily. A PC must have at least 1 external drive, They are so useful. If you have a laptop, buy a 2.5" USB powered one. With a desktop I would prefer a 3.5" with it's own power. E.g. the 320GB WD for $59.99 is a reasonable deal. But Newegg (a very recommendable company) has deals all the time. just keep watching their site (newegg.com).
In the meantime, I suggest you just copy your own files to the 16GB pen drive. Just use Copy to Folder or drag them over. For your own files, 16GB should be enough. The system backup function copies all kinds of system files that you should not need there.
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04 Apr 2010   #19
dengen

Windows 7
 
 

A related problem. I just installed Win7 on a Vista machine (Win7 Pro will not install as upgrade). Now the D:Recovery drive is the default and all new programs go there. It's full, but C: has plenty of space. Why is D: now the default, and how do I change back to C:?
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04 Apr 2010   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Could you post a picture of Disk Management. Then we see more clearly what's going on.
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