Drive D (recovery disk) is full

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by carl, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. carl

    carl Guest

    we have a notice that keeps popping up on our computer. it states that our
    disk drive d is full.
    when we check on disk drive d it says that it has 60 MB available of 9 GB.
    How do we get rid of this notice and should the drive be this large?

    also while checking this out we opened system properties and under the
    system protection index in the section of Automatic restore points it says
    there are 3 available disks, one is recovery (D:), Local Disk (C:) (System)
    and (C:) (Missing) this drive has a check next to it. Should this drive be
    listed there with a check by it?
    carl, Oct 3, 2007
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  2. Well if you actually only have 60 MB left on a 9 GB partition it IS
    full for all practical purposes. Since your D drive is just a recovery
    drive and assume you're talking about some box computer you bought
    from Dell or some other company the D drive's only purpose should just
    be you last gasp emergency lifesaver and really not used for anything
    except some last ditch effort to try to restore your system. The
    question then becomes what if anything is writing to that drive and
    why? I'll assume you weren't always getting this message and it is
    something new that just started. I hope you yourself aren't writing
    anything to it, if so, stop and move your stuff elsewhere on your
    computer or you defeat the all purpose of having a recovery drive.
    Adam Albright, Oct 3, 2007
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  3. carl

    Lang Murphy Guest

    Well, 9GB's is about two DVD's, so, yeah, I could see a recovery partition
    being that large these days. How new is the computer? How recently has the
    error msg been appearing? Since you got the computer or after X amount of

    As to why system protection is showing what it's showing... can't speak to
    that, although I will say that the check mark indicates the drives for which
    restore points are automatically being created. I'd have to be concerned
    that there were two entries for the C: drive and the one with the (Missing)
    comment is the one having restore points created. That makes me wonder.

    Again, is this a new PC? If so, have you called the vendor's support line?


    Lang Murphy, Oct 4, 2007
  4. carl

    carl Guest


    carl, Oct 4, 2007
  5. carl

    carl Guest

    You asked how long I had the computor before the message started poping up,
    it was approximately three Mo. I bought the computor in January of thus year,
    my support has run out.
    The reason that i didn't continue the support was because when I had it I
    felt that when I presented them with this very same question the person that
    responded to my question seamed to know little more then I did about the
    problem. The answer he gave me made absolutely no sence. I had to wonder
    where he was getting his info or even if he knew wher he was. Unfortunely he
    didn't have a clue as to what he was talking about.
    carl, Oct 4, 2007
  6. carl

    carl Guest

    This message started aproximately three mo. after we got this e-machine.
    I just wish somebody could just tell me how to stop this message from poping
    up as it is so anniying. I purchased it in January of this year.
    carl, Oct 4, 2007
  7. carl

    marty Guest

    hi carl, just reading a few posts and came across yours ,this sounds like the
    issue i had with my new laptop except for the missing drive c i found that
    auto backup is set by default to backup to drive d (also my recovery partion
    6gig)the trouble with that is there is no room for backups so i kept getting
    messages saying "disc space is low"my solution was to turn of auto backup and
    backup to dvd i now have auto backup saving to a external hard drive.This may
    be the cause of your problem
    marty, Oct 4, 2007
  8. carl

    Paul Randall Guest

    I'm thinking that something is storing stuff on this drive, perhaps backup
    On my Compaq, my recovery partition is about 5 or 6 GB and I have about 900
    MB free.

    A year ago I had very good luck getting online help with a WXP eMachine. I
    used the online chat service through a dialup connection and allowed the
    technician to take control of my machine. I believe you can use this
    service even though your warrantee has expired, but I'm not sure. If you
    try this, be prepared. Create a Notepad file with info like when you bought
    the computer, when the problem started, and the size and free remaining
    space of the drive. That makes it easy to copy info from Notepad and paste
    it into the chat so you don't feel pressed to supply correct info faster
    than you can type.

    I had intended to ask you to post a complete directory of your recovery
    partition, but on my machine, that is kind of a large amount of stuff to
    post. Perhaps just post what is in the root of drive d:. Do this by
    opening a command window and typing
    dir /a d:
    and hit enter. This should list 10 to 20 things. You should be able to
    copy that info and paste it into a response in this newsgroup. Maybe
    someone with an eMachine will spot the stuff that doesn't belong in the
    recovery partition. To copy the stuff from the command window, right click
    in the window, choose 'select all', and hit enter. The clipboard will now
    contain the stuff, and you can paste it into Notepad or whatever application
    you use to post to this newsgroup.

    -Paul Randall
    Paul Randall, Oct 4, 2007
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