Low Disk Space in Recovery "D" Vista OS

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Mart, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Mart

    Mart Guest

    My computer alerts me that I have low disk space in recovery "D". Recovery
    shows 1% of disk space left. How to I correct this. This is my first post
    and I'm a beginner at this.
     
    Mart, Aug 19, 2007
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  2. Mart

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Use Disk Manager to delete the drive letter and you won't see the alert again.

    Control Panel (Classic view) > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk
    Management
     
    Cal Bear '66, Aug 19, 2007
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  3. Mart

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> Mart
    http://www.google.ca/search?q=turn+off+low+disk+space+warning

    Short version;

    * Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
    * Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\
    CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer.
    * If it's not there, create a DWORD value and call it
    NoLowDiskSpaceChecks.
    * Double-click on NoLowDiskSpaceChecks, and enter the value 1, and
    press OK.

    (Insert your own "Editing the registry may cause locusts to spew forth
    from your computer" warning here)

    Unfortunately I can't find a way to do this on a per-volume basis, only
    a master on/off switch.
     
    DevilsPGD, Aug 19, 2007
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  4. Mart

    AJR Guest

    Hold on a minute Mart. By "...recovery "D". Recovery..." are you
    referring to a "Restore (Recovery) Partition" - did it come with the
    computer and is (D) labelled as such?

    Most OEMs (equipment manufacturers) include a restore/recovery partition on
    the computer. This partition contains "everything" on the computer at the
    time it was manufactured and is used to restore the computer to it's
    original state- in some instances a CD/DVD is also provided. Recovery is by
    booting from a CD or "Hit the F11 key...." message at boot.
    Some OEMs make the partition hidden and/or inaccessible to protect it.

    Documentation you received should explain your opriton regarding the
    partition - some OEMs fprovide a utility to copy the partition contents to
    CD/DVD and a means to "recoup' the space.

    If it is an actual restore/recovery partition you should not utilize it in
    any way (copy data, install stuff, etc.).
     
    AJR, Aug 19, 2007
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  5. Mart

    mayjacks Guest

    Hi. I know exactly what you are talking about. I too have a Vista Ultimate OS
    and when I click on "computer" and all the hardware shows up such as "C:",
    "E:", etc., there is one that is labeled Recovery "D:", and there is a red
    indicator showing the amount of space used (just like the green one next to
    hard drive "C:").

    At this time, The green one for "C:" harddrive indicates very little space
    is being used. However, the "D:" drive indicator is red, and is almost all
    the way to the end, which means I too, have only the "1%" of disk space left
    that you mentioned.

    I am afraid to delete these files and have found nothing about this disk in
    the system's book.
    please let me know if you find out anything about this disk. Thanks, Mayjacks
     
    mayjacks, Aug 19, 2007
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  6. Mart

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Your D drive is a Recovery partition set up at the factory to enable you to
    restore your computer to a factory shipped condition. You should have
    instructions to show you how to make Recovery DVDs from it, and then you can
    delete the partition if you want and expand the C partition to take up the
    space. You should not use this partition for anything.

    You can get rid of the low space alert by deleting the drive letter in Disc
    Management if you want. This will not harm the data.
     
    Cal Bear '66, Aug 19, 2007
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    Drob Guest

    I don't know much about this stuff but I do agree with AJR that Recovery D
    should not be touched. On my Dell that I have now and on my HP and Compaq
    that I had in the past, Recovery D came with the computer and you don't add
    or change anything on it, you just use it to restore your system.
    My question though, I have seen others post messages about thier D
    Recovery drive being filled to capacity. But how does it get filled anyway?
    Are people installing things into the D recovery drive? I have never had the
    size of mine change on me. It is 9.99 GB with 6.14 Gb free. So I was just
    wondering, why people have that happen, am I supposed to be putting back up
    things in there or something? Have I not been using this right all these
    years? Like I said, i really don't know much about this stuff, so I am
    asking. Thanks
     
    Drob, Aug 20, 2007
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  8. However, deleting the drive letter will cause the recovery environment (Win
    RE) to no longer have access to the partition. So if you don't have the
    data copied to DVD(s) and something goes wrong and you need to do a system
    recovery, you're stuck.

    This is the very reason the drive is left visible, else the OEM would have
    simply excluded a drive letter as they have for the other utility partitions
    that are most likely present, but unavailable when the OS is running.

    Mic
     
    Michael Palumbo, Aug 20, 2007
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    Crystal Guest

    Hi, I'm having the same problem. I finally got on the HP hotline :
    www.welcome.hp.com/country/contact_us.html

    All the data is going into the D drive and it is suppose to be going in the
    C drive. After talking with two technicians and not being able to find my
    folder with my name in this drive, I was told I would have to use the
    recovery disk that I have made after buying the PC.

    That means I have to transfer all my data to an external drive, do the
    recovery discs and then reapply my data. Vista still has bugs..........Hope
    the service pact will take care of them. Good luck phoning them, they are
    great.........
     
    Crystal, Apr 1, 2008
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  10. Mart

    davidjchuang Guest

    Hi, Mart. You did not tell us what OS (operating system) is your
    computer running. Vista Basic?,Vista Home Premium?, Vista Ultimate? Is
    it 32-bit, or 64-bit? You can look them up from your owner manual ( if
    you don't know how to do that on your computer ).
    Mine is a Home premium 32-bit. I have 2 hard drives and 1 "removable"
    DVD-RW drive.:)
    Hard drive #1 is called OS (C )which is a System drive
    #2 is called D: which is local drive
    The removable drive is self-explanatory. You know, for playing dvd and
    cd.
    OS (C) is where :)all my programs are stored, which is why it has 99.2
    GB of space.
    D: local drive is where my laptop uses for "files backup", and it has
    9.99 GB of space. If you have the same OS as I do, this IS the one you
    CAN TOUCH. You can delete files you don't want , if you know what you
    are doing. If you don't, and since you have only 1% of space left, there
    is one quick fix --- for now. It's by compressing what are in the D
    drive. Here is how : --
    1.) click START ( the logo at the bottom left corner )
    2.) a panel will appear. On the right side look for Computer, click
    that.
    3.) a window will show all your disk drives. Look for your D drive.
    Right click on that drive, and click Properties
    4.) you should see a pie chart showing how much free space it has left.
    If it is as you said (1%), look for the word COMPRESS, check the box in
    front of the word. You should see the pie chart has changed, giving you
    more space.
    5.) also, look for the box that says DISK CLEANUP, click that.
    6.) another window will show up, just click OK on that window.
    7.) a 3rd window will show up, click DELETE FILES.
    That's it --- for now. Do the disk cleanup on a regular basis. The rest
    is up to you to post questions and learn . Good LUck. Please post the
    result, thank you.
     
    davidjchuang, Apr 1, 2008
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  11. Backups always try to find a drive other than C because backing up onto the
    boot drive is just not sense.

    Whatever backup program you were running has looked for a drive other than
    the boot drive, but unfortunately has tried to stuff the files into the
    small amount of space needed for the recovery drive NOT to pop up low disk
    space warnings.

    Get yourself either a one touch backup solution or an external USB hard
    drive and Acronis TrueImage.

    If you can't afford this, use the backup facility in your CD/DVD burning
    suite.

    In the meantime, remove any files that you have backed up into your recovery
    partition. Be careful not to remove anything the manufacturer put there..

    --
    Mike Hall - MVP
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    Mike Hall - MVP, Apr 1, 2008
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  12. This is some of the worst advice I have ever seen in a newsgroup..

    --
    Mike Hall - MVP
    How to construct a good post..
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    How to use the Microsoft Product Support Newsgroups..
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    Mike Hall - MVP, Apr 1, 2008
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  13. Mart

    davidjchuang Guest

    This forum is for people to help and learn from one another. Criticism
    is counter-productive at best. If you disagree with my idea, point out
    the flaws of my idea, so that we can all learn. If you have a much
    better way to solve Mart's pressing problem, a way a "beginner" can
    understand and follow, tell him, so that he can benefit from your
    wisdom. So far, you have done none of the above.
     
    davidjchuang, Apr 2, 2008
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  14. Then you should look a little harder because I did give advice to the OP.

    --
    Mike Hall - MVP
    How to construct a good post..
    http://dts-l.com/goodpost.htm
    How to use the Microsoft Product Support Newsgroups..
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=newswhelp&style=toc
    Mike's Window - My Blog..
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx
     
    Mike Hall - MVP, Apr 3, 2008
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  15. Mart

    davidjchuang Guest

    What advice ? What makes you think he knows what is " one touch backup
    solution "
    What makes you think he knows how to do backup to cds?
    What makes you think he knows how to "remove" files? What makes you
    think he knows how to tell which file is which?
    Does the word BEGINNER means anything to you? Forgot how it was when
    you were one of those --- beginner ?
     
    davidjchuang, Apr 3, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Mike's advice was spot on.

    The problem with your "advice" is it came off like you really knew what you
    were talking about but it was totally wrong.
    It's good that you're willing to give advice but you need to do a little
    research before you do. i.e. The Recovery Drive should NOT be used to store
    any files. It only has one purpose which is to restore to factory condition.
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    [When responding to posts, please include the post(s) you are replying to so
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    [How to ask a question]
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
     
    Bob, Apr 3, 2008
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  17. Mart

    davidjchuang Guest

    Thank you, Bob.I am not trying to be arguementative, please tell me
    what is the difference of the following : --
    Mike said " Whatever backup program you were running has looked for a
    drive other than the boot drive, but unfortunately has tried to stuff
    the files into the small amount of space needed for the recovery drive
    ---"
    I said " D: local drive is where my laptop uses for "files backup----"

    Mike said " In the meantime, remove any files that you have backed up
    into your recover partition ---"
    I said " You can delete files you don't want ----". By that I meant the
    files that were backedup to the D: drive. I never imply putting/adding
    files into the D drive.

    I did say right from the start that my OS is home premium, and that I
    have 2 hard drives ; OS (C:) system drive, and D: local drive. My "
    files backup " always go to D: drive. Furthermore, I said in no
    uncertain term that if his OS is same as mine ---.
    So, please tell me where was I totally wrong. I am geniunely eager to
    know.
     
    davidjchuang, Apr 3, 2008
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  18. A visit to any decent computer store will reveal the identity of a one touch
    backup solution. They come with backup software.

    An external USB hard drive enclosure will also be found at the store, and
    can be a cheaper alternative to the one touch type..

    Backing up with a CD/DVD burning utility is covered in the utility's help
    files, very often in the form of a video tutorial..

    The best person for identifying the names of backed up files is the person
    who created them..

    OK. What you NEVER do is compress a recovery partition. In fact, it is not a
    good idea to compress ANY partition..

    You explained your machine configuration, but there is a 99% chance the the
    OP's machine configuration is not the same as yours, so any attempt to
    follow what you said would end up in total confusion..

    --
    Mike Hall - MVP
    How to construct a good post..
    http://dts-l.com/goodpost.htm
    How to use the Microsoft Product Support Newsgroups..
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=newswhelp&style=toc
    Mike's Window - My Blog..
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx
     
    Mike Hall - MVP, Apr 3, 2008
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  19. Mart

    Bob Guest

    I don't understand what you are saying.

    You claim to have two hard drives neither of which is removable. Did you
    install an additional internal hard drive? I think you are referring to the
    recovery partition as a separate hard drive which it is not. The recovery
    partition is on the same physical drive as C: drive.

     
    Bob, Apr 3, 2008
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  20. Mart

    davidjchuang Guest

    No, sir, I did not. It came that way. I click Computer, and the window
    will show :

    Hard Disk Drives (2) ________________

    (Icon here) OS (C:) ( showing total GB, and how many left )

    (Icon here) Local Disk (D:) ( showing total GB, and how many left)

    Devices with Removable Storage (1) ____________

    (Icon here) DVD RW Drive (E:)

    That's how I will see. I'm sorry, I have no idea about those smiling
    faces, I did not do it.
     
    davidjchuang, Apr 3, 2008
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