Low disc Space in Recovery D - error message?

August 2, 2009 at 02:40:01
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium
"Low disc space in Recovery D" message keeps appearing. D, which shows 9.95 GB used and 45.2 Mb left, contains the following items - Dell(Make); (My Name) Back up Set 2009-03-06;Programme Files 19.01.2008;Internet Explorer 19.01.2008; Sources (en - us 5.2.2008, Recovery 6.01. 2009; Tools; Users (Docs.Downloads Music Pictures, Videos 19.1.08.) Windows. Media D bin 6.3.2009 - 1kb. System Restore point is NOT ticked. Can you verify whether this message an error? I found instructions on the Internet to try removing the message by going into the Registry (details of which I can post in another message if required) but I am not sure it is safe for me to do this - I am a comparative beginner and don't want to cause myself further problems re: System Recovery if needed.

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August 2, 2009 at 05:46:53
I am a comparative beginner and don't want to cause myself further problems re: System Recovery if needed.

Bad news for you.

Once you started to store files & folders on a Recovery partition you in effect have lost the use of the computer System Recovery option. System Recovery partition is coded to make use of all of the assigned HDD space in order to properly decompress files during the recovery process.


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August 2, 2009 at 14:41:59
Not 1 to disagree with anyone, especially such as expert as you Xpuser, But I have the exact same problem but without the messages.
My laptop has files that my son stored on the recovery drive, and even though it's empty (except the recovery portion obviously), it shows red and only 43Mb left. Yet I have done 2 full/clean system recoveries with that drive.
I'll also add, that considering the restore is my only allowed recovery, I am too scared to attempt putting the driveback to normal as

A: I don't know how,
B: Even though it's in a bad way, it isn't broke, so I don't want to fix it without a garauntee that the drive will be normal again.

Apologies for not knowing a decent answer for the poster, but I will follow this thread to see if we can put our drives back to normal.

ps: My son is now banned from any pc except his own now lol.
He can mess his own computer up, and find his own way out of his hole hee hee.

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August 3, 2009 at 03:31:22

"Further to my first message re: low disc space. I am using Vista Home Premium, Dell Studio 1737. I have not knowingly directed anything to the D drive (I know it is for Recovery to factory state in view of a catastrophic failure.) Opening that drive gives the following: The Dell folder contains 4.41 GB, My name-PC - O bytes, Programme Files 6.62 MB, Sources 1.09 MB, Tools 1.50 MB, Users O bytes, Windows - larger than 38.1 MB, MedialD bin 528 bytes. ICan anyone confirm those look about right and that it is the message that is in error? ">

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August 3, 2009 at 19:31:08
You should do as it saids. Never mess with the recovery partition. Also make your Recovery DVD'S and I will add this. Most HP/Compaq systems if you put in a new drive or write 0's and delete all partitions the recovery CD or DVD will rebuild the Recovery partition. That is one reason I like HP/Compaq. I like to have both the CD'S and the use of a partition recovery incase I am away from home. And I will add this when you do the 0's or a new drive and use the HP/Compaq recoivery CD'S it takes longer because it has to build both partitions. I don't care what anyone saids HP/Compaq are the best.

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September 29, 2009 at 07:44:53
My Low Disk Space Recovery D message starting popping up after I loaded another Windows Vista program because some programs were accidentally deleted from my factory installed Windows Vista. After I did that the first screen I get is a black one that says Diskette Drive 0 seek failure and below that Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup. Because I know nothing about the set up page, definite novice, I press the F1 and get to choose between two different Windows Vista Programs. One I lost all my files the other, the files are there. So I choose that one and then when I log on to use it that's when I get the Low Disk Space Recovery D popup. I have repeatedly done disk cleanup but it doesn't remove the issue and I don't have any programs listed that I can remove when I'm sent to that page to free up space. Any ideas on how to fix these issues and get rid of that irritating pop-up.

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September 29, 2009 at 10:22:26
I am wondering if when you installed the second instance of Vista that it installed to the recovery partition and that is why you are now out of space. I don't think it is possible to install two copies of vista to the same partition which is why I believe it may have installed to the recovery partition. Can you confirm this? Does your C: drive have two Windows folders or is there one on C: and one on D:?

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