low empty space on recovery (D)

September 18, 2008 at 21:01:58
Specs: xp home edition, pent 4 - 2 gigs
Last week my computer crashed and I had to load the xp home edition that I got from staples. Ever since then every time I download something from the internet it wants to put it on the recovery drive which is only a little over 5 gigs and not the drive (C) which is 160 gigs, now I'm getting bubbles popping up telling me low empty space on recovery (D) saying it's critical. I tried manually moving things to (C) but I ran out of things to move, I tried disk clean up, that don't work, registry repair, ccleaner and defraging. My problem is this I want my computer to start putting files on drive (C) my hard drive and to free up space on drive (D) how do I do this?

160 hd
2 gig memory

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September 18, 2008 at 22:00:25
You can add a line to your registry to disable the low disk space message, but that's not going to help much.

It sounds like you installed Windows on the D partition, not the C partition.

Go to System Information
(Start - Run - type: msinfo32 , click OK or press enter)
On the right side of the resulting screen, what does it say your
Windows Directory is??

If it says D:\Windows, you installed Windows on the wrong partition.

What you do next depends on whether you have some data on the C partition you would rather not lose.

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September 18, 2008 at 22:49:10
yes it's on the d drive, my music and pics are on back up disks and everything else can be down loaded from the internet. Now what do I do and how do I solve this?

160 hd
2 gig memory

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September 19, 2008 at 10:31:02
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You said "Last week my computer crashed...."

That's a very vague description.
What were your symptoms?
The more description you provide, the better.

There are what is called rogue anti-malware programs being encountered frequently by people these days - they make it appear your computer is severly infected with malware, but the symptoms are FAKED - that situation can be fixed without you having to re-load Windows from scratch.

Your provided specs mention T5048.
I did a search with that - from the "hits" I got I assume it's an emachines T5048 tower (desktop) system.

If that's what you have, a search on the web finds:
- Specs and downloads:
- Hard Drive: 160GB (7200rpm, 2MB cache) -but it doesn't say whether it is IDE or SATA
- Operating System: Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005

- I found this elsewhere:
"The eMachines T5048 comes with an aging 3.06GHz Pentium 4 524 processor, 512MB of shared DDR memory, a 160GB, 7,200rpm EIDE hard drive, and integrated ATI graphics."

So it probably has an IDE (EIDE) hard drive, and your system would work better with your 2gb of ram.

If it had a SATA hard drive that may have complicated running Windows Setup, but since it's EIDE (I assume you have not replaced the original hard drive with a SATA one) running Setup should be straight forward.

Emachine systems are well known to use el-cheapo power supplies that tend to become defective more often than average, and if the PS fails completely, it is more likely than average the PS will damage somrthing else, often the mboard. This is especially likely if the PS is the BESTEC brand.

I mention that because when a PS is starting to fail, you often get symptoms that come and go - the computer may boot fine most of the time, but sometimes it won't boot all the way, or it won't boot at all.

Check your PS.
See response 4 in this:

You should make sure your hard drive is okay before you do anything else - otherwise anything you do may be a waste of your time.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself is fine, if there are problems found with the data on the drive, those data problems can be fixed one way or the other.

There are at least two ways you can go about fixing your problems.
- you could try a procedure that will attempt to Repair the existing XP installation on C, without you losing your personal settings and the data that you have added yourself to C. If you go that route, that procedure takes an hour or so to run, and you will see whether or not it was it was successful right away after it is finished. If it is successful, you do a few more things, and continue using your Windows installation pretty much the way it was before.
- if that procedure doesn't fix enough of your problems, you could run a regular Windows Setup procedure again, which will delete the existing contents of C. You should back up whatever else you don't want to lose that is on C before you do that procedure.
E.g. If you kept email on your computer, rather than using an online email program such as Hotmail, if you used Outlook Express or Outlook or some other email program that stores email on your computer, you can back up essential personal email related stuff from that.

I'm assuming you have only one hard drive, whether internal or external - if you have more than one, disconnect the other(s) while doing this procedure.

Repair you existing Windows installation on the first partition, up to this point assigned C.

Many call this a Repair "Install" procedure, but I think it's more appropriate to call it a Repair "Setup" procedure, because what it does is run Setup again without deleting the contents of the partition Windows is on.

An XP Repair Setup will (almost always) not harm your existing Windows installation, but it can only fix things Windows detects as wrong, and/or replace corrupted or missing Windows files that are on your original XP CD. In the case of drastically changed hardware, it will set Windows to the new hardware situation.

All regular XP CDs have this option available if they have SP1 or later updates included on the original CD. Since it sounds like you bought a new XP Home CD, it has either SP2 or SP2c (or another added letter rather than c) updates included on it.

How to do an XP Repair Setup, step by step:

The procedure is for XP Pro, but it's pretty much the same for XP home, and for XP MCE except OEM MCE has two CDs.

Repair the existing Windows installation on the first partition, C, NOT D!

The procedure takes less than an hour to try, and proceeds pretty much like a regular Setup does, except you are asked fewer questions, the drivers for your devices and personal settings are already there, and you probably won't have to Activate Windows at the end of Setup because it's already activated.

If your Windows works normally after the procedure is finished, you have to re-register some Windows Update related files (ask me about that), and you may also need to re-install your Windows Updates.
If you had malware on your computer before it "crashed", if it's still there, we can help you get rid of that.

You could then delete the data contents on D, because it's in effect unusable.

If that does not result in your Windows working well enough, you could run a regular Setup procedure.

A regular Windows Setup procedure.

I'm assuming you have only one hard drive, whether internal or external - if you have more than one, disconnect the other(s) while doing this procedure.

Insert the Windows CD in a drive, then boot the computer from the CD while booting. Most bioses are set by default to detect a bootable CD or DVD in an optical drive if present, and you will see something like "press xxx key to boot from CD" or similar early in the boot - if you press the specified key while that line is on the screen, Windows Setup will boot from the CD.

If no hard drive partition has a bootable partition, or if there is no data on the hard drive(s), or sometimes if the existing Windows installtion is damaged, you will not see that line "press xxx key to boot from CD" or similar and the Windows CD will boot automatically.

If you don't see that line "press xxx key to boot from CD" or similar, and if the CD does not start Windows Setup automatically, you need to change the boot order settings in your bios Setup, so that a CD drive is before any hard drive in the boot order - it does NOT have to be listed first, but it has to be before any hard drive. If you can set it to floppy drive first, CD drive second, hard drive third, that works fine for most people's use and you may never need to change the boot order again.

Windows Setup will load some initial Setup files.
When you see the first screen that asks if you want to Repair Windows, press Enter to continue on to Setup.
Press F8 to accept the Microsoft agreement.

The existing Windows installation(s) will be listed.
Press ESC to continue on.

DO NOT choose to setup XP on an existing item yet.

Choose to Delete the existing contents of the second partition D, then choose to Delete the existing contents of the first partition C (you may need to choose Back or similar to delete both.

Important - if you can't delete both partitions at that stage, quit Setup, boot from the XP CD again, and then delete the other existing partition!

Windows will then want you to partition the drive, then format it.
At this point you can choose to make a partition that fills the entire drive, but I DO NOT recommend that. I recommend you should have at least two partitions on the hard drive.
Choose a size for the first partition - the size is the "raw" size, the size before partitioning and formatting has used up some of the drive space, 1,024 mb per gb, or 1,024 kb per mb for a small partition.
The rest of the drive space will be unallocated space - that hasn't been partitioned and formatted yet - you can partition and format the second partition in Disk Managment after Setup has completed.
(Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management.)
If you want the second partition to use the D drive letter, do this before you partition and format the second partition - your optical drive is probably using that D drive letter when Setup has completed - you re-assign the drive letter so the optical drive uses E or a higher drive letter rather than D, which frees up the D drive letter for use by the second partition.

I recommend you choose to do a full format, rather than a Quick format - it takes longer but it thuroughly checks the drive for bad sectors.

Then you continue on with Setup and install Windows on the first partition.

DO NOT press the key to boot from the Windows CD while booting after Setup reboots the computer - Setup will reboot several times and complete fine without you having to do that - pressing the key to boot from the CD will cause Setup to start over from the beginning.

At the end of Setup, if your network adapter is able to connect to the internet, you will be asked if you want to activate Windows over the internet - answer yes - that should work fine.
If your network adapter is NOT able to connect to the internet at the end of Setup, you will need to get the network adapter drivers on another computer, then copy them to a USB flash drive, or a CD, then install them on your computer, then select Activate from your All Programs menu.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

In this case, you go to the emachines web site and get and load the drivers downloads found here:
- Specs and downloads:

If the main chipset drivers are not listed, you get them on the Intel web site in the downloads for your particular main chipset - which chipset that is is stated in the specs on the emachines web site. What you need is the INF Update Utility, and if the IAA is listed (Intel Application Accelerator), you need to download that too and install it after running the INF Update Utility.

If you choose to turn on the default Automatic Update settings at the end of Setup or shortly after that, Windows will update itself, but it will take at least several days, because by default the updates are installed only while shutting down Windows, only if you choose Turn Off computer, and they are not all installed in one session.
I recommend you instead go to the Microsoft Updates web page, it will install a few things necessary to update Windows Update, then it will list the SP3 updates - if you install that before installing other software, other than drivers needed for the mboard, SP3 updates will install without problems, and then when you go back to the Windows Update page after that, there will be only a few more updates you need to install after that.
It is perfectly safe to do that before you install anti-malware software, which is well known to cause problems with the SP3 updates installation.

According to the specs, your emachines system originally came with XP MCE 2005.

If you had bothered to make a Rescue Disk, or simlar, set of CDs as you are supposed to do by running the emachines supplied program already on your C drive in All Programs somewhere, while Windows was still working properly, you would have had a set of CDs with which you could restore the original contents of the entire hard drive.

You installing Windows from the XP Home CD has destroyed the original contents of the D partition, which you could have used along with a single Rescue CD made by the same or a similar emachines program to restore the original contents of the C partition.

If you liked XP MCE, and would prefer to use that rather than XP Home, you MAY be able to buy a Rescue disk set fron the emachines web site, or from the web, for your model - if you can buy one, it often costs a lot less than even an OEM XP Home CD.

If your computer case has the official Microsoft sticker on the ouside of the case somewhere with the Product Key on it, you can use that product key with a new OEM MCE set (it's two CDs, not one; the set costs more than XP Home but less than XP Pro, or with COPIES (preferably CD-Rs) of the two OEM MCE CDs. If you know anyone who has the OEM MCE 2005 set of two CDs, you can copy those (use "disk at once" or similar to copy them - otherwise the first CD will not be bootable, the one that is supposed to be bootable). Some people who built their own computer, or some who had a computer custom built for them, have that OEM MCE 2005 set.
If you go that route, there are bugs in the XP MCE Setup you need to know about - ask me about that.

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