Solved change recovery disk size on recovery partition, windows 7

Dell Inspiron mini netbook with intel at...
August 16, 2012 at 07:16:06
Specs: Windows 7, 1 gb ram/ intel atom
I need to change the size of the recovery partition, as it is full. I've done the recommended going to system protection. clicked on the c:recovery drive and configure but the max usage is at the current 100% of 14.65 GB and won't let me increase it.

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August 16, 2012 at 20:16:16
I agree with riider, if somehow you installed Windows 7 Home on a different partition or possibly on the original recovery partition and left the original Starter installation instead of doing an upgrade, you need to either begin again or repartition what you have to make it work.
If you do not mind starting over, you can put in the upgrade DVD, choose custom and partition, wipe all partitions and start over from scratch. (after backing up personal files first of course)
Otherwise, follow riider's suggestion and delete all other partitions, move the installed partition to the beginning of the drive and expand it. Here you have another choice, you can choose to use the entire drive as one partition, or you can make that partition say 100GB for Windows and your main programs and the remaining part of the drive partition as storage for your personal files (format as NTFS). This is the preferred method.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
August 16, 2012 at 07:48:31
Is this a netbook computer? Saving backups to the C partition is a wasted effort. If the C partition is compromised you won't have any recovery files.

Post the brand, model, and hard drive capacity.

Did you burn the system recovery disks to an external optical drive?

You should be saving backup files to an external source.

If you are writing to the factory recovery partition you should NOT be doing that. It is there to restore your computer to factory state, if need be.


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#2
August 16, 2012 at 07:58:03
This is a Dell Inspiron Mini Netbook, which I chaned the OS from Windows 7 starter to 7 Home premium. It has an Atom processor, 32 bit OS and 250GB HDD. It came with a recovery disk with all the needed drivers.

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#3
August 16, 2012 at 09:27:40
Your initial post indicated you are backing up to a folder on the C: partition.

Are your actually referring to restore points?

The C: partition should be your boot/Windows 7 partition.

You need to clarify your intent. Is your C partition full? If so, what is the capacity of the C partition?


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August 16, 2012 at 10:28:47
Yes, I was referring to restore points, I do not backup to this partition. The C partition is full, with a capacity of 14.65GB. I can't see any programs stored there that would use up that much space. Being that I upgraded from 7 starter to 7 home premium, is it storing both Windows programs. When I start up, it asks which windows to run.

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#5
August 16, 2012 at 11:47:33
"The C partition is full, with a capacity of 14.65GB"

If you have a 250GB HDD, why is the C: partition less than 15GB? The minimum required for Win7 32-bit is 16GB. And you should NOT be putting anything in the recovery partition. It appears you need to repartition your hard drive. If you have no intention of ever reinstalling Win7 Starter, why do you even need the recovery partition? Wipe it & reclaim the space. Try using Easeus Partition Master Home Edition.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-za/...


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August 16, 2012 at 20:16:16
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I agree with riider, if somehow you installed Windows 7 Home on a different partition or possibly on the original recovery partition and left the original Starter installation instead of doing an upgrade, you need to either begin again or repartition what you have to make it work.
If you do not mind starting over, you can put in the upgrade DVD, choose custom and partition, wipe all partitions and start over from scratch. (after backing up personal files first of course)
Otherwise, follow riider's suggestion and delete all other partitions, move the installed partition to the beginning of the drive and expand it. Here you have another choice, you can choose to use the entire drive as one partition, or you can make that partition say 100GB for Windows and your main programs and the remaining part of the drive partition as storage for your personal files (format as NTFS). This is the preferred method.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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