My recovery drive is full, but won't recover

December 1, 2010 at 09:17:30
Specs: Windows Vista, 9000dvs hppavillion/2g
I had a restore point saved on my computer, but I can't access it now, nor can I access any other restore points. I had just reloaded to factory settings and now I'm stuck without all the things I had before. It says that I cannot make another recovery checkpoint because the disc is so full (it says 5.97 out of 6 gigs) but I can't load one either, I've tried restoring and I can't even click on the option because it says I have no previous checkpoints, I also tried clearing the space on the drive by using the 'cleanup disc space option' but it still doesn't recognize that there is anything on it...
any clue if I can access the things on my recovery drive still?

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#1
December 1, 2010 at 10:29:04
"I also tried clearing the space on the drive by using the 'cleanup disc space option' but it still doesn't recognize that there is anything on it"

Please explain what the above means.

If you performed a factory restore then your hard drive should not be full anymore. Did you have a choice to perform a non-destructive restore? If you performed a destructive restore then anything that was on the drive is now gone.

Is the 6GB you refer to just one partition on a multi-partition hard drive?


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#2
December 1, 2010 at 14:20:10
"I also tried clearing the space on the drive by using the 'cleanup disc space option' but it still doesn't recognize that there is anything on it"

When I check the properties menu, under the 'general' tab it shows the amount of memory left and a pie-graph, showing used n' unused spaced, it shows just a sliver left of unused space, but I am unable to access any information on the disc. I've tried to defragment and check for errors but it says nothing wrong was found. I'm not sure what a multiple partition is so I assume it's a single.
The name of the drive is HP recovery drive
I performed a factory restore, but I had a recovery partition that didn't get wiped, or at least I presume, because all of the memory is still being used up


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#3
December 1, 2010 at 14:25:54
"I also tried clearing the space on the drive by using the 'cleanup disc space option' but it still doesn't recognize that there is anything on it"
Sorry, got carried away...
I tried deleting everything on the drive and it wouldn't work,
and it doesn't allow me to select the disc at the disc cleanup menu, only the recycling bin is selectable

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#4
December 1, 2010 at 15:32:25
I am still not clear on what you have and what you did. You say your partition is full but you can't access the files. Why not? Do you see folders and files or nothing?

Go to Windows Disk Management and post what it says there about the partition (drive).


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#5
December 2, 2010 at 01:42:37
you'd better give us the screenshot of the DM with the disk if possible and PLZ more details.

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#6
December 2, 2010 at 04:31:29
Sounds like you are trying to use the recovery partition. That partition should be left alone. Have you been storing stuff there?

You must have at least one other partition. Probably labeled as C. Is that full also?


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#7
December 2, 2010 at 12:15:56

couldn't get screen cap to play on messageboard, so I used an IRL from my photobucket

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/...
^^This is the image it shows when i attempt to access the memory partition in my recovery drive, I cannot find anyway to actually show the files in the recovery partition^

and this is the pie chart showing the memory use on my recovery drive

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/...

I wanted to restore/recover the previous restore points I made on my computer's recovery drive after I did the factory restore. But after I did the factory restore it said there were no restorepoints on my recovery drive, but the memory is still being used, and I am unable to use the drive to make new restore points. What I really want is to delete or access the information. So I can get my old files back or at least protect the ones I have.


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#8
December 2, 2010 at 12:22:07
What part of "this is a recovery partition" don't you get? You are not supposed to write anything to that partition and Windows does not include that partition in any restore points.
The recovery partition is there to return the computer to factory state. It has nothing to do with YOUR files.

I recommend that you remove any files you have placed on the recovery partition and then leave it alone.

If you need more storage space buy a second hard drive and install it.

Is your computer a desktop or laptop? Provide the full model number.


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#9
December 2, 2010 at 13:05:34
It saves all my recovery info to my recovery drive,
I haven't put anything on it BUT the recovery restore points
and only those because my recovery drive was the default option for all my backup saves...
how do I get what is supposed to be on the recovery drive off?...am I bein' retarded here?
GOD I hope I didn't delete everything for nothing...
D=

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#10
December 2, 2010 at 13:10:46
The recovery partition was placed on the hard drive in place of the manufacturer providing you with a set of disk to restore your computer to factory condition ifyou ever needed to.

That partition should not even be showing in Windows, although that sometimes happens.

Clarify something for me. Do you have an HP computer?


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#11
December 2, 2010 at 13:22:35
an hp pavillion with vista

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#12
December 2, 2010 at 13:41:24
Go to Windows Disk Management and post all drives you see listed. Include capacities and type (like basic)

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December 6, 2010 at 22:43:49

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