Low Disc Space on Drive D

Emachines T5026 desktop
January 8, 2010 at 17:18:08
Specs: Windows XP, 3.066 GHz / 1508 MB
A couple of weeks ago I thought maybe it was a good idea to make a backup cd(I have maxtor backup on my g drive but i thought to be safe instead of sorry). I put a blank disc in D drive and ultimately it was not large enough to back up on that disc - now i constantly non stop get a message "Low Disk Space" for drive D. Also since then my scanner is not working correctly and I can not sign on to AOL. It seems the scanner software is not connecting and the aol software is having connectivity problems - does anyone know how to resolve this problem. I tried scan disk and defrag on drive D - did not work. Thanking you in advance!

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#1
January 8, 2010 at 17:38:25
You stated that you "put a blank disc in D drive" & also that you "tried scan disk and defrag on drive D". Why would you try to defrag a CD/DVD drive?

Something isn't right with your explanation.....


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#2
January 8, 2010 at 18:20:32
I know maxtor can image a hard drive for making a backup.
The backup image is usually placed on a separate hard drive or at least in a different partition.

I believe there is an option to backup the hard drive on a daily basis........and this may be the cause of the disk space error.

It is still trying to backup to D:
Try opening maxtor and resetting the backup feature..to off.
Then make a new backup to G:

If you insist on putting the backup on cds you will then split the image into parts or do a disk span.....probably need 5 to 8 cds.

No thoughts on the scanner or AOL


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#3
January 8, 2010 at 21:08:53
Thank u both for your help. To jam: i made some huge mistakes. First thinking i needed the backup in the first place and 2nd thinking i knew what i was doing - apparently from what i could figure - I put a blank cd in the E drive but when i did the back up - i hit back up to the D drive (because i thought the d drive was the cd drive - i didnt realize that the d drive was another hard disc drive like c - ) so during the backup i was told there was not enough space so i just thought let me put another blank disc in (this didnt work obviously and nothing happened) and now I continually get the message "Low Disc Space" on d drive. So thinking i could fix the problem, I ran a scan disk and defrag on the d drive but it did not fix it obviously...so did i screw up so bad that it can not be reversed?? Did I answer your questions and clear a few things up ? Is there anything else you need to know to better assist me ? thank you again - I appreciate the help sincerely.

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#4
January 9, 2010 at 14:44:22
If you put the backup on D, then just delete it. That will free up the disk space.

LIR


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#5
January 9, 2010 at 14:52:10
Is it possible, the D partition is a Recovery partition?

As Jennifer SUMN said, delete the backup.

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#6
January 9, 2010 at 16:42:27
You two are right the D drive is a recovery partition so now I dont know what I did...but i do know this - i put a disc in the E:drive and attempted to perform a backup to the disc - there was not enough room on the blank cd and its been a horror ever since. The message "low disk space" constantly comes up for drive D. (so thats why i assumed i goofed up the download and might have did it to drive d) - but maybe not - alls i know is i get that message, my scanner won't connect and i can't connect to aol - so it seems to have interfered with the connectivity of these things - i just wish i can go back and reverse the damage i did. Thank u for your help so far - any other ideas?

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#7
January 10, 2010 at 00:49:13
Explore D, what is on there?

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#8
January 10, 2010 at 01:03:14
well when i double click D - it comes up as Recovery Partition protected by PC Angel - and states a warning that this area of my hard disc or partition contains files used for my system recovery. Do not delete or alter these files. Any chage to this partition could prevent ny recovery later. So how could I have possibly accidentally interfered with something on this disc drive to make it have low disk space ???

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#9
January 10, 2010 at 02:36:52
From previous posts, it sounds like you have tried to backup,
& by mistake you have saved to the D recovery partition.

Usually these are relatively small, so you have now nearly
filled it up. Hence the low disk space.

Pc Angel is the software to create this partition.

http://www.pcangelle.com/Default.aspx

I have tried googleing to find a way of accessing the partition
to remove the files you have added, but have had no luck yet.

My only thought at the moment, is to use a bootable cd, like
knoppix, to gain access to the D partition.

I'll continue to have a look, in the meantime perhaps someone
else has some ideas.

When you first got the pc, were you asked to create recovery dvd's? If so, you could use those, that would recreate the recovery partition & the C partition, to the day you bought the pc, BUT you would loose any installed programs & documents.

CAN you explore the D partition? After you get the message about altering files, can you see what is on there? Providing you don't do anything, it should be safe to explore.

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#10
January 10, 2010 at 11:06:05
thank you so much Clive for your input. Sounds real good - i will try what i can today and give you an updae when complete.

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#11
January 10, 2010 at 11:44:14
oh wow -Clive - my troubles are over ! Well at least for "low Disk Space" on D anyway :)
Normally I double clicked on drive D in my computers to see whats inside and i would always get the warnings that it was a recovery partition and that was it...or i'd right click and hit properties and get the properties. On your advice - i right clicked and hit open to see if i could see inside - and there it was - next to the rcovery folder - the back up - i just deleted it ! How simple was that !!! Great Job! Thank You

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#12
January 10, 2010 at 11:48:36
and also jennifer sumn - you had said just delete the back up - so simple right - but everytime i double clicked - i would get that pc angel recovery partition warning - but when i right clicked the d drive and then hit open from the list - there it was the dreaded back up - and then yes - just like you said...
"I just deleted it" !!! Thank you so much - the problem that disturbed me for weeks is over ! You guys are great!

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#13
January 10, 2010 at 14:03:55
Thanks for posting back


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