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Old 04-10-2007
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Drive D (recovery disk) is full

we have a notice that keeps popping up on our computer. it states that our
disk drive d is full.
when we check on disk drive d it says that it has 60 MB available of 9 GB.
How do we get rid of this notice and should the drive be this large?

also while checking this out we opened system properties and under the
system protection index in the section of Automatic restore points it says
there are 3 available disks, one is recovery (D:), Local Disk (C:) (System)
and (C:) (Missing) this drive has a check next to it. Should this drive be
listed there with a check by it?


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Old 04-10-2007
Adam Albright
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Re: Drive D (recovery disk) is full

Well if you actually only have 60 MB left on a 9 GB partition it IS
full for all practical purposes. Since your D drive is just a recovery
drive and assume you're talking about some box computer you bought
from Dell or some other company the D drive's only purpose should just
be you last gasp emergency lifesaver and really not used for anything
except some last ditch effort to try to restore your system. The
question then becomes what if anything is writing to that drive and
why? I'll assume you weren't always getting this message and it is
something new that just started. I hope you yourself aren't writing
anything to it, if so, stop and move your stuff elsewhere on your
computer or you defeat the all purpose of having a recovery drive.
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Old 04-10-2007
Lang Murphy
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Re: Drive D (recovery disk) is full

Well, 9GB's is about two DVD's, so, yeah, I could see a recovery partition
being that large these days. How new is the computer? How recently has the
error msg been appearing? Since you got the computer or after X amount of

As to why system protection is showing what it's showing... can't speak to
that, although I will say that the check mark indicates the drives for which
restore points are automatically being created. I'd have to be concerned
that there were two entries for the C: drive and the one with the (Missing)
comment is the one having restore points created. That makes me wonder.

Again, is this a new PC? If so, have you called the vendor's support line?


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Old 04-10-2007
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Re: Drive D (recovery disk) is full

You asked how long I had the computor before the message started poping up,
it was approximately three Mo. I bought the computor in January of thus year,
my support has run out.
The reason that i didn't continue the support was because when I had it I
felt that when I presented them with this very same question the person that
responded to my question seamed to know little more then I did about the
problem. The answer he gave me made absolutely no sence. I had to wonder
where he was getting his info or even if he knew wher he was. Unfortunely he
didn't have a clue as to what he was talking about.
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Old 04-10-2007
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Re: Drive D (recovery disk) is full

This message started aproximately three mo. after we got this e-machine.
I just wish somebody could just tell me how to stop this message from poping
up as it is so anniying. I purchased it in January of this year.
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Old 05-10-2007
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Re: Drive D (recovery disk) is full

hi carl, just reading a few posts and came across yours ,this sounds like the
issue i had with my new laptop except for the missing drive c i found that
auto backup is set by default to backup to drive d (also my recovery partion
6gig)the trouble with that is there is no room for backups so i kept getting
messages saying "disc space is low"my solution was to turn of auto backup and
backup to dvd i now have auto backup saving to a external hard drive.This may
be the cause of your problem
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Old 05-10-2007
Paul Randall
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Re: Drive D (recovery disk) is full

I'm thinking that something is storing stuff on this drive, perhaps backup
On my Compaq, my recovery partition is about 5 or 6 GB and I have about 900
MB free.

A year ago I had very good luck getting online help with a WXP eMachine. I
used the online chat service through a dialup connection and allowed the
technician to take control of my machine. I believe you can use this
service even though your warrantee has expired, but I'm not sure. If you
try this, be prepared. Create a Notepad file with info like when you bought
the computer, when the problem started, and the size and free remaining
space of the drive. That makes it easy to copy info from Notepad and paste
it into the chat so you don't feel pressed to supply correct info faster
than you can type.

I had intended to ask you to post a complete directory of your recovery
partition, but on my machine, that is kind of a large amount of stuff to
post. Perhaps just post what is in the root of drive d:. Do this by
opening a command window and typing
dir /a d:
and hit enter. This should list 10 to 20 things. You should be able to
copy that info and paste it into a response in this newsgroup. Maybe
someone with an eMachine will spot the stuff that doesn't belong in the
recovery partition. To copy the stuff from the command window, right click
in the window, choose 'select all', and hit enter. The clipboard will now
contain the stuff, and you can paste it into Notepad or whatever application
you use to post to this newsgroup.

-Paul Randall
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