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I have had my computer for about 2 weeks,and it is already saying that the recovery disk is almost full. I also tried to reinstall Windows 7, but it looks like I have it installed twice. When I turn my computer on it comes up and ask for me to choose one to boot up. How can I get rid of it, and get my recovery disk back to normal.
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The recovery "disk"?

What is that?

Is it an actual disk, like a cd or dvd?

What I think you have is a recovery partition, which looks like a disk in the computer when you click 'Computer'. And I think 'System Restore' is turned on for that partition, which backs up files to the same partition.

If there is nothing you added that needs to be saved-

What I would do is reinstall Windows 7 from the recovery partition, which you already have done. But you checked the wrong options. It should not be another windows installation but a destructive one that replaces everything. It will delete both W7 installs and install a new one.

Once windows 7 is up and running, go to help and type 'System Restore' without the quotation marks. And it will lead you to the controls for it. Click on Recovery Partition and turn off system restore for that recovery partition only. There will be a button for advanced options. That setting is in there.

Well...that's a poor explanation, but I hope you get the picture.

There are 2 things that are very different.

System Recovery
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System Restore

Use the help in the start menu to learn what and where they are and what to do with them.

Your System Recovery Partition (looks like a disk, probably 'D') has System Restore turned on, therefore filling up that Partition with needless backups.
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I'm reinstalling windows 7, and it is asking where I want to install it Disk 0 Part. 1, Disk 0 Part. 2(Recovery D:) or Disk 0 Part. 3 (C:). Which one do I use?
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Not Disk 0 Part. 2(Recovery D:) for sure.

Disk 0 Part. 1 is where to put it.

Then that will be the first OS choice booting up.

Look in help again for 'Computer Management'.
Learn.
Look at 'Disk Management' in the list on the left.
This is where your partitions are.
You will still have two w7's.

Delete the partition that is not C: or D:.
The deleted partition will then become unallocated space.

Reboot.

Go back to 'Disk Management' and expand your W7 partition to cover the unallocated space. That may take some more learning from help.
If it's unallocated space you can make your primary w7 partition fill it.

Reboot.

Then let's see how it looks....

Edited by cmpm, 02 April 2010 - 03:34 PM.

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i'm going to try it again, for some reason it didn't do. It wouldn't let me delete anything under Disk Management
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it says it can't be installed on Disk 0 Part. 1 because it is reserved by the computers OEM.
This is really frustrating, it's not my computer, but I'm trying to help my cousin out with his laptop.
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