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Recovery Space used on New Computer


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I just bought a brand new laptop today. I have been using it and familiarizing myself with it. I noticed it has 17.0 gb on Recovery (D) and there is only 2.45 left. How can that be on a brand new computer?
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The recovery partition is just that. It holds the image for your system as it was brand new. That partition is not used for anything other then the specified reason above.
Your main partition C is where everything you download, install and do is located there.
The recovery partition is never used unless your system fails and you need to bring it back to factory defaults. To check it try this.

Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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i hope i did this right.

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Yep you did. You can see that the C drive is 448 gigs which is your main drive.
The D drive should never change in size unless it is manually changed. Now since this is a laptop there should have been a warning in the first part of the user manual that says something to the affect that you should create a set of recovery disks for your system before doing anything else. This is a safe guard so that in case you lose your hd you have a second recovery set of disks to bring your system back without having to purchase a new OS disk or Recovery disks from the manufacturer of the laptop.
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There was no manual telling me what to do. So now I know I have to do a backup of the system and then do a recovery disc. I have to purchase blank dvd's tomorrow. I haven't had a new computer let alone a laptop in several years, so I am learning Windows 7 and other things. It just worried me at first when I saw that space had been taken up. I thought, wait a minute is this a used computer they put in the box. LOL Silly me. Thank you so much for easing my mind.
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You are very welcome and I'm glad I have been able to ease your mind.
That recovery partition is on every laptop made now since there is no recovery disks sent with the systems anymore. This saves the manufacturer and you as the consumer money in the end.
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There was no manual telling me what to do.


It maybe available as a download from the manufactures website.

Edited by iammykyl, 21 February 2011 - 10:38 PM.

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It most likely has a manua on the computer but being so excited I turned it on didn't look. I will make my back up disc today and go through my tutorials. Thank you so much again.
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No problem and let us know if there is anything else we can help with. Thank you for using GTG for your source of assistance. :D ;) :D :D
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