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hi geeks2go,

i was hoping some of you could help me with a little problem with my system.
every time i boot up, as soon as the taskbar has loaded, i get a small
window pop up with the following message:

- low disk space
- you are running out of diskspace on drive presario_rp (d:)
- to free space on this drive by deleting old or
- unnecessary files, click here.

which gives the following window:

- choose which files to clean up.

when i click on it the only files option it gives to delete is:

- recycle bin (0 bytes)
- total amount of disk space you gain (0 bytes)

when i go to start\computer it shows that i have:

- local disk (c:) 41.7 gb free of 69.3 gb

- presario_rp (d:) 13.0 mb free of 5.16 gb

when i look into presario_rp(d:) drive, the only folders/files in there are:

- 'backup set 2007-07-04',

which contains loads of backup files all dated 2007-07-04.
and something called:

- 'global catalog' (of type: windows backup).

which when clicked
opens up backup status and configuration window

also something called 'recovery' which when clicked gives the
following message:

- recovery partition

- warning!

- this area of your hard drive
- (or partition) contains files used
- for your pc recovery

- do not delete or alter these files

- any change to this partition could
- prevent any recovery later.

plus two other files called:

- 'drecovery' and 'MedialD.bin'

it doesn't occur to me to be a good idea to delete any of this
but when i try to create a restore point it fails, saying:

- insufficient storage available to create either the shadow
- copy storage file or other shadow copy data (0x8004231F).
- please try again later.

so what i dont want to do is to start messing about trying to
repartition the drives without first creating a restore point.
which i cant do until i have freed up some memory in the (d:)
drive. bit of a vicious circle thing going on here.
what i dont get, is why the (d:) drive is showing as so full,
especially as it has been doing this since soon after i got
the machine in about may 07. and for as long as i can remember,
i have never been able to create a restore point either.
when i went onto mobile broadband about a year ago i had trouble
getting the software to install and had to revert the machine
back to factory settings as it was clashing with software i had
installed before, but i do not want to have to do this again as i
have a lot more stuff on here now than i had then(its a lot more
important to me, too).

do any of you have any ideas?

maybe if i did delete the backup files from 2007, because that wouldn't
be any differant to reverting back to factory settings again.

i would like to be able to create a restore point now, in case something
was to happen in future.

thanks in advance!

Edited by jhn-e-bee, 08 June 2009 - 05:14 PM.

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You will often get this message about the D: drive - but it's safe to ignore.
The D: drive is your Presario_RecoveryPartition. It's created nearly full so that you won't add anything to it (so that you won't mess it up).

System Restore is nearly useless on it, as there's no registry settings to be preserved, and very little of the files will be preserved by system restore (not enough to recreate the partition).

The best way to "back it up" is to create the Recovery Disks for your system. That'll ensure that you can restore the system even if the Recovery Partition is inaccessible. In the event that you don't create the Recover Disks you can order them from HP/Compaq for about $20 (last I checked) and you'll get them in 4 or 5 days.

You could image the partition to another location, but it'll have to be reset so that the BIOS acknowledges it when (and if) you try to restore the system.
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As usasma said, it safe to ignore the warning.
If you still find it annoying, you have only two options:
1. Hide that partition from Vista - http://www.vistax64....ning-vista.html (method one)
2. Disable the warning for all drives altogether (same link, method two)
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hi geeks to go!? You are saying to just ignore the notice but the thing is (I have the same problem with my D: drive being full) and I and my siblings enjoy playing the sims 2 and originally I had all the expansion packs and stuff packs on my computer and my computer went twice as fast as it does now with only 5 additional packs. I got rid of most of the packs I had because I never used them. Now my D: drive space is low and I dont know how to clear it and because it is low, the sims 2 operates REALLY SLOWLY and its not because my local disk (C:) is full because its pretty much empty. Can you help me to empty my D: drive because I cant ignore it because it impacts my computer greatly. thanks
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Each computer (and the contents of the D: drive) are different.
Please start your own topic so that your question can get the attention that it deserves.
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