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14-Dec-2006, 06:04 PM #1
Recovery Drive (D:) is totally fragmentent
and it won't let me defreg it as it says it doesn't have enough empty space available...

Does it need to be defragged or, is it ok?
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14-Dec-2006, 06:08 PM #2
What does the log say when you click "Analyze"
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14-Dec-2006, 06:34 PM #3
Analysis is complete for: PRESARIO_RP (D

You should defragment this volume.

Then I hit yes then I get this:

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Disk Defragmenter
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Volume PRESARIO_RP (D has only 12% free space available for use by Disk Defragmenter. To run effectively, Disk Defragmenter requires at least 15% usable free space. There is not enough disk space to properly complete the operation. Delete some unneeded files on your hard disk, and then try again.



Do you want to run Disk Defragmenter now anyway?
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Yes No
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14-Dec-2006, 07:04 PM #4
Okay. Lets do a cleanup

1. Click Start > Run
2. Type "cleanmgr.exe" (no quotes)
3. The utility will scan (dont worry, its not deleting anything yet)
4. When the utility has finished scanning a new dialog will appear
5. Put a check next to Temporary Internet Files, Offline Webpages, Downloaded Program Files and Web Publisher (if its there)
6. Click OK (or something) and let it delete the files you have selected. Also, if you want, you can turn system restore off and then on again to delete all restore points (if you want). Restore points take up a large amount of space.
7. You should now be able to defragment.
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14-Dec-2006, 07:12 PM #5
What exactly is on "Recovery Drive (D"?
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14-Dec-2006, 07:14 PM #6
Oh? Its a recovery drive? Whoops. You dont need to defrag a recovery drive
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14-Dec-2006, 07:17 PM #7
Exactly. That's why asked the question and why there isn't enough room to defrag that partition. It was created with enough space for the restore files but not much else.
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15-Dec-2006, 11:52 AM #8
But when I analyze the partition it says it should be defragged.

This is the report I get when it is anaylzed:

Volume PRESARIO_RP (D
Volume size = 7.67 GB
Cluster size = 4 KB
Used space = 6.71 GB
Free space = 986 MB
Percent free space = 12 %

Volume fragmentation
Total fragmentation = 45 %
File fragmentation = 90 %
Free space fragmentation = 0 %

File fragmentation
Total files = 1,770
Average file size = 4 MB
Total fragmented files = 10
Total excess fragments = 11
Average fragments per file = 1.00

Pagefile fragmentation
Pagefile size = 0 bytes
Total fragments = 0

Folder fragmentation
Total folders = 52
Fragmented folders = 6
Excess folder fragments = 23

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Fragments File Size Most fragmented files
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE.INP
3 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_01.INP
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_02.INP
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_03.INP
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_04.INP
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_05.INP
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_06.INP
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_07.INP
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_08.INP
2 620 MB \PRELOAD\BASE_09.INP
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15-Dec-2006, 01:28 PM #9
Restore partitions always show that they are heavily fragmented. The partitions only purpose is to restore your pc back to the original state it was when you bought it. Do NOT defragment, format, or make any changes to it or you will lose the option to restore your system should you ever have to.
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15-Dec-2006, 01:46 PM #10
Unless you've stopped it ...
There's is a program running that will stop you from making any changes to the recovery partition.

The process is probably ...
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15-Dec-2006, 01:55 PM #11
I should have also said ...
This partition is also used to make your recovery CD/DVDs.

You HAVE done that ... Right ????

HP/Compaq will charge you if you don't ..
And need them if you mess up your computer ... such as messing with the recovery partition.

it's in the very fine print .. didn't you see it
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15-Dec-2006, 02:47 PM #12
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I should have also said ...
This partition is also used to make your recovery CD/DVDs.

You HAVE done that ... Right ????

HP/Compaq will charge you if you don't ..
And need them if you mess up your computer ... such as messing with the recovery partition.

it's in the very fine print .. didn't you see it
i did this right before I started tweaking my system. I've lost too much over the last several months and I am about to do my weekly backup of files/docs/email blah, blah, blah....

Here's a question. If I've created the recovery disks is this partition/drive necessary?
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15-Dec-2006, 03:19 PM #13
Hummm .... Why not keep it .. Do you really need the extra 6>8 gig space ??
If you do .. Get a bigger HD.

Using the recovery is faster that using the CD/DVD discs .. and some are having trouble with the recovery DVDs ... like me.
I consider the recovery partition as a primary backup with the recovery DVDs as a secondary backup.

There's a whole lot more to this story .. depending on your capabilities .. and willingness to buy more software/hardware.

I usually delete the recovery partition after I had the computer for several months.
BUT .. I can rewrite my C: drive in about 15 minutes ... Fully Updated, Installed programs, personal settings .. and all .. ready to boot n go.

I also keep the original HD as HP/Compaq had it installed.
It's used as a spare .. And to build up my system as I like it.

If you ever Call/Email HP/Compaq ... and they can't answer quickly ... they will say do a Full restore and check back ..
hoping it will fix your problem .. or you'll go away for several days.

It only takes me 5 minutes to popin their HD and say ... " I'm back .. What now ? "

The next chapter to this story ...
Do you have .. or are willing to get ... a large external HD .. and about $30 worth of software ??

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15-Dec-2006, 03:30 PM #14
I did pick up an iomega External drive (250GB), so I don't need the extra 7/8 GB of space.

You mentioned that useually delet this partition after several months, why is that? And how do you write your C: drive, and/or copy or back it up?
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15-Dec-2006, 03:48 PM #15
I should have checked earlier .. I see you have a laptop .. am I right ??
HP/Compaq usually doesn't put a recovery partition in a laptop ... But ship the recovery CDs.

Why ..
Because I start ripping out all the OEM supplied junk. trash and marketing software.
I can recover these Apps from the recovery .. If I mess up.

You're half way home with the External.
All you need now is ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832200204
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E1681528708SF
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