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"Low Disk Space D Drive"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Birdiga, Sep 20, 2007.

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  1. Birdiga

    Birdiga Thread Starter

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    I have a Compaq Presario with Windows XP Home Edition. I keep receiving the above message. How do I get rid of it? Yes, I know it means I don't have enough disk space on my D Drive, but how do I fix it? It won't defragment because it needs more space (I have only 45 mgs.) My D Drive is solely for Restore so I cannot delete files from there. Can I enlarge the D Drive?

    Thanks, gb
     
  2. Elvandil

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    The recovery partition is not usually accessible by normal Windows tools, so any modification of it may prove to be difficult. Do you know of any changes to the system that would have caused the new monitoring of the partition's disk space to have begun?

    In any case, the recovery partition is often quite full normally. You can turn off the low disk space warning.

    Go to Start > Run, and type:

    regedit

    Navigate to:

    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    Find or create:

    REG_DWORD NoLowDiskSpaceChecks

    0 for disabled and 1 for enabled.
     
  3. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    I believe the "restore" partition shouldn't be touched, period. This is not to argue with Elvandil, however, who is removing the error message.

    {redoak}
     
  4. Noyb

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    The recovery partition is used to restore your computer, or the OEM supplied applications.
    It is also used to make your recovery DVDs.

    Have you made your recovery DVDs yet ? ... If not .. do it NOW.
    The recovery partition will be useless if the HD crashes .. or won't boot.

    And .. Welcome to the TSG Forum.
     
  5. Birdiga

    Birdiga Thread Starter

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    For Elvandil - it doesn't work. I've tried it twice.

    And for Noyb, I have made the recovery DVDs.

    Any other offers folks?
     
  6. Noyb

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    I'd Email HP/Compaq support and ask them how to shut of the erroneous Error Popups.
    Yes , The recovery partition will be darn near full.
    Just don't mess with the recovery partition.
     
  7. Birdiga

    Birdiga Thread Starter

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    Believe it or not, Noyb, I spent an hour on the phone with HP/Compaq support last night - he walked me through the Elvandil fix, and at the end of the hour he had no more ideas. He suggested I merely delete some of the files on my D Drive. I DON'T THINK SO!!

    I am currently in E-mail back-and-forth with HP/Compaq, who have given me the same "unfix", so I am still waiting for another suggestion.

    Thanks for the message.

    Geri
     
  8. Noyb

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    That's very Funny ...
    You have a process running "recguard" that prevents reading or changing the recovery partition.

    Sometimes you just have to keep trying till you get someone who knows.

    I don't suggest doing this .. It can be tricky .. but you can delete the recovery partition.
    Then, If you try to do a recovery, such as an application, you will get the error .. It can't find it.
    Just keep poking .. It will eventually give up and ask for the DVDs.

    To restore your computer back to the way is was shipped is not what you really want to do most of the time.
    Have you heard about Acronis True Image and do you have an external Hard drive ??
     
  9. Birdiga

    Birdiga Thread Starter

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    I won't try to delete the recovery partition. And yes, I do have an external Hard drive. Why? And I don't know Acronis True Image.
     
  10. Noyb

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    With Acronis True Image you can backup your computer to a data file in you External Hard drive ..
    Then if you have to recover ... you can recover it back to the way it was when you made the Acronis Backup.

    Much better than putting it back to the way it came, without all the updates and your installed programs.

    Acronis can also do it faster than you can read one DVD.
    Now this is what I call recovery ... but its a different subject.
     
  11. Birdiga

    Birdiga Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the suggestion. That makes the most sense yet! Not sure if I want to shell out $50 + though. I'm keeping your message to think about it for the next couple of days.

    Thanks again, Noyb. Of course the other option is to just place a piece of duct tape over the lower right-hand part of my screen so I can't see the message!!!!

    gb
     
  12. ozrom1e

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    What kind of hard drive do you have in this computer? Make and model is what I am looking for?

    And have you been adding files to this drive outside of the normal recovery files that were there?
     
  13. Birdiga

    Birdiga Thread Starter

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    I have a LaCie ext. hard drive, don't know the model.
    I have added no files to my D Drive.

    thanks ozrom1e
     
  14. ozrom1e

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    Excuse me but I asked what kind of hard drive in the computer, external ones are outside of the computer? But since you have an external drive it would be possible to use the backup software to backup the drive D: to the external hard drive then you can use gparted to delete the D: drive partition and then expand the partition on Drive C: to fill the whole drive....

    GParted - Gnome Partition Editor

    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
     
  15. Birdiga

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    Thanks, I'll try that. Thanks for the link.
     
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