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Recovery drive help

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Natayos, Nov 11, 2007.

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  1. Natayos

    Natayos Thread Starter

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    Hello;
    Im using a Dell Inspiron 1520. My recovery drive is red and it says that it is full. How do I empty it so that it is not full?
     
  2. kimsland

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    The recovery partition is made near or the same size as the recovery software (nothing to free up)

    You can defrag it, but it may not be necessary
     
  3. Natayos

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    does defraging free up space on the drive? Also will it harm my computer in any way?
     
  4. kimsland

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    Yes it can free up space by compacting older files

    It is better to defrag regulary to make the hard drive run smoothly
    But...
    If your hard drive is on its way out (noisy clunking) it can make your hard drive fail.
     
  5. Natayos

    Natayos Thread Starter

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    If I just turned off the "Make the Recovery" application, I.E. the thing that makes a backup of all my files, do I need to fix the lack of memory problem?
     
  6. kimsland

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    Sorry for the delay, I'm in and out a lot.

    You asked if you just turn off the recovery program to save mem.

    Most hard drives these days are quite large, and therefore creating backups of your files, should not cause any issues.

    As for do I need to fix.
    Actually defrag is not fixing the file system, so I suggest you to still defrag every once in a while.
     
  7. katabby

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    The recovery partition should be almost full. It is used only to restore your computer back to the way it was when it left the factory. That means none of your programs or files etc. You should keep backups of your files etc. somewhere else (DVD etc) but never to your recovery partition. Most computers you can make a copy of your recovery partition (dvd).
     
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