"teresap10" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I just had a new hard drive installed. I am using OS vista Home Premium
> SP2 64 bit.
> I am now getting this message
> "Low Disk Space
> You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY . To free space on this
> drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click here..."
> When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
> The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recycle Bin," but
> both have "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.
> when I go to my
> the only folder listed on the is the Recovery and when I click on it
> it has the HP Invent screen that says:
> Recovery Partition
> This area of your hard drive(or partition) contains files used for your PC
> Do not Delete or alter these files
> Any changes to this partition could prevent any recovery later.
> There are no files listed that I can see, so don't know what is actually
> on there, and I want to back this up to my external hard drive.
> Is this the way it is supposed to be, and are there actually recovery data
> I still have my recovery discs from my old hard drive that ran the same
> system so will they work if I need them.
You have inadvertently saved backups to a partition on your hard drive that
is only intended to hold files which enable full system recovery to factory
settings. Windows Backup programs have historically looked for a partition
or drive other than C drive and deposited backups accordingly.
There is nothing wrong with this as one should NEVER store backups on the
primary hard drive or partition. Backups should always be saved to a medium
which can be isolated from the computer. Unfortunately, Windows Backup does
not take into account any specific use being made of a partition or drive
other than C drive.
Move any backups you have created to another medium, e.g. CD/DVD, external
hard drive, then delete the backups from the D drive.
1. If you are making system backups, you will need to purchase an external
drive for the purpose. These items are generally supplied with backup
software which will make the process easy. The software can identify a
variety of file types, including mail files.
2. If you are making backups of general data, i.e. documents, pictures,
music, use the CD/DVD burning program to burn the files to CD/DVD's
Mike Hall - MVP Windows Experience