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Vista Factory Image D?

by tywillie / June 20, 2008 12:29 PM PDT

Ihave a new HP desktop running Vista. When I pull up My Computer it shows all of my drives. Drive C - hard drive - Drive J - is my external drive and then it shows Drive D labled Factory Image. What is this? Can anyone tell me. When I explore the drive I honestly have no idea what I'm looking at. Can someone explain in simple terms please what Drive D Factory Image is. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. Vista's been giving me problems after only a month, the boot record was corrupted and I had to reinstall to factory condition - needless to say,didn't have everything on external drive and lost a lot. Live and Learn.

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A copy of Windows...
by John.Wilkinson / June 21, 2008 1:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Vista Factory Image D?

It's more or less a copy of Windows as well as any other software that came pre-installed on your computer. It's there so you can directly recover your computer from it or, better yet, burn a set of recovery disks (instructions) from which you can restore your computer should you ever encounter massive corruption, malware attacks, or hardware failure and have to start over. Once you burn a set of recovery disks, and ensured they work, you may reformat that partition and use it for additional storage if you wish/need.

Hope this helps,
John

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wazzup
by yhko_jhie / March 7, 2010 9:44 PM PST
In reply to: A copy of Windows...

can i erase factory image D: or format it and switch to another windows like xp (i'm using windows vista)... i have recovery disk...then maybe someday i realize to install again my window vista.....can i use my recovery disk to install my windows vista????pls reply......

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Yep, It's The Recovery Partition...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 21, 2008 4:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Vista Factory Image D?

As John mentioned above, the Recovery Parition allows the user to recover the computer back to it's factory condition should Windows become corrupted..

BE SURE to make the Recovery Discs (DVD or CD) because if the full hard drive dies, then the Recovery Partition will not work.. You'll need the Recovery Discs to restore back to the factory condition after replacing a hard drive.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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factory image
by scupper2112 / February 22, 2009 1:27 PM PST

can i download it to an external hard drive??

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A few notes...
by John.Wilkinson / February 22, 2009 10:40 PM PST
In reply to: factory image

1.) They key word you would need to use is "clone" rather than download...they imply different processes.
2.) Yes, it is possible to clone the partition to an external hard drive.
3.) Cloning it to an external hard drive would not benefit you...you would not be able to create bootable CDs/DVDs from it, nor would you be able to boot to it. Therefore, I would not recommend doing it.

Hope this helps,
John

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Instead, Create Recovery Discs
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 23, 2009 1:04 AM PST
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Most computers allow you to create a Recovery Disc which can be used in situations where the hard drive dies and must be replaced. Such procedures can be found at the manufacturer's website or on the computer in the "Help and Support" sections.. If the hard drive is functional and only the C: drive is corrupted, the Recovery D: Partition can be used to restore the computer to its factory state.. The Recovery Discs can also be used but are of primary importance should the partition become corrupted.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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lost my factory image
by Ubuster1 / March 16, 2009 12:09 PM PDT

i noticed my d drive factory image has been deleted, what can i do to restore it?

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You cannot...
by John.Wilkinson / March 16, 2009 2:27 PM PDT
In reply to: lost my factory image

It is impossible to restore that partition once it has been deleted. However, you can order a set of recovery discs from the manufacturer for a nominal fee if you had not yet burned a set of your own from that partition.

John

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thank you
by tywillie / June 21, 2008 11:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Vista Factory Image D?

thank you both - I already had to use the recovery disc once already within the first month of purchase of new computer. I am so frustrated with this Vista OS. I appreciate ya'alls response. Thank you again.

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Factory image D
by kegpie / May 13, 2009 3:57 AM PDT
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Can someone please explain why FID space 7.45gb total,but I have only 712MB free with a red line showing. Thank's in advance

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Because data is added over time...
by John.Wilkinson / May 13, 2009 6:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Factory image D

The emergency partition's contents grow over time as more updates are installed, until the point where the capacity it reached. You can shrink C: and use that freed space to expand D: or you can burn the recovery CDs/DVDs (highly recommended, regardless) and then delete that partition, using the freed space to expand C: and relying on the CDs/DVDs and Windows Update should you need to in the future.

Remember, if the hard drive fails, becomes corrupt, et cetera, the recovery partition will cease to work, so the CDs/DVDs, while not updated as you install future updates, are a safer method of recourse.

John

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FID
by NomadicTour / May 15, 2009 11:52 PM PDT

Do you have to delete the FID after you make a copy of it and becomes full?? And where does the info on the new updates get stored if you do delete the drive? Thanks in advance.

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D: Drive...
by John.Wilkinson / May 16, 2009 5:43 AM PDT
In reply to: FID

You do not have to delete the D: partition after burning the discs or once the partition becomes full, though it can be safely deleted once the discs have been burned. Once the partition is full or deleted, the updates are still installed normally but they are not added to the backup. Thus, if you restore your operating system from backup, you would have to re-download and re-install the updates that are not included in the backup.

Hope this helps,
John

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Vista Factory Image D
by bill9972 / February 14, 2010 8:59 AM PST
In reply to: D: Drive...

I am getting the same message: "Low Disk Space
you are running out of disk space on Factory_Image D
To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click here..."

My problem is that there are no files on "drive" D. And yet it shows the "drive" as being almost completely full. And yes, I do have View set so I can see hidden files. There is simply nothing on the "drive" although the computer thinks it's full. I cannot clear the offending files as HP suggests, since there is nothing on the drive.

Today I tried reformatting the whole C: drive using my HP Vista 64 Recovery disks. They worked fine- cleared everything off the drive- but upon rebooting I still got the same maddening "Low Disk Space on Drive D...) message. It pops up constantly, and is driving me crazy.

I simply want the error messages to go away, and HP doesn't seem able to help me. Is it okay for me to simply delete the D: drive? I don't need it, and I don't want it. And I do have the recovery disks. Or is there another workaround? I am frankly afraid to put more software/hardware on this computer or rely on it in any way until I am sure the problem is fixed. Any help much appreciated. Thanks!

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This almost always happens after using a registry cleaner.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2010 9:07 AM PST
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But if you google that message you find it's not unusual and there are many choices on how to turn it off.

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Low disk space on Factory_Image D error message
by bill9972 / February 14, 2010 11:46 PM PST

Thanks for the reply. You're right, there are many, many suggestions out there for fixing the problem, but none of them seem to apply to my situation. I've tried every one I've found, including the ones here and they don't help. I didn't use a registry cleaner; the problem arose as the result of using MS backup which tried to put everything in the virtual D drive. HP is aware of the problem and has a fix posted but it doesn't help me. HP wants me to delete the file with my computer's name from the D drive. But there is no such file on the drive- only files that are specifically supposed to be left alone. I hoped that reformatting the HD would solve the problem, but it did not. Any suggestions very much welcomed. Thanks.

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Then the news is indeed grim.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2010 11:54 PM PST

Let's say you have a new unique problem. Not to disagree with you but let's go with that.

This means the OS is damaged beyond repair. I'm not saying you have discovered a new issue but if you have the fix is going to be not one I know of or have read before.

I also have to write that the OS is heavily damaged since you claim fixes like http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windowsvista/ht/dislowdisk.htm do not work.
Bob

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Success
by bill9972 / February 15, 2010 11:58 PM PST

Thanks Bob for directing me to the link. It was one I had not seen. I tried the fix and it appears to be working.

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