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What should be on the D: Recovery drive?

by mdweitzel / April 6, 2010 11:52 AM PDT

Hello everyone, I was doing a manual disk defrag today and noticed a button under C: - Properties - Tools called Backup Now. I figured I had been missing out doing this all along and should do it right away. So I backed up to my D: Recovery drive. I now realize that was dumb and my recovery drive is FULL! I've tried to do a system restore, but it will only restore the C: drive. Can someone please help me decide what needs to be on my D: Recovery drive so I don't delete something I need? Thank you in advance, I appreciate your time. I am running a Dell laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium. The folders in the drive are: $AVG, $Recycle, BlackSilver(the name of my laptop), dell, sources, System Volume Information, Tools, Windows, and MediaID.bin
Thank you,

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There is no D: drive
by white-bread / April 6, 2010 1:43 PM PDT

It's a partition.

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Probably Best to Leave It Alone
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 7, 2010 3:29 AM PDT

The Recovery drive/partition contains the operating system and all installer files to restore your computer back to its original factory condition.. Deleting the wrong items could make it worthless.. A couple of extra items there shouldn't cause a problem as it's intended to be basically full anyway.. The computer shouldn't be writing to that particular location in the first place but if you've got System Restore Monitoring enabled on that drive/partition, it may explain why it's telling you the drive/partition is full. There's really no reason to run a System Restore on D as it shouldn't be changing anyway.

Hope this helps.


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