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Should I delete the recovery file on my hard drive?

by Mr_Hym / July 13, 2008 4:06 AM PDT

I have a recovery file on my laptop's hard drive that's about 10 GB. When I first got my laptop, I also saved all of my recovery data to a set of discs. I could really use the extra hard drive space, but I'm worried that the recovery discs might need to access this file in order to work, and then I would be out of luck if I ever need to use them.

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Should I have told make and model of my laptop?
by Kees Bakker / July 13, 2008 4:18 AM PDT

That's a clear "yes", anyway.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2008 4:19 AM PDT

"I also saved all of my recovery data to a set of discs."

And do you have a spare copy of that? I can't count the times people had just one set and it didn't work.

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I have two sets
by Mr_Hym / July 13, 2008 4:23 AM PDT
In reply to: No.

Also, my laptop is an HP/Compaq C751NR.

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Can only speak for my HP Desktop a1748x...
by glenn30 / July 13, 2008 4:35 AM PDT

The instructions very clearly states the recovery file can be used only once to make a set of Recovery Disks... you are correct in making duplicate sets in case one does not work.

After the Recovery Set Disks are made that space can be used in any way desired since no more recovery disks can be made from it. That is my machine... suggest checking your instructions documents or online with HP for your model laptop.


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by Mr_Hym / July 13, 2008 4:42 AM PDT

I just read through the online guide, it doesn't seem like there is much advantage to the hard drive partition over the discs. I'll keep it for now, but I think it's safe to get rid of it when I get really low on hard drive space.

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I think you are right... just read the same thing...
by glenn30 / July 13, 2008 4:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

from the HP site:

It's in one of the links on that page. My understanding is once the recovery section has been used to make recovery disks the system will not allow it to be used again for more sets. I think, as you, that the space can be used however you wish. As it is it's just space taken up that is no longer useful.

Thanks for the reply.


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My thoughts exactly
by Mr_Hym / July 13, 2008 5:03 AM PDT

Thanks for the help.

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If you're getting to the point you're considering
by VAPCMD / July 13, 2008 5:56 AM PDT
In reply to: My thoughts exactly

deletion of the recovery partition, it's probably time to do some serious housecleaning or getting/installing a much larger hard disk drive.


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Just remember, Mr_Hym...
by Paul C / July 13, 2008 10:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

That if that Compaq is anything like this Gateway I'm using, you can also run the system recovery from the recovery partition, so you might not want to nuke that partition.

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I'll keep that in mind
by Mr_Hym / July 13, 2008 10:09 AM PDT

I didn't think about system recovery, I'll make sure to keep that in mind.

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Where did my disk space go? (answer)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2008 5:59 AM PDT
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