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(Solved) - Recovery disk drive is full, how do empty it?

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floyd617
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I have a Compaq Presario SR5152NX Desktop PC. I use windows 7. but when i bought the computer it had vista (i updated to windows 7 about 2 years back). Anyways recently i started to get a popup at the bottom right saying that the recovery disk is full and click to delete files. when i clicked i find that the recycling bin is empty and i cant delete anything. i deleted all my previous backups and its still full and it stops me from making a new backup because there's not enough space.I see "other files" from the manage windows backup diskspace menu which is taking majority of the space. but when i acutally go to my recovery disk i dont see any folder as such. I dont save anything other than backups on my recovery drive. from reading other forum posts i found out how to show hidden files. but im not sure what files i should avoid deleting and what files i can delete.

I have already said i used to have windows vista i said that because i think some of the files in this recovery folder have to do with vista. when i went into some of the folders i saw folders/files with the name vista. so i would like to know which files i should delete and which files i should avoid. also i have no intention to go back to vista. All i want to do is to be able to backup my computer and in case of a problem to restore it to a previous date on windows 7
Thanks so much for all your help..

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Santo
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@floyd617 Welcome to HTG.

The recovery partition in your computer has system files which are required to restore your computer to factory condition. This partition is not for storing backups. Since you had upgraded to Windows 7, there is no point keeping the contents of the system files(Vista) in it. So, you may remove it as explained here or you may go to Disk Management and right click on recovery partition and format it to remove its contents. After formatting the partition you may use it for backup.

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floyd617
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@santo
So your saying I can delete the recovery drive's contents and then backup my computer on that drive? And still backup in that drive and in case of an emergency I can still restore to an earlier point in time?
how do I delete the contents of the recovery partition? when I open disk management and right click I don't get the option to remove contents. but I saw a forum on this site that you right-click then click 'change drive letter and paths...' and then delete. but when I do that i don't see the recovery partition anymore in start-computer. so i added the (D:) again.
can i just enable to see hidden files and then go into start-computer-recovery (D:) and delete everything except for the icon where it says my computer name and shows a symbol of a hard drive?
Thanks again for your help

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whs
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I assume you installed Win7 with an installation disk - so there is no win7 recovery partition and you do not need one because you have the disk. What you are looking at is probably the old Vista recovery partition. I would just right click on it in My Computer and format it. Then you can use that partition for whatever you like.

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floyd617
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okay thanks guys.. what i did was i deleted everything in the recovery folder and then i increased the size of my recovery drive my shrinking the volume of my win7 drive and now i store all the items i need on the recovery drive and made shortcuts to it on win7. so if something goes wrong i will still have my stuff.. THANKS SOOOOOOO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP, i really appreciate it :)

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