D disc used for recovery

  johncb 15:41 21 Jan 10
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I purchased a new laptop in July 09
Have been very pleased with same but like an idiot started to use D disc for recovery points
I soon realised that I had made a mistake when the drive filled quickly

I have tried to open the D drive via 'computer' to save relevant files to C disc, but cannot proceed any further with the list displayed nor see how to do this action in any case

If I cannot copy or move files to the C drive should I go ahead and format D drive anyway? Naturally I have been reluctant to carry out the latter at this stage

  Pamy 16:15 21 Jan 10

What is D drive? a separate drive, I do not think so in a laptop so it must be partitioned as C & D. I would think that D holds your recovery data if you ever neaded to set it back to how it was when you bought it, so, I would be carefull what you delete and would certainly not format it

  Batch 16:46 21 Jan 10

What software have you been using to create these "recovery points"?

  mooly 17:46 21 Jan 10

Windows normally stores restore points on the C drive with the OS.

Some laptops come with their own recovery and ackup utility (nothing to do with windows) and use the D partition to store these on.

I use the D partition along with Acronis to store running full image backups etc... I don't like restore points lol

  johncb 18:14 21 Jan 10

Thanks Pamy, Batch and Mooly for your replies

By D drive I meant D disc
Presume OS is online support?
Have used Windows to create recovery points and it asks where to place them -hence my initial mistake in putting D instead of C disc

  mooly 08:03 22 Jan 10

Your HDD in a laptop (normally these is just one) is partitioned into two (or more) sections.
Each behaves just like a separate HDD.
This although about LINUX explains it rather well,
click here

OS is the operating system (Windows Vista/7/XP etc)

Purchased July... so you have Vista ?
Windows system restore (well as far as I know... and in the PC's I have seen) always stores restore points on the C partition along with the OS. They are an integral part of the OS system as a whole.
This is Windows system restore...
click here

when you install Vista etc they are turned on by default and store the data on the C partition... doesn't ask where you want to store it ;)

I'm really puzzled with you saying that...

  johncb 09:52 22 Jan 10

Thanks again mooly
I have had a quick look at Linux - looks very comprehensive so will study at length

OS - I am on Vista as you surmise and looked at my system restore -I could not see 'choose' where to place new system restore (as I have seen before) so again I will study that mystery
Will let you know if I am able to solve same as I am puzzled now!

  mooly 13:05 22 Jan 10

Do you know how to delete old restore points ?
click here

It would be interesting for you to do this twice, once for the C drive and once for the D and make a note of free space before and after.

  mooly 13:12 22 Jan 10

This will really confuse you now, only mentioning it because it did actually happen,

click here

A while after all this I went down the clean install route for Vista and the "anomaly" dissapeared.
I asked on other forums too and no one could believe it actually behaved like this.
I put i down to a glitch or bug in the upgrade procedure... and as I say a clean install corrected it.

  johncb 16:09 22 Jan 10

Hi moody
No I did not know how to delete restore points

I have cleaned up restore points as you suggested

Interesting C was 81.1Gb free before and 95.6 after cleaning
Now the mystery D 1.48 free before cleaning and virtually the same after. I repeated the action and the same result came up

I looked at D properties and read the following
Components 31,204
System 12,568
Software 29,264
Recovery no data but warning not too delete restore files

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