Lack of space on recovery D drive.

  Drum 12:51 12 Jul 08
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I've got Windows XP OS on my computer which was supplied without any system disk.

Instead, for backup of the OS I've got a recovery partition on the D. drive which amounts to only 4.6 GB. The trouble is 4.2 GB of it is already used leaving only around 200 MB of free space. I constantly get warnings that I am running out of space on my D. drive, particularly if I'm using programs like Photoshop, but I don't know how to increase the partition size without formatting the complete drive in which case I lose my OS, or make space by deleting something.

All the files on the drive appear to be locked or protected, and the only one I can open to explore is a temp folder which has seven large files containing between 40 and 200 MB. These are named like ~PST5967.tmp The date of some of these files goes back to 2004.
My question is, can I delete or move some of these safely?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:06 12 Jul 08

DON'T TOUCH your recovery partition, it effectively contains an image of your drive when the PC was built, hence the dates.

If you move or remove or alter any of the partition sizes on the main drive you will not be able to reset the PC to factory conditions (especially if its a Medion).

You could buy Acronis True Image, take a "snapshot" of the operating system partition and save to an external source, you could then delete the recovery partition and use it for whatever you wish.
you could then return the PC to the state it is in wat the time of your 2snapshot".

  Drum 13:12 12 Jul 08

Thanks for the response Fruit Bat, but I don't understand your reply. Why have I got seven temp files ranging in date from 2005 to last month 2008? These files seem to be getting progressively bigger which would kind of suggest that these are updates and that the older ones are obsolete? It's an HP computer by the way.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:39 12 Jul 08

I would suspect that you can delete the temp folder / files if these are dated after you purchased the machine, they are probably being created by another program or during installation of software / updates.

Files ending .tmp or starting ~ are usually safe to delete.

  Drum 16:51 12 Jul 08

Thanks again Fruit Bat, but I have to say I'm a little nervous about this. I think I'll remove some of these to a separate portable hard drive and see what happens.
A little more information for you. This is what the temp folder looks like.
Name Size Type Date Modified.
~PST2553.tmp 78,948KB TMP File 08/12/2004
~PST9531.tmp 36,380KB TMP File 22/01/2005
~PST1189.tmp 97,172KB TMP File 09/06/2005
~PST5967.tmp 200,668KB TMP File 31/10/2005
~PST1384.tmp 94,657 KB TMP File 23/12/2005
~PST3541.tmp 144,704KB TMP File 07/02/2008
~PST7351.tmp 143,820KB TMP File 28/05/2008

I'm not in the habit of installing new software even trial stuff, and can't tie the dates into anything?

  Drum 16:53 12 Jul 08

As you can see, the file sizes aren't exactly incremental, the properties of each file say "created by unknown program" so I'm puzzled.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:14 12 Jul 08

could be created during disk maintenace - been defragging?

  Drum 17:28 12 Jul 08

Yes I do occasionally defrag, even if the PC says it's not needed.
I did this yesterday as it happens, but no temp file was created!?

  woodchip 18:34 12 Jul 08

Turn Restore of for D Drive

  Drum 13:10 13 Jul 08

Good suggested Woodchip, one which I hadn't thought of, however ........
I've got Norton Go Back on my PC, and I've had system restore on drives C and D switched off for several years!

  ronalddonald 14:13 13 Jul 08

in a memeory stick and transfer alll your personal files and use the stcik.

Also get another external hardrive and use that for files only. Looking at the specs i dont know if its possible for you to get a biger drive but the problem will be how do install xp no unless you have a xp disc.

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