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  1. #1


    Robert Judge Guest

    "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    On my new VISTA PC, I tried to use the built-in Backup program. The back-up
    apparently failed because there was not enough room on the "RECOVERY (D
    disk.

    Now, when I re-start my new VISTA PC, I get this message:
    "Low Disk Space
    You are runing out of disk space on RECOVERY (D. To free space on this
    drive by delteing old or unnecessary files, click here..."

    When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
    The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recylce Bin," but both have
    "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.

    When I open the Backup and Restore center and try to backup files, the
    program starts by "Creating a shadow copy." However, I then get a message:
    "An error occurred...There is not enough space to save the backup files.
    Free up disk space or change yur backup settings. (0x81000005)."

    If I have limited space on "RECOVERY D," I only need to backup Documents.
    But even when I only check "Documents," I get the same error message.

    I am thinking that I should delete the contents of RECOERY D and try to
    start over again. However, there appears to be some files that came already
    installed on RECOVERY D. However, I see a folder called "Backup Set
    2008-06-08 193208," which I assume is the failed backup that I tried on June
    6. Should I just delete that folder and try again? Or is there some other
    way I should try to use the "Backup and Restore" program? I will appreciate
    advice.


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  2. #2


    Charlie Tame Guest

    Re: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    Robert Judge wrote:

    > On my new VISTA PC, I tried to use the built-in Backup program. The back-up
    > apparently failed because there was not enough room on the "RECOVERY (D
    > disk.
    >
    > Now, when I re-start my new VISTA PC, I get this message:
    > "Low Disk Space
    > You are runing out of disk space on RECOVERY (D. To free space on this
    > drive by delteing old or unnecessary files, click here..."
    >
    > When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
    > The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recylce Bin," but both have
    > "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.
    >
    > When I open the Backup and Restore center and try to backup files, the
    > program starts by "Creating a shadow copy." However, I then get a message:
    > "An error occurred...There is not enough space to save the backup files.
    > Free up disk space or change yur backup settings. (0x81000005)."
    >
    > If I have limited space on "RECOVERY D," I only need to backup Documents.
    > But even when I only check "Documents," I get the same error message.
    >
    > I am thinking that I should delete the contents of RECOERY D and try to
    > start over again. However, there appears to be some files that came already
    > installed on RECOVERY D. However, I see a folder called "Backup Set
    > 2008-06-08 193208," which I assume is the failed backup that I tried on June
    > 6. Should I just delete that folder and try again? Or is there some other
    > way I should try to use the "Backup and Restore" program? I will appreciate
    > advice.
    >
    Wait for other answers please, just to make sure.

    I think the D drive is only going to be made large enough to take what
    the OEM thought should go there (Plus a bit of spare space of course),

    An incomplete backup file is probably quite useless anyway, so yes that
    it what I think you should delete.

    My other suggestion would be to avoid using the D drive for anything at
    all, if you overwrite something important on it you will not be able to
    use it to restore your system to factory defaults.

    You could consider backing up that partition onto CD / DVD whatever or
    ask the makers for a set of recovery disks, otherwise if it goes south
    you may end up having to buy a retail Vista. At least if you had it on
    removable media you would stand a chance if the drive itself ever fails
    - it does happen I have a year old Seagate peperweight here right now.

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  3. #3


    Mick Murphy Guest

    RE: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    Your D: Partition is a partition set up on your computer by the Manufacturer
    in case of serious problems in the Vista operation system.
    DO NOT TOUCH IT.

    You are supposed to make recovery DVDs from it to reinstall Vista in case of
    complete Hard Drive failure.
    Also, at Startup, there is an F Key option to reinstall vista from it, back
    to factory standards, in case of System crash.
    To Backup your System/Data, buy an external Hard drive, and save to that.
    --
    Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia


    "Robert Judge" wrote:

    > On my new VISTA PC, I tried to use the built-in Backup program. The back-up
    > apparently failed because there was not enough room on the "RECOVERY (D
    > disk.
    >
    > Now, when I re-start my new VISTA PC, I get this message:
    > "Low Disk Space
    > You are runing out of disk space on RECOVERY (D. To free space on this
    > drive by delteing old or unnecessary files, click here..."
    >
    > When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
    > The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recylce Bin," but both have
    > "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.
    >
    > When I open the Backup and Restore center and try to backup files, the
    > program starts by "Creating a shadow copy." However, I then get a message:
    > "An error occurred...There is not enough space to save the backup files.
    > Free up disk space or change yur backup settings. (0x81000005)."
    >
    > If I have limited space on "RECOVERY D," I only need to backup Documents.
    > But even when I only check "Documents," I get the same error message.
    >
    > I am thinking that I should delete the contents of RECOERY D and try to
    > start over again. However, there appears to be some files that came already
    > installed on RECOVERY D. However, I see a folder called "Backup Set
    > 2008-06-08 193208," which I assume is the failed backup that I tried on June
    > 6. Should I just delete that folder and try again? Or is there some other
    > way I should try to use the "Backup and Restore" program? I will appreciate
    > advice.
    >

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  4. #4


    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

    Re: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    "Robert Judge" <RobertJudge@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:4A959923-8768-43BD-882B-F6BD35A49EBD@xxxxxx

    > On my new VISTA PC, I tried to use the built-in Backup program. The
    > back-up
    > apparently failed because there was not enough room on the "RECOVERY (D
    > disk.
    >
    > Now, when I re-start my new VISTA PC, I get this message:
    > "Low Disk Space
    > You are runing out of disk space on RECOVERY (D. To free space on this
    > drive by delteing old or unnecessary files, click here..."
    >
    > When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
    > The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recylce Bin," but both
    > have
    > "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.
    >
    > When I open the Backup and Restore center and try to backup files, the
    > program starts by "Creating a shadow copy." However, I then get a
    > message:
    > "An error occurred...There is not enough space to save the backup files.
    > Free up disk space or change yur backup settings. (0x81000005)."
    >
    > If I have limited space on "RECOVERY D," I only need to backup Documents.
    > But even when I only check "Documents," I get the same error message.
    >
    > I am thinking that I should delete the contents of RECOERY D and try to
    > start over again. However, there appears to be some files that came
    > already
    > installed on RECOVERY D. However, I see a folder called "Backup Set
    > 2008-06-08 193208," which I assume is the failed backup that I tried on
    > June
    > 6. Should I just delete that folder and try again? Or is there some
    > other
    > way I should try to use the "Backup and Restore" program? I will
    > appreciate
    > advice.
    >

    Backup programs look for a drive or partition other than C because the very
    last place that a backup should be deposited..

    In your case, it found another partition which unfortunately turned out to
    be the manufacturer recovery partition.

    It is only just large enough to contain the files to return your computer to
    how it was when you first powered it up plus enough free space such that the
    computer does not flash up an 'out of space' warning.

    Remove any backup files you have sent to the D drive, and all will return to
    normal again...

    If you want to do proper backups, get a one touch backup device which will
    come with its own easy to use software, or get an external USB hard drive
    and Acronis TrueImage software..


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  5. #5


    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Re: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    On Fri, 4 Jul 2008 14:51:01 -0700, Robert Judge
    <RobertJudge@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > On my new VISTA PC, I tried to use the built-in Backup program. The back-up
    > apparently failed because there was not enough room on the "RECOVERY (D
    > disk.
    >
    > Now, when I re-start my new VISTA PC, I get this message:
    > "Low Disk Space
    > You are runing out of disk space on RECOVERY (D. To free space on this
    > drive by delteing old or unnecessary files, click here..."
    >
    > When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
    > The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recylce Bin," but both have
    > "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.
    >
    > When I open the Backup and Restore center and try to backup files, the
    > program starts by "Creating a shadow copy." However, I then get a message:
    > "An error occurred...There is not enough space to save the backup files.
    > Free up disk space or change yur backup settings. (0x81000005)."
    >
    > If I have limited space on "RECOVERY D," I only need to backup Documents.
    > But even when I only check "Documents," I get the same error message.
    >
    > I am thinking that I should delete the contents of RECOERY D and try to
    > start over again.

    No, no, no! Do *not* do that!

    Your recovery partition (D is one provided by the OEM who built your
    computer. It contains the files needed for you to restore Windows
    should that be necessary. They provide that in lieu of a Windows CD.

    It is not there for you to store your backups nor for you to use for
    any other purpose. In fact you should not touch it at all.

    Be aware that this is almost certainly not a separate disk, but merely
    a partition on your *only* disk. For that reason, even if you could
    store backups there, it's a terrible place for them anyway (for the
    same reason, it's not good for the files to restore Windows to be
    there, but that's all you have; don't lose it). If your drive dies,
    all your backups would die with it. If your data is important to you,
    its backups need to be on external media.

    For more information on backups, read this article on backup
    strategies I recently wrote:
    http://www.computorcompanion.com/LPMArticle.asp?ID=314


    > However, there appears to be some files that came already
    > installed on RECOVERY D.
    Yes, the files that are there to restore Windows if necessary. That's
    all that should be there.


    However, I see a folder called "Backup Set

    > 2008-06-08 193208," which I assume is the failed backup that I tried on June
    > 6. Should I just delete that folder and try again? Or is there some other
    > way I should try to use the "Backup and Restore" program? I will appreciate
    > advice.
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  6. #6


    richard j Guest

    RE: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    I have had the same problem with RECOVERY D: being full.
    I also used the Backup routine and it filled D:

    Did you find a solution?
    Did you delete the backup from D: ?
    If so How did you do this?
    Thank you.

    "Robert Judge" wrote:

    > On my new VISTA PC, I tried to use the built-in Backup program. The back-up
    > apparently failed because there was not enough room on the "RECOVERY (D
    > disk.
    >
    > Now, when I re-start my new VISTA PC, I get this message:
    > "Low Disk Space
    > You are runing out of disk space on RECOVERY (D. To free space on this
    > drive by delteing old or unnecessary files, click here..."
    >
    > When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
    > The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recylce Bin," but both have
    > "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.
    >
    > When I open the Backup and Restore center and try to backup files, the
    > program starts by "Creating a shadow copy." However, I then get a message:
    > "An error occurred...There is not enough space to save the backup files.
    > Free up disk space or change yur backup settings. (0x81000005)."
    >
    > If I have limited space on "RECOVERY D," I only need to backup Documents.
    > But even when I only check "Documents," I get the same error message.
    >
    > I am thinking that I should delete the contents of RECOERY D and try to
    > start over again. However, there appears to be some files that came already
    > installed on RECOVERY D. However, I see a folder called "Backup Set
    > 2008-06-08 193208," which I assume is the failed backup that I tried on June
    > 6. Should I just delete that folder and try again? Or is there some other
    > way I should try to use the "Backup and Restore" program? I will appreciate
    > advice.
    >

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  7. #7


    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Re: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    On Sun, 27 Jul 2008 08:48:00 -0700, richard j <richard
    j@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > I have had the same problem with RECOVERY D: being full.
    > I also used the Backup routine and it filled D:
    >
    > Did you find a solution?
    > Did you delete the backup from D: ?
    > If so How did you do this?

    Two very important points here:

    1. First of all, that Recovery Partition on D: is *not* there for you
    to put backups on it. The manufacturer of your computer put it there
    in lieu of supplying you with a Windows DVD. It's there for you to
    restore the system to factory condition, should it become necessary.
    Do *nothing* with that partition other than following the
    manufacturer's instructions (if they provided them) for burning its
    contents to a DVD.

    2. Even if that (or some other) partition were available for use as
    backup, that would be the single worst and weakest form of backup
    there is. It is better than no backup at all, but just barely. It
    leaves you susceptible to simultaneous loss of the original and backup
    to many of the most common dangers: user errors, severe power
    glitches, nearby lightning strikes, virus attacks, even theft of the
    computer. Real backup needs to be on media stored externally to the
    computer.

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  8. #8


    Stacy B. Guest

    RE: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    __________
    Greetings,
    I have been recieving "low disc space, recovery D" notices for some time now
    and don't seem to be finding a fix I feel applies or that I want to risk
    trying. Is this a windows Vista Premium issue or a manufacturers (Dell 530
    inspiron) thing? Single hard drive with partician for D.

    I believe my Windows "backup" was preset to backup to "Recovery drive D"
    (why is that even an option?) for some reason and I was unwittingly using it
    as such. Now I have the disk full + message fequently.

    Is there a way to accurately and safely identify and remove my
    inappropriately "backed up" files from that disk (D)? I do have the DVD's for
    the original OS, drivers,ect.

    Also; would/should new "Windows updates" automatically be stored onto the
    "Recovery d." I have been reluctant to download them since stoage there is
    maxxed out.

    Any other options for feedback/research, or links gladly accepted.

    Thanks, Stacy B.
    ______________


    "Robert Judge" wrote:

    > On my new VISTA PC, I tried to use the built-in Backup program. The back-up
    > apparently failed because there was not enough room on the "RECOVERY (D
    > disk.
    >
    > Now, when I re-start my new VISTA PC, I get this message:
    > "Low Disk Space
    > You are runing out of disk space on RECOVERY (D. To free space on this
    > drive by delteing old or unnecessary files, click here..."
    >
    > When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
    > The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recylce Bin," but both have
    > "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.
    >
    > When I open the Backup and Restore center and try to backup files, the
    > program starts by "Creating a shadow copy." However, I then get a message:
    > "An error occurred...There is not enough space to save the backup files.
    > Free up disk space or change yur backup settings. (0x81000005)."
    >
    > If I have limited space on "RECOVERY D," I only need to backup Documents.
    > But even when I only check "Documents," I get the same error message.
    >
    > I am thinking that I should delete the contents of RECOERY D and try to
    > start over again. However, there appears to be some files that came already
    > installed on RECOVERY D. However, I see a folder called "Backup Set
    > 2008-06-08 193208," which I assume is the failed backup that I tried on June
    > 6. Should I just delete that folder and try again? Or is there some other
    > way I should try to use the "Backup and Restore" program? I will appreciate
    > advice.
    >

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  9. #9


    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

    Re: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    "Stacy B." <StacyB@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:AF931909-1948-4072-9EB9-C441963BD39A@xxxxxx

    > __________
    > Greetings,
    > I have been recieving "low disc space, recovery D" notices for some time
    > now
    > and don't seem to be finding a fix I feel applies or that I want to risk
    > trying. Is this a windows Vista Premium issue or a manufacturers (Dell 530
    > inspiron) thing? Single hard drive with partician for D.
    >
    > I believe my Windows "backup" was preset to backup to "Recovery drive D"
    > (why is that even an option?) for some reason and I was unwittingly using
    > it
    > as such. Now I have the disk full + message fequently.
    >
    > Is there a way to accurately and safely identify and remove my
    > inappropriately "backed up" files from that disk (D)? I do have the DVD's
    > for
    > the original OS, drivers,ect.
    >
    > Also; would/should new "Windows updates" automatically be stored onto the
    > "Recovery d." I have been reluctant to download them since stoage there is
    > maxxed out.
    >
    > Any other options for feedback/research, or links gladly accepted.
    >
    > Thanks, Stacy B.
    > ______________
    >
    >
    > "Robert Judge" wrote:
    >

    >> On my new VISTA PC, I tried to use the built-in Backup program. The
    >> back-up
    >> apparently failed because there was not enough room on the "RECOVERY (D
    >> disk.
    >>
    >> Now, when I re-start my new VISTA PC, I get this message:
    >> "Low Disk Space
    >> You are runing out of disk space on RECOVERY (D. To free space on this
    >> drive by delteing old or unnecessary files, click here..."
    >>
    >> When I "Click here," I am then offered "Disk Cleanup for RECOVERY (D."
    >> The Disk Cleanup offers "Office Setup Files" and "Recylce Bin," but both
    >> have
    >> "0 bytes" so I can't free up space that way.
    >>
    >> When I open the Backup and Restore center and try to backup files, the
    >> program starts by "Creating a shadow copy." However, I then get a
    >> message:
    >> "An error occurred...There is not enough space to save the backup files.
    >> Free up disk space or change yur backup settings. (0x81000005)."
    >>
    >> If I have limited space on "RECOVERY D," I only need to backup Documents.
    >> But even when I only check "Documents," I get the same error message.
    >>
    >> I am thinking that I should delete the contents of RECOERY D and try to
    >> start over again. However, there appears to be some files that came
    >> already
    >> installed on RECOVERY D. However, I see a folder called "Backup Set
    >> 2008-06-08 193208," which I assume is the failed backup that I tried on
    >> June
    >> 6. Should I just delete that folder and try again? Or is there some
    >> other
    >> way I should try to use the "Backup and Restore" program? I will
    >> appreciate
    >> advice.
    >>

    The recovery partition is sized by the manufacturer to hold only the
    recovery stuff and enough space such that no 'lack of space' warning is
    produced by the system..

    Windows Backup is not set by default to save to the recovery partition. What
    it does is look for any drive or partition which isn't the system drive,
    because backups should NEVER be saved to the same drive where the operating
    system is.

    In your case, the only other drive or partition just happened to be the
    recovery partition.

    To clear what you have backed up to the partition, you need to know the name
    file(s). If you are not sure, go through the process of backing something up
    and see what name is given. Cancel the backup, and then look on the recovery
    partition for something very similar. Then delete whatever you find.

    If you want to backup, either use the CD/DVD burning software, or purchase a
    one touch backup solution (external hard drive and software package).



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  10. #10


    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Re: "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:)" message.

    On Sat, 4 Oct 2008 15:00:00 -0700, Stacy B.
    <StacyB@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > __________
    > Greetings,
    > I have been recieving "low disc space, recovery D" notices for some time now
    > and don't seem to be finding a fix I feel applies or that I want to risk
    > trying. Is this a windows Vista Premium issue or a manufacturers (Dell 530
    > inspiron) thing? Single hard drive with partician for D.
    >
    > I believe my Windows "backup" was preset to backup to "Recovery drive D"
    > (why is that even an option?) for some reason and I was unwittingly using it
    > as such. Now I have the disk full + message fequently.

    The recovery partition is *not* meant as a place for you to backup to,
    or anything else for that matter. It's a partition created by Dell for
    the sole purpose of providing a place for them to give you the files
    required to reinstall Windows. It is not there for you to do anything
    else with.

    Do not backup there, or do anything else there.

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