On Fri, 4 Jul 2008 14:51:01 -0700, Robert Judge
> 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
> 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:
> 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
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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