Recovery Drive almost full: Should backups be in D drive or in the C drive?

o0Kara0o

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Okay, here is a pic of my hard disks.

My backups go into my Recovery Drive, and it is nearly full. I repeatedly uninstall prgrams that I don't need, and delete old backups. Why is it still full? How do I make more space? My OS drive is so BIG, but I have next to nothing in it! Are backups supposed to be going into C drive?
 

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richc46

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Not to worry. The recovery is probalby just restore points. As you need more space the oldest point is deleted and a new one made. If you want to make space. Turn off the System Restore, deleting all points. Then make a new point, you will need it in case of problems.
 

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richc46

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That helps quite a bit. The biggest portion is from Dell. That is there in case of emergency you can restore to factory specs. So 1/2 the problem is solved.

Most of the rest are your personal documents, etc. Click on the computer icon on desktop, click on d drive then click on Rachael. You will probably recognize what they are, if you are Rachael.
 

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o0Kara0o

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That helps quite a bit. The biggest portion is from Dell. That is there in case of emergency you can restore to factory specs. So 1/2 the problem is solved.

Most of the rest are your personal documents, etc. Click on the computer icon on desktop, click on d drive then click on Rachael. You will probably recognize what they are, if you are Rachael.

Okay, so should I move my files, or just delete unneeded ones...?
 

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richc46

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Did you check the files? Are you certain as to what they are and that they are not important for the OS or for backup?
 

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    Dell XPS420
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    6 gig
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    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
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    Fan
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    Dell USB 4 button optical
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o0Kara0o

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My files only take up 2.17 GB, because it is only my backup files. Nothing else that is mine is in the Recovery Drive. So I should move them to the OS drive? Do I just copy and paste the folder into the OS, or is there a certain process? Because when I try to change the settings for my backup, it says I can only put them in my Recovery Drive or my DVD drive???
 

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eldinv

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How is it that you even able to write information to that recovery partition? Those partitions should never be touched. It contains information to recovery your OS in case of problems. Most are even hidden so that users cannot change or edit anything.

Like the others have said delete your personal information, backup information from that partition so that it goes back to the way it was when you first got machine.

Then I would create a new partition. Maybe 25GB should be fine.
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Either continue doing backups as you were to this newly create partition, or I might recommend a program called Marcium Reflect. This allows you to create a system image of your OS partition (C). It doesn't let you choose what files, but simply takes a image of the WHOLE partition and lets you save it to that new partition you created above.

If something goes wrong in your OS, you can do a recovery to that image your created as it was. Some people use Paragon Backup which does the same as Macrium but I think it lets you also do backups of certain files and folders.

This is basically a extra layer of protection, since you can always do a recovery using the OEM partition.
 
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