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Swj54
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How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

I have a new Dell XPS Vista Ultimate system. I attempted to backup my system to the Recovery drive d:. At the first attempt, the software indicated that it did not have enough space but it backed up what it could. Now my Recover drive is out of space and I get an error message upon boot up. How can I "undo" the backup to the Recovery drive d: to gain that space back again but leave the files that the system needs on that drive?
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SlamX
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

Sorry but you have destroyed the recovery partition and its recovery data. The recovery partition is not to be backed up to. Wipe it clean and use it for a 3rd party backup program like Ghost or Acronis True Image.
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SlamX
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

Wait on whiping it clean I may have misunderstood. Can you see the recovery directory/files on that drive still? If so you will have to carefully delete the backup files you copied on there.
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Swj54
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

Yes, I can see the complete drive with various directories. I believe that I just need to know which directories can be deleted (having been created by the MS Backup process) and which ones to leave alone (original Recovery files). Believe me, I will never mess with that drive again!
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SlamX
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

Can you upload a screen shot here to take a look at?
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Swj54
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

Screen Shot link on my web picture page

 

http://www.fototime.com/5DC3E13B222E199/orig.jpg

 

Thanks for your help,

Steve

 

 

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SlamX
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

Hmmmm well I can't tell sorry. What did you use to backup your files. Check your manual on how the sytem restore works maybe it will explain the folders.
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Swj54
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

I used Windows Back Up. At this point, I identified what looked like the back up folder (HOMEVISTA), I moved it to my c: drive temporarily to see if anything else is affected. So far, so good. It appears that the Recovery files may be in Dell/Image folder. There are other folders on the drive but I'm leaving them along.

 

Thanks

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SlamX
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

You are correct the Dell restore is in the Dell\Image folder. Sorry for my limited knowledge I am still mostly using XP.
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Swj54
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Re: How to "Undo" backup to Recovery drive

Thanks for your help.

 

Since I do not plan to touch the Recovery drive d: again it's of no consequence, but there are other folders other than the Dell/Image folder such as Tools, Users, Windows, etc. Do you know if the back up created these folders or are they part of the original Recovery files?

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