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Recovery drive (d) full

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I have been searching the fourm for answers to this question and still not sure on the answer.

My recovery drive (d) is full. Will not let me backup anymore.

the files in the folder is as follows:

Media ID.bin

tools

windows

program files

users

Dee-PC

dell

sources

programdata

Is there anything I can delete from this to recover more space?

Should I even worry about it?

I have XPS 420

OptiPlex 755

4GB memory

Vista

 

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fireberd
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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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Backups should NEVER be done on the same physical hard drive.  If that drive fails everything is lost including your backups.  Backup to a separate drive, then if there is a hardware failure of the drive you haven't lost your backed up data. 

I have a USB connected hard drive that I do full backups to using Acronis True Image software.  I do complete backups of my hard drive (how often depends on what I have done or installed, etc) including all partitions (the main "C" drive plus the Dell Recovery and Diagnostic partitions).  If there is a hard drive failure, or just a corruption of the Operating System, for example, you can fully recover with the Acronis backup to the hard drive in about a hour.

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As advised, you should not store backups on the same drive... at least not without also having them copied to/duplicated on an external source - i.e. an external hard drive, CD/DVD, or a pendrive (/flash drive).

 

But you shouldn't be using the 'Recovery' partition for backups anyway

That partition contains the files required/used by the Dell restore process, and adding your own files to it, could corrupt the restore process - such that you won't be able to restore your system to its factory settings!

From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

 

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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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When you say backups..I never changed anything for these files. I just let it do its thing. Was something changed and I never realized it?

I also have the reinstallation DVD that came with my computer along with drivers DVD.

You are saying I should purchase an external drive for backups..which is fine..you can get one for under $100. in most places. I was just wondering why these files where in there and why when I searched the forums for answers I never seen the list that I have..meaning the extra files I seem to have in there..MediaID.bin..Dee-Pc and Programdata..

Should I take out anything that I have in there and direct it to my C drive? and ofcorse how do I do that?

I appreciate your time on this matter.

Thank you all..

Dee

C3PO5
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Hi

Remove this {Media ID.bin} and this {Dee-PC}and you will be safe to go !!

And use a USB drive to backup to !

Good Luck

 

Jerry\c3po5

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Ok so its safe to move these two files to a USB drive?

Seems like the Dee-Pc is System Restore points? How did they end up in there? Should I move them to copy to C drive after I copy them to USB drive?

Gosh, I feel so confused and this is not the only Dell system I have had..just new to this D recovery backup.

Thank you,

Dee

 

RobinBredin
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Hi Life_Sparkles, The only files you need in there are,

Dell,

Program Files,

Sources,

Tools,

Users,

Windows.

As for your other files, either move them into your C drive, then burn them to disc, or send straight onto an usb drive pen.

      

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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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Is there a certain place in C drive I should be directing dee-PC and MediaID-bin and Programdata to? I know I will be copying them to a usb drive pen.

I am sorry about all these questions but I really want to make sure I do this right.

Thank you so much for the answers for this question.

Dee

RobinBredin
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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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Hi Life_Sparkles, You can copy them to anyway in your C drive, Ie Program files, or even to your Desktop. Then copy them your USB.But, what you can do in the future is to create an folder, and save it to there, until you are ready to transfer the contents to your USB.

      

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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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RobinBredin..

Thank you so much! Seems easy enough. I appreciate your time on this.

Dee