Larna
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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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And I thought that I wasn't too bad with computers having bought my 3rd Dell in 9 years.  First 2 were desktops, newest one is Inspiron 1525 with a full (red) 'Recovery D drive'.  I do not understand what this drive does, nor why it is full, but my laptop is working very very slowly.  Even the McAfee scan is doing about 4 files avery 15 minutes!  It is virtually unusable and I do not understand why.  I am currently using my desktop.  The frustrating thing is that I can find no information as to why I now have this extra drive, or how to use it.  The stuff that you have explained is all beyond me, I am afraid. 

It therefore seems that Vista is not for the majority of home users who are not computer whizz kids!  My hardly used new laptop of only a few months, now seems too full to use even though it has a 160gb hard drive with little on it! 

Dell Dimension 5150;  Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, Processor speed 2.92 GHz;  Windows XP Home Edition;  1024MB RAM; 160GB hard drive;  HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B;  HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8164B.  Microsoft Security Essentials.

Dell Inspiron 1525; Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 550@ 2.00GHz; Windows Vista Home Premium; 2GB RAM; .160GB hard drive. AVG Free Antirus.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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And I thought that I wasn't too bad with computers having bought my 3rd Dell in 9 years.  First 2 were desktops, newest one is Inspiron 1525 with a full (red) 'Recovery D drive'.  I do not understand what this drive does, nor why it is full, but my laptop is working very very slowly.  Even the McAfee scan is doing about 4 files avery 15 minutes!  It is virtually unusable and I do not understand why.  I am currently using my desktop.  The frustrating thing is that I can find no information as to why I now have this extra drive, or how to use it.  The stuff that you have explained is all beyond me, I am afraid. 

It therefore seems that Vista is not for the majority of home users who are not computer whizz kids!  My hardly used new laptop of only a few months, now seems too full to use even though it has a 160gb hard drive with little on it! 

My laptop is still flashing up the message that my D drive is full all the time.  It is driving me mad.  I never use this drive and I still don't understand why I have it.  It was never on my previous Dell PCs.  What is the point of it, and how can I shut it up?

Dell Dimension 5150;  Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, Processor speed 2.92 GHz;  Windows XP Home Edition;  1024MB RAM; 160GB hard drive;  HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GWA4164B;  HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8164B.  Microsoft Security Essentials.

Dell Inspiron 1525; Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 550@ 2.00GHz; Windows Vista Home Premium; 2GB RAM; .160GB hard drive. AVG Free Antirus.

 

 

 

 

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Dave576
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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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Larna,

The  'Recovery D drive' was put there by Dell to be used instead of a Installation DVD so you can re-install your operating system as it came from the factory. It is basically your re-installation DVD put on this D drive. This will re-install Vista only. No other applications, programs or files that you have added to your computer can be re-installed from the D drive. Do not try to re-install or restore from the D drive until it is cleaned up or fixed.

The  'Recovery D drive' is not suppose to have anything else added to it, ever. If anything else was put in there it is likely that it will not work properly, if you can get the files out that have been added since you received the computer, it might work again.

The 'Recovery D drive' is usually 10GB with from 5GB to 8GB of used space. That leaves 5GB to 2GB of free space available, this will get used up fast if something is added, which nothing should be. It seems that this 'Recovery D drive' gets used inadvertently for something like backup files, unknowingly or by accident. When the D drive gets full the computer will give you a warning that it is full and won't be able to write to it anymore. Your Anti-virus doesn't know it's full, the Anti-Virus needs free space on the D drive when it runs a scan on it, and so it's trying to run the scan with a very small free space which slows it down - a lot. Just cancel the virus scan on the D drive until you get it sorted out.

Never add anything to the D drive, make sure your backups are not going to the D drive, they should go to a different physical disk like an external hard drive.

You will continue to get the’ D drive is full’ warning until you can remove some of the excess files from it. 

Vista is a very good operating system and will handle many of the required actions on your computer automatically, it will also give you warnings if you are about to do something that might cause you trouble. I find Vista to be very capable and stable as well as non-whizz friendly, but nothing is perfect.

You should try to get Dell support (you have a fairly new computer) to help you with this, their software support is for 3(I think?) months, I'm not sure of the exact length of the software warranty. If possible they might be able to remotely access your computer and remove the added files. If that scenario doesn’t work, then list all of the folders in the 'Recovery D drive' and someone on this forum can try to help you remove them from the D drive. 

Good luck,

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Kingsflivv
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Re: Recovery drive (d) full

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Larna-

I think I saw in an earlier post you use McAfee.  I use Norton 360, and it has a backup feature itself.  I had to go into the user setting and change where I want my backups to be sent.  I JUST FIGURED THAT OUT TODAY!!!!!  Set your back ups to go to a DVD or an external hard drive if possible.  I don't know how McAfee works, but if you look  on the bottom right hand part of your tool bar, there should be an icon for McAfee...like a big red M or something.  Click on it and see if it has an automatic backup feature, and then see where it's going.  More than likely, it's sending it to your D: drive, thus taking up all the space.  Just a suggestion.  Hope it helps!

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