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#1 flycatcher

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 11:17 AM

My brand new laptop HP Pavilion dv9208 already has a storeage problem. The D drive has 6.59 GB of storeage space but ihas already used up 95% of it leaving me only 627MB of space left. Not even enough to do a backup. The space is being used up by the HP recovery. I did make a recovery disc. When I look at the D Drive properties I see that the "compress this drive to save disc space" box is not checked. My question; should I compress this drive? Will it really help save space and if not can I un-compress it? I've never messed with the D Drive before because I've always thought it was hallowed ground. Any suggestions/advice. Thanks in advance

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 11:22 AM

Do Not, I repeat do not mess with the D drive on the HP this is your recovery partition, and contains the first back up of all your original software. the second back up is on the disks that you made. There should be an instruction phamplet that came with the laptop on how to use this partition.
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 11:34 AM

Yes I see what your saying, but is it safe to compress it?

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 02:13 PM

There's really no need to, FC.

If you've created the proper CD/DVD of that recovery partition, then you could completely delete all of the data and use that 6.5G drive D: for other data.

The manual that came with your HP should explain both how to make that "recovery" CD/DVD and how to recover, if you will, that drive space.
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 04:47 PM

There is no problem with your D: drive - it's designed to be this way. As others have said, leave it along - you'll appreciate this advice if you have to restore the PC at some time in the future (and 6.6 gB is a piddling amount of space on todays hard drives.

If you're still strapped for space, I'd suggest getting either a larger drive for your PC, or getting an external drive to store stuff on.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 11:07 AM

Yes, Leave it alone unless you have a copy of an OS disc, like Windows XP or Vista. I personally format both drives, install my OS, partition them together, and run one drive. I never use the OS that the store gives to me, and I never use the back up partition that they give me either.




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