Backup drives and partitions are vital in keeping the data needed in case of major accidents. However, due to registry errors, they can become confused with useless information. They can also fill up after a crash if you have to change the main boot drive or save files to them. The programs that come pre-installed on your Windows machine can help you free up space on your hard drive, but try these options first. Instructions
Removing files from the recovery drive
Clean off used files. No personal data should be stored on the recovery drive. To do this, go to the Start Menu and select “Computer”. Double-click on the recovery drive.
To delete files, right click on them and click “Delete”. However, only delete files that you have personally uploaded to the recovery drive, as most of the files you will find there are necessary for recovery operations. If there are no personal files on the drive, go to Step 3.
Defrag the disk. Open the Start menu and then go to “Accessories”, “System Tools” and “Disk Defragmenter.” Click “Defragment Now”.
Make sure you have freed up enough space for Windows. If not, see the next section.
Preventing Windows from using the partition drive for virtual paging (Vista)
Open the Start menu and then click Control Panel. Select “System and Maintenance” and then the heading “System” . Click on “Advanced System Settings” in the left pane.
In the window that appears, click the Advanced tab and then click the button in the Performance box marked “Settings”. Go to the Advanced tab of the new window and click “Change” in the virtual memory box.
Select the recovery drive (uncheck the “Automatically manage” box if necessary) and select “Do not paging the file.” Click “Set” and “OK”. Restart the computer . This will ensure that Windows does not use the recovery drive for virtual memory.
Remove programs that could be installed on the recovery drive. Go to Control Panel and select “Uninstall a Program” under the “Programs” heading.
Review the programs on the recovery drive and remove all user-installed programs.
repartition your recovery drive. Third-party programs such as Partition Magic can force Windows to allocate more space for the recovery drive. In most cases, however, this shouldn’t be necessary.
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