I have an HP Pavilion DV6 with Win 7. I just transferred my files from an HP
with XP and I noticed that about 90% of my recovery drive is now used. It must
have backed all that I transferred. Is there a way to view what’s on the
recovery drive and selectively delete stuff or send it to another backup
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Full recovery drive
In general, my recommendation is to almost always leave the recovery drive
Or back it up and then remove the partition from your machine.
It’s for recovery only
Now, I don’t know that I would assume that the “90% full indication” means
that you’ve been copying things there.
Realize that the recovery drive was never intended for things to be written
The recovery drive exists only as a place from which recovery
software would recover a clean version of the operating system and all of the
utilities that were installed on the machine when you got it.
Typically, it comes 90% full. So I wouldn’t assume that it’s full because of
anything that you did.
Check the drive
The best way to view what’s in it?
Well, gosh, if you can see that it’s 90% full, then clearly it’s visible on
your machine. Fire up Windows Explorer and go poke around in it; have a look in
I’m assuming; I’m guessing; in fact, I’m pretty certain that you will find
that there is nothing on that drive that you did. Like I said, Windows
Explorer should be able to just navigate into it.
Double-click on the D drive if that’s what the letter assigned to it is.
If it’s not visible, then I’d have to know where you’re getting this warning
A hidden partition
Many times the recovery drive is, in fact, a hidden partition on your
system. But in that case, then it would be hidden.
In other words:
Not only would you not see that it’s 90% full;
But you also wouldn’t have had the opportunity to transfer things into it in
the first place.
So I’m a little confused by some of the missing details in the question
here. But by and large, there’s nothing you need to do to your recovery drive.
You don’t need to make more room in it.
Backup and delete
In fact, the thing I almost always do when I set up a new machine that comes
with a recovery drive pre-installed is:
I will actually take a system image of the entire machine: the base drive
and the recovery drive;
And then I’ll get rid of the recovery partition.
It’s just taking up space, which most of the time, if you’ve got a good
backup, you’re never really going to need it.