HP Pavilion Media Center a1640n Desktop PC Recovery partition

Posted on 2007-08-12
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
HP Pavilion Media Center a1640n Desktop PC running Windows Vista. I noticed that the recovery partition now has only 19MB of free space. I think somehow some programs got loaded to this partition. How can I check the contents of this partiton and move anything that shouldn't be there?


Question by:RobertEhinger
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    To the best of my knowledge, the HP Recovery Partition is not in a Fat32 or NTFS format.  If it were, you could simply view the files in Windows Explorer (make sure Tools/Options is set to see ALL files - even the hidden and system files).

    Perhaps you could try the HP Recovery Manager:
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    From memory - recovery partitions are not huge in the first place, perhaps you could download a program called TreeSize and scan that HDD to see what files are taking up the most space on that drive.
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    >> How can I check the contents of this partiton and move anything that shouldn't be there?
    Click on "My Computer" > C Drive > Program Files. Then from here, is the all the program you installed before, some software will not be remove "cleanly" therefore will leave some files inside the Program Files. Check on which folder contains the files that is not being used, just delete it ....... (make sure you know what you are deleting, else, if you delete wrongly, will make some software installed in your PC does not functioning correctly.)  
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    Lauchangkwang is correct if the partition files are visible.  Remember what I said about being able to view ALL files.  Here's the exact steps for your operating system:

    1. Open Windows Explorer
    2. Click on the Tools Menu, then on Folder Options
    3. Click the View Tab
    4. Under Files and Folders, make sure Display the Contents of System Folders is checked
    5. Under Hidden Files and Folders, choose Show Hidden Files and Folders
    6. Under Hidden Files and Folder, make sure Hide Extensions for Known File Types and Hide Protected Operating System Files (recommended) are BOTH checked.
    7. Click OK
    8. Go to View Menu in Windows Explorer and view the directory with your desired partion as "Details"

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