Recovery Drive shows as C: Drive

Posted on 2009-02-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a client whose HP computer is showing the recovery drive as C: Drive.  This causes a system error message to pop up ALL the time stating that C: Drive is out of space.  The user feels this impacts negatively on performance and I am looking for a fix to allow the Boot drive to return back to C: Drive.  I have performed every imaginable method to effect this change myself and have failed.

I am looking at a wipe and reload as a solution but would prefer not to do that if at all possible.

Any suggestions?
Question by:clenh2o
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    Accepted Solution


    If you can boot to Safe-Mode, or Normal.

    Try to:
    Turn off System Restore in my computer properties.
    Delete \Windows\Prefetch Folder.
    Perform a desk clean up, in run window type: cleanmgr /d /sagerun c:
    Set Pagefile.sys to 0 in my computer properties, advance settings, advance.

    Restart Twice directly.

    Turn on system restore again (if you want to)
    Turn on pagefile.sys to system manage size.

    Restart directly.

    Locate at Task Scheduler if there is something that is running always.
    Check also at computer properties, users profile, if there are items to be deleted.
    Check the back-ups, if it was mistaken to back files to c instead of d.


    Great is our GOD.
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    Expert Comment

    You may need to manually change the partition properties of the restore partition, since it should usually be hidden and not C:

    GPARTED on the Free system rescue CD can do this, but as always make a full backup.

    I hope this helps !
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    Author Comment

    I will give these two scenarios a try and report back as to which one worked best.  I will not be onsite again until Friday so I will keep the question open untill then.

    Thank you for responding.
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    Author Closing Comment

    This fix didn't work exactly as prescribed but with a little tweaking (sorry, I didn't document my tweaks and they got a little involved) it cleared up my issue.  This really got me pointed in the right direction, though, so thanks.  I did NOT have to wipe and reload.

    P.S.  Sorry it took me so long to respond, I was on vacation.

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