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(D:) Drive on my vista nearly full
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I know this probably arn't the best place to ask, but figured I'd give it a go anyway.
I'm getting messages from my desktop that my Factory_image (D:) drive is nearly full (this is on my windows Vista). I'm not sure what to do with it, although read somewhere its to do with the manufactuers when they put that in there, and if it gets full I can no longer save anything.
Any advice? (and simple as poss, not much of a techno guy here)
Edit: I understand that this is what the system uses for a backup to factory settings incase of a system crash, but it doesn't explan why the D drive would be saying its full now, or how anything could have been saved to it.
The drive is actually full. which is not surprising being a Restore drive. Dont worry about the drive being full, you should not be putting anything on it anyways.
What i would be worried about, is how it became visible to windows. Most if not all Restore drives are hidden from the Operating System, such as Windows. Being that yours suddenly became full and visible with a drive letter assigned, you likely have a virus or male-ware. Run a virus-scan and spyware scan. It will not hide the drive again, but it might remove whatever software had made the drive visible.
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I seriously doubt it. In my 18 years of computer repair, i have only seen Recovery Partitions become visible because of User control or a virus. If the OP did not specifically display the partition, then it is likely a virus or other program on the drive. I have seen it multiple times in my career.
While yes, some drives may have extra space, it is often unusual. The reason why these drives are hidden is to prevent viruses and users from damaging the partition and any data it may contain. Also, it prevents users from dumping their music and image data onto the drive. It costs extra money to buy a recovery CD from the company to fix these issues.
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