I have a Dell laptop running Vista and a 230GB drive C. I reinstalled Windows recently and there now seems to be a Drive E called Recovery of 10GB size of which 9.80GB is used. I am constantly getting messages in the bottom right hand corner of screen saying 'You are running out of disk space on drive E' and giving only option of emptying Recycle Bin which is already empty. The folders in E are Dell, Programme files, Sources, Tools and Windows and I'm not aware of putting them there!
Dell computers come with a Recovery partition that you can use to restore the computer to the way it was when it was new (usually by pressing F12 when the computer starts). The problem isn't that the Recovery partition is almost full. The problem is that Windows Vista shouldn't be accessing that partition at all, and neither should the user.
To remove the partition from Windows Vista and avoid the error message, remove its drive letter:
1. Click the Start button. 2. Type diskmgmt.msc in the Start Search box and press Enter . 3. Click Continue at the User Account Control prompt. 4. When the Disk Management window opens, right-click the E: partition, click Change Drive Letter and Paths... , and click Remove . 5. Click Yes .
c4rm0 yes but that would completely destroy the recovery partition, which Duncanf may wish to use at some future date.
Duncanf To backup your registry go to Start> Run. and type regedit and then hit Enter. Make sure Computer is highlighted at the top, click File> Export and select where you want to save your backup (Such as My Documents) and save it. If anything goes wrong you can then double click on that and it will replace the registry to how it is now.