HP/Compaq Recovery Partition going into the red?
Despite the recent thread: Enlarging the D partition? now being closed, no one actually commented on the real cause of the problem. I thought other HP/Compaq owners searching for a solution to their Recovery Partition going into the red may find the following helpful.
Perhaps the Administrators may like to tack this post into the closed thread.
This problem of the Recovery Partition of HP and Compaq computers going into the red is caused by the HP Software Updater – you’d think HP support would have spotted the problem they are causing by now… dohh!
If you allow it to run – and I wouldn’t - the HP Software Updater has free reign to access and update your system files. Around the start of 2014, some bright spark at HP support decided it would be a good idea to also update HP’s diagnostic tools in the Recovery Partition – completely missing the point that the updated files would inevitably be bigger than the originals and would bump HP’s own predefined Recovery Partition size limits!
The best way to deal with this problem is: Back up the Recovery Partition. Shrink the Windows partition by a few GB (to give you some free space). Expand the Recovery Partition size into the free space.
Frankly, to prevent this problem coming back to your system again, my advice is to go into Control Panel > Programs and Features, and remove the HP updater program completely - that will kill the little varmint off. Like most of the proprietor junk that HP, Dell, Acer etc. burden your new system down with, it’s mostly little use to man or beast anyway and would be far better replaced with quality freeware equivalents.
How to resize the HD partitions:
My golden rule for all partition changes is to make sure you defrag all partitions before you start – it makes things much smoother, safer and less prone to BUs
I recommend you use Partition Wizard – read how to do it here in their excellent help pages:
You can download the free Windows version of Partition Wizard from their home page but I’d recommend you actually use the Linux based boot disk version and do it from outside of Windows at start-up – much less to go wrong than any ‘live’ Windows based partition manager. You can download the boot iso here:
Previous thread re. HP Updater overloading the Recovery Partition.