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    Does my Recovery Partition need to be enlarged?

    Hi to all,
    I just Upgraded my Dell Inspiron 530 64 Bit computer from Vista To Windows 7.
    I am now getting the message "Low Disc Space - you are running out of disc space on Recovery (E". This partition is 14.6 GB with 24.4 MB free. I have been told that the Recovery files always remain the same and when the OS is updated Recovery is not, so do I really need to allot more space for my E: drive or will I be OK? If I need to increase the size of the "E" partition, how do I do it? Is this a procedure that a newbie can comfortably do without screwing up the hard drive? Thank You. Respectfully, Graphics Guy

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    The only thing in the Recovery partition is the original factory install Vista OS. Since you have upgraded to Win 7 this recovery info is no longer valid in your case. The only logical reason to keep this partition is if you eventually get rid of the PC and would like to reload the original Vista OS. In my case I got rid of the recovery partition and added the space (in your case 14.6 GB) to my main partition. Any partitioning app will do this easily. Heck the Win 7 Disk Manager can format the drive, but since the Recovery partition resides in front of the C Drive, Win 7 Disk Manager cannot recover the space. For this you would need a 3rd party app. I used Partition Wizard for this very chore on our 3 PC's. It will allow you to format the space so it shows as unallocated then expand the C drive to include this space.
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    Hi Ted

    Thank you for the quick reply.
    What I didn't mention in my original message was that I chose the "Custom" advanced option when I installed Windows 7 because my copy of Vista was all messed up and I had all kinds of programs that I had installed and never used so I wanted to clean house. Does this change your reply in any way? Sorry! Respectfully, Graphics Guy

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    No, not really. The Recovery Partition houses the factory install of Vista. If you will never use this again then hose it and recover the space. Check out all the threads on Imaging in the Security and Backup forum. This is a much better alternative for restoration when disaster strikes.
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    Thank you Ted,

    I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.

    Respectfully, Graphics Guy

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    Glad I could help. Have fun!
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