09-29-2010 01:37 PM
I would like to know if there is a way to empty the recovery partition on my Dv1672ea (Windows XP Home) in order to use it as a drive for personal files.
I don't want to delete the partition and merge the D drive with the C drive, I just want to empty it and use it as it is.
I've already done the recovery CDs (and I regularly clone my C drive on a USB hdd).
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09-29-2010 02:19 PM
Please perform the following steps:
1. Open Disk Management by Right Clicking "My Computer" and selecting "Manage."
2. Click on "Storage" and "Disk Management."
3. Find the Recovery Drive partition. There are usually two partitions: the "C: partition" and the "HP_RECOVERY D: partition."
4. Right-click on "HP_RECOVERY D:" and select "Format."
5. Choose the File system and Allocation Unit Size and click "OK." The HP Recovery Drive partition will format and be available for your specified use.
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10-02-2010 04:34 AM
Yesterday I did everything you said, and it worked.
Today, however, I found the HP partition again and it is again filled with all the files.
Do I have to uninstall the recovery manager?
PS During the process, I found an hidden partition of 1gb. Is it for quickplay? As I don't use it, can I merge it with the HP recovery partition and try to format both?
10-02-2010 11:48 AM
If you right click on those files and go to properties it would probably show that there's is nothing in them. Go to my computer, open the recovery partition and right click to delete the files. You should also be able to format the recovery partition from Computer with out having to go to disk management again.
There are some other things to try, but do these things first.
10-02-2010 12:19 PM
The D partition (HP_RECOVERY) is still full. It has the same free space as before (513mb out of 5,17gb).
I cannot look inside it unless I use DOS as, if I try to open with windows, I get the annoying popup windows (HP_RECOVERY message).
Everything is just like it was before. It seems as I didn't format it!
Is there anything running at the startup that check the partition and then, if necessary, restore it?
It deleted also 1 file I left in the D drive after having formatted it!
(Sorry for my poor english!)
10-02-2010 08:21 PM
Try using Partition Wizard to empty the recovery partition.
Being third party software, XP may not reinstall the contents.
The other thing that may work is Vidya's solution, but change the name or/and the drive letters to the partition so Windows won't recognize the partition.
10-03-2010 08:40 AM - edited 10-03-2010 08:43 AM
You may try as suggested in:
|CAUTION:||Because removing a partition destroy files, not all users can perform this action. See the Microsoft support web site for information on creating and deleting partitions.|
10-04-2010 01:07 PM
Everything is now fine. I formatted the D partition again (in MY COMPUTER it was 5,77gb, in DISK MANAGEMENT it was 6,77gb because I merge the hidden 1gb partitiion) and I disabled CPQSET.EXE from startup.
I don't know if this was the right way, but now everything is just as I want.
Thanks to everyone!
10-04-2010 08:27 PM
Glad that you have it solved.
I did mine in the following steps:
1) Unintall the recovery management via the control panel in the PC (Win 7)
2) Remove the SSD and use another PC(XP) to delete the recovery partition using the disk management.
3) Using the disk management to format this partition and give it a drive name.
4) Put it back into the original PC(Win 7) and there exists an extra logical drive with the same GB as the recovery partition.
5) Then there are two logical drives in one SSD.