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HP Recovery Drive Full? How to Fix it in Windows 10?

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    Summary: Have you encountered such an error saying you are running out of space on recovery partition when using your computer for a period of time? This post will show you the specific cause about low disk space recovery drive and the solutions to HP recovery drive full in Windows 10.

    HP Recovery D Drive Is Almost Full

    Before we introduce recovery disk full issue, here let's learn some information about recovery drive. When installing Windows 10/8/7 operating system on your computer, maybe you will find there is a recovery partition in Windows Disk Management. Do you know what recovery partition is?

    What Is Recovery Partition

    Generally speaking, the recovery partition refers to a special partition on the system disk, and it stores some files including system backup image files and files of system restoration. With all these needed files, this recovery partition can be used to restore the system to its factory setting while system issues appear. Recovery partition has two types, such as Windows recovery partition and supplier's recovery partition. Usually, the recovery drive takes up much disk space. In this post, we mean the latter one which is created by computer manufacturers, such as HP, Lenovo, and Dell.

    Low Disk Space Warning on Recovery Partition

    An actual case from one forum:

    "I have an HP laptop with Windows 10. Earlier today I was playing around with the Backup settings and it started backing up. But then it popped up a box saying there wasn't enough space so I cancelled it. Now when I click on the This PC link, it shows my Recovery drive in red and it only has 13mb free space. I also keep getting a pop up saying it's too full to back up.
    How can I fix this please?"
    --from tomshardware

    If you use an HP computer for a period of time, you probably find your recovery drive D bar gets red when opening Windows Explorer, just like the following figure shows.

    hp recovery drive full

    Besides, low disk space error notification always appears in desktop view, saying "You are running out of disk space on RECOVERY (D:). Click here to see if you can free space on this drive". This warning occurs periodically, and it seems to be very severe on HP computers in Windows 10/8/7 so that many of you ask how to clean HP recovery drive to fix disk full issue.

    you are running out of disk space on recovery d

    Why Recovery Drive Full Windows 10/8/7

    When HP recovery drive is almost full, you are most likely to be confused about why this issue appears on your PC. As you know, actually recovery drive refers to a partition on the main hard disk, not an actual and physical drive. This drive has less available space than partition C. If you store files on this recovery drive or a backup and restore tool writes some files to it which you don't know, this drive will get full.

    recommend Tip:
    What's worse, if you need to use it to do system recovery, some serious problems will happen, for example, you fail to restore your system. Therefore, don't store any files which are not related to a system recovery to this partition.

    How to Fix HP Recovery Disk Full Windows 10/8/7

    After learning so much information about what recovery partition is and why "low disk space recovery drive Windows 10 issue" occurs, now you probably are urgent to search the solutions to fix this issue. Here we summarize four ways. Try them now.

    solution 1 Solution 1: Extend Recovery Partition

    When searching the solutions to low disk space online, many users suggest increasing recovery partition size. Is it feasible to solve HP recovery drive full issue? Of course, this way is the best one. How to achieve this aim? Read on, please.

    use Use MiniTool Partition Wizard

    In order to extend recovery partition, here we highly recommend you to adopt a piece of third-party professional software. In the partition manager market, there are many kinds of programs. Which one should you use? MiniTool Partition Wizard is worthy of being recommended since it wins some good reputations from users all over the world. This dedicated partition software is designed to have six different editions for different operating systems according to users' various needs, such as Free Edition, Professional Edition, Pro Ultimate Edition, Server Edition, Enterprise Edition and Technician Edition. Thereinto, the first three editions are suitable for personal computers. Here if you need to increase partition size in Windows 10/8/7, its Free Edition will be recommended to you. With this free partition and disk management software, it is easy to resize partition, extend partition, move/format/delete/copy partition, migrate OS and more.

    tip Before expanding HP recovery drive, please download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, and then install it on your computer.

    Case 1: There is unallocated space which is adjacent to HP recovery partition D.

    Step 1: Double click this program and then click "Launch Application" button. (Note: Only Free Edition supports this step.)

    Step 2: Then in the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard, you will see one unallocated space is next to the target partition D. Please right click on it and then select "Move/Resize" feature. Or select "Move/Resize Partition" from "Change Partition" menu to solve recovery disk full Windows 10 issue.

    resize recovery partition

    Step 3: Then drag the slider towards right side to occupy the unallocated space or you can change the value in the textbox. Then click "OK" button to go back to the main interface.

    increase partition size

    Step 4: Then you will preview HP recovery drive D gets 8.4GB unused disk space. Finally, please execute this operation by hitting "Apply" button in the upper left corner.


    Case 2: There is no unallocated space, or the unallocated space exists but it is not next to recovery partition

    In addition to case 1, you probably have such a situation in case 2. In this case, you can use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition "Extend Partition" feature to solve HP recovery drive full issue.

    Step 1: Select recovery partition D, and then click "Extend Partition" feature in the left pane.


    Step 2: Then please take some free space from other partition on the same disk. Here we choose partition F as an example. By dragging the slider, you can decide how much free space you take from F. Then click "OK" to go back to MiniTool Partition Wizard main interface.

    take free space

    Step 3: At last, hit "Apply" button to finish partition extension operation.

    apply extension

    use Use Disk Management

    Some of you don't want to use a third-party tool to extend partition, but to use Windows built-in Disk Management. Sometimes this tool can help you to expand partition size successfully to fix HP recovery drive full issue. However, sometimes, you fail to do this work.

    1. In Windows 10/8/7, click "Win+R" and then type "compmgmt.msc" to run Disk Management.
    2. Then right click on the target partition D, you will find "Extend Volume" is grayed out. So you can't resize the partition size.

    extend volume not working

    Why? Actually, it is because of the limitation of Windows Disk Management, of which "Extend Volume" can only be available in the following situations:

    • There must be unallocated space or free space closely followed by primary partition or logical partition.
    • The target partition must be in RAW and NTFS files system.

    From the screenshot, you know although there is unallocated space, but it is not right adjacent to partition D. In this case, it is necessary to ask a professional program for help. Here we suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.


    solution 2 Solution 2: Disable System Protection

    In addition to the above way, you can try to disable system protection to stop low disk space error in Windows 10/8/7. How to do this work? Here take Windows 10 as an example.

    1. In Windows 10, right-click "Start" icon and then select "System" feature.
    2. Click "System protection" on the left side.

    system protection

    3. Then you will see the protection settings of all your partitions on the disk. Please check whether HP recovery partition D is off or on. If it shows "On", select this drive, and click "Configure" button. In the pop-up window, check "Disable system protection" option.

    disable system protection

    solution 3 Solution 3: Don't Hide Protected Operating System Files

    If your system protection on the recovery partition D shows "Off", solution 2 is not useful. Try solution 3.

    1. In Windows Explorer, enter "View" table.
    2. Then click "Options" to select "Change folder and search options".
    3. Next in "Folder Options" window, check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" and remove "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)".

    no hide operating system files

    Solution 2 and solution 3 are very common ways to fix HP recovery drive full issue in Windows 10/8/7. Click HP forum to learn more about this issue. But to some degrees, these two ways can't fundamentally fix low disk space warning on recovery drive D since the disk space isn't increased. Thus, we strongly advise you to try solution 1 to extend recovery partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

    solution 4 Solution 4: Disable Low Disk Space Warning Windows 10/8/7

    If you don't want to extend recovery partition, you can try to disable low disk space warning on HP recovery drive D in Windows 10/8/7. Do you know how to perform this operation? As a matter of fact, it's very easy, just modify registry setting.

    1. Click "Win +R" to input "regedit" to open registry editor.
    2. Then go to this path:
    HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    3. Check whether there is "NoLowDiskSpaceChecks" item. If it doesn't exist, please right click your mouse, then click "New" > "DWORD" and name it as "NoLowDiskSpaceChecks".
    4. Next, right-click this item to change the value from 0 to 1. Then you won't receive "you are running out of disk space on recovery D" error message.

    disable low disk space warning

    Other Suggestions to Clean up Recovery Drive D Windows 10

    solution Remove Recovery Drive Letter

    When searching HP recovery drive full on the internet, you will find someone advises to remove the drive letter of your HP recovery partition. In Windows Disk Management, the recovery partition of computer manufacturer has a drive letter, for example, HP assigns letter D to this drive. Then right click on the recovery partition, select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" feature to "Remove" it. Look at the following screenshot about the original answer by other users in answers.microsoft forum.

    remove drive letter

    solution Delete Recovery Drive D

    When HP recovery drive is almost full, some of you probably choose to delete such a partition since you think it is not useful and takes much disk space. Actually, it is not so. Recovery partition can be used to restore your system in event of system issues, just like we have mentioned in part one. So this way is not the best solution. But if you have a backup of this partition, this way is good.

    tip Tip:
    You may say you have deleted recovery partition because you are not willing to receive low disk space warning in Windows 10/8/7. It doesn’t matter. This partition can be recovered with a professional third-party software. Please do as this article Can I Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 7/8/10 for Further Use shows.

    solution Copy Partition to Another Disk

    If you find there is not enough disk space to extend partition by taking other free disk space or you decide to delete the recovery partition, you can choose to copy recovery partition to another hard drive to resize recovery partition during copy process or make a backup. Here MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is still useful for this job.

    Step 1: Right click on this recovery partition to select "Copy" feature.

    Step 2: Then please select a destination path which can be a partition or unallocated space larger than the used disk space of recovery partition D.

    select destination disk

    Step 3: Then during the process of partition copy, please check "Copy the partition with resize" to change partition size.


    Step 4: Finally, please execute this change by clicking "Apply". After finishing partition copy, you can delete HP recovery partition D on the disk 1 to free some disk space.

    These three ways can provide a bit of help to remove HP recovery drive full. You can try them according to your needs. To some extent, the best solution is to extend recovery partition size with MiniTool Partition Wizard. Just download this free partition manager to have a try.

    Bottom Line

    In this post, we introduce you what recovery partition is, why HP recovery disk is full and how to solve low disk space recovery drive Windows 10/8/7 issue. Among these solutions, it is a good choice to resize or extend recovery partition size with MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition. Please try the ways according to your actual cases. If you have any suggestion or question to this issue, welcome to tell us by leaving a comment below or emailing us via [email protected].