Recovery and backup
The "recovery drive" is pre-installed by HP, and usually only uses about 12 GB (+/-) of your space. It is essential not to disturb that drive. Now, I will explain what these terms mean.
"Backup" means to create a copy (often compressed) of the data on your PC, such that if your system were to crash - at the catastrophic end of the reasons for backup - you would be able to get back that data, or "recover" the data. So, backup is to make a copy of data and recovery is the process of restoring that same data onto a machine when it is necessary to bring the machine or data back to its earlier state.
For instance, say you got a virus that wiped out critical operating system files on your PC, and it wouldn't work. However, you have backed that PC up onto some external media. You then use that backup data to restore your PC to the state it was in at the time of the backup - just like it was before the virus hit!
HP's recovery drive is there because manufacturers do not include recovery discs with PC purchases any more. (Though they call it a drive, it is not really a separate drive. It is simply a partition of your actual one hard drive which is separated and labeled with a different drive letter.) The purpose of the recovery drive is twofold, with the primary reason for its existence being to provide you with a way to return your PC to the same state it was in when it shipped.
First, when you initially receive your PC, you should follow the instructions to create recovery discs. This should have been detailed in your setup guide. It is important to do this before there is any chance of the drive becoming corrupted or otherwise changed. However, be aware that HP only allows you to create these discs one time (it is preset in the software) - so you must take extra precaution with those discs because they can not be created again from the system.
In this fashion, you would be able to use the external discs to restore your computer to factory condition if some catastrophe struck and you needed to return your machine to its original condition. (Be aware, however, this is NOT a replacement for backing up, as it will cause you to lose any files, customization, options, settings, etc., that you have placed on the machine.)
Second, and working hand-in-hand with the first, the recovery drive's intention is to allow you to restore to factory state without having to go to your recovery discs. This is much faster, as it only has to read and write within the same disc drive - as opposed to reading and writing from an external disc, which is much slower and more cumbersome.
Now, it looks like you have a 100GB hard drive on your machine, which is really a pretty good size drive. Since you are asking about freeing up space, it sounds as though perhaps you are running short of space. Is this right? If you are really nearing capacity with the 100GB drive, we should explore ways to clean up your drive and perhaps offload sizeable files that you may not really need to have online all the time. There could also be certain system processes to be run that are designed to clear away "junk" that builds up over time.
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Jul 04, 2008 |
HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook