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Running low on disk space on Lenovo Recovery Q & Help with selecting size of back up drive

I Love A Deal 2,109 851 January 24, 2013 at 02:36 PM
1. Get error message: Running low on disk space on Lenovo Recovery Q

I have been to Lenovo site and followed instructions but still get error message even after restarting system. Do I need to get a back up drive for that?
Using Windows 7.

Please note I have also read a wide range of posts online but nothing has been helpful so far. I don't have a list of everything I have done though one thing is to use selective start up.
All suggestions welcome.

I am going to turn off the alert for now (http://www.addictivetips.com/wind...s-7-vista/) but I still want to address the problem.
**update: looks like the changes that I made as per url are for Windows NOT Lenovo.

2. Need to get a back up drive for a desktop computer that I have had for several years. What size should I get?

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1. Get error message: Running low on disk space on Lenovo Recovery Q

I have been to Lenovo site and followed instructions but still get error message even after restarting system. Do I need to get a back up drive for that?
Using Windows 7.

Please note I have also read a wide range of posts online but nothing has been helpful so far. I don't have a list of everything I have done though one thing is to use selective start up.
All suggestions welcome.

I am going to turn off the alert for now (http://www.addictivetips.com/wind...s-7-vista/) but I still want to address the problem.
**update: looks like the changes that I made as per url are for Windows NOT Lenovo.

2. Need to get a back up drive for a desktop computer that I have had for several years. What size should I get?

Your question is pretty cryptic and "Lenovo specific". You are missing a lot of information such as your operating system, the size of your Q partition, the size of your hard drive, etc. However, I think this might answer your issues:



I called Lenovo technical service and got it sorted out. Windows has it's own Backup and Restore program which I inadvertantly setup when I first got the computer. When I did so, it defaulted to backup to the q: drive.

Go to start, type "backup" into "search programs and files" and shut that thing down. I also followed the Lenovo guy's instructions to right click and open the the q: drive and delete the most recent backup that was saved there. He advised me to leave the first back up (I don't know why), but deleting that one left enough space in the drive so that I no longer get that annoying message about low drive space.


So it might be that you are adding incremental Windows backups to what is meant to be a restore partition. In reviewing other posts about the same topic it's unclear whether or not Lenovo does its own incremental backups that also are sent to that partition, but if they do then that partition is much too small to be used that way.

You have a few options here. First, follow the instructions above and check and see if Windows Backup is sending files to that partition and if it is, stop it immediately. If it's not Windows Backup but the Lenovo R&R program, then just turn off the low space alert (which you have done) and turn off the Lenovo R&R program, which is clearly pretty useless.

As far as what size drive you need for an external backup, it depends on how much you are backing up and what type of backups you will be creating. As it seems to have taken you a few years to fill up a relatively small partition, I would think buying whatever makes the front page in the next week that is 500 gb or larger will be more than sufficient. If you have Windows 7 I would recommend using their backup utility and making a system image along with your incremental backups. Then you can disregard Lenovo R&R altogether. Personally I think it's shortsighted to have your backup on the same drive as your data anyway, as a drive failure will leave you with nothing.
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I think that I already deleted first back up earlier as I tried to work on this from what I read so hope that doesn't cause problem.

then just turn off the low space alert (which you have done)
*no the low space alert ended up being for Windows.

don't know how to turn of Lenovo R&R. I am going to work on running a back up outside of my computer and see if that helps.

As for the backup on the computer, someone else set that up, not me. Very surprised that I haven't been able to free up space by moving a lot of data to a flash drive. Evidently not enough.
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