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Drive (D:) is Red (Windows Vista)

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When working in Windows Vista Explorer or the computer window, hard drive D: is shown in red.
Figure 1: Bar under D: drive appears as red
image of hard drive icons with bars representing space
The blue and red bars of color under drives indicate how much space is being used on the drive. When a drive is getting too full, the color of the bar turns from blue to red.
Under normal circumstances, when a drive turns red, you need to move or delete files from the drive to make more space on the drive. You should never store files on the "Recovery" or "Factory_Image" drive, except for the files used by HP System Recovery or other special software. If the drive is "Recovery" or "Factory_Image", you must be very careful how you remove files.

How can I change the color to blue?

Remove files that do not belong on the D: drive. Do so as follows:
CAUTION:Make sure you have created a set of recovery discs before using these steps. If the system stops responding, recovery discs can be used to perform a system recovery.
  1. Click Start and right-click Computer.
  2. Click System Protection from the left side of the Window.
  3. In the section "Automatic restore points", remove the selection next to the D: drive, and then click OK. If the D: drive was not selected, close this window.
    Figure 2: System Protection tab with D: drive unselected
    image of system protection tab with D: drive not selected
  4. Right-click Start and select Explore All Users.
  5. Before you can remove the backup files and folders, you need to be able to view hidden system files as follows:
    1. From the explorer window press the Alt key on the keyboard to make the menu bar appear in the window.
    2. From the file menu, click Tools, and then select Folder Options.
      Figure 3: Folder Options
       Image of folder options
    3. Select the View tab.
    4. Select Show hidden files and folders, remove the selection from Hide protected operating system files and then click OK.
      Figure 4: Folder Options: View Tab
      Hidden Files and Folder
  6. Go back to the explorer window, double-click Recovery (D:).
  7. If a Window opens stating "You don't currently have permission to access this folder" opens. Click Continue.
    Figure 5: Message window
    Image of permission message.
  8. If you previously copied or created any files into Recovery (D:) and you want to keep them, copy them to another drive - such as the C: drive.
  9. Find and delete any files that you previously copied onto the Recovery (D:) drive.
    CAUTION:Do not delete any files that are associated to recovery! Do not delete the items RECOVERY, $RECYCLE.BIN, boot, hp, PC-Doctor, pcdr, or PRELOAD! Doing so can prevent a future system recovery from the hard drive. If you are not sure, do not delete the file.
    Press Shift + Delete to permanently remove the files.
    To delete files created from MS Backup (MS Backup files are not recovery files), find and delete the folder with the same name as the computer name in the Recovery (D:) partition. For example if the computer name is BOB-PC, the folder containing the backup files would be named BOB-PC and would be deleted.
    Figure 6: Example of Files stored in the Recovery partition.
    Image of Recovery partition.
  10. Several confirmation windows open. Click Continue, and Yes until the folder is deleted.
  11. To set Windows Folder Options back to their original setting as follows:
    1. From the explorer window press Alt to view the file menu.
    2. Click Tools, and then select Folder Options.
    3. Select do not show hidden files and folders and select Hide protected operating system files.
    4. Click OK.
  12. Close all windows and then open Explorer or Computer window to verify that the bar under Drive D: appears in blue.
    Figure 7: Bar under D: drive appears as blue
    image of hard drive icons with bars representing space (blue)

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