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  1.    07 Jun 2018 #1

    Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Disk F nearly full


    - Windows 10 Pro 64 bit April 2018 Update

    My computer just (last half hour) updated to April 2018 update. I have three disk drives C (ssd), S, and T, both of which are "traditional" spinning drives.

    I am now getting notifications that my F drive is almost full. I don't recall having an F drive. I assume it was just added as a partition of the C drive. The F drive has 44.4 mb free of 449 mb space.

    How do I address this "notification"?
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       07 Jun 2018 #2

    It is sometimes the case after a major update like 1803 that the recovery partition gets assigned a drive letter. It shouldn't have one, just remove the drive letter. You'll probably need to use Option Two in this tutorial.

    Remove Drive Letter in Windows 10
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  3.    07 Jun 2018 #3

    Thank you, Bree.

    Out of an abundance of caution, I want to confirm what I am about to do later today.


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    You can see the F drive above.


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    You can see that the drive appears to be empty. Yet, we know that it is mostly full.


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    Using the tutorial, I want to select Volume 6 and Letter F. If I am incorrect, please let me know.

    Once done, I should be good?
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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       07 Jun 2018 #4

    Stecyk said: View Post
    Out of an abundance of caution, I want to confirm what I am about to do later today.

    ...Using the tutorial, I want to select Volume 6 and Letter F. If I am incorrect, please let me know.

    Once done, I should be good?
    Yes, you are correct. Removing the F: from volume 6 will hide the partition and stop all the 'full' warnings. 450MB is a typical size of a recovery partition, which would normally not have a drive letter.
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  5.    07 Jun 2018 #5

    Drive F is gone now. I trust that the space was reallocated back to the C drive.

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    Thank you for your help!
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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       07 Jun 2018 #6

    Stecyk said: View Post
    Drive F is gone now. I trust that the space was reallocated back to the C drive.
    No, you still have it as a recovery partition, just not with a drive letter any more. It can be seen as a separate partition in Disk Management.
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  7.    07 Jun 2018 #7

    @Bree

    Looking at my prior graphic, it appears that volumes 4 and 6 are recovery partitions. From your latest post, it seems that I removed the drive letter from volume 6.

    Is there any point in merging volume 6 with volume 5, the C drive. My weak understanding is that for SSD drives, the more space it has, the less wear and tear it encounters. So I would like to avoid having 450 mb doing nothing. Or is it doing something, and therefore, I should leave it alone?
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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       07 Jun 2018 #8

    A recovery partition contains the system you boot to if you select Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced Start-up. 450MB is a typical size for a recovery partition. I'd leave it alone.
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  9.    07 Jun 2018 #9

    Bree said: View Post
    A recovery partition contains the system you boot to if you select Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced Start-up. 450MB is a typical size for a recovery partition. I'd leave it alone.
    So it appears that I have two recovery partitions? I am out of my depth here, so I am just asking for clarification.

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  10. Bree's Avatar
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       07 Jun 2018 #10

    It's not unusual for an upgrade to create a new recovery partition. One of them is in use and the other could be deleted. The question is which? To find out the one currently in use open an admin command prompt and type reagentc /info

    See this thread for further details.

    After Upgrade Which Recovery Partition Can I delete?
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