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How do I free up space in a drive in recovery mode?

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    How do I free up space in a drive in recovery mode?


    Alright so ... Here's my problem.

    (by the way I'm french so ... my english may not be perfect)

    Yesterday while simply watching hockey streaming on Chrome, my PC completely stopped. Freezed totally, had to restart, and it did that like 2-3 more times. Now to think about it, maybe it's my CPU that was overheating, honestly I don't know. What is the regular temperature of a CPU anyway, I don't know.

    Thing is, now I can only go on Recovery mode. Even if I press ''Continue ; Exit and continue to Windows Recovery Environment'' , my PC restarts itself and back at the same screen.

    So I tried to refresh my pc, but while the installation of W8, it just freezed again. Waited 30mins and nothing, so I restarted my pc. And now, when I'm trying to refresh it again, they say I have not enough free space in my drive.

    So basically, how can I free up space in recovery mode? Thank you

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  2. #2


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8 64 bit.


    During installation, look for the option to format (warning: this will erase everything on your PC) your main drive, where Windows is installed in the first place.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    1. Open an elevated command prompt
    2. Enter diskpart
    3. List disk
    4. Select disk 0
    5. Clean
    6. Exit

    Refresh the install screen, then proceed with your installation.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8 64 bit.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tews View Post
    1. Open an elevated command prompt
    2. Enter diskpart
    3. List disk
    4. Select disk 0
    5. Clean
    6. Exit

    Refresh the install screen, then proceed with your installation.
    Oh sorry, didn't think it through... I thought he meant the auto re-installation mode which pops up on certain laptops... Sorry!
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  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your answer.

    But now it shows ''The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again''

    I don't know which drive they're talking about. I don't if it changes anything, but I cleaned disk 1 instead of 0 (it was the one that had W8 before the crash)

    How do I unlock it? I'm still trying to do it with the ''refresh your pc'' button. But at this point, since I cleaned everything on the drive, would it be better to just do it as a regular install?
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