"C" Drive is full

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Mustang Lady

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Message indicates my C Drive is full. I have backed up and deleted some programs, but now how do I increase space. I am at a stand still. Can't receive messages or download anything. Thanks
 
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Open my computer, go to the c drive, what does it say for used and free.
 
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It appears you need to purchase a new hard drive.
Being that the drive is completely full you would have to install it, copy your exisiting drive to it and use it as the master, you could then use you old drive for extra storage.

A 1 gig drive is really small by today's standards. You should be able to find a 5 gig or so fairly cheap.

Or you could go the route of a larger 20gig type drive but you may have bios related problems, older bios don't like the new larger drives and you end up needing to use a drive overlay program from the drive manufacturer to get it to work properly.

If you don't feel comfortable doing this you might want to consider taking it to a shop to have it installed and copied.
 

TonyKlein

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Go to Control Panel/Programs Add/remove/Windows Setup, and see what Windows components you can get rid of.
There's bound to be things you don't need.
In case of doubt, please post here!

Cheers, Tony
 

Mustang Lady

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I do have a "D" Drive also...USED: 1.01 GB FREE: 4.02 GB.
What do I do to get it to automatically go to the "D" Drive?
 
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It might help to practice regular clean up maintenance if you decide not purchase a larger drive. Your Windows/Temp folder, Windows/Cookies folder, and your Windows/Temporary Internet Files folder constantly accumilate data on a daily basis especially if you surf the internet frequently. Emptying these folders on a regular basis may help if your important data isn't too large. Also empty your Recycle Bin on a regular basis.
 
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Since you have some space on the D: drive, you can try the following (unless you feel like trying to re-size the partitions):

• First, defragment your D: partition

• Add the following line to your autoexec.bat file to move your temp folder to D:

set temp=d:\temp

• Open Internet explorer, go to "Tools", then "Internet Options". In the "Temporary internet files" section on the "General" tab, click the "Settings" button, then the "Move Folder" button. Select your D: partition. Although access times further out on the drive platter(s) may be a bit slower, you probably won't notice, especially with the internet cache.

• Uninstall several programs and then reinstall them, but have them install to a folder called D:\Program Files instead of the default directory on C:

• If you still don't have enough space on C: to fix your problems for a period of time, moving your Windows swap file to D: may help, depending on the average size of the file. This might slow things down a bit if virtual memory is utilized frequently on your system.

If you must do this, go into your "System" applet in the control panel, click "performance", then "Virtual Memory". Click the 'let me specify..." radio button, choose your D: partition from the drop-down chooser and specify a decent maximum size in MB (monitor the size of Win386.swp when running your usual apps and then set the MAX. to at least triple that size to be safe).

Hope this helps.

 
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One other thing came to mind:

If your windows .cab setup files are on your C: drive, you can move them (if they've been copied, they are usually in C:\Windows\Options\Cabs). Create a new folder in D:\ called "Cabs", and then move all Windows cab files there.

Next, carefully use RegEdit to find the following registry key (search for "sourcepath" and F3 until you get to it):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

Double-click on the "sourcepath" entry in the right pane of RegEdit and type d:\Cabs in place of what's there.
 
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Hi Mustang Lady,

It might be easier to move some stuff
from the C drive to the D drive.
Rather than shifting your Operating System.

Regards, John.
 
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With no free space left on C:, even for virtual memory or temp files, she may need to do a bit more than just move some documents or program setup files to D:
I think the options mentioned were aimed at shifting some data from one drive or partition to another, not shifting the operating system.
 
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