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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by splice, Jun 27, 2008.

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  1. splice

    splice Thread Starter

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    I have a 160 gig hard drive that has 149gig used. How do you find just what is taking up all that space? It said there is 45 gig of old compressed files,how can I find out what these are ,and delete them maybe? thanks splice
     
  2. Nurotine

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    If you search the Internet for the extension the file has, it may give you a clue as to what it is and how to check it.
     
  3. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    The 45 GB referred to are OLD files, that Windows is offering to Compress for you to save space.
    You most likely do not want to remove them.

    Do the following first and see if you usage reduces.

    Start > Run > %temp%
    Sort by last access date
    Select all that are before today
    Hold the shift key, and delete

    Run IE
    Tools > Internet Options > Settings
    Change the size of Temporary Internet Files to around 10-15 MB
    OK your way out

    Start > Run > MSCONFIG > Launch System Restore > System Restore Settings > Settings Button
    Change to size to around 1.5 GBs

    Empty the recycle bin

    Reboot and check space

    Download and run Treesize to help track down where your usage is.
     
  4. splice

    splice Thread Starter

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    Thanks to all for the replys, but treesize did what I needed to free up the space. thanks splice
     
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