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Help! My HD is nearly FULL! Are there any FREE utilities to...

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by celestialbnd, May 15, 2002.

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  1. celestialbnd

    celestialbnd Thread Starter

    May 13, 2002
    clean out the orphaned files and duplicated ones?
    I'm terrified to go into the registry and purge myself, but there are probably hundreds of mgs of unnecessary files in there...
    like stupid mcafee free av that im unable to completely DELETE!
  2. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

    Apr 16, 2002
    Reboot your machine and close any applications that open from start-up.
    delete all *.tmp files from c:\windows\temp
    delete all ~*.* files from c:\windows\temp (usually created from Office apps)
    delete all *.chk files from c:\ (unless you have an app that uses them...not common)
    Run scandisk: Right click on c: drive icon, go to properties and Tools tab
    Click on Check Now in the Error checking status box
    Select the Standard Type of test
    Check the Automatically fix errors
    Click on Advanced
    Display summary - select what ever you want
    Log file - select what ever you want
    Cross-linked files - Delete
    Lost file fragments - Free
    Check files for - Check them all

    After that's done run defrag.

    This will clean up you hard drive but does not address your registry. Try this and let us know what's happening after. :)
  3. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001

    As well as all that, go to Tools | Internet Options. General tab. Under Delete Files, delete offline folders.

    Advanced tab, under Browsing, look for Enable Instal on Demand. Untick.
    Under Security, look for Empty Tempory Internet....Tick, apply and OK.


  4. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    Also: Start>Programs>Accessories>System tools>Disc cleanup will get most of your temp files and empty the recycle bin. Do this plus set your browser to empty the cache when you shut it down and you will probably have the easy to find space hogs.

    There is probably a lot of stuff on your HD you could live without if you could see what is taking the space. This is good for programs that displays what programs are taking space and also lets helps you uninstall the ones you don’t need: http://chrisdeepmind.windowpictures.com/cfsc.htm

    This looks interesting to find exactly what is taking space on your hard drive: http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/ This looks more conventional: http://www.webattack.com/get/easycleaner.shtml The feature to clean up on boot looks handy.
  5. celestialbnd

    celestialbnd Thread Starter

    May 13, 2002
    Thanks! These all helped alot. Question... To make a back up of my registry.. can I back it up into a folder? Or does it have to be on a floppy? (which this crummy outdated thinkpad DOESN'T even have) only a cdrom...
    Thanks again..
  6. LadyLisa


    Oct 22, 2000
    I wouldn't advise going into the registry unless you know what you are doing in there. It is easy to mess up your system with one simple mistake. However, if you do know what you're going in there to do, via regedit, then once it is open you just click on File>Export and save the copy to your desktop.
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