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Local Service Folder?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Katla, Feb 3, 2006.

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  1. Katla

    Katla Thread Starter

    Dec 20, 2003
    I've been running on a pretty full hard drive for awhile now (I know, I know), just managing to keep 5-6% of 30 GB free. Last night I inexplicably lost about a gig of space. Seeing as how I'm skating on thin ice as it is, I really can't afford to lose that. I have no idea what the cause was, although I had just downloaded about 200 MB of files from a friend's iDisk (I also deleted 200 MB from my drive prior to that download). The only thing that I could find that looked strange was in my Documents and Settings folder. Obviously my "Local Service" folder is something fairly integral to Windows, but it is listed as being over a GB in size but I can not view anything in it besides two files that are both a few kilobytes. Running a virus scan on it I was able to tell that it has quite a few .mp3s in it, nevermind that I don't keep my music there. Is it just some sort of temporary storage? How do I purge it?

    I appreciate any help/advice. Bad enough to run my machine on just under 2 GB, but to do it with less than 800 MB is suicide (more so).
  2. Mordillo_98


    Jan 10, 2006
    Unless you can free yourself with the Disk Cleanup utility (Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - disk Cleanup), you're stuck spending money for a new hardware.

    Come on... You can do it ! It's less than 100$.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Move the Recycle Bin slider from its default of 10% to 3%.

    Move the System Restore slider from its default of 12% to 3%(or wherever you need to move it to retain 1000 -1200 MB of space for restore points).


    Delete everything from inside the folders that I've highlighted in bold text:

    C:\TEMP (Not all computers have this folder)




    Empty the Recycle Bin afterwards, then reboot.

    How much free space did your computer regain?

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