Low Disk Space-Removal of Programs

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Siam

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Hello anyone,

I am in a pickle. I am financially strapped and unable to seek local assistance or purchase a new laptop at this time or for the next few months. I need someone's guidance through my problem, which is low disk space. Currently, I have 62MB free space. Everyday, Windows drive keeps getting lower. I have attempted to remove several unwanted programs, which won't remove. Last year, I removed PC Registry Cleaner, iolo Firewall and Anti-Virus, Pareto Logic-Drive Cure, Scrabble (have cd), and two Zone.com Deluxe Games. However, PC Registry Cleaner shows up under Programs and has an icon on the bottom tool bar. iolo Firewire shows up (empty) under Programs and iolo Anti-Virus shows up on Belarc Advisor as "Realtime File Scanning on". Even the Security Center reports multiple software. Avast! AntiVirus is the only program on and running. Pareto Logic keeps popping up then disappearing. When I click uninstall Scrabble, the finish message reports "maintenance" complete. And, both Zone.com Deluxe Games (Mah Jong and Word Mojo) report "could not open INSTALL.LOG file". I would like to remove some programs that came with the HP / XP laptop, but I do not know what can be safely remove or how to copy those programs onto a cd before removing. Or, should I seek assistance from a local computer shop?

Someone mentioned to me that I should purchase an external hard drive. I am still computer illiterate. What am I looking for? How much would that run? What brand is best? How soon should I get it? Can anyone help me?
 

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what OS are you using? Clearing system restore and using ATF will clear a bit of space.
 

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right click on 'my computer' > restore tab > check the 'turn off restore points' box > apply > okay. Once that's done just tick the box again to turn it on.

also run ATF and then let me know how much free space you have.

thanks ,

v
 

Siam

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Sorry that I couldn't write back sooner. After I downloard and ran ATF, which found 385 error but could only fix 17 because I have no funds until Friday (I hope), I became disconnected from the internet until now. Router problems.

Afterwards, I ran Wise Registry Cleaner, which found 30 errors and corrected, Wise Disk Cleaner, uninstalled ATF, and reran Wise Registry Cleaner . I now have 195MB of free space.
 

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you want to be very, very wary of registry cleaners. I highly recommend that people do not use them, as they can frequently cause misfires and you'll end up with a nice, expensive paperweight.

Have you cleared your restore points yet?

Also, atf doesn't find errors; it merely cleans out all your temp files; hence the name ATF. :)

thanks,
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Siam

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Yes, I have a new restore point. I must report that I have not seen any "low disk space" pop-up messages since I turned off the computer and rebooted the router. However, I only have 53.86MB free space.

Unfortunately, my computer has slowed down. I will have to spend the money on a better cleaner, which I am researching, or paying a local repair shop, which I will also research. Thank you for spending the time helping me.

Laurie
 

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you can also try this to see where your space is being taken up. How big is your HD?
 

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Thank you for that download. Unfortunately, I do not have enough free space to finish installing the program. I have uninstalled a couple of programs that I have no idea where it came from - Novatel Wireless.

Can I uninstall "Windows Live Favorites for Windows Live Toolbar"; "Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant"; "Windows Live Installer"; and "Windows Live Toolbar" (all last used 11/11/07) without affecting my hotmail account? I will increase the free space by about 20MB.

Can I uninstall Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003, which was a trial version that came with the laptop, without affecting my Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Premium, which I am assuming supports my Office 2000 and Excel (my ex-boyfriend probably took the disks with him)? I will increase the free space by 428MB if I can safely uninstall.

What do you think or know?
Laurie
 

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yup, if you use office 2k, you can dump 2k3 easily.

Again, how big is your hd, and where did the file explorer show most of your data residing? Also, is this a laptop? You can free a good amount of space by turning off hibernation if so.
 
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If he is right about having only MB's of space, he is indeed on dangerous ground.
Nowhere enough to even do a defrag.
I would be removing some that I didn't need or seldom used.
 

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you can add a hard drive and send your music> downloads > ect, do not panic panic
good point. Sorta missed the


Someone mentioned to me that I should purchase an external hard drive. I am still computer illiterate. What am I looking for? How much would that run? What brand is best?
part. :)

An external hard drive, 500 gb, will run you about $100, depending on the type. Last week I had a need to get a smallish external drive for my music and other media that I could chug along in my backpack to various contract jobs. Got a Western Digital passport 500gb drive for $110. USB hookup, and that's that. Done and done. Spent a few hours transferring about 80 gigs of music and a few movies over to it for the boring times, and I'm good to go. :)
 
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