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Low disk space (somehow)

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  1. Justin54

    Justin54 Thread Starter

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    Hey guys,

    Im nto very good with computers, and I have this big problem that I think has a very simple solution.

    Ok well, for the past month or so, ive had this little icon pop up in the bottom right corner of my screen, saying I have very low disk space. Ive gone in and deleted a whole bunch of crap but the next day its just full again. Its weird because I barely have any programs on my computer. I have a 30gb hard drive, and all I have on the computer is one game, itunes, the basic windows applications and norton anti virus. I just dont see how that takes up 29.9 gb of space. I have been suggested to do a system restore, but I was told it wont do much because something is at ''max''.

    Please help, my computer is going slow and I can really do much on it anymore.

    If you need any more info ill try to find it.

    Thanks
     
  2. rainforest123

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    J54:
    Welcome & Hello.
    RIGHT click on "my computer"
    Left click "properties"
    Which version of Windows do you have?
    IF XP, is it Home, Pro or Media Center?
    Which SP [ service pack ]?

    Close the "system properties".

    Open "my computer".
    RIGHT click your "C:" drive.
    Left click "properties".
    Are you using FAT32 or NTFS?
    What is the total disk space?
    How much is free?

    If you use iTunes, do you have songs stored on your computer?
    A song can take up > 20 MB of disk space.
    50 songs x 20 MB / song = 1 GB

    Windows XP needs at least 2 GB.

    Norton AV needs 200 to 500 MB

    System restore will not help you.

    You can use a clean up tool such as ATF Cleaner
    www.atribune.org
    On the left, left click on "downloads"
    Click on "ATF cleaner"
    It will delete the scratch paper your computer creates & uses.

    If you have never cleared out these files, the process could take > 10 minutes. Be patient.

    RF123
     
  3. Justin54

    Justin54 Thread Starter

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    Thank you very much for the reply.

    Its windows xp pro with service pack 2 with NFTS

    I have some songs on my computer, but not that many that could take up such space.
    I have 27.8 GB in use and 65 MB of free space.

    Im going to try out that cleaner, if it works.
     
  4. Justin54

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    Wow, rainforest, I can't thank you enough. I used the disk cleaner and now I have almost 7GB of free space. Thank you so much for solving my problem, and so quickly too.
     
  5. rainforest123

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    C'est la raison d'etre.

    It is the reason tech guy forum is here.

    CleanUp , by Steven Gould, is more thorough than ATF cleaner, but removes all .tmp files, which are sometimes needed by a program.

    At some point, you may want to clone your computer's data to an 80 GB HDD. Start a new thread, when you are ready.
    An 80 GB HDD costs < $70.00 [ US ]. Cloning software costs ~ $50 [ Acronis True Image 10 ]. There is a free program with which I have no experience.
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html

    I recommend 80 GB HDDs because of the drives that fail, 80 GB seems to be the cut off between failure & longevity.

    You are welcomed.

    RF123
     
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