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Solved: Defrag/Harddrive Problems

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Mandeh, Apr 25, 2010.

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  1. Mandeh

    Mandeh Thread Starter

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    Okay, basically...

    My harddrive's space started to whittle down on its own today, moving from 30.3 GB of free space to a mere 9.3 GB of free space (I know I had more free space than 30.3 GB before that; that's just where it was at when I noticed it was going down). I found out that I just had to change the size of the virtual memory to fix this. I moved all of my media files to an external drive, so the only things that are taking up space right now on my computer are programs...yet when I try to run the defragger I get this:

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    So, whatever it was that was eating my harddrive space is still in my computer, and I don't know how to get rid of the files because I don't know where they're located... My Program Files only take up 2.5 GB of space, so how there's only 23.73 GB of space left is beyond me. I've ran CCleaner and Disk Cleaner, which cleaned about a GB, maybe.

    It would be great to figure out how to get rid of these cluttering files, whatever and wherever they are.
     
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    A 149 GB hard drive with less than 24 GB of free space in it? :eek:

    Disk Defragmenter needs at least 15% of free space to run, so you're right on the edge of its limit.

    You have some serious de-cluttering to do.

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    Here are some easy and safe ways to reclaim some hard drive space:

    1. Right-click RECYCLE BIN, click Properties, move the slider from 10% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

    2. Right-click MY COMPUTER, click Properties - System Restore(tab), move the slider from 12% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

    3. Delete everything from inside these temp folders:

    C:\WINDOWS\Temp

    C:\Documents And Settings\(Username)\Local Settings\Temp

    If a few files resist deletion, leave them alone and delete everything else.

    4. Empty the Recycle Bin, then restart your computer.

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  3. Mandeh

    Mandeh Thread Starter

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    Did what you said, and space increased from 23.7 to about 29GB, so that was really helpful! Thank you. :D

    But I've actually pinpointed the source of the problem...! After digging through my Documents and Settings folder, I found that Yahoo had a 92GB crash log saved on my computer... I didn't know 92GB text documents were possible to have, but all my space came back once I deleted it, so I think my computer's fine now. :)
     
  4. flavallee

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    I'm glad you found the problem. (y)

    And you're welcome. :)

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