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Solved: hard drive seems to have more on it than it should

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by energyzer, Nov 17, 2011.

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  1. energyzer

    energyzer Thread Starter

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    It seems that my hard drive has way more on it than it really should. I can't figure out where to look. I have heard of computers saving a file when copying and burning cd's and DVD's when it shouldn't be. Is that a possibility? I have done a clean drive, and also went into %temp% and cleared that out. Not sure where else to look. I have run Malwarebytes, but it doesn't come up with any problems.
     
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    Hey energyzer! Glad we got your USB drive issue fixed sorry you're still having trouble as for your post Phantom's suggestion will show you everything its a great tool it should look something like this
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    Don't delete anything you're not sure of let us know what is taking up most your space.
     
  4. energyzer

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try
     
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    According to its product specifications, your HP Pavilion a1210n desktop has a 200 GB hard drive.

    20 GB(10%) of it is reserved to the Recycle Bin and 24 GB(12%) of it is reserved to System Restore.

    This is a BIG waste of hard drive space and isn't needed.

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

    Right-click MY COMPUTER, then click Properties - System Restore, then move the slider to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

    After that's done, restart the computer.

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  6. energyzer

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    Awesome, it worked. It found that my video camera was putting a copy of all my home movies in a "capture" folder. I had double my actual movies. Cleaned that up and cleared up 30G! Thanks!
     
  7. VictoriaiiCe

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    Great! Glad to hear. If you don't mind could you mark this post as resolved so other advisers know it's closed. :) Thanks
     
  8. VictoriaiiCe

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    Recycle Bin is a big waste of Hard drive space...Never thought of that tweak flav! Nice (y)
     
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    I do that to every Windows XP computer that I work on. (y)

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  10. energyzer

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    I did go into my recycle bin and there are three tabs, "global", "C" and "D". I changed the global to 3%. The other two where grayed out, so I couldn't change it from the 10%. I haven't had a chance to change the other to, but will do that whan I get back to my home computer. The specs you stated above are correct, it is a 200G drive. Thanks again for the tips.
     
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    :) (y)
     
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