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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jerricho, Sep 28, 2008.

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  1. jerricho

    jerricho Thread Starter

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    My notebook's hard drive is almost full. Its a 33 GB hard drive with only 4.8 GB of free space at present. I have deleted all unnecessary files and cleaned my drives and even compressed folders and subfolders but all these didn't make much of a difference. Is there a way I can free up my drive space?

    I am running Windows XP
     
  2. buck52

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    Just a thought

    What is it that is taking up the most space... pictures, videos

    you could burn the files that you use the least to dvd
     
  3. jerricho

    jerricho Thread Starter

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    The maximum space usage in descending order:
    1. Games
    2. Videos
    3. Applications/Programs
     
  4. buck52

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    Not sure about putting the games on dvd mainly because I wouldn't waste my time playing computer generated games ... so I really no nothing about them... ;) but you could certainly put all the videos on disks
     
  5. flavallee

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    Some Easy Ways To Reclaim Hard Drive Space:

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

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

    Go into the C:\WINDOWS\TEMP folder, then delete everything from inside that TEMP folder.

    Go into the C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\(USERNAME)\LOCAL SETTINGS\TEMP folder, then delete everything from inside that TEMP folder.

    (Note: If you're unable to find this folder, double-click MY COMPUTER, click Tools - Folder Options - View(tab), select "Show hidden files and folders", then click Apply - OK)

    Empty the Recycle Bin, then restart your computer.

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  6. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    There are a few other things you can do to free space:
    Disable System Restore, then re-enable it. This clears all old restore points.

    If you don't use the Hibernate feature, disable it and then delete the hiberfil.sys file.

    You can delete all TMP files that can be deleted. Open a command window and type:
    DEL C:\*.TMP /S /Q at the prompt. This does the same thing that flavalee posted above but more agressively.

    If you are satisified with the way your PC is running and are sure you don't want to un-install any Microsoft updates that are on your computer, you can delete all C:\Windows\$NtUninstallKBXXXXXX$ folders (XXXXXX are numbers).
     
  7. jerricho

    jerricho Thread Starter

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    Fantastic !!! Thanks a lot everyone, I followed your suggestions and freed more than 3 GB of space.
     
  8. Triple6

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    You can mark your threads solved, as I have done, instead of reporting them to be closed. Glad you found some useful suggestions.
     
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