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Want to free up space on my C drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by albastuck, Oct 9, 2012.

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  1. albastuck

    albastuck Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    I have a Lenovo laptop that has 3 drives - C, Q and S.

    S is called: SERVICEV003 and shows 380 MB free of 1.46 GB.
    Q is called: Lenovo and shows 3.76 MB free of 9.76 GB.
    C is called: SW_Preload and shows 13.5 GB free of 137 GB.

    I found a question in your forum that was dated in March 29, 2010 that is similar to the one I'm going to ask. My C drive was just showing in the red and I followed the steps in the March 2010 to delete temp files and whatnot. Now, I even did the HiJack this download and have a copy of the file that it created. I would like to know what I can delete from this file, gaining me more space on my C drive.

    Here is the list:
    Update for Microsoft Office 2007 (KB2508958)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2007 (KB2508958)
    2007 Microsoft Office system
    32 Bit HP CIO Components Installer
    Acrobat.com
    Acrobat.com
    Adobe AIR
    Adobe AIR
    Adobe Community Help
    Adobe Community Help
    Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX
    Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
    Adobe Photoshop.com Inspiration Browser
    Adobe Photoshop.com Inspiration Browser
    Adobe Premiere Elements 9
    Adobe Premiere Elements 9
    Adobe Reader X (10.1.4)
    ALPS Touch Pad Driver
    Amazon MP3 Downloader 1.0.15
    Apple Application Support
    Apple Mobile Device Support
    Apple Software Update
    Bonjour
    Broadcom Gigabit Integrated Controller
    Broadcom WLAN
    Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 SP2
    Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 SP2
    Conexant HD Audio
    D3DX10
    DirectX 9 Runtime
    DirectXInstallService
    Drag-to-Disc
    EasyCapture
    Elements 9 Organizer
    Elements STI Installer
    Elements STI Installer
    EZ Vinyl/Tape Converter 10 by Ion Audio
    Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out
    Google Chrome
    Google Earth
    Google Talk Plugin
    Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
    Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
    Google Update Helper
    H&R Block Business 2010 (Remove Only)
    H&R Block Pennsylvania 2010
    H&R Block Premium + Efile + State 2010
    HDAUDIO Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
    HijackThis 2.0.2
    Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB953595)
    Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB958484)
    HP Customer Participation Program 14.0
    HP Imaging Device Functions 14.0
    HP LinkUp Sender
    HP Photosmart C309a All-In-One Driver Software 14.0 Rel. 5
    HP Photosmart Essential 3.5
    HP Product Detection
    HP Smart Web Printing 4.60
    HP Solution Center 14.0
    HP Update
    HPDiagnosticAlert
    IHA_MessageCenter
    Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
    InterVideo WinDVD
    iPhone Configuration Utility
    iTunes
    Java(TM) 6 Update 32
    JMicron JMB38X Flash Media Controller
    Junk Mail filter update
    Kodak DIGITAL ROC Professional Plug-In
    Lenovo Care
    Lenovo Care Supplement
    Lenovo Hard Drive Quick Test
    Lenovo Registration
    Lenovo System Interface Driver
    Lenovo System Toolbox
    Lenovo_Driver_Package
    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    Memeo Instant Backup
    Mesh Runtime
    Message Center
    Message Center Plus
    Messenger Companion
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB2656353)
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB2656370)
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Security Update (KB979906)
    Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
    Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile
    Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components
    Microsoft Office 2007 Primary Interop Assemblies
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office Access MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Access Setup Metadata MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Excel MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office File Validation Add-In
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
    Microsoft Office OneNote MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Outlook Connector
    Microsoft Office Outlook MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office PowerPoint MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Professional Hybrid 2007
    Microsoft Office Proof (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Proof (French) 2007
    Microsoft Office Proof (Spanish) 2007
    Microsoft Office Proofing (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
    Microsoft Office Publisher MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Shared MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Shared Setup Metadata MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Office Small Business Connectivity Components
    Microsoft Office Suite Activation Assistant
    Microsoft Office Word MUI (English) 2007
    Microsoft Security Client
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition [ENU]
    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (MSSMLBIZ)
    Microsoft SQL Server Native Client
    Microsoft SQL Server Setup Support Files (English)
    Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
    Microsoft_VC80_CRT_x86
    Microsoft_VC80_MFC_x86
    Microsoft_VC80_MFCLOC_x86
    Microsoft_VC90_CRT_x86
    MSVCRT
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688)
    MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser and SDK
    My Photo Creations (Mpix Press Edition)
    NAVIGON Fresh 1.4.9
    Nero 7 Essentials
    neroxml
    Nielsen
    OCR Software by I.R.I.S. 14.0
    OGA Notifier 2.0.0048.0
    OLYMPUS CAMEDIA Master 4.1
    OLYMPUS Digital Camera Updater
    OLYMPUS Master 2
    OLYMPUS Studio 2
    OLYMPUS Viewer 2
    On Screen Display
    PinPhotoZoom
    PM Driver
    PM Driver

    I'm hoping someone can direct me as to what I can delete - some things I don't have a clue as to what they do or program they may be associated with.

    Oh, and my Recyle bin and temp folder didn't have sliders as mentioned from the March 2010 forum. Is there any other way to adjust them?

    Here are some easy and safe steps for reclaiming some hard drive space:

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

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

    When I look through other files in the SW_Preload, it seems as though there is alot that is useless and taking up space. But I'm willing to start with the list of programs & go from there.

    Thanks,
    albastuck
     
  2. albastuck

    albastuck Thread Starter

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    Oh, and why does there appear to be 2 of some of the programs listed?
     
  3. albastuck

    albastuck Thread Starter

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    Here is what TreeSize revealed:
    81,311.1 MB C:\ on [SW_Preload]
    35,744.2 MB Users
    24,138.7 MB Windows
    8,535.0 MB Program Files
    4,317.0 MB [11 Files]
    4,019.8 MB Program Data
    2,151.9 MB SWTOOLS
    1,326.6 MB System Volume Information
    1,047.4 MB DRIVERS
    27.8 MB Config.Msi
    2.0 MB SWShare
    0.3 MB Intel
    0.3 MB mfg
    0.1 MB clean

    Recycle Bin, temp, Documents and Settings and RRbackups are at 0.0 MB
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    You have a very small hard drive.

    You free up space by uninstalling programs you don't use and deleting data you don't want. Simple as that.

    Otherwise I suggest you buy a larger hard drive.
     
  5. albastuck

    albastuck Thread Starter

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    Not sure that your answer was completely helpful. There are things listed in the programs list that I don't have any clue what they do or are for. That was what I was kind of looking for - some guidance as to whether or not I need all the Microsoft service packs that are listed, what Bonjour is for, do I need to keep the Lenovo Care & Lenovo Care Supplement? There are others on the list that I don't know anything about but the ones I listed would be a good place to start.
     
  6. DoubleHelix

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    You have a studio apartment, and you're asking the neighbor what you should throw out. I suggest you move into a larger apartment.

    Buy a larger hard drive.

    You cannot uninstall or remove any service packs, updates, etc. They're what keep your computer secure.

    Whateveryou personally have installed and no longer need can be removed. That's it.

    Whatever data you don't want to keep, you can delete. That's it.

    I still suggest you buy a larger hard drive.

    My advice is the most useful you'll receive. Anyone else will take a guess as to what you need and tell you to uninstall programs that you may need, the removal of which could cause problems. Uninstalling programs on a small hard drive is like throwing out the remote control to save space. It really doesn't matter.

    You need a larger hard drive.
     
  7. mc2fran

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    Hi Albastuck,

    The best way to do it is look up the programs you don't know anything about, one by one on the Internet, and learn about them. Once you know what a program is for you can decide if you need it.

    Only you know what applications are important to you. It is a very personal decision, based on what you are using your computer for. No one else knows that, only you.

    Have fun and good luck!

    Mc2Fran
     
  8. mhd1360

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    I agree with DoubleHelix, to reset of this problem for ever you have to buy a larger one.
    But in case of any matter you don't want to do that we suggest :
    Try to copy your unnecessary Films,Photos and some personal LARGE data like that to somewhere else like a DVD .
    As your "USERS" folder is about 35GB it shows that you should have some personal large files on it that is not relevant to any critical software, so doing this job could make you ride of your problem but this is a TEMPORARY SOLUTION, at the end you have to buy new HDD.
     
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