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By yvonne.bannister ·
I have recentley saved many folders of info to disk and my hardrive keeps telling me its still only got very little space?
How can I free up more space its a 200g type

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Delete Delete and Uninstall

by TheChas In reply to Hardrive

Start by doing a thorough disk cleanup.

Clean out the Temp folder.

Clean out your temporary Internet files.

Clean up your saved mail and sent items folders.

Uninstall any program that you do not use.

You typically need to have around 15% to 20% free space to stop disk size monitors from nagging you. With a 200GB drive, you need 30 to 60 GB of free space.

Chas

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Along with the good advice above

by Jacky Howe In reply to Hardrive

You should Backup your files to an external hard disk drive or removable disk drive, such as a CD/DVD.

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To open the Backup or Restore Wizard
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Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.

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For information on how to use this tool: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/maintain/backupfiles.mspx
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Clear Out Unused Programs
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The first step in tuning up your computer's performance is to remove any unnecessary programs.
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Follow these steps to remove unneeded programs:
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1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
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2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
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3. Scroll through the list and examine each program. Windows XP lists how often you use a program and what day you last started it. You shouldn't remove anything labeled as an Update or Hotfix.
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4. Click each program you no longer need, click the Remove button, and then follow the prompts to uninstall it.

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Note: You may have to restart your computer after removing a program. After your computer restarts, repeat the steps above to remove more programs.
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Free Up Wasted Space
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Another way to find wasted disk space is to use the Disk Cleanup tool by following these steps:
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1. Open My Computer, right-click Local Disk, and then click Properties.
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2. On the General tab, click the Disk Cleanup button. Disk Cleanup will spend a few minutes examining your disk.
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3. The Disk Cleanup dialog box will open and you can make your selections.
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4. Select the desired check boxes in the Files to Delete list, and then click OK.
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5. If you have more than one hard disk, repeat this process for each hard disk listed in My Computer.

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You can save yourself some time by automating the disk cleanup process. For more information, read the Microsoft Knowledge Basic article, How to Automate the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315246
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Defragment Your Computer
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1. Open My Computer, right-click Local Disk, and then click Properties.
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2. On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now. The Disk Defragmenter opens.
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3. Click your first hard disk, and then click Defragment.
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4. If you have more than one hard disk, repeat this process for each hard disk listed starting at Step 3.
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Disconnect Unused Network Connections
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The problem with network drives is that Windows XP will attempt to connect to the network drives when Windows starts. If the remote computers don't respond immediately, Windows will wait for the connection.
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To reduce this problem, disconnect any unused drives by following these steps:
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1. Open My Computer.
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2. On the Tools menu, click Disconnect Network Drive.
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3. Select the network drives that you no longer need, and then click OK.
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Remove Autostart Programs
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The next step in restoring your computer's performance is to identify any unnecessary programs that start automatically.
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To start Msconfig.exe:
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1. Click Start, click Run, type Msconfig, and then press Enter.
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2. On the Startup tab, you'll see a list of all the programs and processes that are set to run when Windows XP loads.
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3. Speed up your overall start time by clearing the check box next to any item you think you don't need.
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4. Click Apply, and then restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
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Keep on top of Malware
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Download Spybot - Search & Destroy and install it. Update it and run it regularly.
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http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
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Keep your AntiVirus software up to date.
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If your Drive is filling up and you are unsure of where the files are coming from try this.
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Download HijackThis and run it and then go to the site below to analyze it to find out if you are infected.
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http://aumha.org/downloads/hijackthis.exe
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HijackThis log file analysis
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Hijack This opens you a possibility to find and fix nasty entries on your computer easier.
Therefore it will scan special parts in the registry and on your harddisk and compare them with the default settings. If there is some abnormality detected on your computer HijackThis will save them into a logfile. In order to find out what entries are nasty and what are installed by the user, you need some background information.
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A logfile is not so easy to analyze. Even for an advanced computer user. With the help of this automatic analyzer you are able to get some additional support. Just paste your complete logfile into the textbox at the bottom of this page.
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http://hijackthis.de/
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