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Unexplained C drive space shrinkage

By AlRosenbloom ·
Last week I downloaded and installed Service Pack 3 for Windows XP onto my C drive. After downloading, I had very, very little hard drive space left. I deleted some programs and moved some to my D drive. I had 1.3 gigs of free hdard drive space. I have downloaded only 1 new program (Google's Chrome browser) since then. Today I saw that I now have **3MG left. What happened to all the free disk space?

I have already emptied my recycle bin and did a Disc Cleanup. I have tried to get rid of temp files.

Perhaps more importantly: Is there a utlity that will order all the files on my C drive by date so that I can see what has been added? I suspect there might be duplicate files from Office and some pdfs somewhere that I cann't see or find.

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Check your swap file

by bart777 In reply to Unexplained C drive space ...

I would be willing to bet that the swap file is taking that space from you.

Go to the My Computer Properties screen, Advanced tab, performance button, advanced tab again,Virtual memory button. See if you can move the file to the D drive to free up space on C.

After that I would start re-installing programs to the D drive to get more space on C.

Hope this helps.

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Done some of this already but still wonder why

by AlRosenbloom In reply to Check your swap file

I have already moved as many non-Windows programs to my D Drive.

Until your post, I have never seen the Virtual Memory button. It currently reads min 768 MB to something incredibly large. Since I have never fiddled with the size of the virtual memory on my C drive, I am unclear so to how something that I have changed or knew existed reduced/reduces the available space on my C drive.

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In addition to...

by cmiller5400 In reply to Unexplained C drive space ...

In addition to Bart's suggestion, I would also run Ccleaner on it. http://www.ccleaner.com

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Done already

by AlRosenbloom In reply to In addition to...

Any other thoughts?

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Disk Clean up again

by leezx10 In reply to Done already

Run "Disk Clean Up" again, there is a tab called "More Options" you may have looked pass. Click that tab.

At the bottom you will see System Restore. Click the "Clean Up button" that should free up at least a Gig or more.

Guranteed!!

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Helpful!

by AlRosenbloom In reply to Disk Clean up again

The Clean Up button on the System Restore did the trick. I agot a lot more disk space now. Thanks.

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Mark helpful

by leezx10 In reply to Helpful!

Glad I can help could you please mark helpful

THX!!

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Try this and run Spybot

by Jacky Howe In reply to Unexplained C drive space ...

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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Some time ago

by w2ktechman In reply to Unexplained C drive space ...

a few years at least, I ran into a similar problem. What it ended up being was that a disk cleanup, instead of removing files, created a very large .tmp file. Since then I always manually clean temps (I created a batch file).
Anyway, do a search for *.tmp and then remove everything ending in .tmp

Also, if you are using Outlook, clean out the olk folder. If outlook closes improperly, temp files can fill up in here.
And another thought, if you have .pst files, move them to another hard drive, or clean them out.

Now some questions.
How large is the hard drive that is full, and what is using space on it?

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