Ways to free up 12 GB from C: ?

By barrchris ·
'd like to copy my C: drive to an external drive with 12 GB less space.
I'm stumped . . . but I believe it can be done.
When I look at top-level Folder Properties, I find very few over 1 GB - target drive has 76 GB, existing C: has 88 GB.

Would appreciate any ideas.

I've run DIsk Cleanup & used CCleaner.
I tried compressing one folder of pictures, but hardly any gain.
I've looked for Microsoft Update files named *KB* but can't find any.
This is XP Pro

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Again, choose whether to backup the entire system or just your files

by john.roblin In reply to Ways to free up 12 GB fro ...

One will take up significantly less space than the other. If you're backing up the entire system then you shouldn't really delete anything other than temporary files. Personally I feel that computers get so messy that only saving your files (photos, music etc.) means you have your stuff which you can access on another drive (even cloud storage or network share) and you can start the main system from scratch however you want it. You can even then copy those files back for convenience or so you know you have a safe copy. Just don't get disorganised so you have old versions of stuff which you then accidentally overwrite onto the more current file.

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Mind your recycle bin..

by Sidney5101 In reply to Ways to free up 12 GB fro ...

The Recycle bin in Windows XP is at default 10% of your hard drive.. you can lower this freeing up some space.. Right-click recycle bin, Properties, and (i'm pretty sure it's a slide) to the left to lower the amount reserved..

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