89.5GB of space that I cannot access on my hard drive

Lenovo Thinkpad t61 766311y 14.1" notebo...
September 26, 2012 at 10:24:38
Specs: Windows XP, Intel 2 Duo CPU 2.59Ghz, 1.96GB RAM
While trying to get more free space on my drive, Disk Defragmenter says there is 89.5GB of files left unscanned due to access restrictions. Why and how can I access that space?

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September 26, 2012 at 10:35:51
I am not familiar with that message but some Windows files can't be moved from the installed location on the disk.

That is a large amount of files. Perhaps you need to take ownership of those files/folders. See the second link below to learn how.

Defrag will not generate more free space. What it does do is provide contiguous space by organizing the existing data.

Download and run the Ccleaner Slim cleaner module. Get it at the link below.



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September 26, 2012 at 13:45:51
Disk Defragmenter doesn't free up space, all it does is rearrange files (or file fragments) so they can be accessed more efficiently.

If you want to free up drive space, you'll have to delete or move files off the HDD or partition, and/or uninstall old unused programs.

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September 26, 2012 at 18:48:03
Before messing with the solid block of immovable files, make sure that it is not your Recovery Partition that you are looking at.

As mentioned already, deleting or moving files to another external drive are the only ways to make more space on the drive.
If you have programs that you never use, you can uninstall them and this will help.
If you want a temporary increase of a few GB, you can reduce the amount of space used by System Restore from the default 12% to around 8%. Doing this will simply make available less restore points but it is not advisable to go much less than that.
About the only other option you have is to purchase a larger hard drive for your laptop and clone the original drive onto the new larger one. Depending on what software you use to do the cloning, you may need to expand the copied partition on the new drive or add another partition and format it in order to make use of the entire drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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