drive c full

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January 16, 2009 at 07:01:38
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.8 GHz / 759 MB
i have 2 disks, C (program) and D (data) - both near full, but i can free up space on D. If I ununistall essential programs from C(like Office, Dreamweaver, etc) and re-install on D, will they run the same as from C? Or is their performance compromised?

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January 16, 2009 at 07:24:22
the performace will not be affected, i have all my programs running on a seperate drive to my windows opperating system and if anything they run quicker.

What confuses me if why not buy another hard drive? they are pretty cheap and you should be able to resolve all your issues without having to delete things.

Also run ATF cleaner and CCleaner (google them) they wont save you massive amounts of space but they will clean up for machine for you.

if i were you i would get another drive..

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January 16, 2009 at 07:34:05
Thanks v much. I would get a new disk, but for now want to save the bother of new setup. Also, lots of space on D is wasted, here's an excuse to cleanout old fotos, etc.

Wish I knew what was cluttering C drive, as there's not much program ware there as far as i can tell from Add & Remove - but then I don't believe it's showing everything. Know any way i can view everything on C and then be ableto uninstall the unwanted?

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January 16, 2009 at 08:07:36
not too sure to be honest, i think the first step is downloading and running

ATF Cleaner

and CCleaner

ATF is a standalone and does not need to installed so you do not need to take any more space up with this.

CCleaner can be downloaded as s standalone and can be run from a memory stick if you dont want to installed.

Trust me you will notice some space recovery from with these softwares.

What are the sizes of both your C and D drive?

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January 16, 2009 at 08:12:54
I have just 10Gb on C and 27 on D. Ridiculous, i know. I have CC Cleaner but it only just keeps C operational, as there's less than 500Mb left there.

Other than these 2 you mention,nothing else that does what Add&Remove does, but better?

If not, then can I run programs from an external drive? Would that affact performance?

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January 16, 2009 at 08:18:44
to be honest from what you'v said i dont think you can save any more space, windows and its updates will be hogging most of that space and the rest will be programs. i dont think it will be wise to install programs on external drives, that will affect performance for sure!

the only way around this will be to get a new drive. 500mb is absolutely nothing and you will sooner or later get into trouble.

you can mirror or ghost your drive to another using something like casperXP this way you do not have to install all your programs again you just swap over the drives and it will work straight away.

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January 16, 2009 at 09:09:14
we have a few servers with 10-12GB partitions, which is barely large enough to host the OS with updates and a few apps. But the following are some space-saving techniques. Make sure Folder Options are set to Show Hidden Files.

1). Go into C:\Windows, and see if there are any folders whose names look like $NtUninstallKB958687$ or some other KB#. These folders are only really necessary if you plan on UNINSTALLING a windows update that you have already installed (typically not a good idea unless you're having an issue with a newly installed OS update). If you've got a lot of these folders, deleting them can sometimes free up a bunch of space.

2) Page File: look at the advanced system properties and set C: not to have any paging file. It's not a bad idea to have 2-4GB virtual ram/page file set on another partition, but you can free up this space on the C:\ partition. Sometimes this will even benefit performance.

3) Trash Can: look at properties and configure the can independently for different drives. Turn it off on the C partition, or at the very least set it to %1 instead of %10. You can leave it at %10 of the other drive(s).

Of course, those suggestions are in addition to the Microsoft System Tool, Disk Cleanup, as well as the 3rd party apps others have suggested.

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January 16, 2009 at 11:06:31
If your computer and OS are working fine then shut off System restore and immediately enable it. That can free up quite a bit of space.

Are you using FAT32 or NTFS file system on those drives?

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January 16, 2009 at 11:21:38
I suggest that you add a second drive. That will not require a reinstall. If you don't have a free slot for the drive, a little thought might come up with a place to put it. I've placed a drive on top of a power supply, on the bottom of the case, externally, etc.
Of course, if it's a laptop, ignore this post. :-)

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 16, 2009 at 11:52:52
Thanks, interesting tips on System Restore & Trash can.
Can't say whether i have FAT32 or NTFS file system (where do i find out?).

I think my solution is to move data off D to external disk/ dvd, programs off C to D, and keep C for OS only.

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January 16, 2009 at 12:24:35
To determine Fat32 or NTFS, right click on a drive in My Computer and select 'Properties'. But since you don't know, it's probably the default NTFS.

Your solution sounds good to me. If you don't have an imaging program like Ghost or Acronis, get one and make a C: backup occasionally. :-)

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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