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windows 7 my c: keeps on getting full

December 4, 2010 at 10:30:02
Specs: Windows 7

i have a 250gb hard disk and i partitioned it in to C: and D: my c: in which my OS is in has a total of 18gb when i first installed everything i needed. but every day it the remaining space keeps on getting smaller and smaller until it reached to zero. now i can't stream online, download, and my pc is slower. i tried to delete the cookies and temporary files, also scan for viruses using NOD32. but nothings changes. help! TIA

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#1
December 4, 2010 at 12:19:12

Try emptying the recycle bin. Until you do that those files remain stored on the hard drive.

I suggest you either try making your boot partition bigger or moving some of your programs to the D partition. You can also move your Documents folder to the D partition

Windows 7 has some built-in options to re-size your partitions. If you are interested in that then read the help files to learn how.


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#2
December 4, 2010 at 16:07:02

You can also reduce the size of the available space for system restore from the typical 15% or so down to maybe 10% of your drive. This will reduce the size of this reserved space and it will only reduce the number of restore points saved. You can also reduce the virtual memory used on C drive and if needed, make some available on your D drive (Not less than 1GB on C and not less than 1 1/2 times your total RAM for good performance).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#3
December 4, 2010 at 16:29:09

I agree with OtheHill. You have a nice big hard drive (250 gb) yet only an 18 GB OS partition!!!. That is way too small these days for an OS partition.

You do need to make it bigger, otherwise you will keep running into the problem you have posted. If you do increase its size then leave plenty margin for growth. There is no point in tinkering with settings and making compromises to try and manage a continuing problem.

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#4
December 4, 2010 at 20:34:28

@OtheHill
your right my space for my OS is small it only 20gb but as of now i cant reformat my HDD to make it bigger because i have important files on my D: and i dont have other HDD to transfer them for the mean time, im planning to add additional HDD but for now i need an alternate solution for this.

@Fingers
how can i reduce the size of the available space for system restore? and reduce the virtual memory used on C drive? because for some reason my sometimes my HD space on my C: will have 1.5gb free space then the next day it will be full again...


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#5
December 5, 2010 at 07:42:21

You do not need to reformat. Windows 7 has the tools included to resize your partitions. You should backup important files before using but you should be backing up anyway. Not backing up is like driving without a seat belt.

Go to control panel> Administration tools> Computer management> Disk Management> Action> All tasks> Shrink volume.

Shrink the D partition by the amount you wish to increase the size of the C. After shrinking then you can add that space to C.


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#6
December 5, 2010 at 09:45:05

@OtheHill
I did what you told me but after i Shrink the partition D: by 5gb i cannot add the free space to C: the extend partition was not clickable to C: only in D:

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#7
December 5, 2010 at 09:57:15

I suspect you also need to shrink the extended partition. You have probably only shrunk the logical partition.

Thus the space you have freed up is not unallocated space. It is free space within the extended partition and therefore only available for logical partitions not primary partitions.

Also which end have you shrunk it from, the tail end or the head end?

To add unallocated space to a partition requires the free unallocated space to be contiguous with the partition that is be resized.


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#8
December 5, 2010 at 10:01:36

you are right but how can i shrink the extended partition? its in the tail end of the D: and i have already have a 5gb free space in the extended partition (D:). right now my primary partition (C:) is only 5mb and i cannot even stream or DL atm..

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#9
December 5, 2010 at 10:07:13

Have you tried using WIndows help files to learn the details on how to perform these tasks?

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#10
December 5, 2010 at 10:07:59

If you are struggling you can use a freeware utility such as Gparted:
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

OR

EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition
http://www.partition-tool.com/perso...

More here:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/con...


Gparted HowTos
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...

http://thpc.info/how/use_gparted_to...


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#11
December 5, 2010 at 10:19:09

@ OtheHll
i tried reading the Windows help files but i cant understand it because i know little in computers.. that is why im asking if someone can give me an easier explanation/solution on how to fix this...

@mosaddique
have you tried this one? does this work? i have read the instructions and it says there that i need to burn the gparted and theres a chance that it might not work and even make my computer unbootable...


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#12
December 5, 2010 at 10:22:28

I have not tried these myself as I use Acronis True Image which is NOT free.
However, I know many people who have used them successfully.

I would suggest EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition as the most user friendly.

Some user reviews here:
http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Par...

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#13
December 5, 2010 at 10:37:39

@mosaddique
i tried EASEUS already and it can only merge the free space in my D: but not in C:
does this mean that it impossible for me to increase the space in my drive C:?

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#14
December 5, 2010 at 10:46:40

Are you trying to do it offline or online?
It is possible that resize of your OS partition using third party utility is not possible while the OS is running.

You can use EASEUS to move the D: partition to the end and make the free space available contiguous to your C drive.
Also make sure that if D is in extended (as opposed to primary) partition that that is also shrunk.

You can then use Windows 7 itself to include the free space thus freed up into your C.

Alternatively you can work offline by using the Gparted live CD in which case your OS wont be running.

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#15
December 5, 2010 at 12:47:57

ive done it... used the EASEUS to free a space then put it in drive C:
now i have 10gb free space available again... thank you so much for your help guys!
advance merry Christmas and a happy New year!

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#16
December 5, 2010 at 13:27:44

Glad you got it sorted out. Thanks for getting back to us.

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