Acer ASPIRE One Netbook - Low Disk Space

February 28, 2011 at 06:11:18
Specs: Windows XP, 1595 Mhz/1GB RAM

I have an Acer ASPIRE One Netbook ( Model AOA110) Net book with the following specs:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 28 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~1595 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 28 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~1596 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Acer v0.3305, 5/9/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.4

Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 545.59 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.37 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
8.0 GB HDD

There are 17 Programs installed (including MS Office Student edition 2007) the rest of the programs are essential programs required for the Netbook such as IE, Firefox, Acer Crystal Eye Web cam etc etc. Absolutely no Data/Media files whatsoever are saved on the HDD. Only one user account exist on this machine, profile size of 6MB, I have scanned the entire HDD (Full scan) using Microsoft Security essentials and no threats were detected.

I constantly receive the 'Baloon' Low Disk space warning message "You are running very low on disk space on Local Disk (C:) To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click here..." and I am then prompted to run the Disk clean up wizard.
I have removed redundant programs which are not needed, deleted all but the most recent restore point, emptied out the Recycle Bin, deleted temporary files - manually searching the %temp% directory only yields about 304KB of temporary files.

No matter how I try I am unable to clear down more than approximately 200MB of free disk space which quickly diminishes down to around 9 MB of free space. I have even used a 3rd party application Revo Uninstaller to help look for junk files to no avail.

Now I know that Netbooks are designed primarily for surfing the web blah blah, but surely installing MS Office Professional 2007 would not be sufficient to max out the HDD. By scanning Add or Remove programs I can see that MS Office only takes up about 302 MB of disk space. The majority of installations here are security updates for MS Office system, .NET framework patches and Security updates for Windows XP.

Another thing wrong with this Netbook also is that I keep getting prompted to install a Base system device which I believe to be the Chipset. I downloaded the Chipset drivers from but no matter how I try to install it I always get "The Hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software" message, even installing using the Chipset's extracted set up files (\Chipset_Intel_8.3.0.1018_XPx86_A\Chipset_Intel_8.3.0.1018_XPx86\Setup.exe) doesn't make a difference either.

I would be grateful for any assistance or advice.

Apologies if you find the details a bit 'extra' just felt I needed to put in as much as I could first hand.

Thanks in advance.

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February 28, 2011 at 08:39:43
Open My Computer, right click on C:, then click Properties. What does the pie chart show?

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February 28, 2011 at 08:50:05
It shows me that I have low disk space, less than 80MB to be precise which is just the problem that I had highlighted in my post.
Like I mentioned I have Low Disk Space problem.

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February 28, 2011 at 09:09:08
May I also add the following -
1. There's nothing in the C:\Documents and Settings\username$\My Documents\Downloads directory.
2. C:\Documents and Settings\All users directory is only 71.5 MB in size
3. Also 'Show hidden files and folders' option is enabled.

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September 21, 2011 at 15:39:04
An 8Gb hard drive is very small by todays standards, but there are a few things you might find helpful.

1:- Use CCleaner to regularly remove clutter from the drive ( use the built-in registry tool to keep it clean, also).

2:- Right-click the "recycle bin" and select "Properties". Here you can lower the capacity of the recycle bin to use less HDD space.

3:- You can also lower the amount of HDD space available to "System Restore".

4:- MS Office gives you the option to not install all its features (if they are needed at any time, you're prompted for the disk). Remove what you don't need.

5:- You can remove any unneeded Windows components, e.g. games, calculator, etc. It's done via "Add/Remove Programs" in the Control Panel.

6:- You can also delete any unused wallpapers, turn off the indexing of the drive, remove the ServicePackUninstall folder from the Windows directory and any other useless junk.

There are probably many more things you could do, but that's enough to get you started. Actually, that's my excuse (truth is I'm getting old and my memory ain't what it was, LOL).

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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