full C drive

June 21, 2010 at 10:34:43
Specs: Windows XP

hi,

newbie here. I have a sony pcv-rs 400 running on windows xp with 256mb RAM. It came with 2 drives, C and D. My c drive is extremely full, 500mb out of 15gb. The contents under my c drive are "doc and settigns", "program files" "google" and "printer" and "windows". I have used ccleaner, uninstalled several progs i don't use, ran virus scans, dskchk, and reduced recyling bin from 10% space to 3% space. I also moved my documents from C do D drive. D rive is where all my photos/music is and lately, that's wehre i've been storing programs i dl ,everything came out ok. I have norton running in the back ( but i do'nt think its that big to cause a problem cause even without it running, my pc still runs slow = 5 min start up, freezes, lags all the time). So now iam assuming its bec c drive is so full that is my everything lags. My question is what files/file extentions are safe to clean? does ccleaner clear out temp folders or do i have to do it manually? any more tips and tricks to clean my pc ( with as much details pls ) . Somebody advised me not to reformat bec my pc is not erally in bad shape, just lots of old programs clogging up space probably. The thing is, I can't find these old programs folders. pls thelp greatly appreciated.


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#1
June 21, 2010 at 10:52:13

Use Windows' own disk cleanup utility - right-click the 'C' drive,
'properties' & under the second tab there's an option to clean up
your restore points - they take up a lot of room. After that, do a
Google for the free version of 'Treesize' & install that - it's a small
utility that will show you where the big files are on the drive.

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#2
June 21, 2010 at 10:53:27

xp runs slow because it needs way more than 256meg of ram. Put a gig in and you will be amazed at the performace increase.

Use disk clean up to clean up the disk and defrag it also. Both are off the accessories/system tools menu


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#3
June 21, 2010 at 13:05:43

And dump Norton.

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#4
June 21, 2010 at 20:51:36

Add Memory - definitely (500MB is a minimum for reasonable performance with SP3 & IE6, 1GB for IE7 or IE8)
Use disk clean up - definitely
Dump Norton - definitely (get something leaner and meaner)
Go to system restore and reduce the amount of disk used for restore points from 12% or 15% to maybe 8% or 10% - recommended
Go to Add-Remove programs (control panel) and remove programs you no longer use - recommended
Uninstall some programs and reinstall them from C drive to D drive - this may help some
Do a disk defrag. - after you have 12% or 15% free space
If you do all of this, you may be happy with this computer for another year or so, then think about a new Windows 7 system. If you wish to try to get longer out of this system, you may need to get a larger hard drive to replace C drive and install XP clean, update to SP3 and all other updates since, install a good AV program, and then your other programs. If D drive is a distinct drive, that's all you will need to do, install the old drive and reformat it for extra space or as a back up drive. If D drive in on the same physical drive as the old C was, reinstall the drive. delete the partition that had the old XP on (drive letters may change, so look to drive sizes to confirm you have the correct one), and recreate a new drive in the now empty space.

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#5
June 22, 2010 at 00:34:53

This used to be my problem. My tech friend recommended c cleaner software which solved my problem.

After installation I ran a registry error scan and learned that I
have hundreds of registry errors populating my Drive C. It
automatically fixed all the errors and a huge amount of space
was suddenly available in my Drive C.

Try getting a registry cleaner software suitable for your computer.
Hope this helps.


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#6
August 3, 2010 at 07:02:58

I totally agree with Melen9, a registry fix is what you need. As time passes the windows registry grows until it reaches a level at which it affects the performance of the PC.

Ccleaner is a good free registry cleaner that definitely does it's job well.


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#7
February 6, 2011 at 03:05:47

In order to completely clean the registry its better to use a combination of softwares bcos as the programming in each differs the depth of scanning varies. I currently use ccleaner (does superficial scanning) ,wise registry cleaner and AWC.

On my first use of wrc and awc, these detected 273 and 18 additional registry errors, respectively, missed by ccleaner. Do give it a try, you wont be disappointed.


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#8
February 6, 2011 at 22:21:40

Simple, Diskfrag and c clean up utilities on windows accessories

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