How can I identify unwanted files, softwares

October 1, 2010 at 17:23:39
Specs: Windows XP
My system displays I am running with low disk space. There are so many files, plug ins and softwares loaded in my C drive. Ho can I exactly identify the unwanted and useless items out of them? Do you recommend me to allow updates in my security center? If so the disk space will be filled with the regular updates? Can I expand my C drive space by reducing the other drive size?

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October 1, 2010 at 17:34:42
Not enough info. How big is your hard drive? How many partitions does it have? What are the sizes of these partitiosn & how much free space is on each? Why do you keep installing crap if you're running low on space? How is it that you don't know which programs are necessary or unnecessary? Obviously it's the ones you don't use & don't need. When's the last time you cleaned out your temp files & internet garbage? How much crap is in the recycle bin? Until you empty it, those files are still using space on the drive. If you don't have a cleaning program, download/install/run CCleaner-Slim (last one at the fllowing site)...delete everything it finds.

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October 1, 2010 at 22:47:04
It is unwanted and unneeded if you have no current use. If you don't know, back it up and take it off of the system. It's like information not useless until needed.

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October 2, 2010 at 05:56:22
Hi Jam and Wizard, Thanks for responding.

My hard disk is 160GB, and it is divided into C/D/E/F/G Drives, with 29.2GB space allocated for each Drive and 31.8 GB for G Drive.

'C has 7.88-GB free space, D-14.6GB, E-28, F-25.3 and G-27.3GB free space. As I mentioned in my other question, I am an immature user who doesn't full knowledge about some plug ins and other items joins my system through net. However, I regularly wipe off the temp files, Empty the Recycle bin, Defrag the system and scan with Avast virus. Yet, I have no idea whether to remove some files and softwares or plug ins or some stuff such as 'Real TEK GbE&FE E thernet PCI-E NIC Driver' which may be associated with my XP operating system and may crash it if removed. That's why, I couldn't try to uninstall those pro grammes or delete some unknown files.

Since, my other disks have enough space can I expand my C drive merging with G or some other so as I can have bigger space for C? Silly Question? CVRao, India.

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October 7, 2010 at 09:31:16
you are right 'Real TEK GbE&FE E thernet PCI-E NIC Driver' is a driver required by your OS, so you don't want to delete this. Just stick to remove old/unwanted programs using "add/remove programs" in control panal. And ony delete files in "my documents"

recommend you move all data from D/E/F drivers to your G:\

then use this program to merge D/E/F in to your C:\

Be sure to read through instructions, as you do not want to wipe/merge the wrong drives.

The C:\ drive has your OS installed on, all your programs/applications, documents, music, videos etc. so I'm not suprised you have disk space issues

good luck

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October 7, 2010 at 09:42:26
Dear Jr 007,
Thank you very much for your valuable suggestions. I will try with it soon.

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October 7, 2010 at 11:20:39
What I would recommend is a fresh install of your OS if you have all the CDs you need for all your software programs and the OS CD and key. It's really not that hard. But before you do so, just back everything up.

What Operating System do you have?
A utility built into most Windows Operating Systems is Windows Restore. You can use this to create a "restore point". Once you created a restore point, you can start removing programs in the Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. If you goof something up or remove a program that you find out you need, just restore your computer back to the last restore state.

Creating a restore point:
Restoring an old restore point:

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October 8, 2010 at 01:59:08
cvrao, my 2ยข worth. You've gotten lots of good advice and here's something else that might help. Windows has certain files that MUST be present in order for it to work. Individual proggies may require others. I'd first move suspect files to a different partition and reboot. If things don't go well, you can easily put it back.
Find a list of 'musts' @:
Ed in Texas.

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