Solved Tool to find what is taking up space

June 20, 2009 at 01:58:49
Specs: Windows XP, 2Gb

Is there a tool to find out what is taking up the most space on my computer? Programs, files, etc.
I want to move some of them to an external hard drive and free up about 10Gb worth of space so I can install a game.
The game won't run well off my USB drive.

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✔ Best Answer
June 20, 2009 at 06:22:32

See my two replies here ==
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Links for more cleanup -----
http://aumha.org/win5/a/sp2faq.php#...
Tidying up after installing SP2
(ONLY Once you are sure you are happy with it)

http://www.aumha.net/viewtopic.php?...
XP SP3: Post Installation Cleanup



#1
June 20, 2009 at 02:51:10

hi

find out whats taking up space on your hdd with,
http://windirstat.info/

however simply moving progs to another drive will probably stop them working. Data mp3 etc can be moved no problem
better to uninstall . check you have original software & key before doing so.

10 gig game run from a stick , lol

gl hf


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#2
June 20, 2009 at 03:17:05

MP3s etc are all on the UDB.
Data I could move but I doubt it takes up that much space...it's the programs.

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#3
June 20, 2009 at 03:44:58

Well if it's progs taking up space simply look in Control Panel > Add.Remove Programs to see which ones are taking up most space. As previously advised you will need to uninstall them.

I don't recommend re-installing them to an external drive. My preference would be to get another large internal drive and install them there.

Thinking about your question, what led you to think you could move programs onto an external drive, but you didn't consider installing the game on that drive? ( Not that I would have done so but your thought process seems a bit awry)

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#4
June 20, 2009 at 04:06:25

I've put programs on external drives but ones that weren't that intensive.
That program has identified some stuff so I'll see what I can move - pics, music, old games (Halflife), etc.

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#5
June 20, 2009 at 05:39:05

First of all it sounds like you don't keep backups of your files. That is a big gamble.

That said, get a larger hard drive. They are cheap enough. Without any system specs I have no idea what size drive you currently have or what size or type your computer may be able to use.


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#6
June 20, 2009 at 06:04:02

Not quite sure where backups came into this but I do. I run a regular ghost backup to the external drive.
It's a laptop so I can't change the internal hard drive I don't think.

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#7
June 20, 2009 at 06:22:32
✔ Best Answer

See my two replies here ==
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Links for more cleanup -----
http://aumha.org/win5/a/sp2faq.php#...
Tidying up after installing SP2
(ONLY Once you are sure you are happy with it)

http://www.aumha.net/viewtopic.php?...
XP SP3: Post Installation Cleanup


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#8
June 20, 2009 at 06:52:27

You didn't post the model of your computer so I didn't know it was a laptop. That said, you MAY be able to upgrade the size of your hard drive.

Post the brand and complete model for further advice.

Going back to your original question, you need to keep at least 15% of the hard drive capacity free in order to run defrag. If you go long enough with a full drive and without defragging you risk corruption.


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#9
June 20, 2009 at 07:21:09

Just defragging as well.
Dell Inspiron 9300.
+ external 300Gb

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#10
June 20, 2009 at 07:24:27

I just responded to your post in gaming. Your laptop doesn't meet the minimum requirements for ArmA 2.

http://community.bistudio.com/wiki/...

Other than that, how big is your HDD? Do you regularly run a system cleaner such as CCleaner Slim or Glary Utilties Slim? Have you ever tweaked your IE / internet options settings? The default history setting is 20 days & the default disk space setting for temp files is sometimes very high. You could conceiveably have 10-20GB of useless internet garbage files. Set the history to zero days & the disk space for temp files to 50MB, then run a cleaner.

Glary Utilities 2.13.0.689 - Slim (direct download)


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#11
June 20, 2009 at 07:28:37

Yep, run CCCleaner regularly.
I cleaned out all the old WIndows uninstall files.
Got 20Gb freed up now.
Where can I download shader 3.0 from?

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#12
June 20, 2009 at 08:09:49

You don't download shader 3.0...the video card has to support it.

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#13
June 20, 2009 at 08:38:06

DirextX?
I think the go geforce 6800 supports that...

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#14
June 20, 2009 at 09:21:57

Pretty much any card made in the last 5 years supports some version of DirectX. Version 10 is the latest. The drivers for the card should include the version that is supported.

You have gotten off on a side road. What size hard drive do you currently have?


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#15
June 20, 2009 at 09:26:02

50Gb.
It's fine, I've got 20Gb free afater deleting everything thanks to that program so all good. :)

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#16
June 20, 2009 at 09:39:22

OK then.

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#17
June 20, 2009 at 21:09:33

I see hard drives to 250 GB for the inspiron 9300.

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