c hard drive full computer wont start can i

January 23, 2011 at 15:09:16
Specs: windows xp
It will open up to set up screen but won't do anything past that. Hard drive was running out of space and may be full. How can I delete files or get it past the setup menu. Is there anything I can use there to help? Can I delete an entire folder from the setup menu? What can I change on the menu to allow it to use the minimum that it needs to come on? Or can I just buy and connect a secondary drive to the computer and make the computer use the extra space from that drive to help it to come on?

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January 23, 2011 at 15:48:07
Do not delete anything yet. The best thing I can think of is removing the drive and taking it to a Pro who can then mount the drive in one of his rigs and place one of your folders on a CD. Then with some space freed and the drive placed up your computer (if any of this raises any issues that you do not feel comfortable with ask the pro while he is just waiting you ask about them). When you get your drive back in your machine you can comfortably eliminate your junk.

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#2
January 23, 2011 at 16:34:21
I'm unclear about what's going on. You mentioned setup, are you trying to reinstall Windows? Why would you do that if you were getting the low space warning?

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#3
January 23, 2011 at 16:34:40
the drive being "full" is not the reason it is not booting.
Are you getting any messages like "operating system not found"?

larry


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#4
January 23, 2011 at 18:24:27
Oh Heavens' no. I would not touch the operating system or Windows. My usual suggestion is to make sure that you check to make sure the computer system is plugged in. Here it seems that you have moved beyond that and it also seems that you are not in the expert category (but do not give upon that). Now it appears that the Operating System, not Windows or its like, COULD be the problem, or it COULD be the disk drive, or it could be something else. I do not seem any realistic suggestion than to hit the expert road, but first get a firm quote on the work. The reason I suggest this is that could pursue the forum route forever but never get the answer or wait a long time until you do. You will probably find that the quotes are quite reasonable and you will feel like the weight is off your shoulders. In the last, maybe you know someone who can either help you out (but look out) or advise you on a good expert who is reasonable in cost too. Good Luck

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