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September 23, 2018 at 02:14:26
Specs: Windows 7, 4096 D MMb
My HDD is full so I need to create space. Where do I start? I don't want to delete programs I may still be needing or it forms part of a group that's still active on my pc. Help please.

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#1
September 23, 2018 at 02:47:47
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#2
September 23, 2018 at 06:14:48
What is the size of the HDD? It's difficult for any of us to tell you what to delete or uninstall when we have no idea what you have. The cleaning method explained above will buy you some time. How about posting a list of your installed programs?

https://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/gen...


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#3
September 23, 2018 at 09:58:33
Start with programs you put in yourself but no longer need. Look at Control Panel > Programs and Features.

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#4
September 23, 2018 at 16:19:40
Google programs you do not recognize to see if you really need them.
Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs, right click on and select Remove.OK.
Reduce System Restore from 15% of disk space to 8 or 10% to free up space also.
Ultimately:
Purchase a larger hard drive and clone the old drive over to the new one, enlarging the drive during the process. The drive mfg's have free downloads for this process. I recommend Western Digital drives and their free Acronis version.

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#5
September 24, 2018 at 00:14:16
Sometimes there are proprietary programs that come with the machine which are never used and can be removed. Keep those which are useful - keyboard functions for example.

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#6
September 24, 2018 at 18:28:05
Have you performed any disk cleanup? Try Ccleaner slim free. Get it at the link below.

https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/b...


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#7
September 25, 2018 at 02:00:35
Thanks guys. I have done the following. 1. Cleared my Recycle Bin. 2. Used Ccleaner. 3. Used window's own cleaner. 4. Iv'e uninstalled programs i "guessed" I wouldn't use. In total I have recovered 20gb of space out of 698gb in total. Fingers I don't know how to reduce System Restore space. Just guide me please. Riider I wil try and post a list of installed programs. Just have to work out how.

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#8
September 25, 2018 at 02:02:37
To Johnw. I have installed and used Wise Disc Cleaner as well.

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#9
September 25, 2018 at 02:40:18
"Just have to work out how"
Use CCleaner,
Tools > Uninstall, down the bottom right hand corner, Click on > Save to text file.
Save file to Desktop.
http://www.piriform.com/docs/cclean...

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#10
September 25, 2018 at 02:45:38
I got as far as"when you open the Installlist.txt in a text editor"... The process lost me. Where do I look for this Installist.txt?

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#11
September 25, 2018 at 02:46:44
That was in response to Riider's helpdesk.

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#12
September 25, 2018 at 02:55:27
"Fingers I don't know how to reduce System Restore space"
https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/...

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#13
September 25, 2018 at 07:29:42
"In total I have recovered 20gb of space out of 698gb in total"

I've been using the same 1TB HDD for several years now. Approx 400GB of the used space is videos & music but I still have over 300GB free space. What exactly are you storing & where are you storing it?

Try this - click the Start button, then click on your username at the top of the right column. Right click on each on the following & select Properties, then report back what is listed for "Size on disk":
- Desktop
- Downloads
- My Documents
- My Music
- My Pictures
- My Videos


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#14
September 25, 2018 at 08:28:10
riider
Same here. My machine is stuffed full of phots, music and videos passed from computer over many years. I have loads of utility programs too. I have about 2 thirds of a 1TB HD free.


Dawie
You need to find out what is taking up all your space.

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#15
September 26, 2018 at 02:23:52
HDD is 750 gb of which about 450gb is taken up by pics and videos. The rest are made up of utility programs. I think this is where my problem lies. A lot of duplicated pics and video stuff. But thanks guys. I need to sort out this situation and start deleting all duplicates. Regards

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#16
September 26, 2018 at 02:34:12
" A lot of duplicated pics and video stuff. But thanks guys. I need to sort out this situation and start deleting all duplicates."

Here's a pretty good freebie to help you do that:

http://www.mindgems.com/products/Fa...

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#17
September 26, 2018 at 06:29:42
OK, so the problem is due to personal file management, not excess programs. Buy another HDD, either internal or external, & copy your personal files to it. Once you've confirmed the copying was successful, delete the originals.

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#18
September 26, 2018 at 09:24:12
If your own stuff is duplicated then it's fine to delete it but take care doing that with anything to do with the system. Often system file are deliberately duplicated tor functional reasons and they might not necessarily be identical versions either.

Picture files are usually stored in the Pictures folder. Galleries do not store actual files but only access to them. If you delete the real files then you could regret it.

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#19
September 26, 2018 at 15:27:50
I recommend maintaining at least 2 copies of any files you want to keep. More if they are not replaceable, like personal photos. Get a larger internal hard drive and clone your drive to it. If you have a desktop (tower) computer, then no need to clone. Simply copy the personal files over to the new hard drive that you install as a second hard drive. I would also recommend an external USB drive to be used for backing up your files from the computer.

You may be interested in a file comparison program I have used for years call Beyond Compare. Not free but I believe they have a trial period.

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#21
September 26, 2018 at 20:53:05
System Restore Settings:
Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced System Settings>System Protection Tab
Select C drive and click on Configure
Move the slide from the default 15% to between 8% and 10%
Apply & OK
You may have to restart to take effect.

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#22
September 27, 2018 at 05:59:31
I have known files duplicated into other areas which are necessary for specific programs, despite a system copy already existing. I doubt duplicate files is your problem. They are not usually very big or in large quantities.

Video files are often large.

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#23
September 27, 2018 at 10:08:03
Derek

Seems like every time I build a new computer I always just dump all my personal files in a folder and move on. After doing that multiple times you end up with many folders that contain the same files or files that are named the same with different dates, file size, etc. The program I mention above is very useful to deal with that condition. I admit, I am a file hoarder. I rarely delete downloads, for instance. Never know when you may want an old version of a driver, for instance. Anyway, stuff builds up to large volumes of files. I have every CAD file I ever created. Hope this shows why file comparison software might be useful.


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#24
September 27, 2018 at 16:14:35
OtheHill

I probably didn't make myself clear enough. I had in mind duplicated program files. Over the years I have seen folk removing files (such as dll's) for no really good reason and was pointing out that the are often intentionally duplicated.

If they are your own files then of-course there is rarely any reason for duplication. When I move to a new machine I move files between main user folders, such as Pictures, Music, Videos and Documents and so far I don't appear to have created duplicates.

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#25
September 27, 2018 at 21:05:32
Well, if I am building a new computer it is usually a rush job so I just dump everything into a folder on the external. Those have a tendency to multiply. Eventually they must be dealt with.

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#26
October 1, 2018 at 02:10:18
Very interesting conversation. I have moved most of my personal files to a different HDD, but in many instances I'm faced with a pop-up window asking me: Are you sure you want to move this file without its properties? Yes or no. Well I say yes everytime not knowing what the end result was going to be. Any comments on that. I feel I might have made the wrong choice but now too late!

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#27
October 1, 2018 at 06:47:51
It usually doesn't matter. An example is a saved link to a website. When you move it the correct icon gets lost but it still works OK afterwards. Such little discrepancies are usually easy to remedy if necessary (going to the website again for example).

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#28
October 1, 2018 at 06:57:39
Is the message "without its properties"? Or some other similar phrase?

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#29
October 1, 2018 at 07:21:22
Correct OtheHill. Without its properties. Thanks Derek. I have just moved files where I was asked this question.

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#30
October 1, 2018 at 07:35:13
Fingers thanks for that advice. I have reduced my System Restore capacity to 4% and have managed to squeeze another 10gb of free space out of my PC.

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#31
October 1, 2018 at 10:05:59
I think you could reduce your System Restore to 3% but by all means keep an eye on the number of restore points for a while so that you know. You rarely need to go back more than a couple of weeks or so, otherwise everything needs updating afterwards.

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#32
October 1, 2018 at 13:26:09
Thanks Derek. Will do and again thanks to all the other guys.

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#33
October 1, 2018 at 13:58:43
Yep, 3% is all you need, as per the link in my post #12
https://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/...

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