system drive full - how to create space?

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December 8, 2009 at 04:36:35
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.8 GHz / 760 MB
I have a 10gb C/system drive, now almost full (400mb left). D drive has about 20gb free.

I can't defrag C for this reason (not enough free space). The biggest fragmented file is 800mb, an email archive (?) called outlook.ost which the Defrag Report says is located in the Outlook folder under Local Settings etc etc --- except that there are no Local Settings when I look under the Admin root (or anywhere under the various user accounts)!
Anyway it says that deleting / changing this file can destabilize the system.

I've removed my MS Office from the system disk to free up space so I can defrag, but though it was 650+mb, the removal only freed up around half that. (!! )

And my Add&Remove Programs shows only a few programs nearly all under 100mb (except the .NET 2 & 3 both under 300mb). Not nearly enough to fill a 10gb drive.

Should I / How do I
a - find my Local Settings folder & remove that huge Outlook file that's hogging space ?
b - create space on the C system drive ?

many thanks

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December 8, 2009 at 05:11:17
There are several things you can do to free up some space.
By default your recyclebin reserves 10% of your space.
you can adjust the size by rightclick>properties.

Similarly System Restore also reserves a large amount of space.
You can start up sys restore and then click on the settings link to adjust the maximum restore folder size. This will reduce the number of available restore points as the system will be forced to delete older points to make room for new ones in the smaller folder. Ultimately I've never used a restore point more than a week old.
You may also want to download CCLEANER.
I used it on my daughter's machine this week and it got rid of 3.5gb of Cr@p from her 40gb drive.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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December 8, 2009 at 07:23:59
Many thanks Richard.
But after doing all the suggested, still only 8% of C is free. And I need 12% to be able to defrag.

I wish I could find the large Outlook file that the Defrag Analysis reports, as deleting that would free up 800mb.
But the filepath to it, given by the report, just doesn't exist¬!

Certainly removing any of the few small programs I have wouoldn't make any real difference. What on earth could be taking up all my disk space?

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December 8, 2009 at 13:30:05
You've gotta start dumping files, that's all there is to it. Right click on the My Documents icon, click Properties, then click on the General tab...what does it say for "size on disk"? How about transferring the entire contents of that folder to a new folder on the D: drive?

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December 8, 2009 at 13:43:28
A 10gb drive is really too small and you should be looking to get a larger disc. My own C\Windows folder is 7.9gb. Admittedly I have a lot of progs installed in C drive so my C\Progs folder is 15.4gb.

Your outlook email archive file will probably be one of those hidden system files. I don't use outlook so not sure where it would be.
doubleclick My Computer then go to Tools>Folder Options>View
look down the dropdown menu and under Hidden Files click the radio button for Show Hidden Files then scroll down a bit further and take the tick out of "Hide Protected operating system files"

Then restart the system. You should now be able to locate the OST file. Just be aware that if you delete it you will lose all your archived email including any email sub-folders you may have set up.

After you have done the job return your folder options to the original settings to re-hide the protected files etc.

Do the above at your own risk.

My personal recommendation would be to go into your email account and delete any unwanted content manually. The most bloated file is usually Sent Items since it contains copies of not only your sent mail but also any file attachments you ever sent. Those can take up a lot of room.
You can bypass the recyclebin by pressing Ctrl.Delete.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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December 8, 2009 at 14:10:33
You can force defrag to work.See options.

I'd start with disk clean up.

I also use compression or compressed folders and files.

Might delete microsoft updates files.

Delete all of the users internet cache.

Look for temp folders and see what's there.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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December 9, 2009 at 07:39:20
thanks Richard, my Outlook archive file was indeed hidden, now found & relocated it while I re-do the defrag. I couldn't have reduced the Sent folder manually as i had removed Office to create space! Now need to see if i can download Outlook, as my CDdrive gave in the other day...

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December 11, 2009 at 12:38:07
You can use EASEUS Partition Master to re-size your partitions

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