Solved why is my c drive so full and so small?

April 29, 2018 at 13:41:54
Specs: Windows 7, intel core i5-2400s 2.50GHz/6 gigs
this is probably a pretty dumb question but my c drive is so full and I don't know what else I can delete since I can not tell which files i can delete. the drive is only 28 gb(super tiny) but I have two separate hard drives installed which are 1 TB and 500 gb. Would there be anyway to switch the c drive with one of the two other drives installed.

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May 2, 2018 at 21:03:53
John:
I see a mystery 30GB drive that is the system drive, a non-active 120GB SSD drive, a non-active 500GB hard drive, and a 1TB Storage hard drive which is active. This is the strangest set up I have ever seen! If it was me fixing this, I would clone the 30GB drive over to the 120GB SSD and expand it to fill the drive, then I would remove the tiny 30GB drive. The 500GB drive maybe useful to do a back up of important stuff, especially during the reset up of the machine and unplug it during the cloning and formatting and the storage drive should also be unplugged to prevent it from being corrupted or damaged. I will leave it to you to fill in the details if you agree with me on this.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
April 29, 2018 at 14:21:09
Can you clarify the drive situation.

Do you have three hard drives installed or just two? If two then on which one is the c: "drive"/partition?


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#2
April 29, 2018 at 15:27:48
I may be wrong since I’m really bad with computers but ,I have three , one of them is external, one is internal, and the c one is I think internal (I don’t know what a partition is I’m sorry)

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#3
April 29, 2018 at 16:35:11
Is this a laptop or a desktop?
What is the make and model number?
You may have a tiny SSD drive and a larger hard drive but Windows 7 really needs more than 28GB to function properly without anything else on the drive.
You may have a tiny partition off your larger drive for your C drive but it really is too small to function properly.
There are other possibilities so look into Disk Manager and tell us what it says for each and every drive you see including which ones are on the same line and which ones are on a line by themselves.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
April 29, 2018 at 18:57:28
Upload a SS ( screenshot ) of Disk Management please.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/wi...
https://www.sevenforums.com/tutoria...

Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots in windows 7
http://www.7tutorials.com/how-use-s...
http://www.windows7home.net/use-sni...

Use File Convoy to upload ( no time delays/Captcha-I'm not a Robot/account/registration needed ) Give us the links please.
http://www.fileconvoy.com/index.php

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#5
April 29, 2018 at 19:22:40
Also,

Please download and run ListParts by Farbar (for 32-bit system):
http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...
Please download and run ListParts64 by Farbar (for 64-bit system):
http://download.bleepingcomputer.co...
Click on the Scan button.
The scan results will open in Notepad.
Copy and Paste the contents into your reply.



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#6
April 29, 2018 at 19:25:19
Fingers.
"Is this a laptop or a desktop?
What is the make and model number?"

It's a Dell Optiplex 3010, which is a desktop.

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#7
April 29, 2018 at 19:35:14
"but my c drive is so full and I don't know what else I can delete"
How to Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 and Vista
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/conte...

Update is available that enables you to delete outdated Windows updates by using a new option in the Disk Cleanup wizard in Windows 7 SP1
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/285...


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#8
April 29, 2018 at 20:46:58
John, your crystal ball must be working better than mine today because I looked back and do not see any reference to the make or model number in the posts nor any upload images yet that might give it away.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
April 29, 2018 at 21:18:46
Ok Fingers, as we are all in the same boat, always learning something new, click on the OP's name.

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#10
April 30, 2018 at 00:43:56
Sounds like the C: drive is a partition on the 500GB disk. In that case you can use a utility such as Partition Magic to resize it.

https://www.easeus.com/partition-ma...


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#11
April 30, 2018 at 04:13:50
But first ensure that any important date (photos are usually the critical item here) are safely duplicated on another storage medium; be that another hard drive - which is not going to be touched by partitioning software - and/or an external drive, and/or DVD.

That way if anything goes amiss data is secure elsewhere.

I'm thinking that the 500Gig is where you have files etc; and that the drive that will be "re-partitioned" - the C: partition will take space from the balance of the hard drive as it were. Thus safeguard those important files which are on that drive first; as in ensure they are duplicated elsewhere.


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#12
April 30, 2018 at 05:49:52
We need clarification. There are several versions of the Dell Optiplex 3010 - SFF, desktop, & mini-tower. According to the Dell site, the HDD options are 250GB, 500GB, or 1TB.

When a HDD is broken up into separate sections (aka "partitioned"), each partition is assigned a letter. So if you see several partitions (C:, D:, E:, etc) listed in My Computer, they can be either separate HDDs or separate partitions on a single HDD. There's no way for us to know...you need to supply us with that info. Also, the user is responsible for file management so if your C: partition is full, you're probably not using the rest of your storage capacity correctly.

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#13
April 30, 2018 at 06:07:18
It's a sensible precaution to maintain a backup of any important information, especially when resizing partitions. But I have to say that I have never lost any data when resizing a partition - and this is something I have done several hundred times.

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#14
May 1, 2018 at 22:35:41
Hey Johnw heres the info I got from the scan
and heres the image of my drives(I think i did it right)
http://www.fileconvoy.com/dfl.php?i...

Hopefully I did this correct(thank you all for trying to helo)
ListParts by Farbar Version: 31-07-2014
Ran by PC (administrator) on 01-05-2018 at 22:29:43
Windows 7 (X64)
Running From: C:\Users\PC\Downloads
Language: English (United States)
************************************************************

========================= Memory info ======================

Percentage of memory in use: 48%
Total physical RAM: 6044.09 MB
Available physical RAM: 3083.99 MB
Total Pagefile: 6894.23 MB
Available Pagefile: 3773.89 MB
Total Virtual: 8192 MB
Available Virtual: 8191.9 MB

======================= Partitions =========================

1 Drive a: (SSD) (Fixed) (Total:119.2 GB) (Free:119.11 GB) NTFS
2 Drive b: (Storage) (Fixed) (Total:465.72 GB) (Free:446.27 GB) NTFS
3 Drive c: (OS) (Fixed) (Total:29.81 GB) (Free:0.49 GB) NTFS ==>[System with boot components (obtained from reading drive)]
5 Drive e: (TOSHIBA EXT) (Fixed) (Total:931.51 GB) (Free:831.35 GB) NTFS

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 29 GB 2048 KB
Disk 1 Online 119 GB 0 B *
Disk 2 Online 465 GB 1024 KB *
Disk 3 Online 931 GB 0 B

Partitions of Disk 0:
===============

Disk ID: 9299983A

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 29 GB 31 KB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: Yes

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 3 C OS NTFS Partition 29 GB Healthy System (partition with boot components)

======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 1:
===============

Disk ID: 03338480

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 OEM 39 MB 31 KB
Partition 2 Dynamic Data 119 GB 39 MB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 1
Partition 1
Type : DE
Hidden: Yes
Active: No

There is no volume associated with this partition.

======================================================================================================

Disk: 1
Partition 2
Type : 42
Hidden: Yes
Active: No

There is no volume associated with this partition.

======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 2:
===============

Disk ID: E29DC36B

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 OEM 39 MB 31 KB
Partition 2 Dynamic Data 465 GB 39 MB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 2
Partition 1
Type : DE
Hidden: Yes
Active: No

There is no volume associated with this partition.

======================================================================================================

Disk: 2
Partition 2
Type : 42
Hidden: Yes
Active: No

There is no volume associated with this partition.

======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 3:
===============

Disk ID: 0F1AA710

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 931 GB 1024 KB

======================================================================================================

Disk: 3
Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: Yes

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 4 E TOSHIBA EXT NTFS Partition 931 GB Healthy

======================================================================================================
============================== MBR Partition Table ==================

==============================
Partitions of Disk 0:
===============
Disk ID: 9299983A
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=30 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)

==============================
Partitions of Disk 1:
===============
Disk ID: 03338480
Partition 1: (Not Active) - (Size=39 MB) - (Type=DE)
Partition 2: (Not Active) - (Size=119 GB) - (Type=42)

==============================
Partitions of Disk 2:
===============
Disk ID: E29DC36B
Partition 1: (Not Active) - (Size=39 MB) - (Type=DE)
Partition 2: (Not Active) - (Size=466 GB) - (Type=42)

==============================
Partitions of Disk 3:
===============
Disk ID: 0F1AA710
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=932 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)


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#15
May 2, 2018 at 02:28:08
"I don’t know what a partition is I’m sorry"
What is a Partition?
http://bit.ly/2I9Oxfi

Joshy1, have only your drive with Windows 7 on connected, you need to Merge your partitions.
In other words uncable everything except the drive with Windows 7 on.
Naturally, you apply one of the basics of computing before you merge, you have backups of all your important stuff.
How to merge partitions under Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
https://www.easeus.com/partition-ma...


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#16
May 2, 2018 at 21:03:53
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John:
I see a mystery 30GB drive that is the system drive, a non-active 120GB SSD drive, a non-active 500GB hard drive, and a 1TB Storage hard drive which is active. This is the strangest set up I have ever seen! If it was me fixing this, I would clone the 30GB drive over to the 120GB SSD and expand it to fill the drive, then I would remove the tiny 30GB drive. The 500GB drive maybe useful to do a back up of important stuff, especially during the reset up of the machine and unplug it during the cloning and formatting and the storage drive should also be unplugged to prevent it from being corrupted or damaged. I will leave it to you to fill in the details if you agree with me on this.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#17
May 2, 2018 at 21:22:28
Fingers:
Your way should work as well, always more than one way, I have never tried your way.
Probably best now to wait for Joshy1 to respond.
"I would remove the tiny 30GB drive"
I think that is a partition of the larger drive.

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#18
May 3, 2018 at 21:11:42
John: Look again at the Disk Manager image and you will see that the tiny drive is listed as Disk0 and the next drive, the SSD 120GB is listed as Disk1, the 500GB inactive is listed as Disk2, and the 1TB as Disk3 (the last two I am pretty sure of but I closed the image for the third time). I have to conclude that it is a very early SSD drive, probably SATA2, and not really suitable for an OS drive. Whoever installed the 120GB drive apparently did not know how to take advantage of it as an upgrade.

Another possibility is that the tiny drive is actually part of a Hybrid drive but may not have been installed on correctly (The SSD part should have been more like a buffer for the main drive). I do not know how one of them would show up in Disk Manager.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#19
May 4, 2018 at 00:01:51
Okay so what I did was I activated everything that shut off and I was about to clone the c drive and put it to the 128 gb hard drive ,but i made it a primary and now when I try to clone it and put it into the 128gb (I made it a primary partition )it will not finish its task, so now I was wondering if I could remove the 128 gb hard drive as a primary partition. And also the 28gb is a seperate disc entirely.

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#20
May 4, 2018 at 09:14:32
You can use Disk Manager to delete the partition on the 128GB drive or you can do it in Easus or Acronis (a free version is available if one of your drives is Western Digital - download on their site), either of which would be best for the cloning anyway. Remember that you are cloning the entire drive, not just the C partition. You do not need to partition it, but you may need to select MBR or GPT for the drive. Partitioning the entire drive is important to make it bootable because it brings along the system partition as well. When doing this, unplug any other drives so they are not effected in any way. When cloning the smaller drive to the larger drive you should be given the opportunity to select the size of the destination drive (use the entire drive), if not then you can expand it later so do not sweat it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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#21
May 5, 2018 at 18:13:56
Alright i successfully cloned everything from the 28 gb main drive to the 128 hard drive. Do I remove the 28 gb from my computer now or is there something I have missed?

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#22
May 5, 2018 at 18:24:38
"128 hard drive"
Go into the bios & change the boot order to boot from that drive first, F10 to save.
Does it now boot into that drive?

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#23
May 5, 2018 at 20:19:53
Yes, you unplug the old boot drive after making the 128GB drive your new bootable drive and place it in the boot order right after the CD/DVD drive (unless you use a USB instead as your alternative install bootable drive). Then make sure it all works properly. After it works you can permanently remove the old 28GB drive from the machine if you like anytime you shut down again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#24
May 5, 2018 at 21:57:50
I did just as you said fingers and it worked perfectly fine I switched them perfectly nothing wrong has happened yet but it worked.Thank you for everyone for all your helpful advice.

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#25
May 5, 2018 at 22:04:59
"I would clone the 30GB drive over to the 120GB SSD and expand it to fill the drive"
Nice work Fingers, you nailed it.

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#26
May 6, 2018 at 05:58:13
Glad you got it and nice work too. Enjoy.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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