Will formatting my local hard drive help?

March 15, 2011 at 07:19:20
Specs: Windows XP

I've posted here a couple of times regarding the space on my local drive disappearing and unfortunately nothing has helped. Space just keeps disappearing. I've carried out full system scans and searched the programs that are running to see if they are causing it as I was advised to do, but to no avail.

Would formatting my hard drive fix the problem? If so how would I go about it? I've got an external hard drive big enough to transfer the program files but am worried that I will do more harm than good.

Thanks for your time!

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March 15, 2011 at 08:21:24
It will be nice to attach the link of your previous post.
"program files" if u transfer this folder the softwares will not work, u need to back-up your personal files and program's setup.
First u need to confirm if the hdd is ok(by using manufacture tools).

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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March 15, 2011 at 08:46:16
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Why is my hard drive space disappearing?


I suspect your C partition is too full.

What size is your C partition ?

How much free space is left on it ?

The amount of free space available varies depending on what you're doing when you look - it varies as the size of the Windows page (swap) file varies.

You usually have the greatest amount of free space right after you initially boot the computer.

You can do things to reduce the amount of space taken up by various things that are expendable or that don't necessarily need to take up as much space as they do, but that won't help much if your C partition is too full.

"Would formatting my hard drive fix the problem? "

If you did that you would initially have a lot more free space on the C partition so the free space left would be large, but if you eventually fill up the C partition as much as you have it filled now, you will have the same situation.

"I've got an external hard drive big enough to transfer the program files but am worried that I will do more harm than good."

Transferring the program files themselves to the external hard drive won't do you any good - you have to re-install the programs in the new Windows installation. You can back up the installation files for programs, personal data for / in those programs to the external drive if you like, and other files you don't want to lose, such as documents, pictures, music, movies, videos,etc.

But you would need to put a lot of time and effort to get your installation back to more or less the way it is now. Re-installing Windows takes less than an hour but that's only the first step - it may take you days to get things back to more or less the way it is now.

You could much more easily delete or copy to elsewhere such as to CDs or your external hard drive some of the data that is presently on the C partition.

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March 15, 2011 at 09:36:01
Thank you for your responses.

How would I find out what size my c partition is and how much space is left on it?

My internal hard drive is 106 GB but dips down to less than 1 gig at times. I've deleted loads of stuff and rebooted but after an hour or two it just fills up again.

Apologies but I'm not the most computer literate person in the world!

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March 15, 2011 at 11:52:06
"How would I find out what size my c partition is and how much space is left on it?"

How come you don't know that ?

Hold your mouse cursor over the C drive in My Computer or Windows Explorer,


RIGHT click on the C drive in My Computer or Windows Explorer, choose Properties.

"My internal hard drive is 106 GB but dips down to less than 1 gig at times. "

Brand name system laptop computers usually have two partitions on the single physical hard drive in the original software installation.
The much larger partition is the one you see as C in the operating system.
The smaller one is often hidden from you seeing it by the brand name system installation in My Computer or Windows Explorer, but it's shown in Disk Management in Windows.

Control Panel - Classic view - Administrative Tools -Computer Management - Disk Management

You probably have a physical ~120gb hard drive manufacturer's decimal size hard drive = ~ 111.76 gb binary size in the bios and = to the "raw" size in Disk Management.
Making partitions, e.g.NTFS partitions, on the drive and formatting those partitions uses up a small percentage of that drive space that can't be used for data, so you end up with less space, perhaps ~106gb of space, you can use for data on the drive.
If the drive does have two partitions, the C partition will be smaller than that figure.

As an approximate situation, if you have less than about 10% free space of the space on the C partition, Windows will run MUCH slower than it is otherwise capable of with everything else being the same.

You have an external hard drive.
Copy the personal data that is not a program that you have on C to a partition on that drive that is taking up a lot of space and delete the original files on C once you are sure they have been successfully copied. E.g.Documents, pictures, music, movies, videos.

Un-install the programs you never use in Control Panel - Classic view - Add or Remove Programs.

If that doesn't free up enough space on C,

- if you intend to have the external hard drive connected all the time.....
You DO NOT have to install all programs on C that did not come with Windows, if you have another partition to install them on. In most cases, if you choose a Custom install or similar rather than the default Express install or similar,you can install the program on another partition drive letter. In that case,the vast majority of the data is installed on the other partition,only a little of the data is installed and stored on the C partition.
You could back up personal data in some of the programs that you can easily install again, Un-install the program in Control Panel - Classic view - Add or Remove Programs, then install the program again on another partition drive letter, and restore your personal data for it.

OR buy yourself a larger hard drive.
You can use free drive preparation software that is available on the web site of one of the makers of the hard drives connected to your computer to copy the entire contents of your existing drive to a larger drive and choose to make the partitions on the larger drive larger so that they fill the larger drive's space.
The new drive must be connected to the computer via either an inexpensive USB to laptop hard drive adapter, or you can install the new drive in an inexpensive external drive enclosure.
If the external hard drive you already have is "portable" (uses a laptop sized 2.5" hard drive) and the hard drive inside it is same type of drive as in your laptop, SATA or IDE, then you could remove the hard drive, from the external case and install the new hard drive in that.
For that matter, if the hard drive inside the external drive you already have is 2.5" and larger than 120gb, is the same type of drive, SATA or IDE, as in the laptop, you could copy the contents of your existing laptop hard drive to that without having to buy anything.

E.g. The Seagate web site has MaxBlast and another program that can copy an entire drive's data, if and only if at least one of the hard drives is Seagate or Maxtor.
Either - there must be enough free space on C to install the program and for it's free space on C requirements
- or - you can install either of the two Seagate supplied programs on any computer and then make a Dos bootable CD that has the Dos version of the program that can do the same things, and boot your laptop from that CD to run the program.

When the program has finished copying, you simply install the larger drive in the laptop.

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March 15, 2011 at 14:32:35
Have you run a cleaner? Try Ccleaner Slim. Run the cleaner module. Get Ccleaner Slim from the link below.


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July 16, 2011 at 14:55:15
can anybody help me my pc keeps going dead after a few minutes!!!:(

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July 17, 2011 at 07:06:52

You have not provided enough information.

Click on the Start a discussion button to start your own Topic, and provide as much description of your problem as you can think of.

Include in that the operating system you are using, the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic system, the make and model of the mboard, and the CPU speed and amount of ram.

I see you have also made a Topic about your hard drive being too full. That may or may not be related to your problems. See response 2 and 4 in this Topic.

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