Preserve 600GB HDD free space in Windows 7

Compaq / Sr2034nx-m
November 7, 2011 at 08:19:57
Specs: windows 7, 628 Gbs
Trying to get more information on this. I have 686 Gbs of space on my computer, and i try to keep the free space around 600 Gbs. I usualy clean disc, defrag, delete pics, delete videos, delete restore points, delete programs, and remove whatever i see that i recognise, i don't want. I run Microsoft Essentials, ccleaner, anti malware, and defrag. I download torrents, and afterwards, delete all, and go thru the cleaning processes above. That has worked ok so far, and have been able to keep the free space after all this around 645 Gbs. I install software to try, and, if i do not like it, i uninstal. I now find this free space after all the above about 630 Gbs. I know a lot of these things find a place to hide on my system, but, from the numbers i get, i am missing a lot of hiding places. A lot of files, i do not know if they are needed or not, and if i do not recognise them, i leave alone. I would like to know if there is a good way of getting that 650 Gbs number back? Any suggestion appreciated. My system is 10 months old, with windows 7. thanks a lot.
Jimmy

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#1
November 7, 2011 at 08:34:16
I have to say that I think you are being over-zealous. What is the point of having so much free disk space? If I were you I'd lighten up a little and not be obsessive about free disk space.

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#2
November 7, 2011 at 08:43:13
I am just trying to prepare myself now. I am only looking for answers....do you have one?
...for instance getting down to 500 Gbs?

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#3
November 7, 2011 at 10:17:11
Clone the drive at your desired level and restore it when needed. Or get another drive for downloads and temps and erase all when needed.

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#4
November 7, 2011 at 17:25:59
Do not know the cloning, and nothing about procedure for another drive. What i am use to, is to do a restore, but have not reached that point, for, i have not used all that much space, and would like to find a way to just delete files, and uninstal, if i could only find a way to what it is taking the space now, and where it is.

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#5
November 7, 2011 at 19:36:44
I would recommend leaving the restore points since they may save you some day, if you must, just reduce the amount of disk space allowed for restore points from 12% to maybe 8%, that way the system will always keep the recent restore points but delete the older ones automatically and not get out of hand. I usually recommend this for people who are down to their last 10% of disk space free, but it might help you.

It was not that long ago that computers only came with 3GB hard drives, then 10GB, then 20GB, Then 40GB, etc. The only reason for a hard drive larger than 200GB or 300GB is to store your personal files like music files, photographs, documents, etc. What is the reason to obsess with keeping a large hard drive clear if you do not have anything important to save in that space? I would recommend for you to go about your business and enjoy your computer, save things that you might need or might want to look at again, and if you do get low on space, then you can either delete some files, or just add a second hard drive to allow you to continue to save things. What is the purpose otherwise to have a large hard drive, if you do not enjoy it.

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


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