Why are my local disks (both C and D) almost full?

October 2, 2015 at 09:09:58
Specs: Windows 7
Local disk (c) is almost full..and D is showing the red bar.

I tried disk cleanup with local disk D but it shows only the recycle pin in "files to delete" even though its empty.
Tried it with local disk C but was confused on which to delete, so I only ticked "temporary files" and that didn't provide much space.
Inside both of them "Widnows" and "User" take a lot of space..
Is there any way I can fix this problems?


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#1
October 2, 2015 at 09:36:50
Don't know what size hard drive you have now, but if it's a desktop, you can probably add another hard drive. If it's a laptop, you can always connect an external drive to it for storage and possibly move some of your stuff onto it. You can't move programs, just pictures, video, text documents etc.

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#2
October 2, 2015 at 14:44:54
Please post the size of your C & D partitions & overall size of your HDD.

Download, install, & run CCleaner-Slim, that's a good place to start.

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


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#3
October 2, 2015 at 19:36:28
Is there anything in particular you use the computer for that may cause file to accumulate? Are you downloading a lot of videos or maybe burning CDs or DVDs and saving the images?

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#4
October 2, 2015 at 20:51:35
Many years ago my sister's Gateway computer quickly filled up
with backups made by Gateway's default software. This might
be something similar.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
October 5, 2015 at 13:46:52
Right now, Local disk (C) 1.46 GB free of 19.5
As for local disk (D) 1.71 free of 29.2
Are there any folders from "windows" folder that I can delete?
I don't have any movies, videos or songs that are on either.
I remember once we did some enhancements to the PC, and then the C drive went full, we went to an expert and he simply moved the files to D. Now both are full.
Do I have to increase the size of C?
I'm sorry I don't know how to figure out the size of my HHD..do I sum the sizes of all the partitions?
Partition E, F and G are all 138 GB and there is almost 50 GB free space in each.
And yes I do download a lot of songs and photos, just not in the local disks.
If there were any further useful step by step actions to be made please inform me.
I just installed the CCleaner and it provided few space on partition C.

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#6
October 5, 2015 at 14:19:47
Recommended *minimum* disk space for Windows 7 installation
is 16 GB for 32-bit versions and 20 GB for 64-bit versions. You
need more space for installing applications. I have 64-bit Win 7.
My Windows partition is 78 GB, which is definitely larger than I
need, but I moved the paging file and Temporary Internet Files to
other partitions.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
October 5, 2015 at 19:38:00
Yeah your C: and D: partitions aren't very large so it's not suprising they're getting full. You can't increase the size of C: unless you take space from another partition on the same drive or by using unallocated space on the drive. You can check in disk management to see if you have any unallocated space but you probably don't.

Another option is to get rid of stuff you don't need. Did you run CCleaner as riider suggested? You can also go to 'programs and features' in control panel and uninstall software you don't need. It's not a good idea to just start deleting files and folders without knowing what their purpose is.

Another option is to buy a larger drive and clone C: to it. It's possible C: and D: are partitions on the same hard drive and you could clone the entire drive


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#8
October 5, 2015 at 19:41:59
Open Disk Manager and it will show you all physical hard drives and which partitions are on each and their sizes. Post the results. Depending on the set up there are programs out there that can resize and move partitions better than Windows Disk Manager can so even if it cannot solve this there are other options that others will recommend.
Please note that (and this was said already) if this is a desktop the best solution may be adding a new hard drive and moving the contents of one or more partitions to the new drive, deleting them from the original disk, and expanding your C or C & D drives (again, depending on how it is set up currently). I prefer a C drive or 100GB to 120GB which will allow for your operating system and programs but a 60GB to 80GB partition for Windows and a separate one of 40GB to 60GB just for programs works also as long as most of your personal stuff is on another partition or drive entirely.

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#9
October 6, 2015 at 14:40:04
Okay, I'm certainly going to take increasing the size of my disk drives in consideration, specially because I'm going to need to install photoshop and autocad on my computer later on.
From where exactly do I open disk manager?

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#11
October 7, 2015 at 14:39:03
How many hard drives do you have? Are C, D, E, F, and G partitions on the same HDD?


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#12
October 8, 2015 at 10:52:23
This sounds suspiciously like a company provided VM. If it is, you should work with that IT department to size the hard drives to your requirements.

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#13
October 8, 2015 at 23:24:13
Have you tried Format it. Right-click the disk, choose "Format..." click "OK" to clear the disk.

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#14
October 8, 2015 at 23:27:40
Uhh, formatting isn't a good idea unless he wants to erase the entire drive which I don't think is the goal.

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#15
October 11, 2015 at 05:48:12
It's only one hard drive.
And I don't want to format anything, thank you :')

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#16
October 11, 2015 at 19:47:38
Good, I agree (formatting would erase your files, operating system, and more). You still have not posted what it says in Disk Manager as to your partitions which would be needed if we are to recommend anything further to help you. Understand that it may be possible to shrink, move, and expand some of your partitions depending on their lay out, where there is space and how much. Understand that doing anything to make changes to partitions, even with the best programs and the best advice can occasionally have bad results so you should always backup all important files to an external location first and you might want to make a image copy of one or more partitions as well. These are rare if you are careful but a very real possibility so take all precautions first before beginning.
Since you have not confirmed if it is a laptop or desktop. If your computer is a desktop, I still recommend adding a second hard drive and moving all of your personal files off of the present hard drive which will free up a lot of space. Then if you want you can delete the empty partition and reclaim it for your C drive as well.

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