Freeing Up Space

August 18, 2009 at 00:22:33
Specs: Windows XP, 3.06GHz
Hope I can explain this correctly. My p.c. is a partion drive.
Drive C Has a Total of 13.9GB with only 710MB free, I know this is very low.
Drive D Has a Total of 219GB with 213GB of free space.
My question is what files can I move to Dive D without messing up my p.c.?
Can I move any of my programs to D drive and remove them from C drive and will they still work?

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August 18, 2009 at 02:12:22
Clamraker, there're certain 'musts', but most files are elective. Find a list of 'musts' @:
A useful 'rule of thumb' is that if you must manually click on it in order to run it, it's probably safe to move. Any desktop shortcuts to moved files probably won't work and need to be deleted/renewed.
Ed in Texas.

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August 18, 2009 at 03:02:20
Here's a good starting point.


Be sure your Pictures are intact before you delete C:\my Pictures. Same for Documents.

Now you can add My Music to the lot.

Programs are a little different, you'll have to reinstall them and select D:\Program files rather than allowing them to go to C:\ by default.

Some programs require that they be on C:\. You'll have to figure out which ones.

Reduce the Recycle bin to 1 to 2% of disk space.

Reduce System Restore from Default 12% to say, 5%,

You can reduce the PageFile to 1.5 times the physical Ram installed. Moving this to D:\ is not advised. It can be split between C: and D: by leaving a small Pagefile on C: and have a larger one on D:.

By now you should have some breathing room on C:. I would consider using a Partition Manager program to create at least 1 more partition in the 213GB that D:\ occupies. Then use Imaging Software to Create a full Image backup of C: and D:. Then you can adjust the size of C:and/or D: to suit yourself, depending on how much extra room you actually gain on C: after you move what you want moved.

I believe the rule of "thumb" for C: is approx 2GB free at all times. Defrag,I believe, requires 15% available Free Space.

I'm sure you'll get other advice on this subject so I wouldn't jump at the first suggestions made.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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August 18, 2009 at 10:03:10
Clamraker backup your system using ntbackup to an external drive or dvd.

Reinstall your system from scratch.

During the install wipe out the two partitions and create only one. Format it.

Once you have windows install do a restore from backup. This is assuming your files on d: are not in the same folder names as files on c:. If so create a folder on your new c: drive called restore and restore all of d: to it then move things as desired.

Otherwise you will be asking what next to move as c: runs out of space.

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August 18, 2009 at 13:09:23
Thanks so much for the replies. I keep reading about page files, so where do I find these and change the size?
Thanks Again

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August 18, 2009 at 13:39:44
How much ram do you have?

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August 18, 2009 at 13:44:54
BTW I consider this is bad advice

"You can reduce the PageFile to 1.5 times the physical Ram installed. Moving this to D:\ is not advised. It can be split between C: and D: by leaving a small Pagefile on C: and have a larger one on D:."

Though Microsoft maybe concerned about crash dumps, which is the only reason to leave any pagefile on c: if moved, they have never helped solve a crashing issue for me.

By default the pagefile should be 1.5 times ram. It should go smaller never larger since anything written to the hard drive from memory is slower than what is in ram. Ram is in billionth of a second whereas hard disks are in millions of a second.

If you ever have monitored multiple pagefiles you will fine it only uses one so why have two taking up space?

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August 18, 2009 at 14:18:53
1.00 GB of Ram

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August 18, 2009 at 14:21:55
Sorry I'm only a intermediate p.c. geek. Where do I find the Page Files?

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August 18, 2009 at 14:52:57
right mouse click on My computer and go to properties
adanced tab then under performance click on settings
advanced again and at the bottom you have virtual memory and the change button.

Trick to remember if you make changes is to click on SET then OK.

Normally the recommendation is to leave at system managed.

With your space issues and ram you can easily reduce to 786meg which is half the default setting.

You will need to set min and max values to be the same. FYI

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August 18, 2009 at 16:49:01
Well by changing the page files to what was noted above I now have: Before 710MB free space to 1.55GB free space.

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August 18, 2009 at 19:17:22
IMHO, you could & should have avoided your current situation by not making your system partition that little, in the first place. By having a little over 10GB for your XP partition pretty much made the lack of disk space dilemma inevitable.

If that was my machine, I would have allocated at the very least three times as much space as you did for the system partition. Fortunately for you, there are some free & fairly safe partition resizing tools out there that you can use to resize your current partitioning option -- without data loss or the need to reformat ... see below:

EASEUS Partition Manager Master 4.0.1 Home Edition

Partition Wizard Home Edition

Good luck!

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August 19, 2009 at 11:47:33
Thank you Sabertooth, I had no choice since this is the way it was when I bought it new. Which I'm very happy with since it is over 6 yrs. old and no major problems since I've owned it.

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