How can I delete compress old files from HDD

June 26, 2009 at 16:58:11
Specs: Windows XP
My system shows low disk space each time a I start up, is there a way to remove compress old files from the hard drive permenately without harming the system

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June 26, 2009 at 17:20:38
There are a few things to try first.

Empty recycle bin.

Do a "disk cleanup", see help and support pages.

Might consider removing service pack files.

See temp folders and decide what to do with them. Many are wasted space.

Consider compress drive if you are not using encryption.

Do find files and search for large files. Decide what to do.

Might look at apps to find duplicate files.

Consider uninstalling programs that you don't use.

As for data it would have to be data not related to how a program is run. You can remove your word processing files like letters and fliers and such.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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June 26, 2009 at 18:00:41
jialive, If you mean the compress old files in the Disk Cleanup utility those files are never actually deleted. They are files that haven't been used for some time and are then compressed when you checkmark that entry and run Disk Cleanup.

Compress Old Files - Windows can compress files that you have not used in a while. Compressing the files saves disk space while still enabling you to use them. No files are deleted. Because files are compressed at different rates, the displayed amount of disk space you will gain is approximate. There is an Options button that you can use to specify the number of days to wait before an unused file is compressed.

By default Windows allocates 12% of the hard drive space for System Restore files. Right click My Computer, choose Properties, under the System Restore tab move the slider to the left and choose 5% which should be more than enough, click Apply'OK. This will give you some hard drive space.


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June 26, 2009 at 18:12:05
Be a bit careful removing duplicate files. Sometimes another file (or a different version) is required for specific third party programs.

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