How to free Disk space HDD is 97% full

Dell Inspiron mini 9 netbook
December 12, 2009 at 16:34:56
Specs: Windows XP
My Dell netbook tells me to free up disk space. I have removed almost everything except Windows but it still tells me the hard drive is 97% full

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#1
December 12, 2009 at 16:43:07
How large is the HDD? What all did you remove? Did you try DiskCleanup or downloading CCleaner and running that?

LIR


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#2
December 12, 2009 at 16:53:46
7gb hd. I have used disk clean up, removed all emails, virus protection software, all pictures, there is very little left

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#3
December 12, 2009 at 16:57:23
Virus protection software isn't something you should remove. How much space is available on the drive? Did you try CCleaner? Did you remove all tmp files? Remove the Windows Updates uninstalls?

LIR


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#4
December 12, 2009 at 17:03:29
... and did you clean out the Trash Can?

7Gbs is not much at all for Windows XP, you are going to be constantly running out of space.

My C:drive contains 6GBs and that only contains stuff that absolutely must be on drive C: I have another 60Gbs on other drives to put all the extra stuff.

Stuart


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#5
December 12, 2009 at 17:06:32
Virtually no space 124mb. No matter how much stuff I delete the disk still tells me it is almost full. In "my pictures" there are no files left but it still shows 1.3 gbs. How do I get rid of that? Delete "My Pictures"?
I am using another computer for this exercise but will download anti virus as soon as I can clear some space. Could I download CCleaner with so little space? Have removed all temp files but not the Windows updates uninstalls

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#6
December 12, 2009 at 17:47:24
Rightclick on recyclebin and click properties. You will see a slider that determines the amount of space reserved for recyclebin. Default is 10%. In your case 700mb. You can reduce this. Decide for yourself how large a bin you need.

Next launch System Restore through Start>Progs>Accessories>System Tools
In the left side panel there is a link to Settings. Click on that and you can reduce the default size of the restore folder. This will free up some more space but at the expense of losing older restore points since there will be less room for new points to be created. I've never had cause to use a restore point older than a week anyway but you decide what's appropriate.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#7
December 12, 2009 at 18:00:46
Thank you, but should I delete the "My Pictures" file? It contains 1.6gb but I have no idea what or where pictures those are.

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#8
December 12, 2009 at 18:06:33
Before deleting, go into your folder options
Doubleclick "My Computer" and in the Tools tab select folder options>View

Unhide hidden files as well as protected system files. Save and exit. Now go back and look in the My Pictures folder to see if there were any hidden files there and what they might be.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#9
December 12, 2009 at 18:29:01
It worked! There was a big file of picassa pictures that we had uploaded to the net. We thought we had deleted the file but, as you surmissed, it was hidden. Thank you so much. Have a great weekend! I just love the web!
larrybryan

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#10
December 13, 2009 at 06:56:22
http://aumha.org/win5/a/sp2faq.php#...
Tidying up after installing SP2

http://www.aumha.net/viewtopic.php?...
XP SP3: Post Installation Cleanup


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#11
December 13, 2009 at 10:26:55
Remove the Windows update uninstalls too.

LIR


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#12
December 13, 2009 at 10:50:36
Just an idea, but did any abody yet tried or executed :

attrib -h C:\* /S /D


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#13
December 21, 2009 at 19:31:35
All that of course and...
If you use Microsoft Office, you could uninstall and install openoffice.org instead. It is equivilent and compatable but uses less space and can be installed on any drive/partition (MS office only likes C drive)
Better: With the low prices today, why don't you replace the hard drive with something larger, reinstall the operating system, put the original drive in as a secondary drive to recover anything needed from it, the format it and use it as a back destination for all of your important files.
I did this and when I decided to replace the computer anyway at a later time, all I did was move all of my files to the new computer on this drive.
oops, scratch out that last part, I just realized that this is a netbook (I got distracted) sorry.

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