Out of Free disk Space on HDD

March 28, 2010 at 15:52:21
Specs: Windows XP
Hi Im totally out of space on hard drive I have moved a lot of stuff onto a bigger drive but is doesn't reflect on main drive I'm thinking of formatting entire computer any advise on how I could do this successfully???

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#1
March 28, 2010 at 17:06:22
How did you move these files?

Did you copy them over then delete the originals. If so the files still exist on the original drive and you need to delete them from the Recycle Bin in order to free up the space.

Formatting should not be a routine thing to do. It should be a last resort when everything else has failed.

Stuart


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#2
March 28, 2010 at 17:51:40
Yes deleted everything that I moved over so do you think maybe do a quick restore, what would you recommend???
:-)

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#3
March 28, 2010 at 17:54:29
Did you delete them from the Recycle Bin as well. Just deleting them from their folders is not enough.

A restore wont achieve anything, probably make matters worse if anything.

Stuart


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#4
March 28, 2010 at 18:08:19
yes cleaned out rubbish bin as well.
Maybe a hammer lol
No seriously what do you suggest I do?? I cant afford a new computer


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#5
March 28, 2010 at 21:54:40
First move over all of your files including documents, music, video, etc.
Second, find all of your programs that you have the install medium for. Go to add-remove programs and uninstall all of those programs that you can reinstall without too much trouble. Also uninstall programs you no longer use, or programs that came with your computer that you never use. Reinstall one at a time, selecting the custom option and pointing the installer to the larger drive
Third, do a disk clean up, and then a defrag.
See how much space you now have. If it is still on the low side, you should look into two other things: System restore - see how much drive space is dedicated to system restore, if it is a little high, reducing this % space will clean out older restore points, leaving just newer ones. Then look into virtual memory, if it is a little high, try reducing the amount to equal to your RAM on the main drive, and adding about the same amount as auxiliary on the second drive. The defrag again.

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#6
March 29, 2010 at 00:08:15
Save your data. Then format all the drives except C Drive. Then after this you can format C Drive by using Windows CD/DVD. By this you will have more spaces in your hard drive. But, remember before putting your old data in the hard drive install a good antivirus program.



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#7
March 29, 2010 at 14:59:36
Hi thank you for all your help in add remove I have tried to remove programs etc from there and it will not remove some stuff I downloaded like MS office 2007 which I didn't find any better than the one I had already so I went to delete that and it will not let me it wont even let me use the older MS office I have rung them about this and they just said oh well it must be corrupt and not helpful at all frankly I thought the person I was speaking too was very unhelpful and rude when I asked for his name and asked to speak with his supervisor he hung up on me. anyway I digress I think that is when my problems started when I downloaded the MS office 2007.
Please help me with this statement "System restore - see how much drive space is dedicated to system restore, if it is a little high, reducing this % space will clean out older restore points, leaving just newer ones. Then look into virtual memory, if it is a little high, try reducing the amount to equal to your RAM on the main drive, and adding about the same amount as auxiliary on the second drive. I'm not to sure how to go about this????

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#8
March 29, 2010 at 17:55:43
How to move the paging file in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307886

How do I clean up the system volume information?
http://help.lockergnome.com/windows...


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#9
March 29, 2010 at 21:11:40
I have followed all the steps from response number 8 and now there is a little space but now the internet is now closing every couple of minutes please help what is happening now???????

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#10
March 30, 2010 at 06:46:36
Hi guys,

See this article, it is very clear how to solve low disk space problem.
http://www.hdd-tool.com/partition-m...


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#11
March 30, 2010 at 08:00:42

Are you letting windows manage the relocated paging file, if not what settings are you using? I assume the large HD is at least as fast as the smaller one.


What's the time?


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#12
March 30, 2010 at 21:45:05
Here is another option if you have your XP install disk and all important program installs you will need:

Put your XP disk into your CD drive and shut down your computer. Temporarily remove the original hard disk and install the new one in its place. In BIOS setup, set CD drive to first in boot order and then let it boot to your XP disk. Select custom installation and format your new drive clean and install windows fresh. When complete, update windows repeatedly until there are no more updates. Then install antivirus software and your other programs. When all is running properly, shut down and reinstall your original hard drive (reserved until now as a working drive in case anything went wrong) and start. Copy over all of your files over to the new drive and format your old one clean. Use your old drive as a back up destination to protect your personal files. All of your problems should be solved and you will be working on one drive which you are probably more comfortable with anyway.


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