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Old 04-16-03, 06:51 PM
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I am about to run out of HD space!

I have no idea how, but I am about to run out of space. (Pleasae keep in mind that I am not a computer guru and don;t have the cash to get a new one)

C: capacity, 1.99 gig, used 1.92 gig
D: capacity, 3.59 gig, used 3.56 gig

I am using Windows 2000 (upgraded from NT on this system). I run the Windows cleaner often, and got the trial version of Advanced System Optimizer. But I keep it so clean it usually just empties the cache.

On the C:, I install all of my programs. The D: holds MP3s, pictures, documents, spreadsheets, etc.

I really don't have very many programs, and have uninstalled all of the ones that I don't HAVE to have. The major programs that I have (need) are Works, Quicken, ACDSee, and HP imaging.

I can delete stuff on the D:, but I really don't want to. It took me a long time to compile all of that stuff.

I had a zip drive, but it is broken. I have no need for outlook express or networking stuff.

I am certain that there is crap on here that I don't need, but I am not savvy enough to figure out what they are. Can anyone help me?

I still have a WINNT folder, and many of the items seem like duplicates, like temp folders, cookies, etc.
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Do a serach for files over 4 megs.

Search Files and folders
My Computer
Size
At least 4000 KB

It might find like an old movie trailer, or maybe you were burning a CD and left some stuff as WAV. Maybe a huge install program left itself on your computer.

It's just a habit i have when i'm trying to trim things down.

You can buy harddrives on EBay for dirt. Whats the going rate? Like $1 a GB. I'd buy a 10-20 gig, for less than $20. That would solve your problem and then some. Only problem is finding someone to put it in for you, since you say you're not too Guru-ish.
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Get rid of the pr0n man, it's easy to replace
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Burn the pics all into a CDR.The data also that you do not want to erase.Whenever you want to use them just load them.That way you can get a lot space back.But you have very little HDD capacity for these days.
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Originally posted by ClarkKentKY
Do a serach for files over 4 megs.

Search Files and folders
My Computer
Size
At least 4000 KB
I may have to go the HD route, but I am strapped right now.

I did the search, and it shows:
Excel- It got screwed up in my upgrade and I don't have access to it (error messages)
Uct- Winzip file, have no clue what it is.
mp71- Application file, no clue
MSAccess- no clue
Powerpoint- same as excel
acmain9- compiled html help file???????
two Winword applications
UpgAdv[1]- This is in my temp IE folder, and it is an application???? (32 meg)
Various .bac files, my mp3s, drivers, java, etc.

I did find a huge pack of DVDProfiler stuff that I don't need/use. That will help. What about the above files?
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Originally posted by Kumar J
Burn the pics all into a CDR.The data also that you do not want to erase.Whenever you want to use them just load them.That way you can get a lot space back.But you have very little HDD capacity for these days.
No CDR Read only.
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check your temporary internet files folder. I often find several hundred megs of crap in there. Just don't delete your cookies.
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Originally posted by RoQuEr
check your temporary internet files folder. I often find several hundred megs of crap in there. Just don't delete your cookies.
Yep....tried that.
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why not just buy another hd? here's one for $30 AR. it would also most likely be faster than your existing drives.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=286198
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Things you can do:

- convert the partitions to NTFS if it isn't already (goto the command prompt and type convert c: /fs:ntfs)

- delete the wallpapers you will not use (in the c:\winnt and c:\winnt\web\wallpapers folders)

- use compression on folders you will not use often. Excel, Word, bmp, txt, rtf, ini, inf files are very compressible. If you have a slow computer, it will take a bit longer to open these files since it need to be decompress when it's access. (right-click on the files or folders you want to compress and select Properties. Click on Advanced and check the Compress Contents to save... box)

- change the IE temporary cache size to like 20MB

- search for a *.dmp file and delete it. You can disable the Memory Dump by going to Control Panel --> System --> Advanced --> Startup and Recovery Settings --> set Write debugging info to None (I'm on XP so I'm not sure if this is the exact location for W2K)

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Originally posted by D.Pharmacist
why not just buy another hd? here's one for $30 AR. it would also most likely be faster than your existing drives.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=286198
Would you like to take up donations?

Zuffy- trying those now.
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Zuffy

There were no dmp files or wallpapers

I changed the cache, I don't really have many folders to compress (I use what's on here), I disabled memory dump, and tried the "convert" command. I got a tiny bit more breathing room.

What about the MS products that I am not going to use? That excel app.....it doesn;t work, so is it safe to delete, or will it hurt other programs?

I don't plan on doing any further intensive excel, pp work on this computer.

Those files I listed above.....are they essential? Does anyone know what they are?

How does my hard drive go from 400mb free to 50 mb free without me really adding anything to it?
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When a computer blue screen, you will have a dmp file because of the memory dump (not all computers is gonna have it). The wallpapers are in extension .bmp and .jpg

I would compress application folders that is rarely use. It will take a performance hit, but you might want to try to compress the whole C drive. If it's too slow, then uncompress c:\winnt first and see how that goes.
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5.6 gigs? How do you get by? My most recent purchase of 120 gigs was much needed:

Mine...
Used: 189.95 GB
Free: 94.45 GB
Total: 284.40 GB

(spread across 5 drives)
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What about the MS products that I am not going to use? That excel app.....it doesn;t work, so is it safe to delete, or will it hurt other programs?
If you're not going to use these programs, you might as well uninstall them. However, don't just delete them; use the Add/Remove function in Control Panel. It sucks when you get that low on drive space, but you really don't have many options since you have no means of backing up lots of files.
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Better get a new HDD.I found a deal at Newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...140-133&depa=1
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Originally posted by Blake
5.6 gigs? How do you get by? My most recent purchase of 120 gigs was much needed:

Mine...
Used: 189.95 GB
Free: 94.45 GB
Total: 284.40 GB

(spread across 5 drives)
I was about to say the same thing, I need a new drive and some more DVD-rs cause my 4 HD's are almost maxed out 360 gigs
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Well, I for one am disappointed. This has been here for a day and a half, and not one of you spare-drive-ownin' geeks has offered to UPS him a 10 Gig HD or something similar that you know you'll never, ever consider using again yourself!
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Originally posted by Dead
Well, I for one am disappointed. This has been here for a day and a half, and not one of you spare-drive-ownin' geeks has offered to UPS him a 10 Gig HD or something similar that you know you'll never, ever consider using again yourself!
well, i finally swapped out my ibm 75gxp 40gb for a new maxtor 80gb, but i've read that the 75gxp series is crap, and prone to crashing.

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