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Old 17. Dec 2013, 06:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Hard Drive :C: says I have 1.45 GB free of 74.GB and my Drive 'D' says I have 1.76 MG free of 208 GB, what can I clean up to retain some space? Do favorites take up a large amount of space. This is on my Asus Laptop- Windows 7. Thanks
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Old 17. Dec 2013, 08:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In the C drive, the data might be mainly in the My Documents folder, or on the desktop. So, check these two places, and if you are having data which can be moved to the other partition, like personal files, photos, videos, music, etc, then move them.

Also, C drive can get filled up, if you have many software installed. So, you can uninstall software, which you do not use.

Space can also be taken up by System Restore files, and/or temporary files, internet cache, etc. To clean such files, download CCleaner, and run it. If you run it for the first time, chances are that a large amount of space will be freed. Run it at default settings.

In CCleaner, under Tools, and System Restore, you can see the number of restore points that have been created. If there are a large number of restore points, keep around 4-5 of them, and delete the rest. You can keep more number of restore points if you, to feel on safe side.

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In D drive, did you mean 1.76 GB of space, or 1.76 MB?

In D drive, the data will be mostly personal. So, you will have to look and see what all is there. For photos, video, movies, music, you can transfer them to an external drive to preserve space on the internal drive.... or, you can also write the data to DVDs, like photos, personal videos, movies, music, etc. This will free up space.
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Your "favorites" should only take up a very small percentage of disk space.

If you want to see a picture/graphic of what files are where on your drives, and how much relative space they are occupying, I would suggest using one of the disk space analysers reviewed here
My recommendation would be SpaceSniffer.
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That's a really good suggestion of a disk analayzer Sope... I totally forgot that!
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Aside from the advice already given, you should have a look at this article and run Disk Cleanup. You could recover quite a bit of space that CCleaner misses.
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This article shows how to delete all your temporary files in Vista, but it works in all versions of Windows. (I'm not sure about Windows 8.)

I just did this over the weekend when I visited my mother and she had over 500 MB of temporary files! You may have even more....

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/mainte...ltempvista.htm

P.S. 1.45 GB is not very much room. You may want to consider either un-installing a couple programs. Even better, you should consider a bigger internal hard drive.
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If you do use CCleaner or other tools, PLEASE do NOT use ANY tool to clean the REGISTRY. They are not needed and often cause problems that will stop Windows from working.
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This article shows how to delete all your temporary files in Vista, but it works in all versions of Windows. (I'm not sure about Windows 8.)

I just did this over the weekend when I visited my mother and she had over 500 MB of temporary files! You may have even more....

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/mainte...ltempvista.htm
This method is quite old. I think if you use CCleaner, it will clear the temp files, as well as other junk files.
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This method is quite old. I think if you use CCleaner, it will clear the temp files, as well as other junk files.
It may be old, but it works quite well. In fact, I use this even AFTER running CCleaner and it still finds files that CCleaner does not.

The other place that temporary files are often housed is in the Windows/Temp folder. I have also found files leftover in that folder even after running CCleaner.

P.S. My pattern is to delete everything in those folders except for the files/folders created in the last day or two.
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If you do use CCleaner or other tools, PLEASE do NOT use ANY tool to clean the REGISTRY. They are not needed and often cause problems that will stop Windows from working.
The default settings for Ccleaner, Wise Registry Cleaner or others shouldn't hurt anything. I would consider any issue encountered as abnormal (if the defaults are used) as I've run registry cleaners for years on dozens of different computers without mishap.
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