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tugher 29. Jan 2010 03:58 PM

hardrive full
 
hi there guys totally new to computer stuff here
i am running windows xp , i do not have a back up disc for my computer
my comp is so slow i am assuming my hardrive is full as i look at the circle of how much free space i have , i dont have much left
how do i clean this , how do i empty this , how do i know which programs to delete , and which to keep .
i only use this comp for surfing , chat on yahoo or msn . watching dvds . and some photo work from my digital cam
can anyone help
please
thanks

Anupam 29. Jan 2010 04:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tugher (Post 21470)
my comp is so slow i am assuming my hardrive is full as i look at the circle of how much free space i have , i dont have much left

Can you please tell, what is the size of your hard disk, how much is full, and how much free space is available? These figures would help.

How much RAM do you have on your system? Please tell that too.

On an other thread, you had mentioned that you suspect that your computer might be infected with virus. Did you run scans with antivirus, and antispywares, and suggested on that thread? A malware infection can also slow down your computer, and affect the performance.

Quote:

Originally Posted by tugher (Post 21470)
how do i clean this, how do i empty this, how do i know which programs to delete , and which to keep.

The safest way to clean the computer would be to download and install CCleaner.

CCleaner is a tool to clean your computer, by deleting temporary files, or junk files, that keep on building with time, as you use the system. Run CCleaner with the default options, and it should get rid of a lot of data, if you have never used CCleaner before.

Apart from this, you can take backup of your photos, or movies that you have on the system on DVDs/CDs, and delete them from the hard disk, to get some space back.

To know more, which files you can delete, and which to keep, you will have to take help from a friend, or someone who lives there, to help you with that. It would be quite difficult to tell here.

Sope 29. Jan 2010 05:05 PM

Also something like SpaceSniffer may help you work out which files and programs etc. are taking up most space on your PC.

MidnightCowboy 29. Jan 2010 05:17 PM

You can also try disabling system restore, rebooting your machine and then switching restore back on (at a lower setting than the default)

Sequence:
Start - Control Panel - Performance & Maintenance - System Restore (left side menu) - System Restore Settings - Turn off System Restore (tick box) - Apply -Yes - OK - exit everything and reboot your computer.

Repeat the above sequence to re-enable System Restore, setting the slider towards the "min" end of the scale. This will free up some space for you.

Anupam 29. Jan 2010 05:25 PM

That's a very good point MC. System restore points can take up a lot of space.

CCleaner has a tool to delete system restore points, and it makes deleting those multiple restore points very easy. Turning off the system restore will delete all the system restore points, and that would not be desirable. With CCleaner, you can see how many restore points are available, and you can delete the ones you desire.

To access this tool, open CCleaner. Go to Tools > System Restore.

It will show all the system restore points. You can delete them, and keep the latest two, or just the latest one, or as you like.

Do not use the "Registry Cleaner" tool of CCleaner, we do not recommend using registry cleaners.

Ritho 29. Jan 2010 07:10 PM

Quote:

i am running windows xp , i do not have a back up disc for my computer
If you bought the computer with XP pre-installed from an OEM, (e.g. HP or Dell), you may have a way to reinstall by creating an install disk from an image they often put on your computer in a folder labeled as "i386." Directions on how to make a install disk from your i386 folder can be easily found all over the internet.

tugher 29. Jan 2010 10:28 PM

hardrive
 
my hardrive is 9.35 gigs
free 470 mb
1.80 ghz
512 mb of ram
i ran the antivirus and spyware , no virus
i ran malware , nothing
i also ran cc cleaner
comp seems to be running better and leting me into programs
but very very slow
thanks
tom

kendall.a 29. Jan 2010 11:31 PM

My opinion is that your hard drive is over full. 9 GB is not a very big hard drive. People may argue, but I think you should leave at least 1 GB (maybe slightly less) available/free. You either need a bigger hard drive or you need to delete some programs or move some files over to a flash drive or external hard drive. I never try to have less than 10% of my hard drive free.

Anupam 30. Jan 2010 10:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kendall (Post 21514)
My opinion is that your hard drive is over full. 9 GB is not a very big hard drive. People may argue, but I think you should leave at least 1 GB (maybe slightly less) available/free.

I do not agree to that. I do agree that 9 GB is a very small drive to have. But, it is not necessary to have at least 1 GB free. I myself am using a 7.85 GB hard disk presently, and I have only 350 MB free at the moment :D.

But, it does not make my computer slow.

tugher, if you can increase the RAM, then I would suggest doing so. Windows XP will run better on at least 1 GB of RAM. If you increase the RAM, the performance will definitely be a lot better. If you can get more than 1 GB, it will be bonus.

9GB is also very less, specially if you store photos, music, and videos on it, which can take up a lot of space. If you can, get a bigger hard disk.

Apart from above, I would suggest running a defrag software like Defraggler, or Auslogics Disk Defrag. That should also increase the performance. You can look at more options here :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...fragmenter.htm

Which antivirus are you having? Also, which antimalware did you use to run the scans? I would suggest running the scans again in safe mode, just to be sure, that the computer is not infected.

kendall.a 30. Jan 2010 06:57 PM

Quote:

I do not agree to that. I do agree that 9 GB is a very small drive to have. But, it is not necessary to have at least 1 GB free. I myself am using a 7.85 GB hard disk presently, and I have only 350 MB free at the moment
Anupam, you know I love you dearly, but I have to make my point again. You should maintain at least 10% (preferably 20%) of your hard drive as free space. Feel free to Google the topic and you'll find lots of places that agree.

For example, found here http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/0...ur-hard-drive/

Quote:

Whatís the ideal free space to maintain on your computerís hard drive? Most experts has recommended that at least 20% free space of the hard drive should be kept free so that this extra space can be used to store temporary files by applications you use, defragmentation programs, or new files/programs that you add in to you computer. You can consider to upgrade your hard drive if the free space in your hard drive has reduced less than 20%.
Another good link is http://serverfault.com/questions/104...on-a-hard-disk


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