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#1 pcrak

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:13 PM

My sister sent our PC to her friend to have Windows 7 put on it and now the C: drive is almost maxed out. I don't know if it was that way before it was sent out or not, but it's definitely closer to the max than i would like it to be. I was able to clear about 30gb of space so now there's about 45gb worth of free space out of 143gb total. I have absolutely NO clue what is taking up so much space. Any help to get that number down would be great. We don't have an exorbitant amount of movies, pictures or music files on the computer either. So i'm really lost as to where it could be coming from.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:19 PM

Did the computer have XP on it before?

I use Windirstat myself to find out what is taking up so much space.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:03 AM

I also favor WinDirStat, but there are a couple of other tools I have tried:

TreeSize Pro Trial - http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/

Disc Space Reporter - Disk space information tool - http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/Disc-Space-Reporter.shtml

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:34 AM

Use Disc Cleanup and be sure to use the Advanced option to delete all but the most recent restore point. That will free up a LOT of space.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 10:23 AM

First off 143 gigs is not much to work with. It wouldn't take many movies to fill it up. Doing what Allen has suggested would help. It seams like after the fresh install the backup was then install with movies and such. If you want to save music and movies you will need a larger hard drive or add another hard drive for storage.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 06:00 PM

One possibility is that during the Windows 7 install it detected an existing Windows installation and offered to move the windows files into another directory. Thus you could have two windows installation taking up space even though only one will run.

Off of the top of my head it is in a folder called something like old windows or windows old. You would look in here for your old documents and such.

Also if the drive wasn't formatted all the old files are still there along with the new Windows install.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:56 PM

when using 'disk cleanup' where is the 'advanced' option located? i'm not seeing it... i only see "clean up system files" and "view files"

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:25 PM

Sorry - didn't mean Advanced - meant the "more options" tab.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:36 PM

Here is something I use with my Windows 7 systems.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/76383-disk-cleanup-extended-2.html




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