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#1 DLWayne

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:24 PM

Hi,

 

I just acquired (for free) a used Lenovo 3000 v100 (T2300, 1.66GHz) running XP Pro SP3. No disks included. I upgraded the memory, repaired the keyboard.Everything runs fine, and I went through both existing user accounts deleting any documents/pictures/music, also uninstalled programs I know I won't use.

 

Here's the main issue. The hard drive is nominally 100GB. When I click on my computer, it shows that, while the hard drive has 88GB usable, the free space is only 24.9GB. How do I find out what's taking up all the space, and get it back? I haven't yet changed/deleted the user accounts, in case that's the only way to get to the "hidden" files (which, of course, don't show up after telling it to "show hidden files and folders").

 

I could, of course, discover the Windows Key Code, format,  and reinstall XP (would need to find appropriate drivers, though), but it has some other programs (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, et al) that I would lose and wouldn't be able to replace.

 

Also, I'd like to be able to remove the games that came with it, which don't show up in "Add or Remove Programs".

 

More details available if you need them.

 

Any ideas tor dealing with these issues?

 

Thanks,

DL

 

 



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:06 PM

For seeing space/file relationships, try the following:  WinDirStat - http://download.cnet.com/WinDirStat/3000-2248_4-10614593.html .

 

What is sold as a 100GB hard drive...really only has 88GB of useable space.  See Hard Drive Size Differential - http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=615 .

 

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:50 AM

Louis,

Thanks for responding to my post.

I’ve downloaded and run WinDirStat. It lists 45GB of various files, which is going to take some online research to decipher what can safely be gotten rid of to recover space.

However, you seem to have somewhat misunderstood my comments. I already knew that a 100GB drive isn’t that size in practicality (‘nominal 100GB hard drive... with 88GB of usable space’). It isn’t the 12GB difference (100-88GB=12) that concerns me, it's the still missing 18GB (88-45GB=43, with only 24.9GB listed as "free space", thus 43-25=18), as well as what can be recovered from the 45GB that WinDirStat is able to account for.

Also, any ideas regarding my other question, namely, how to get rid of the useless games?

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:29 AM

<<Also, I'd like to be able to remove the games that came with it, which don't show up in "Add or Remove Programs">>

 

What games would you be referring to?

 

If you mean the Windows games....see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307768 .

 

To get an accurate analysis/count of free space...run the chkdsk /r command.

 

After that, it's up to you to use the tool I suggested (or a similar one).

 

You might check to see if indexing and system restore are enabled....turn off hibernation...and run TFC by Oldtimer to remove temporary files.

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/tfc/

 

Louis

 






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