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#1 joebeaven

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:17 PM

Hi,

 

My Dad has an Acer Aspire 5310 Series running Windows 7 Home Premium. Originally it came with Windows Vista which I replaced with Windows 7 for him. When I first did it the was plenty of room on the C drive. Since then it has gradually got fuller and fuller. I've moved everything I can to the D drive, so there's very little in his user area, downloads, etc. yet it still keeps filling up. It currently has a total of 32.5GB available on the C drive with 2.85GB free.

 

Please can someone suggest something I can do to free up space on his C drive?

 

Thanks,

Joe



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 08:24 PM

Sounds like it could be accumulating temporary files. Have you tried a temporary file cleaner like CCleaner ?  You can get it here :-

 

CCleaner

It's made by Piriform and is well recommended. I use it myself every two or three weeks. Just make sure that the box for 'RegEdit' under 'Applications / Windows' remains unticked. You can get into terrible trouble going in there without good reason !

 

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:29 PM

Download Windirstat from here

http://windirstat.info/download.html

Install and launch it

Expand your C drive and see which folder or file consumes space.

 



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:21 AM

Hi,

 

Thanks for the replies.

 

I did run CCleaner a couple of months ago. I ran it again just now and freed up 720MB which didn't make much difference.

 

I ran Windirstat. Unfortunately it wouldn't let me save a report; Report => Send Mail to Owner... was greyed out. I've attached a screen dump instead.

 

Thanks again,

Joe



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:52 AM

The biggest users of space are usually:

 

1) System Restore (you can limit the space allotted or you can simply stop using it altogther and use disc imaging software instead)

 

2) Temporary Internet Files Folder (again, you can limit the allotted space)

 

3) Temp Files

 

4) Recycle Bin (empty it)



#6 joebeaven

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:12 AM

I deactivated System Restore and ran CCleaner again which removed any temporary and Internet files. There was nothing in the recycle bin. Weirdly the amount of space free on the C drive has now decreased from 2.85GB to 2.07GB.



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:02 AM

Can you post a screenshot of windirstat analysis?


Edited by narenxp, 11 March 2013 - 10:02 AM.


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

And as narenxp asked, what does windirstat (or treesize: http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/) show you?

 

Also, please run fill scans with both your anti virus app as well as MalwareBytes



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:19 PM

It doesn't look like the screen dump attached properly last time. Please click here to see it.

 

I have scanned with MalwareBytes and AVG and no malware, viruses or other threats were found.






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