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#1 ramsey76


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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:23 AM

I have a Compaq PC ( AMD 3300, 384 Ram) with a 179 GB hard drive. My problem is the hard drive is 80 % full and this may be causing a performace problem according to my run on PCpitstop. The PC is running very slow.

My problem is based on the files I have on the hard drive I think I should have 80 % free capacity rather than 20 % . I basically use the PC to work on excel , powerpoint and Word for stuff I can not get to during the regular work hours. I also use to browse the internet.

I am strugling to find out where my "spare" hard disk capacity went to.

I used Diskeeper 10 to defrag. I have deleted all cookies and temp files.

I run Norton Corporate anti virus twice a day plus antispy once a day.

I have run Chkdsk utility and found no issues.

I have more stuff on my laptop PC with it 40 GB drive than than pc I am writing about

The kids have no access to this PC.

I would appreciate any help you can give me.



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#2 ThorXP


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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:51 AM

Hello Welcome to BC.

First thing is to turn off the System Restore on all drives

Go to My Computer and right clock on My Computer

Left click on Properties

This opens up System Properties

Left Click on System Restore tab in upper left corner

Left click once in Turn off system restore on all drives

Left click Apply if active and then OK then close out back to desktop

Reboot the computer and open My Computer and recheck the system space and also free space you should have a lot more.

If you have your space back you are ok for right now but unfortunately your system restore may be corrupt and there is a fix for that also but please do this first and we will get to the other afterwards.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 10:55 AM

Don't restore your system yet. Use this program to find what's hogging all the space. It will display your files and folders graphically and with a little practice on its use you should easily be able to determine what you've actually got. Start the program from the folder where it's stored (even on a CD!) and click "open" then double-click the C: drive.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 10:59 AM

If you turn off system restore, remember that you will lose ALL prior restore points. If this is acceptable, then turn it off, but remember to manually set a new restore point right away.

You might want to download (free) TreeSize, a small utility which shows you the HD space used by each folder to determine where the problem lies, before you take any action:



Reply was written while Herk was posting. Use either application. John

Edited by jgweed, 01 May 2006 - 11:16 AM.

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#5 ramsey76

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 11:39 AM

Thank you for all the comments. The tree program helped solve my mystery. I use a utility program Summitsoft called SystemTech XP.

The program has generated about 80 GB log information on my hard drive.

I am the process of deleting the logs.

Thanks again


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Posted 01 May 2006 - 11:57 AM

Don't restore your system yet. Use this program to find what's hogging all the space.

Herk, im after downloading that prog, thanks for the link :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 12:10 PM

For clearing restore points...

You could just clear every restore but the most recent one...

Click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type cleanmgr, and then click OK.
Under the More Options tab
Under System Restore Click Cleanup
Click Yes
Click OK

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