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What's filling up the Hard Drive


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#1 Tucats

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:21 AM

My brother gave my son his old HP Pavillion dv4000 Laptop (circa 2005/2006). It has a Toshiba MK1031 Hard drive showing 99.8 Gb useable HD capacity and only 13.4 Gb of free space. My brother removed all his personal info(documents, music, movies etc) from the laptop and it looks pretty clean but something is obviously taking up a lot of HD space. There is not even enough space to properly run a defrag as it gives a warning that it needs a minimum of 15Gb free to do so. It only has normal programs on it and none of them appear to be memory hogs. So where do you suppose the HD space has gone? Could it be in the Restore files? I'd like to free up at least half the 99Gb's before I turn this thing over to my son. It is using Windows XP Home as an OS. Thanks for any ideas.



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 06:50 PM

You can use a tool like WinDirStat - http://download.cnet.com/WinDirStat/3000-2248_4-10614593.html or TreeSize Pro Trial - http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/ to really find out what is occupying partition/drive space.

 

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 08:48 PM

A few possibilities could be:

 

Corrupted file system (causing incorrect free space to be reported by the OS).

System Restore images

Deleted stuff still in Recycle bin, old temp files etc.

 

To check the file system, open "My Computer", right click the drive in question and choose Properties.  Under the Tools tab click Error Checking. Ensure "Automatically fix file system errors" is checked and click Start.  It will schedule it to be done on the next restart as the drive will be in use.  Restart the computer and allow the check to run.

 

To delete all but the most recent System Restore, again right click the drive in "My Computer" and choose Properties, and click Disk Cleanup.  This contains options for deleting temp files, emptying recycle bin etc.  In the "More Options" tab, you can choose to delete all but the most recent System Restore.


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 08:51 PM

Thanks for the info. I will try these and see what happens. Cheers






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