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Losing my memory???


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#1 FXWG

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 09:33 PM

A friend of mine recently gave me an old Gateway dinosaur that she was going to junk. I figured that I could use it as the family surfer and keep them away from my baby. After taking it apart and cleaning all the critters out of it, I cranked it up and it was working but VERRRRY slowly. I checked the HDD and it only had about 2 gigs of free space left. Here are the specs on it.

 

Gateway DX200

Windows XP Home Edition SP3

Version 2002

2.93 Ghz

504 MB RAM

 

OK so far I’ve deleted their user accounts and made myself the admin, set the folder options to show hidden files, trashed a bunch of crapware, ran disc cleanup and defrag, then mbam, CClean and Fixit. It only bought me about 6 gigs. It cleared up enough to install SP3 and a bunch of updates, no help there either. Fixit found a couple of bad registry entries that were stopping Adobe from updating but nothing major. It’s showing 60 gigs used up on (C:) but below are all of the files listed and they only add up to about 9 gigs. So where are my missing 60?  I thought I was the only one that lost memory as I got older.

 

Local Disc (C:) Used Space:        69.5 GB

Free Space:                                  5.79 GB

Capacity:                                       69.3 GB

 

b5366b8b8183ff0f78acdf7e3f08   6.12 MB

Documents and Settings               2.22 GB

fixit                                                 4.00 KB

Intel                                              56.00 KB

My Backup -- 21-06-11 1803     610.00 MB

Program Files                            985.00 MB

Program Files (x86)                  366.00 MB

SYSPREP                                     4.00 KB

WINDOWS                                   4.95 GB

                                                 __________

Total                                             9.10 GB



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Posted 13 September 2015 - 10:01 PM

Looks like the Documents and Settings folder is taking up a good chunk of the space. Have you looked in there to see if there's anything you don't need, especially in the Downloads folder? 

 

Also, instead of CCleaner, I use BleachBit, which is open-source and actually cleans a bit more thoroughly than CCleaner, especially with the extra program cleaners you can install with updates.


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#3 FXWG

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 10:17 PM

Yeah I dumped the downloads. But even still that's only 2 gigs I'm missing 60.



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Posted 13 September 2015 - 10:24 PM

hmm that is a good question. I know on most computers a good chunk of space is taken  up by the operating system itself and the recovery partition.


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Posted 13 September 2015 - 11:01 PM

This one has a partition that is calls (D:) drive that holds the recovery files but it is counted seperately from C and it won't let you mess with it. I think there was less that a gig on that one.



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Posted 14 September 2015 - 09:59 AM

TreeSize Free might tell you where the disk space has gone.



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Posted 14 September 2015 - 10:04 AM

Hi,

 

Windows can be reporting the wrong free space, open the Command Prompt and type:

chkdsk /f /x c:

Note: When it ask if you want to checked the volume next time the system restarts answer Yes

 

Restart the computer and let the disk check run during the boot.
 


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#8 FXWG

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 10:51 AM

Phantom010 I used TreeSize and it sniffed the problem right out. Even though i had checked to show hidden files I had forgotten to check. You da man or da ghost. Thanks a bunch.

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 11:07 AM

You're welcome!




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