Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

No Hd Space


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 Viktery

Viktery

  • Members
  • 31 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:37 PM

Posted 01 November 2006 - 05:02 PM

Hey all, hopefully someone can point me in the right direction for this, as Ive tried everything I personally know.

Basically whats happened is I am very low on space on my HD. I only have a max 40 gb HD, but im one of those people that if and when I do download something, it typically doesnt stay on my pc very long. The same stuff Ive had on my pc since I built it 4 yrs ago, has relatively stayed the same, aside from newer games I play. The only additions are new graphics and images I make, notepad items, and some videos which Ive added, but they all add up to a 2 Gbs of space. But for some reason I am down to like 7.65 gb and I only have 1 game installed. Where I usually will have 3 or 4 full MMORPGs/RTS or whatever installed at once.
I was going to go out and purchase a few new games and realized I probably wont have the space on it, so I started deleting stuff and I just cant find where this space is being used up at.

I figure I have a bunch of old files on my pc left over from random programs. My problem is how do I find these programs? Is there a program I can run that will clean up dead or unused files? There are tons of Registry Cleaners out there, but I doubt I have 12 gb of hidden Registry files.

I am not having any slow down issues, or virt memory problems, crashes, etc etc. Im just out of space and I cant find out where.

Any help would be appreciated.


P.S. I guess this technically is a problem, but, running Defrag from windows usually causes a lock up, even if I leave it for a number of hours, it will usually go unresponsive after a certain alotted time.

Edited by Viktery, 01 November 2006 - 05:05 PM.


BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 ComputerWhizz7

ComputerWhizz7

  • Members
  • 408 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:New Zealand
  • Local time:08:37 AM

Posted 01 November 2006 - 05:54 PM

Try using CCLeaner for removing junk of your computer.

http://www.ccleaner.com
I came, I saw, I conquered. - Julius Caeser

#3 tg1911

tg1911

    Lord Spam Magnet


  • Members
  • 19,274 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SW Louisiana
  • Local time:01:37 PM

Posted 01 November 2006 - 07:45 PM

Have you tried running defrag in Safe Mode?
How to start Windows in Safe Mode
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU: Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE, HS/F: CoolerMaster V8, RAM: 2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, VGA: ECS GeForce Black GTX 560, PSU: Antec TruePower Modular 750W, Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1, Case: CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000, Storage: Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA

Become a BleepingComputer fan: Facebook

#4 jgweed

jgweed

  • Members
  • 28,473 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Chicago, Il.
  • Local time:02:37 PM

Posted 01 November 2006 - 08:34 PM

Before running CCleaner (and be very careful about what you delete using it), try to find where the large files are located. Jam software has a free disk space analysis tool, Treesize:

http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

This may help you find the files or folders that are taking the space. Another question to ask yourself is whether you have installed any new software recently that might make regular data archives or back-ups.

If you have not already done so, run the Windows Disk Cleanup utility which will help reduce unneeded files.

Regards,
John
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.

#5 projectfocus

projectfocus

  • Members
  • 474 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brighton
  • Local time:08:37 PM

Posted 02 November 2006 - 08:09 AM

Have you tried the simple disk cleanup from the system tools.
This will remove all temporary internet files and compresses old files and then also remove items from the recycle bin. It also will remove old setup files for things like office.(only to be done if you have the install disks otherwise it will stop you from adding more components if you need to).
Then do a defrag as you will not be able to do a sucessful defrag until you have atleast 25% free disk space if it has not been done for a while.
If you have not done a disk cleanup then be aware it will take a long time to search the files just be patient it will gt there in the end. 30min to pos 1 hour can be expected if it has alot to search through.
Posted Image

#6 projectfocus

projectfocus

  • Members
  • 474 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brighton
  • Local time:08:37 PM

Posted 02 November 2006 - 08:13 AM

Sorry forgot to mention after this has been done you could use a program called "Eraser 5.8" Freeware. This can be used to completly wipe all of the unallocated space on the HDD.
Note: After this has been done don't expect to be able to recover any of the files you have just deleted.
Posted Image

#7 usasma

usasma

    Still visually handicapped (avatar is memory developed by my Dad


  • BSOD Kernel Dump Expert
  • 25,091 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Southeastern CT, USA
  • Local time:03:37 PM

Posted 02 November 2006 - 08:20 AM

Windows needs free disk space to do it's job. It uses the free disk space as temporary storagae when it's manipulating the file system. The lack of free space will hinder your system's performance.

At it's extreme, the lack of free space can even prevent the deletion of files. I helped (at least I hope I did) one person who couldn't delete anything from their hard drive. They had to start by deleting the smallest files and working their way up (in size) until they free'd up enough space to use the drive normally.

It's recommended that you have at least 15% free space on a hard drive. For a 40 gB drive this equates to about 6 gB free. You'll need more if you work with larger sized files frequently.
My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

- John  (my website: http://www.carrona.org/ )**If you need a more detailed explanation, please ask for it. I have the Knack. **  If I haven't replied in 48 hours, please send me a message. My eye problems have recently increased and I'm having difficult reading posts. (23 Nov 2017)FYI - I am completely blind in the right eye and ~30% blind in the left eye.<p>If the eye problems get worse suddenly, I may not be able to respond.If that's the case and help is needed, please PM a staff member for assistance.

#8 pascor22234

pascor22234

  • Members
  • 403 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:03:37 PM

Posted 02 November 2006 - 01:22 PM

After using CCleaner try using SequoiaView. It's makes a "map" of the sizes of the files on your drive. It will let you easily identify where the disk usage has gone.

http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/

.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users