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Need help with overfull hard drive

by topsaddle / March 27, 2013 3:02 PM PDT

I have two Dell 5150 computers with xp and a 75 gb hard drive. One is a backup. Both had the same programs on them. My regular computer has only 6 gb of free space yet the backup has 60 gb of free space. I do have more picture on this one but only 5 or 6 gb.

I tried cleanign things up with Cclean

I can;t figure out why the hard drive is so full and of waht?

thanks in advance.


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Nod to TREESIZE and more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2013 1:27 AM PDT

Be sure to find it with TREESIZE and then we get to discuss NTFS oddities such as CLUSTER SIZE in NTFS.

On such a small drive the slack space could wipe it out if the cluster size was not the same, so be sure to check that.

I'll skip adding links because we are talking about an over decade old OS and you appear to have more than one PC so you know your way around the block.

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thank you for the response
by topsaddle / March 28, 2013 4:33 AM PDT

You give me more credit than I deserve. I know enough to be dangerous. These are my first computer with NTFS I will research treesize as I am totally in the dark. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply..

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Here's a few links about cluster and slack space.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2013 5:20 AM PDT
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You're the MAN!!
by topsaddle / March 28, 2013 5:50 AM PDT

Tree size worked!!! YOU are the MAN!

I found I had 5gb file google. No idea why. I suspect it has something to do with sweetpack. The other problem was a big left over file from Flight game. I also found a bunch of $Funinstall files in windows that I deleted. Im not sure what they were, but windows still works so it musta been ok. Down to 58Gb used out of 75 and i can run defrag now. Still looking for more stuff I can dump but im trying to be careful

Thank you so much Now If I could just figure out how to get rid of Sweetpacks. LOL

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One other thing I don't understand
by topsaddle / March 28, 2013 6:00 AM PDT
In reply to: You're the MAN!!

One other thing I don't understand. Treesize says I have less than 16gb of data in my files yet the hard drive has 58 GB of stuff on it. What's the other 42GB of stuff?

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Many other places.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2013 6:18 AM PDT

The discussions about hidden folders is why I use GYULA'S NAVIGATOR. Even let's you see that secret folder called System Volume Information.

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I got it backwards
by topsaddle / March 28, 2013 6:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Many other places.

Bob, I got it backwards I have 75 GB hard drive and I have 58 GB free space not used space. OPPS! So I am where I am supposed to be (15GB used) and again I can;t thank you enough You Are the MAN

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Glad it helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2013 6:33 AM PDT
In reply to: I got it backwards

I guess I won't be buying shares in Seagate today.

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MB to GB
by topsaddle / March 28, 2013 10:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Glad it helped.

Bob, That google file was 50 GB not 5GB I get confused about converting bites to MB to GB. No idea why it would be that big. But my Google chrome still works after I deleted the google file so I'm one happy camper. Thanks again

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