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C Drive almost full

by 07clarkesm06 / January 6, 2010 11:32 PM PST

My computer has been running at the pace of a tortoise since summer now. I noticed my C Drive is almost full. I saw people saying about defragging so i tried that but it took 30 secs and nothing..

i dont have much music of files on here but i think i have got quite a lot of software and random ad ons of which i most likely dont use ut apparently cant delete as other things wont work...

what shall i try?? also the motor makes funny sounds. its about 2 and half years old...and it is on and used continuously everyday so is it just at the end of its life?

i have vista

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Let me offer the first thought.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2010 12:15 AM PST
In reply to: C Drive almost full

If this was my machine I'd
1. Use CCLEANER from download.com and without changing any settings, clean up.
2. Uninstall software I haven't used in 2 years.

That's usually enough to avoid upgrading the hard drive.
Bob

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In addition
by Jimmy Greystone / January 7, 2010 12:27 AM PST
In reply to: C Drive almost full

In addition to what Bob said, defragmenting simply shuffles files around, it doesn't do ANYTHING to create additional space. If you have, for the sake of easy numbers, 100 files that are each 100MB, then when you're done defragmenting you will still have 100 files taking up 100MB each.

The basic solution to your problem though, is that you need to delete some stuff to free up some space. If necessary, go out and buy an external hard drive to offload some stuff to.

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Addition in addition.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2010 12:32 AM PST
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"We only lose what we don't backup."

It's become clear that external drives are not as reliable as internal drives so while you can put stuff out there at no time are they to be considered "storage" without the need for backup.
Bob

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What is the drive C capacity and how much disk space is used
by VAPCMD / January 7, 2010 12:42 AM PST
In reply to: C Drive almost full

Is there a D drive ...what's the capacity and how much disk space is used ?

I've seen cases where users have 400GB hard drives divided into two partitions....C: with 30GBs of disk space and D: with say 370GBs of sdisk space. Point is, drive C: could be full or almost full while D: could be completely empty.

Just trying to make sure we have complete info.

VAPCMD

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