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How do I free up space so defrag will work?

I have an Acer Aspire5100 laptop with a dual hard drive. My C drive has only 6% free space and disk defragmenter says there must be at least 15% free space to run. My D drive has 60% free space but I don't know how to transfer (or what I can/should transfer) from one hard drive to the other.

Please help!

thank you


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Two things

In reply to: How do I free up space so defrag will work?

Two things:

1: Defragmenting is a waste of time more than 99% of the time, as it really offers no performance benefits and thus puts unnecessary stress on your hard drive

2: A good first target is any "loose" files you have, such as things you may have downloaded, documents, pictures, etc

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Tried These Steps Yet?

In reply to: How do I free up space so defrag will work?

First, uninstall any programs you don't want or need..

Next, if you've got any pictures or such in the "My Documents" folder, simply copy them over to the other drive in any folder you decide to create there.. Remember though, for safety, be sure to make backup copies of all such files.. If they're important, you want a copy..

Now clean out the junk files:

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

And if you installed SP2 as an update from the original version of XP, use the instructions in this link to tidy up a little more:

Cleanup After SP2 Installation

After following all the procedures above, run Error Checking/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Hope this helps.


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