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I am running out of hard drive space

by vanilla45 / March 14, 2007 5:56 AM PDT

System configuration:
OS:windows XP
RAM:512 MB
Pentium 2.80 GHZ
Hard drive 120GB paritioned into two sections (C drive:15 GB and D drive:94.8 GB)
The 15 GB has the operating system.

I would like to free up more space. Can I repartion without reformating? Can I transfer the 15 GB to the larger section easily.

How would I free up more space, please help me.

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Buy new HD
by Willy / March 14, 2007 6:26 AM PDT

You have to decide on what pgms. or use you're currently using the system can be detailed. if you can't free much space, then you HAVE TO buy a bigger HD. Otherwise, you will quickly refill the gained space, so decide. It is simply the best solution for you in the long run. If you're talking a small amount, be sure to delete old files, pgms., or dupes and start that way. If you try to repartition, etc., you will be buying some s/w to do this and that's in the area of pricing for a new HD anyways. The free or shareware versions aren't that user friendly or if you fail, you lose your data if no back-ups.

As for the C drive, 15gb space, just leave it alone. It is for the better and overall, if you've filled the D drive to its limits, a new larger drive will work wonders. At the cost of new drives now, it really isn't that expensive, even a 160Gb is at $70 when not on sale. YOu can buy online or local vendor when on sale for best deal.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Re: free space.
by Kees Bakker / March 14, 2007 8:10 AM PDT

Merging partitions doesn't add any free space to the total. The only way to free space is delete files you don't need anymore.
Helpful information for that in http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6121_102-0.html?forumID=45&threadID=22053&messageID=243397#243397 and replies to that.
You can also try a program like ccleaner (free), which is regularly recommended here.

And, of course, you're the only who knows if there's spaces wasted by data of old games you never play any more, or downloaded zip-files that you unzipped already or downloaded movies you'll never view again, and so on. No program can clean such for you. You have to do that yourself.

If you've convinced yourself that everything on your hard disk is valuable stuff that you want to keep, and still have lack of free space, then it's time indeed to buy an extra hard disk.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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