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My C:\ Drive space keeps disappearing

by goofup / March 27, 2004 6:45 PM PST

Processor: Pentium 2 266 MHz(ancient)
RAM: 64 MB
OS: Windows 98 SE
HDD: 3.92 GB

Hello everyone,

In addition to all my other problems with Windows, I've got a new one. I have 3 partitions on my PC. I've got the system files and MS Office on the C:\ drive, but I don't use it for anything else. But whenever I install something on one of the other drives, the space in my C:\ drive gets reduced. The last time I checked I had only 8.79 MB left.

Is there something I can do to regain space without uninstalling anything or repartitioning my hard disk?

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Re:My C:\ Drive space keeps disappearing
by Cursorcowboy / March 27, 2004 8:55 PM PST

1. "How to Change the Default Location of Mail and News Folders (Q175037)."

2. "How to Change the Location of the Windows Address Book (Q156828)."

3. "How to Change the Location of Temporary Internet Files (Q172949)", what I call the TIF.

4. "How to Change the Download Location for ActiveX Files (Q175319) - the Downloaded Programs Files Folder."

5. How to move the My Documents folder:

a. Start TweakUI v1.33 (click and download if wanted) by clicking Start, Control Panel, TweakUI.

Note: Depending on version the TweakUI version, click the General tab and find the section Special Folders, or perhaps the My Computer tab.

b. Click the down arrow at the Folders: window and highlight an item to change location for and then click the button titled, "Change Location" and make the selection wanted.

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Re:My C:\ Drive space keeps disappearing
by Russel_Mac / March 27, 2004 11:25 PM PST

Hi Pal
There are several reasons that cause the "C Drive" to run out of space.
1>When you surf the net,many files are copied on the "temporary Internet folder".Now the "temporary internet folder" is on the C Drive.
2>When you install some software(no matter where you install them),several files are copied onto the "Temp" folder, which is again on the C Drive.
3> Also sometimes a virus causes a disk to run out of space.
So you can recover some space if you run "Disk Cleanup" for the above two reasons.But if there is a virus in your system you will again run out of space.

Here is a bold step to your problems.Back up your data and partition and format all your drives and install everything again.
Keep posting of your status.Good Luck.

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Re:Re:My C:\ Drive space keeps disappearing
by goofup / March 28, 2004 5:41 PM PST

Hi again,

The problem is not with the temporary internet files folder, as i don't use IE much - I use Opera which stores its cache files in the drive its installed in.

And even after using Disk Cleanup, there are still many files in my Temp folder. Is it safe to manually delete them?

I don't think it's a virus either because i've already run AVG(updated) and the online scan at

I don't want to reformat the drive either.

Thanks for your interest. I'll keep you posted.

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Re:Re:Re:My C:\ Drive space keeps disappearing
by Russel_Mac / March 28, 2004 11:37 PM PST

Hi there
Given the history of your system,I think it would be best to have PC repair person have a thorough look at your system( cannot get complete picture sitting thousands of miles away).This may cost a few bucks, but it will be worth having a smooth running system.

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