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Remove unnecessary/duplicate files and free hard disk space?

I have a Sony Vaio Laptop with a 70gb hard drive running windows xp home edition service pack 2. Somehow I have used over 40gb of my drive space, and I can not figure out what is taking up so much space as I am a novice user at best i.e. no extremely large programs, no large music, video or picture collections are stored. I used Cnet's recommended System Mechanic 6 Pro to search for duplicate files and found "6,759 duplicate files, 11.53GB)Being a novice user I am afraid to delete files since they could be system files, or cause me to lose needed information. Can anyone help me figure out WHY there are 6,759 "duplicate files" on my computer, how they got there so I can avoid this in the future, and how do I clean up my system?????

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Things To Do...

In reply to: Remove unnecessary/duplicate files and free hard disk space?

Please follow the steps below. It will help you clean out the junk stuff on the computer. On Windows XP, it's best to NOT remove the .chk files indicated in the link, but it's not that important either way.

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

And since you're using Service Pack 2, follow the steps in the link below to tidy up a little more:

Cleanup After SP2 Installation
http://aumha.org/win5/a/sp2faq.php#after

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.

Grif

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Cannont delete temp files because of JETCC68.tmp

In reply to: Things To Do...

When I attempted to delete the temp files after searching for *.tmp I received the error message "cannot delete JETCC68: it is being used by another person or program"

I do not know who/what program uses this file, but I was able to locate it after "explore" from the start menu. The JETCC68.tmp file is under the folders; windows, system 32, temp folder

On the Local disk (C) I had 15014 items found when I searched.

On the (hard disk (C)) I found 1889 items.

Any suggestions from this point?

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Exclude That One File...

In reply to: Cannont delete temp files because of JETCC68.tmp

Delete all the other .tmp files listed. When you do a search, simply select all of them, then find the problem file, hold down the "Ctrl" key and click on it once to deselect it. You should then be able to delete all the others.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Duplicate Pool ???

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I have a couple thousand Duplicate Pool: files What are these and how do I get rid of them? They seem to be what is taking up the 11 GB of space. After following your instructions I have created some free space, but it was in the range of 150mb.

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Duplicate Pool

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I recall using a product that showed dupe files.

I gave me a nice list and then left it to me to figure out which files were needed and which were not needed.

After looking at that list for a while I said 'nuts' how do I know which files are needed.

If your going to play in that area I hope you have some good backups.

Try this, see what it has to say.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

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Thanks

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Thanks for the time for helping me, the cleaner works well.
boomboom Lloyd

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Identify Each One..

In reply to: Duplicate Pool ???

You haven't told us where they are or what they're named.. There are a number of tools that identify "identical files" but as mentioned by Bob, they don't tell you whether they are truly needed or not. I tend to leave those duplicate file lists alone. Unfortunately, 11 GB is a lot of files space.. Most tools identify them by size and name.. Backup files are frequently placed in all sorts of places and some are safe to delete while others aren't.

150 MB of space??.. Generally, simply using the "Disk Cleanup" section and removing all but the most recent Restore Point will get rid of GB's of System Restore space.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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