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Where's all my hard disk space?

by harry_boyne / April 27, 2006 4:08 PM PDT

First of all, this is what I've got:
Trust 100-v2 wireless tablet
Compaq Evo N410
Intel Pentium 3 Processor
Microsoft Windows XP
Compaq Easy Access buttons
Compaq Docking Station
Cable and Wireless 11g ADSL Router (Plugged in via. ethernet and sometimes wireless).
BT Voyager 1060 (Wireless Card)
256MB Ram.

In my only hard drive on my laptop, it only has 413 MB (The hard drive size is 18.6 GB).

It only has one user account, and my documents are not even stored on that laptop.

Here is the space on my hard drive for folders over 2.5 GB:

Documents and settings - Size: 16.1 GB, Size on disk: 8.21 GB.
WINDOWS - Size: 5.69 GB, Size on disk: 5.59 GB.

What can I do?

Thanks (No too risky posts please)

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Done cleanup?
by Coryphaeus / April 27, 2006 10:38 PM PDT

Have you done a disk cleanup? Open Explorer and right click the hard drive, and click Properties. Click Cleanup. After this, in Explorer, click the Windows folder, scroll down to the Temp folder. Delete everything there. Close Explorer and open IE. In Tools, Internet Options, in the Temporary Internet files, click Delete files, this will clear your cache.

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More Cleanup Procedures...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 28, 2006 4:54 AM PDT

In addition to Wayne's good suggestion, there are other locations to clean out the junk:

Now clean out the junk files:

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

IF you're using Service Pack 2 on Windows XP, use the instructions in this link to tidy up a little more:

Cleanup After SP2 Installation

IF the computer is running well, you can also eliminate all of the backup "uninstall" files that reside in the C\Windows folder.. The files will have file names like: "$NTUninstallKBXXXXXXX$". (IF YOU REMOVE THEM YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO UNINSTALL FROM THE "ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS" SECTION IN THE CONTROL PANEL) But as long as you're computer is running fine, you won't need to use them anyway. It WILL gain quite a bit of space for you.)DO NOT REMOVE the first file named similar to: "$hf_mig$".

After following all the procedures above, please 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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