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XP How can I Recover Disk Space

by rl.hall / January 7, 2006 1:09 AM PST

Not sure what has happened but I completely restored my system with a new install three weeks ago. Reinstalled all applications etc. 50% of my C Drive was free space.

Three weeks later I get a message stating Im low on disck space and down to about 11% free.

I am totally confused. Did not install new programs, pictures, music etc. Seems like it just happend to itself.

Any thoughts? Its appreciated!

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It could be
by Kono Kusotare / January 7, 2006 2:06 AM PST

that you made a mistake when you reinstalled. Did you delete the old partition when you reinstalled? Open disk management and view your hard drive to see what's going on. Click start, right click my computer and choose manage. Then click disk management.

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Rl, Some Things To Do..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 7, 2006 5:06 AM PST

First, it would be nice to know exactly how much space your hard drive has..50% of a small hard drive still is a small amount of space.

Please follow the steps in the links below to free up some of the used space.

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

If you've also got Service Pack 2 installed on your XP, then tidy up a little with the link below:

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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Thanks, your links helped me too ...
by kneissl / January 7, 2006 6:39 AM PST

... I gained 3GB of hard drive space, I only had 6GB left out of 20GB after SP2 and whatever other updates XP seems to download on a daily basis!

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System Restore Does That..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 7, 2006 7:48 AM PST

Every now and then, when I'm sure the computer is having no problems, I'll run the "Disk Cleanup" utility and eliminate everything but the most recent restore point..

One other note: If you're sure that your Windows Updates are running correctly and you won't need to uninstall them in the future, you can also delete all the folders with names like: "$NtUninstallKBXXXXXX" that currently reside in the C:\Windows folder..(I generally DO NOT remove the $ht_mig$ folder as it contains other important data.) Remember though, after deleting these particular folders, you can no longer uninstall that particular Windows Update from the "Add/Remove Programs" section.

Hope this helps, too.


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