making space on hard drive

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  1. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

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    I can't seem to clear space on my hard drive.

    I am running a 2.8MHZ P4 with 1G memory, and a 120G hard drive and XP. I saw I was down to about 5 Gig open space on my HD, so I deleted a TON of files, used Add/Remove programs to remove a half dozen programs I rarely use, and used the Disk Clean up utility. I should have opened up at least 30 Gig, probably more like 40 but my pc still says I only have 5 Gig open space. ;g I rebooted, but it still says I only have 5 Gig open. Any suggestions?
     
  2. pyblood

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    Do you have Norton Anti-Virus. The reason that I am asking is becasue the recycle bin can be protect and keep files for several days before finally deleating them. You need to delete the protected files, also right click on the recycle bin and choose empty recycle bin.
     

  3. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    did you empty the recycle bin?
     
  4. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

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    Thanks - I just checked back here after figuring out how to delete those protected files in Norton, but that only cleared about 4 meg; it's a start. Perhaps I am screwed up in my thinking as to how much stuff I cleaned out.
     
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    NetNinja Always Faithful

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    Burn the Porn and music to cd's
     
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    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    And hopefully your Norton is set to expire soon.

    That will allow you to set up a better FREE solution, like Avast or AVG.

    Defragging would be a very good idea, as well.
     
  8. greenlead

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    Determine whether you really have 120 megs of space available to Windows. Perhaps you messed up and only created a small partition?

    Check your files to make sure you don't have any high-space ones, such as video, or a lot of audio and pictures.
     
  9. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

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    1: I did not delete as much as I thought
    2: Norton did keep the deleted stuff in it's cashe
    3: With some work I finally did really delete about 50 megs of stuff. (mostly backed up DVDs)
     
  10. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    I'm sure you meant 50 gig cleared up :) I went through that same problem when I had Norton. I agree with Fast...get AVG or Avast ;)
     
  11. Cryptoboy

    Cryptoboy Sr. Sr. Member!

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    What greenlead said!

    Also check your system restore settings. It won't take up that much space, but if it's set to max it could be 10gb or more. Also check your hibernation files (or turn it off, I haven't found it particulary useful), that could save 1GB or more.

    Also, delete any temp files out! Those can take up quite a bit of space!
     
  12. Shoeless

    Shoeless Gun Totin' Girl

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    Will someone tell me how to find my Norton cache so I can check to see if it is hoarding files? My machine is also running slow these days and I'd like to free up some space.

    Thanks!
    Shoeless
     
  13. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    gigs?
     
  14. MikeG22

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    Also do a search for *.dmp and delete any that come up. Make sure you tell it to check all folders including system folders. If the computer ever crashes it'll write everything in memory to that file so with 1gig of ram it can be a fair amount of wasted space.

    And, just buy a new 300gig drive and add it in. Toss the videos and whatnot onto that.
     
  15. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    It's been a while since I ran Norton...but here goes. I think you can right click on your recycle bin and check the norton properties. It is probably saving everything that went into your recycle bin :( Be sure to cut that off and dump anything it has saved.
     
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    Shoeless Gun Totin' Girl

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    When I right click on my Recycle Bin, it just gives me its own properties and mentions nothing about Norton at all. I have uninstalled Norton though, so maybe that's why. I wonder if I can somehow get into the Norton cache even though it's been uninstalled??? Anyone?

    Thanks a million!

    Shoeless
     
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    Shoeless Gun Totin' Girl

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    Mike, I thought I'd try this suggestion and when I did, it comes up with NOTHING. What is it looking for and why don't I have any of it?

    Thanks!

    Shoeless
     
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    That was more directed at cali-glockm but it applies to anyone. It's good that you didn't find any. What can happen is if the computer crashes or something it will write everything that is in memory to a dump file (.dmp) Well, if you have 512mb or 1gb of ram then you will have some big useless files that aren't automatically deleted and will just sit there taking up space.

    You can also look for .tmp files and see if you have an excessive amount that need to be removed.

    Other things is if you have any mapped drives make sure they aren't set to cache offline unless you really wanted them to be. Had a client whose machine freaked out and decided to cache all his mapped drives with promptly filled his hard drive complely full. It was interesting.
     
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    This tool will find the largest files/folders on your hard drive
     
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    I found 58 (.dmp) files. I'm going for it!
    Thanks..............(fingers crossed)