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#1 vetCalum

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:22

Hi.


Quick Explanation:


My C: Drive has absolutely no space at all (0 bytes) and I cannot uninstall programs, as there is not enough room for them to create temp files. I also cannot create a screenshot as Paint won't save (even to my E: drive) and Photoshop won't load.

Please help me and tell me how I can free up a lot of space (as I did have about 16 GB free and have not put ANY more files on the C: drive since I had that much free :s

I have tried ALL of the Disk Cleanup options and the Disk Defragmentor; none of them clear up anything.



Detailed Explanation:


My laptop was supposed to have 80GB when I bought it, however, I noticed, after I bought it, it had two drives, each at 40GB; thus, I assumed it was either partitioned or there were two seperate drives...anyway, that is beside the point. What is the problem is this:

I orignally put ALL of my files on the C: drive, however, a few months ago my C: drive was getting extremely full. I had about 3 GB of space left, so what I did was took all of my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc and put them all on the E: drive (which was the other 40GB of my laptop). This gave my C: drive a healthy 16GB of free space (or something like that) and my E: drive also had about 20GB of free space.

However, recently, within the last two weeks, I noticed that my C: drive had somehow got really full again, it was in the red and had about 1GB of free space :s, so I tried Disk Cleanup and uninstalling uneeded programs. I did this and it only cleared up about 300MB of space. So I just left it.

Now, I was just innocently browsing the Internet on my laptop on Saturday and I got a pop-up at the bottom telling me my C: Drive was running dangerously low (or something along those lines), so I checked it and it said it had about 200MB free, so I did Disk Cleanup, which added about 245MB of free space and I left it at that.

Today, it told me that I only had 100MB of free space althogether on the Drive! :o So I tried Disk Cleanup which only gave me about 67KB of free space. After that, I tried Disk Defragmenter and that made the problem worse and left me with only 43KB of space left altogether. That's when I got worried, so I tried to uninstall a program to clear up space and it told me it needed about 1,634KB in order to create a temp. file to uninstall the program.

I now look at my C: drive and it tells me there is literally 0 bytes of space left.

This means I cannot uninstall ANY program to free up space and Disk Cleanup also does not clear up much as I have already done it.

Please can ANYONE help me???

I am getting very worried, as it tells me my system may become unstable with lower than 300MB free on the C: drive and System Restore would also not work under 300MB.

I'd be EXTREMELY grateful.

Thank you in advance, and sorry for my lack of computer knowledge.

Calum.

Edited by cJr., 06 February 2008 - 04:22.



#2 Lewism

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:24

Turn off System Restore and delete some save points?

#3 NienorGT

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:25

Try Delete files directly? (Shift + Delete) this bypass the Recycle Bin
Reduce to low level (~256mb) TEMPORARY the page file?

#4 simsie

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:28

Turn off Hibernation (If Enabled) in Control Panel > Power Options. Well thats where it is in XP, not sure about Vista, if you are using that,

#5 OP vetCalum

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:32

Turn off System Restore and delete some save points?


I think I have done that. I clicked on 'Disk Cleanup > More Options > System Restore and Shadow Copies > Clean up...

That did nothing though for some reason.

Is that right? Or on you on about another thing?


Try Delete files directly? (Shift + Delete) this bypass the Recycle Bin


Thanks, I would like to try that, however, there is nothing on my C: drive apart from the WINDOWS folder and all of the program files (which is why I'm very confused as to why it has gone from 16GB to 0 bytes :s) and I can't delete Program Files without uninstalling the program first... or can I?


Thank you for all your help so far guys. Please keep it coming everyone and hopefully we can sort my urgent problem out.

Edited by cJr., 05 February 2008 - 01:38.


#6 OP vetCalum

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:37

Reduce to low level (~256mb) TEMPORARY the page file?


Sorry, I missed this part. What does it mean though exactly? And how can I do that?

Turn off Hibernation (If Enabled) in Control Panel > Power Options. Well thats where it is in XP, not sure about Vista, if you are using that,


OK thank you. I will try that. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium (and starting to hate it now, after this lol). I am sure I will be able to find how to do this. Will this clear up space for me atm? Or is this just to make sure this doesn't happen again in the future?

(sorry, my knowledge just really isn't that good about Hard Disk Drive stuff lol)


EDIT: OK, I cannot actually find out how to turn off Hibernation in Windows Vista Home Premium. Please can somenbody tell me how and also what it will do in relation to clearing up sapce on my C: drive. Thanks
:)

#7 The Dark Knight

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:41

I noticed in you signature that you are using iTunes. Did you import a lot of WMA tracks recently? If so, then iTunes may be eating up your hdd space, as it converts all wma files to mp3 before importing. Other than that, do as other people here have suggested, delete system restore points, empty the recycle bin, etc.

#8 simsie

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:43

http://www.vistajuic...nation_in_v.php

It turns out there's a really easy way to do this, so if you want to turn the hibernation on or off, simply do the following:

1. Click Start, All Programs, and then right click on "Command Prompt".
2. From the context menu click on "Run as administrator".
3. If User Account Control prompts you to allow the action, click on Continue.
4. In the command prompt window, type "powercfg –h off" (or "on" without the quotes) followed by Enter button.
4. Close the Command Prompt window and you're done :)


Hopefully it'll clear the space instantly, a space equal to that of your RAM.

#9 NienorGT

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:44

Well, delete something like:
C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV\Sample Media (143MB)
C:\Users\Public\Music\Sample Music (59MB)
C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper (44MB)
C:\Users\<USER FOLDER>\AppData\Local\Temp (Variable)

Edit: Virtual Memory: http://windowshelp.m...e5c4b81033.mspx
Ideal size is actually 1.5 of your RAM and the same for initial and maximum.
But for that cause, reduce both value to extremely low level (like 256MB) this will SLOW DOWN the computer, BUT it will allow you to menage hdd space before reputing it to regular settings.

Edited by NienorGT, 05 February 2008 - 01:50.


#10 Rapier

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:45

Happened to a friend once, was a virus.

#11 OP vetCalum

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:59

I noticed in you signature that you are using iTunes. Did you import a lot of WMA tracks recently? If so, then iTunes may be eating up your hdd space, as...


I have put A LOT of tracks into iTunes recently, within the past two weeks, yes. About 300. However, I don't think they were WMA, as I didn't see the orange converting symbol, or I didn't have to wait for them to convert before I editing the tags.

Is it possible the same could happen with tracks that are already in MP3 format? And if so, how do I sort this problem out with iTunes eating up HDD space?



http://www.vistajuic...nation_in_v.php

Hopefully it'll clear the space instantly, a space equal to that of your RAM.


Thank you. I did exactly the steps you said and what is on that article, but for some reason, it still says 0 bytes... :s :(


Well, delete something like:
C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV\Sample Media (143MB)
C:\Users\Public\Music\Sample Music (59MB)
C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper (44MB)
C:\Users\<USER FOLDER>\AppData\Local\Temp (Variable)

Edit: Virtual Memory: http://windowshelp.m...e5c4b81033.mspx
Ideal size is actually 1.5 of your RAM and the same for initial and maximum.
But for that cause, reduce both value to extremely low level (like 256MB) this will SLOW DOWN the computer, BUT it will allow you to menage hdd space before reputing it to regular settings.


Thank you. Deleted all the links you said and still left with with 0 bytes on the hard drive. I also changed the Virtual Memory thing to 256MB for the Minimum AND Maximum (that's what you meant, yes?) and am going to restart my computer now for the changes to take effect.

Happened to a friend once, was a virus.


I'm starting to think it could well be a virus lol. Although I have Kaspersky and it hasn't picked it up, I will do a virus check.




Thank you for your help so far guys, please keep it coming, I am very grateful. Also, has anybody else got any other ideas to my problems?

#12 simsie

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:02

If you are deleting and still getting 0 bytes that signifies there is most likely something seriously wrong, trying to clear more space won't achieve anything, I don't think.

Try doing a search for *.* and ordering by size? See if anything big is taking up the space...

#13 NienorGT

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:03

If WHATEVER you do the size STAY at 0 (or near), then you HAVE a Virus (Sorry but...)

#14 WarStorm

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:05

Once you get a bit of space back, download something like TreeSize

http://www.jam-softw...are/index.shtml

Should tell u where your space has gone?

#15 Shof

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:06

Boot in a live linux and see if it reports the hard drive space correctly