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Old 08-12-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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I am new to this forum so please excuse me for the question I am about to ask as I am sure you will find it very simple.

I have a 7 year old Toshiba sattelite with a 55gig hard drive.
When I look at the C drive properties it shows I only have 5 gig free.

Documents and settings show a 40gig usage but I dont know which files I can delete.

How would I find out how to free up some space, I have done a disc clean up and defrag.
Any help appreciated.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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Third-party applications will probably account for a lot of that used space, so any you do not need can be uninstalled. You can see how much space each is using by looking at the list in "Add & Remove Programs".

You can also regain some space by buying a couple of external hard drives and moving all your data files over to them (documents, pictures, music files etc.). Any new data files you create in future should then be saved on the two external drives instead of the local disk.

I've deliberately advised you to buy two external drives so that you always have two copies of all your data files on separate drives. It's folly to save them on just one drive given that all hard drives will eventually fail no matter how much care you lavish on them.

Another option is to buy a larger-capacity drive for the laptop of course.
Before installing the new drive, use "cloning" software to create an identical mirror image of your existing drive's contents to the new one. When that's done, remove the old drive and install the new one.
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To see what else is taking space try Space Sniffer
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:48 PM   #4
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Get yourself a USB external HDD and move your Music, Pictures, Videos and Documents to the external drive to free up space. Also try deleting Restore Points for System Restore.
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