Windows 7: Hard Drive hog?

  • TrentGrad

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    Nov 17, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    So my computer is now about a year and a half, maybe two years old...not a real expensive one or anything...but the hard drive is just clogged.

    As we speak, I've uninstalled most of the programs that I love...I have files and so on that are less than 30 GB on my hard drive total...which is supposed to 218 GB in size...and I just can't seem to free up space on it.

    I tried running "TreeSize Free" on the computer...and actually found a file in "Temporary Internet Files" that was hogging up over 12GB and possibly more...but everytime I tried deleting it, "TreeSize Free" crashed, and trying to go through the AppData to manually find the file and remove it didn't work either as it simply wasn't there.

    Has anyone else had this problem...and if so, how did you solve it? I mean, I'm just totally frustrated...I'll have like 700 MB of free disc space...walk away from the computer for 15 minutes with NOTHING downloading...come back, and I'm down to 225 MB.

    This evening, after clearing the cookies and everything, I had 225 MB...went to watch a little "Real Time with Bill Maher," and came back to find I only had 30 MB of free hard disc space!

    Microsoft, being the customer oriented company that they are (or maybe Acer deserves the blame) decided to pre-install Windows 7 on the computer...but not give me a Windows disc...and as you can probably tell, I'm not all that computer savvy.

    Any advice? Is it hard to replace Windows with Ubuntu? Is Ubuntu a better operating system?
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    Nov 17, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
    Your computer comes with a utility to create system recovery discs. Check your Programs menu. All you need is a DVD/CD burner and a few blank discs.

    Once you create the recovery discs, backup your personal files to an external drive or burn them to DVD. Then boot your computer with the recovery discs. And you should see an option to do a factory restore. This will wipe out everything on your computer and restore it like it was fresh out of the box.

    After the restore is done, make sure you do all of the Windows Updates.

    Anyways, sounds like your computer doesn't have a lot of RAM. So Windows is using the hard drive to offset the lack of memory. AKA, swap disk. This is normal, per se. You can manually specify Windows to use X amount of hard drive space for memory swap. But don't use too low of a number. Otherwise, you won't be able to run a lot applications at the same time, and shit will start crashing.

    For Internet Explorer and Firefox, you can manually specify the amount of hard drive each programs can use to store temporary files. Internet Explorer will automatically manage this, but I personally think it allocates too much hard drive space. So I manually set it to 50MB. Same with Firefox.
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    Nov 17, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    Who is stupid enough to be using this reapply software?
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    Nov 17, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    Download Ccleaner from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner. Run it.

    Next, think about clearing out some of your documents. Movies take up the most space, then music, then images. If you don't want to get rid of any of them, you're going to have to buy external storage.

    Programs don't really take up that much space... and there's really little need to have enough installed that you'd have to worry about their space hogging. Looking at my program manager most are sitting at less than 100MB, with the largest ones being photo editing and office programs.

    xrichx brought up RAM... how much do you have in your machine? You might want to consider upgrading that. If you're running Windows 7 with less than 4GB, you're going to notice a drastic performance increase. Most users can get by with 4-8GB just fine.
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    Nov 18, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    RAM is so cheap now. Probably the first upgrade the OP may want to consider. Second upgrade would be a larger/faster hard drive. The difference between a 5400 RPM hard drive and a 7200 RPM hard drive is quite noticeable.
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    Nov 18, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    mac
  • TrentGrad

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    Nov 19, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidDownload Ccleaner from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner. Run it.

    Next, think about clearing out some of your documents. Movies take up the most space, then music, then images. If you don't want to get rid of any of them, you're going to have to buy external storage.

    Programs don't really take up that much space... and there's really little need to have enough installed that you'd have to worry about their space hogging. Looking at my program manager most are sitting at less than 100MB, with the largest ones being photo editing and office programs.

    xrichx brought up RAM... how much do you have in your machine? You might want to consider upgrading that. If you're running Windows 7 with less than 4GB, you're going to notice a drastic performance increase. Most users can get by with 4-8GB just fine.


    Thanks for the advice...I did download that Ccleaner...and it's currently running to clean the hard drive. To this point, it has freed up a total of 96 GB...and it's still working on the "Temporary Internet Files."

    As for my RAM...I have 3.74 GB usable RAM, 4 GB installed.

    Once again man, thanks a million for the suggestion of Ccleaner...I wish I'd tried it sooner.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions...hopefully this issue is resolved now. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    That's odd. If you really want to flog your hard drive, step back to LoseXP. Sleep and Standby cause bluescreens for reasons I don't care about. Just press the power switch and go make oatmeal for breakfast or something.

    Temp files shouldn't affect the speed of your machine one bit. If anything, they are a cache of web info that won't have to be re-downloaded every time.
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    Nov 22, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
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    You itchy!

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    Nov 26, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidThat's odd. If you really want to flog your hard drive, step back to LoseXP. Sleep and Standby cause bluescreens for reasons I don't care about. Just press the power switch and go make oatmeal for breakfast or something.

    Temp files shouldn't affect the speed of your machine one bit. If anything, they are a cache of web info that won't have to be re-downloaded every time.


    I don't really know if you are directing this at me...but the speed of my machine wasn't so much the issue as the hard drive becoming full of files that I hadn't downloaded.

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    Nov 26, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    Sounds like something is wrong because the operating system should only take up about 15 GB of space.