C drive running out of space resolve this without formatting the C: drive. RRS feed

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  • Hi every one,
                        i am having window xp pro sp3 running machine with 2GB of RAM, 150GB Hdd, C drive 30GB, D drive 60GB, E drive 60GB. After installing all the application its show the remaining space as 14GB but day after day the space reduced now the space is only 238MB. i Checked the properties of the C drive by selecting all the folder and it show 17.3GB. i dont know what happen to the another 15GB.i cant find which is eating the C drive space. i cant defragment the C drive because to defragment i need 15% of disk space. my doubt is it may be of antivirus (i am using norton internet security). i installed .net2008, sql2008, office,Hpprinter softwares.how can i resolve this without formatting the C: drive.  Any assistance is appreciated
    Thursday, October 1, 2009 11:54 AM

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  • This is actually a Vista forum, however, try some of these to free up space:

    1. If your PC is behaving properly you can remove the Windows hotfix hidden backup files that begin $NTUninstallKB from the WINDOWS folder. There are two ways to do it:
    A. Manually, but copy the folders to a CD/DVD first to allow their restoration should a fix need to be later removed. Now delete them from the \WINDOWS folder but leave the orphaned Add or Remove Programs entries intact. Only delete the $NTUninstallKB folders that relate to fixes not those for applications like Word, WMP, etc. Also, DO NOT DELETE THE $hf_mig$ folder.
    B. My preference is to run a script which additionally removes the corresponding entries in Add or Remove Programs. Once they are removed by the script, they cannot be restored. Download, extract and run this little script http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_hotfix_backup.htm Create a system restore point first just in case anything goes wrong during the registry updating. (named xp_remove_hotfix_backup.exe)

    2. Remove temporary files, i.e. in a Run window (Windows key+R), type %temp% and press Enter. All the files that show can be safely deleted, however, there may be a few obstinate ones that refuse to go but keep trying.

    3. Reduce the space allocated to system restore, click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > Settings (in the left pane) > System Restore Tab > Settings and in the left pane move the slider to the left to reduce the space allocated.

    4. Reduce the space allocated to the Recycle Bin, right-click it > Properties and change the amount of space allocated.

    5. If you don't use Hibernation you can save yourself the equivalent in hard drive space as RAM you have installed by turning it off, i.e. right-click Desktop > Properties > Screen Saver Tab > Power at the bottom > Hibernate Tab and remove the tick from ‘Enable Hibernation’.

    6. Uninstall any programs that are no longer used. Also remove unwanted Windows components.

    7. Although not huge, you can delete all the files in C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\DataColl that have an extension of XML. Also delete the Event Viewer files via Start > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer > highlight Application > Action > Clear All Events then click No to the “Do you want to save..... “ question. Repeat the above by highlighting and deleting the other categories: Security, System, Internet Explorer and Windows Power Shell.

    Saturday, October 3, 2009 7:59 AM
  • This is a little list I have also put together for our 2003 servers, should work fine for XP.

      O   C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download   Not confirmed, but suspect is ok.  (i have done this)
      O   C:\Windows\Ie7updates  Not confirmed, but suspect is ok. (i have done this)  

    O    $Ntxxxxxxx$ files can be removed from the c:\windows directory NOT $hf_mig$


    O    Attempt to move the page file

      O    Run the disk clean up utility, and compress old files, and empty the recycle bins  

    O    The temp directories in the user profiles can be cleaned out, also check the desktops for downloaded apps for their setup file


    These should be safe to remove, but probably a good idea to leave them alone as the updates may need them, be careful here.

    C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Installations


    O    Ok to delete log files for Symantec

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition\7.5\Logs

    Configure History in SSC, right click server>all tasks>Antivirus>Configure history

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Reporting Agents\Win32\ReporterSvc.log



    O    Quarantine files can be removed from Symantec, usually here;

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition\7.5\Quarantine


    O    Ok to delete zip files from Symantec, and actually all files in here

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec\LiveUpdate\Downloads


    O    IIS web logs ok to remove C:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\W3SVC1

    There is no option to do this automatically, this must be scripted


    O    Log ok to remove C:\WINDOWS\system32\wbem\Logs\FrameWork.log

    There is no option to do this automatically, this must be scripted

      {}   If no drivers will be needed again, c:\windows\inf holds all the drivers for new hardware.  This has not been tested
      {}   c:\windows\downloaded installations\  This folder holds the installers for some programs you download and install, for example, Tweak UI puts its installer in this folder, and so you can repair it or update its components later. Deleting this folder won’t harm any programs I have ever seen, but you should look inside this and see what you are deleting first.
      {}    c:\windows\media\   These are the default windows sounds, if you don’t want them, deleting them wont hurt anything.
      X   C:\windows\installer  can NOT be removed, although duplicate files ca be removed.  this is used for uninstalls and installs of new apps
      X   C:\windows\assembly  can NOT be removed, this is a .NET folder, do not play with or compress
      X   $hf_mig$  can NOT be removed, although it can be compressed.  this directory tells future updates what has already been done
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 5:44 PM
  • Here's utility I've used from Time to Time that's free to Evaluate at least.

    www.sixtyfive.cc called SpaceMonger.

    There's a couple of others like it and the task is simple.  Dig through the drive and find the "big ticket".   With SpaceMonger I've gotten at least a Graphical view of the drive structure and have been able to say "What the heck is that 37 gig folder doing on this guy's PC" without knowing what the folder contained (although you can dig into the contents within a mouse click)

    As for safe Purgeable locations?  TEMP and TEMPORARY INTERNET are always fair game but for best results with Temporary Internet you actually want to access and purge it from the command prompt because the "Temporary Outlook Attachements" folder is contained in there too but NOT erased when you clear Temporary Internet Files.

    Remember too on Windows XP / Vista / 7 you'll have a TEMP folder for the User and the one under Windows.

    You didn't mention if the File system is NTFS.  If it is you can enable "Folder Compression" on non system folders to squeeze space without destruction of data.

    Good luck

    The Energized Tech
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    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 4:24 PM
  • The other one is Missed that is fare game but not a good idea to purge is your "System Restore", usually I think 5% of the normal drive is allocated for that although I could be off with my numbers.  It usually doesn't kill the drive. 

    Usually it get's limited and can't hold more.

    The Energized Tech
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    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 4:25 PM
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2010 3:25 PM
  • In fact, it is easy to solve C drive out of space issue with partition manager, it doesn't need to format C drive. Just need to shrink other drive and add free space to C drive.
    EASEUS Partition Master Home edition is free for Windows home users.

    Refer to http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/c-drive-is-out-of-space.htm fix C drive out of space issue easily and safely.
    Thursday, April 15, 2010 2:42 AM
  • Have you checked whether there are some hidden files or folders stored there?

    You can easily check it like this: Start => Run => Type in “control folders” and press “OK” =>Click “View” and hook “Show hidden files and folders”=> Press “OK”.

    In fact, in my personal opinion, comparing to passively delete/defrag your c drive for free pace, you can directly add some new space to this partition for future use. What you need is only a partitioning program.

    Honestly, I have ever encountered the similar problem: the system partition is also full overtime. So, in order to increase its capacity, I have searched a lot and found that there are really many similar partitioning programs:

    IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free


    EaseUS Partition Master Professional Edition


    Paragon Partition Manager


    The first one has a really user-friendly interface!

    PS: No matter what happens, you’d better never forget to back up all partition data well.

    Thursday, December 12, 2013 2:55 AM