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  • Question

  • What can I delete?
    Stephanie
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 6:29 PM

Answers

  • I would start by going out and getting a USB drive, 500 - 750GB external Western Digital Passport drives are usually on sale for about $70.

    I would start by clearing out your Internet Explorer cache - Internet Options, General Tab, Browsing History, delete

    You can generally remove all the files in your C:\Temp directory (if you have one) and the C:\Windows\Temp directory.

    Run the disk cleanup tool, Right Click on your C: drive icon, select properties, on the General tab under the pie chart, click "Disk Cleanup"

    Attach your USB drive you purchased and look at moving old documents and pictures and what not off to your external drive for storage.

    Reboot your machine, and you should have cleared some room up on your PC.

    You may look at other tools like Tree Size Free to get an idea where all your junk is hiding at.

    Good luck, just be careful what you delete.


    :P Advice offered, If you need more help it is advised to seek the council and advice of paid professionals. The answer is always 42, or reboot.
    • Proposed as answer by Jason Hiegel Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rick Tan Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:33 AM
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 8:10 PM
  • Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for your post.

    We always do three steps when we encountered drive C full issue:
    1. If exists pagefile.sys file in drive C, change the page file settings to other drive
    2. Run disk cleanup tool like Jason mentioned, please take reference KB956324 for some more temp files
    3. Run disk space tool like WinDirStat, the tool show disk file clearly and you could easy to find the larger size files 

    If there are more inquiries on this issue, please feel free to let us know.


    Regards,
    Rick Tan
    • Proposed as answer by Jason Hiegel Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rick Tan Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:33 AM
    Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:02 AM

All replies

  • I would start by going out and getting a USB drive, 500 - 750GB external Western Digital Passport drives are usually on sale for about $70.

    I would start by clearing out your Internet Explorer cache - Internet Options, General Tab, Browsing History, delete

    You can generally remove all the files in your C:\Temp directory (if you have one) and the C:\Windows\Temp directory.

    Run the disk cleanup tool, Right Click on your C: drive icon, select properties, on the General tab under the pie chart, click "Disk Cleanup"

    Attach your USB drive you purchased and look at moving old documents and pictures and what not off to your external drive for storage.

    Reboot your machine, and you should have cleared some room up on your PC.

    You may look at other tools like Tree Size Free to get an idea where all your junk is hiding at.

    Good luck, just be careful what you delete.


    :P Advice offered, If you need more help it is advised to seek the council and advice of paid professionals. The answer is always 42, or reboot.
    • Proposed as answer by Jason Hiegel Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rick Tan Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:33 AM
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 8:10 PM
  • Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for your post.

    We always do three steps when we encountered drive C full issue:
    1. If exists pagefile.sys file in drive C, change the page file settings to other drive
    2. Run disk cleanup tool like Jason mentioned, please take reference KB956324 for some more temp files
    3. Run disk space tool like WinDirStat, the tool show disk file clearly and you could easy to find the larger size files 

    If there are more inquiries on this issue, please feel free to let us know.


    Regards,
    Rick Tan
    • Proposed as answer by Jason Hiegel Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:02 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rick Tan Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:33 AM
    Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:02 AM
  • Hi,

    The best way to solve  "C drive full" problem is:

    shrink other partitions to generate unallocated space -> merge unallocated space to C drive.

    I don't know what operating system your  computer is?

    For Windows 2000/XP/2003, there is no extend or shrink function in Disk Management, you need to use a third-party software.

    http://www.partition-magic.org/windows-server-2003/extend-system-partition-windows-server-2003.html

    For Windows 7/Vista/2008, there are extend and shrink function in Disk Management, however, the Extend Volume is active only if there is contiguous unallocated space behind C drive.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/mghazai/archive/2009/02/24/extend-system-boot-volume-on-windows-server-2008-windows-vista-win7-beta.aspx

    http://www.partition-magic.org/windows-server-2008/extend-system-partition-server-2008.html

    Saturday, October 1, 2011 7:47 AM