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Laptop HD confusion

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9y, 3w agoPosted 9 years, 3 weeks ago
Hello!!

I have recently noticed (usually not paying much attention to how much HD space I have used) that I have only 13GB free from a 60GB HD...now to some of you that may be very big as a lot of my friends hardly have any free!

This is my laptop which I just use to take with me when I need to do some work on the move... I have checked my Documents and have about 4GB and My Programs folder has 2GB...now where the hell has the other 41GB come from?!!

Any ideas? lol
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9y, 3w agoPosted 9 years, 3 weeks ago
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#1
go to : CONTROL PANEL>ADD REMOVE PROGAMES

and there it should have all the items installed and how much memroy they take. are you on vista or XP, because they both take up hdd space as well, vista more.
#2
Thanks for the reply mate...yup checked that but they're not taking that much space.
#3
Firstly, download CCleaner here and run it (it's freeware), then see how much space you have.

If you want to find the offendingly large files, you'll need to make Windows show hidden files and folders and also protected operating system files.

In XP, open any folder, click tools, folder options, View, then choose show hidden files and folders, and uncheck the box next to Hide Protected Operating System Files.

Once that's done, I would open the root directory of your HDD (I'm assuming it only has one partition) and choose each folder one by one, right clicking on each one and choosing properties and noting the folder size. Any suspiciously large folders should be opened to show the sub folders and carry on the process. Eventually you will find some inordinately large files (probably in the windows folder or sub folders). If the filename makes no sense to you, stick it in Google and see what it's for.

It can be a long and labourious process, but you will eventually find what's eating up all your HDD space.

Remember that system restore will take a large chunk of HDD space and you may also have an automatic backup program running? I personally don't run Vista, but if you do I heard that it automatically backs up all your data on your HDD in case of a crash?

Hope this helps?

:pirate: CJ :pirate:
#4
Could be a daft question, but have you emptied your recycle bin lately? - I guess you'd have to have never emptied it though to lose so much hard drive space!

Try a defrag on your c: drive
Run a clean-up utility, like Norton System works (edit: or CC Cleaner like CJ says! - CJ beat me to posting!)

You could just right-click on every folder on your c: drive and check the properties to see which folders have got huge docs / apps in them.

Don't want to preach to the choir here, but if you decide to do a clean-up, be careful with deleting things, as Harvie said, use add/remove programs to get rid of unwanted apps - don't just delete them because they will stay in the machine's registry - which is a pain to clean!

And personally, i'd stear clear of the 'Windows' folder! - I had a friend who inherited an old PC, who thought that in order to make more room on the hard drive, they could just delete whatever they wanted - including the Windows folder and the operating system!!

good luck
#5
Check for any memory dump files, had a machine with large ones, removed and free'ed up plenty of space, also remove all apps you no longer use and turn off system restore or any vista backup util stuff...
#6
I am considering buying a laptop but I worry about up grading. I have added more memory and replaced the herd drive on this desktop computer, thanks to all the help I got from this site (sorry cannot recalll your names).

But how can this be done on a laptop, if there is something I want to add or change later. I cannot imagine opening up a laptop ? only by technicians or beyond my non techie skills
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iglimpse
I am considering buying a laptop but I worry about up grading. I have added more memory and replaced the herd drive on this desktop computer, thanks to all the help I got from this site (sorry cannot recalll your names).

But how can this be done on a laptop, if there is something I want to add or change later. I cannot imagine opening up a laptop ? only by technicians or beyond my non techie skills


Memory change / HDD Upgrade on a laptop usually simple...

Most have a hard drive slot secured with a couple of screws on a pull out trays and then they simply swap the new HDD into the old cage...

Thats easy and quick, Mac laptop much longer...

Memory usually has a small square panel underneath and pop it open and swap the memory (just pull the metal tabs away to release.

Otherwise memory underneath the keyboard.

So its not really that much difficult, infact id say quicker :thumbsup:
#8
Much appreciated. Will go ahead now that I know even I could do it. Somehow I imagined you had to take the whole thing apart.

In no rush. Might wait till Nyear sales for ultimate laptop bargains
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iglimpse
I am considering buying a laptop but I worry about up grading. I have added more memory and replaced the herd drive on this desktop computer, thanks to all the help I got from this site (sorry cannot recalll your names).

But how can this be done on a laptop, if there is something I want to add or change later. I cannot imagine opening up a laptop ? only by technicians or beyond my non techie skills


yep laptops are a nightmare to upgrade- its advisable to take it to the pc store
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SkippyDoo
Hello!!

I have recently noticed (usually not paying much attention to how much HD space I have used) that I have only 13GB free from a 60GB HD...now to some of you that may be very big as a lot of my friends hardly have any free!

This is my laptop which I just use to take with me when I need to do some work on the move... I have checked my Documents and have about 4GB and My Programs folder has 2GB...now where the hell has the other 41GB come from?!!

Any ideas? lol


are u aware laptops hds are partitioned- split into half? hence local drive c will show up as a fraction of the hd entirety
#11
ROKO
yep laptops are a nightmare to upgrade- its advisable to take it to the pc store


Not really - in some cases they are actually easier than desktops, in most laptops ram and hard drives are considered user upgradeable and hence easy to do. Ram is usually a case of popping off a cover on the bottom and swapping out the ram sticks, hard drives much the same or sliding it out the side. It depends on the laptop manufacturer, some make it harder than others.

For any more serious upgrades such as processor or graphics card, it is a lot more difficult and often not even possible in the first place.

To the thread starter, you need Spacemonger - this is a brilliantly simple tool which scans your hard drive and gives you a visual representation of where your space is being used up. I've used it many times to find a temp file which has grown huge and not removed itself, or a cached file of some sort which should have been scrubbed. Download v1.4 (freeware) from here:

http://www.sixty-five.cc/download/

John
#12
try the disk cleanup simple but effective
#13
ROKO
yep laptops are a nightmare to upgrade- its advisable to take it to the pc store


Not true.

Ram= Whip out about 10 screws, pull off the bottom and stick the ram in.

HDD= Whip out less screws and do similar.
#14
Johnmcl7
Not really - in some cases they are actually easier than desktops, in most laptops ram and hard drives are considered user upgradeable and hence easy to do. Ram is usually a case of popping off a cover on the bottom and swapping out the ram sticks, hard drives much the same or sliding it out the side. It depends on the laptop manufacturer, some make it harder than others.

For any more serious upgrades such as processor or graphics card, it is a lot more difficult and often not even possible in the first place.John


Yeah, agree with everything there.

On a Dell Inspiron 9300, memory replacement/upgrade took me all of about 3 minutes (and the vast majority of that was screwing/unscrewing the retaining cover).

Hard drive replacement took about five minutes, slightly more fiddly but still very do-able for even a novice.

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