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lyndylou | 00:37 Tue 06th Dec 2011 | Technology
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Please help - my computer is showing low disk space ( I cant even load a few photos to my pictures folder ) and telling me to clean up my files - I have the defrag on --- set every wednesday night - I have emptied my recycle bin and I Think I have cleared my temporary downloads from the internet - I can't find the files that show how much disc space I have and I have no idea how to free anymore up - what do I do ?? - I have an external hard drive but I am afraid to transfer files in case the computer stops working - also I have an icon on my side bar saying windows have blocked some start up programs when I view this list it gives me the option of removing blocked programes but again they look to important - please help - thank you

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Go to Windows Explorer and right click on your C drive then select Properties from the drop down list. This will show a pie chart of your available disc space.
Disk Cleanup might help a bit.
Assuming your using Windows, go to 'My Computer' right click on your main drive (normally 'C') select 'properties'. Click on 'Disk Cleanup'. Once its finished put ticks in the files to delete.
If you've never done this before it might take some time to complete.
"I have the defrag on --- set every wednesday night"
Total waste of time.
Defragging doesn't free up disk space, it just ensures that the used space is contiguous.
One thing that can take up a lot of space is Restore Points.

Every so often Windows "saves" loads of important files so you can go back to them if anything goes wrong. These are called Restore Points and eventually you can finish up with quite a few of them, taking up a lot of space.

I suggest you turn off System Restore (to delete all the old points) then turn it back on again.

If you dont know how to do this search the help within Windows. This option will often be on the main Windows menu under "Help and Support"
Regarding Restore Points above.

On some versions of Windows (certainly 7 and maybe Vista) you can delete Restore Points this way.

Click on the Circle in the bottom left to display the Windows menu.

In the search field in the bottom left type Clean

At the top of the menu it will display "Disk Cleanup". Select this.

When it asks you what disk select C and press OK.

On the window that is displayed select "Clean up system files" at the bottom.

You are asked what disk so select C again.

On the window that is displayed (Disk Cleanup), select the More Options tab.

At the bottom it says "System Restore and Shadow Copies"

Press the "Clean Up" button

On the "Are You Sure" window select Delete.

This will delete all but one of your restore points, and also delete some other large system files.

This should free up some space.
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>What we dont know here is 'how big is the disk' 'how many files or photos are currently stored'. It could just be time for something bigger.

True, but one assumes the disk had plenty of room on it when it was bought so something has filled up the free space.

This can either be Windows system files, of which you can delete some by using various methods, or the users personal files, which can be moved across to an external hard drive.

If the user has downloaded lots of movies, mp3 files, digital pictures etc then these could all be moved across to the external hard drive.
You may wish, when you have sufficient space cleared, to download & run CCleaner.

Meanwhile it is fairly easy to get over the problem temporarily as you suggest yourself. Simply move files from your C: drive to another drive to give you some space to work with. But make them your data files as otherwise something may stop working. Anything in your "my documents" file should be fine.

If Windows have blocked something and the PC still operates fine, then the blocked things are not likely to be important. But post the names of the blocked stuff here for someone to explain further.
To free up a bit of space .. Go into System restore .. R-click My Computer/Properties/System Restore ..
Back off the slider in settings to around 10% and when rebooted, you will find quite a bit of space available (depending on size of HDD)
The computer will be fine ..
In Windows Explorer, COPY the files to new/spare drive or partition.
Once they are ok, delete the old ones.
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No .. maybe 2-4000, that's all.
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Thanks everyone - I am trying to digest the advise and will let you all know if successful - I think I have 64 gig but now sure if this is ram or erm' the other ?
sorry
RAM is memory. Unsure about ERM, but I like a bit of the other. But your problem appears to be about disk space, which is different.
You (almost) certainly don't have 64GB RAM! RAM is your computer's memory, not its hard disk. The usual comparison is with a desk and a filing cabinet. You keep lots of paper files in a filing cabinet, just like you keep lots of digital files on a hard disk. The bigger the filing cabinet, the more files you can keep in it.

But, in order to work with a file, you need to bring it out of the filing cabinet and open it on your desk. When you open a document on your computer, that's exactly what happens - it is fetched off the hard disk and opened in memory. The bigger your desk is, the more files you can have open at the same time.
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OMG so how do I find out what I have got in terms of memory????
God .. You people don't make it easy for the lady ...

Memory:
My Computer .. Right Click t .. Properties .. Read off memory available on the General tab.
Disk space: Double Click My Computer .. R Click the one that says Windows .. or local disc and Properties .. Display will show you what's used and what's free. It's important to use the correct measurement .. like Tb Gb or Mb!
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Thank you albags
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Thanks to everyone - turns out I got in the experts and they said my machine - a Toshiba likes to split the memory in to two and hide half - So now I have a completely empty disk E/: Drive they also cleaned C/: Drive up and cleared loads of space so now I have a pie chart stating 75% Empty Yeh

Thanks for all the advice tho
Great!

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