How can I boot my laptop when the main hard drive is full?

Jamie January 3, 2011
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If a laptop shows two hard drives, how do you go about accessing one to use it because the main hard drive is about full of memory.

Please help!

  1. Anonymous
    January 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Well if above methods fails then boot on Hirens Boot Cd
    http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

    There is a mini xp on it use it to go to the directory and to remove temp files (be carefull) or to displace some files to the second hard drive.

  2. Mike
    January 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    If your main Hard Drive where Windows is installed on is full you will have to free up space by moving or deleting files.

    Windows requires some space to be free for temporary files and paging. Windows does that in various locations and while some of them can be moved, others can't. So the general advice is to rather move personal files than "fiddling" around with Windows.

    At first you might want to run Disk Cleanup:
    - Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
    - the entries are rather self-explanatory but it's always safe to select "Downloaded Program Files" and "Temporary Internet Files"... depending on the content and size you may also empty the "Recycle Bin"

    * beware of "Office Setup Files", deleting those might cause problems with Office Updates and/or Troubleshooting

    If you are still out of space you can consider moving the paging file:
    - for Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307886/en-us
    - for Windows Vista/7
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/understanding-windows-vista-paging-file-size/

    As third option I would suggest to move your personal Documents folder to the other Hard Drive. The same method applies to "My Pictures", "My Videos" etc. if you want to move these too.
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-move-the-my-documents-folder-and-save-your-data-windows/