How can I free up space on my C: drive?

Hamish December 6, 2011
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On my C: drive I have a total of 76,316 MB of which only 42 MB is free. How can I free up space?

  1. Count Stex
    December 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Most C/Main Drive space goes on two things. Programs and Documents. Programs will always default to installing to the C: drive, so you need to remember to select another drive when installing them (presuming you have another larger drive to store data on) and moving already installed programs is only really possible by uninstalling and reinstalling which can be a pain.
    Thus the easiest way to gain more space is to move your documents folders (My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos)
    This can be done as follows:
    1. Right Click one of the folders to move.
    2. Select properties
    3. Select the Location tab
    4. Click Move
    5. Select/Create a new folder on the larger drive to move all existing and any future data saved to this location.
    6. Sit back whilst it moves the data.

    If however you don't have an additional larger drive then as stated a few times above obtain either a secondary drive or a replacement main drive though that second option will require a total OS re-install.

  2. freelancer
    December 7, 2011 at 2:58 am

    use a linux live cd like linux mint, or whatever distro you like; access the hdd from linux after mounting it; delete everything under your temp folders, for instance, "Documents and SettingsuserLocal SettingsTemp", "Documents and SettingsuserTemp", also look for all "Temporary Internet Files" under the same main subdirectory, and delete everything that's in %windir%temp, e.g. "c:windowstemp"; delete pagefile.sys from the root of the drive, and "hiberfil.sys" if you have hibernation enabled. Shut down from the live cd. Take out live cd or usb stick with live cd. reboot into windows, uninstall everything you do not need, tweak pagefile to be max 1,5x the amount of phisical ram in it; tweak your browser's settings to allocate no more to temporary files then you can afford;
    These are the most important ones :)

    If you're really into a thorough manual cleaning... I'd have to make a full article

  3. Anonymous
    December 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    buy another internal drive with like 500GB and an enclosure and then use clonezilla to copy one disk to another

  4. Niks
    December 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Use CCleaner 

    http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

    along with CCEnhancer ( adds 500+ programs to CCleaner)

    http://singularlabs.com/software/ccenhancer/download/

    also uninstall unused programs from Add/Remove programs in Control Panel.

  5. Anonymous
    December 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Download Cleanmypc and give a run and see how much space can you recover
    http://macpaw.com/cleanmypc/

    you can analyze hard drive with FilePro for instance to check all big files that are taking places
    http://www.techishare.com/softwares/filepro-a-free-hard-drive-space-analyzer/

  6. FIDELIS
    December 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Hello, the easiest way of accomplishing this is by getting and external drive.  Once you have your external drive, move files that occupy the most space, like pictures, videos, etc that occupy the most space.  Try to use the main hard drive only for operating system files. 

    Also if using a desktop, you add a new hard drive and move the file that use the most space there.  I am afraid that with the space you have right now, you are not able to create restore points or even defragment.....unless you force it.

    You could try cleaning up your system by using the clean up utilities included with it.  To do so:

    -- click on start
    -- click on all programs
    -- accesories
    -- system tools
    -- select disk cleanup
    -- select all the option
    -- click on ok

    You can also reduce the size of your recycle bin and also the size for restore points:

    For recycle bin:

    -- right click on recyble bin
    -- select properties
    -- move the slider left until it shows at least 4%
    -- click on ok

    For restore points:

    -- click on windows key + Pause/Break at same time
    -- on menu, select system restore
    -- move the slider left to 3 or 4%
    -- also click on turn off system restore
    -- click on ok
    -- this will delete all system restore points
    -- check mark system restore to start up system restore
    -- create a new restore point
    -- click on ok

    Make sure to remove any programs you do not need or use.  If possible, instead of using the add/remove applet included with your system, use the free version of revo Uninstaller to uninstall your programs:

    http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

    The easiest thing for you to do, would be to follow the steps above and also download crapcleaner.  It is a software that can clean up your system similar to disk cleanup just that with more options.  Install it and run it before turning your system off:

    http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

    Also once finish doing everything, make sure to defragment your system.

  7. Mjevolve
    December 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

    hello .

    run this tool , Win Dir Stat http://windirstat.info/ , and see what all is exactly filling up the space on your hard drive .it will give you an idea of the biggest size file or folder and where all the space is ....

    >uninstall any programs you no longer require .
    >run the inbuilt disk cleaner tool . start-accessories-system tools - disk clean .
    >run another cleaner , like CCleaner and system ninja .
    >under CCleaner , go to utilities section and then system restore . delete old unwanted restore points .
    >clean up Windows Installer UnUsed Files http://translate.google.com/translate?tl=en-us&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kztechs.com%2Fwicleanup%2F

  8. Jay
    December 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Remove unnecessary installed software
    from control pannel > add and remove
    sort by size and remove.

    Move the data to other partitions if you saved them in folders like my documents or desktop or anywhere on c drive.

    You may replace your hard disk with a higher storage capapcity hard disk.
     

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