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Compress disk drive to save space questions

Q: Compress disk drive to save space questions

Not a very common happening these days, but I was just forced to compress my disk drive. It's great. Windows is just as fast and I can fit more files. I'd go so far as to recommend it. But I'd also like to ask a few questions:

1. While it was compressing, it said that some files could not be compressed because they were in use. I thought that just meant system files, and I know windows has many, so I said ignore all. Will this cause problems later?

2. When copying files to and from different partitions/disks, will windows automatically compress or decompress?

3. People on different forums keep saying not to compress because there will be problems (found that out after I compressed). Will there be any and how can I avoid them?

4. At the moment, there is an option to decompress the drive. Should I decompress, go into safe mode, then compress it from there?

5. What about defragmenting?

6. What about checking the disk for errors?

Killing 6 birds with one stone. So yeah, thanks

Preferred Solution: Compress disk drive to save space questions

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A: Compress disk drive to save space questions

These days it's not recommended because of the risk of data loss and slower performance. Large hard drives are now much cheaper than they used to be, so that is the way to go if you're running low on disk space.

I wouldn't risk using drive compression ever. Data loss is worrying enough even without it, why increase that risk?

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in windows 7 when i right click/properties a local disk there is a check box that said compress this drive to save disk space what does it do
what is the advantage and disadvantage of enabling that

what does it do

A:what does compress this drive to save disk space

You might get a small amount of extra space, like really small amount at the cost of somewhat slowing down your browsing, opening, and just about the general windows experience. More resources will need to be used, and some programs cannot run in a compressed state. IT should only be used if you have low amount of hard drive space, and have already performed a disk cleanup disk and deleted unused files and such. I really would not do it
Disk cleanup instructions: Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
A good cleanup and optimization utility:http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner
*warning, using third party registry edits and such can result in corruption and damages. Use at your own risk.* ive tested a lot and used them, and have never came across issues but it has been told, damages could happen.

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Hi there techies. Just recently made this blunder on my computer. I was running low on disk space and decided it would be a smart idea to do this. It was i guess but now im getting

The catalyst control center is not supported by the driver version of your enable graphics adapter. Please update your ATI graphics driver, or enable ATI adapter using the display manager.

I restarted my computer, get this message and i am now running on 8 bit graphics on my monitor. Sux, tried doing all the simple little commands but i am getting nowhere. I know it's gotta be something simple.

any help will be appreciated and excuse my noobieness.

A:Compress Drive to Save Disk Space

Modern HDs have so much room it's rare compression is needed. Better to store on an external Disc. For the problem, watch this video: How to Enable an ATI Adapter Using Display Manager | eHow.com

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Is it possible this can do any harm to my computer?


A:Quick question about the option "compress drive to save disk space"

I have never knwon it to, it doesn't delete any of your wanted files, only temporary junk!

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Doing some maintainence on my computer, i am considering doing this option: "Compress drive to save disk space". There is also a "compress old files" to save space

are these both the same things? (same drive)
can i undo this options? im a big fan of reformatting to undo problems in the event its challenging to undo compress a file.


A:"Compress drive to save disk space"

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Hello all.
I recently enabled the "compress drive to save disk space" feature on my hard drive. After restarting, i noticed my applications kept hanging and requiring me to force closing them down with task manager. I also started noticing some very funny sounds from my HDD. I am in the process of reverting the process (ie, uncheking the compress drive feature).
Can anyone please offer an explanation why this happened?

A:Compress Drive To Save Space - for good or evil?

not good to do

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I know it reduces the overall file size of the folder or file in question, but what method does it use to do this?

If you are not familiar with this phrase, it appear if you right-click on a file/folder in windows explorer and select "advanced". When selected the file/folder name will turn blue.

I need to know for some work, I have to compress some work and I could merely show myself using this feature, but explaining how it works would be better.

Thank you

A:[SOLVED] What does "Compress Contents To Save Disk Space" do?

This compression method does not reduce the "size" of a folder, it reduced the "size on disk". am I right in thinking that this compression method does not alter the code of any files, it merely stores the folder in a way which saves space on the disk?

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I'm looking through my C drive, deleting unneeded files, doing a disk clean up, defragging, ect. I have noticed though that the size of the folders in my disk compared to the amount of space taken up on my disk don't add up. Not by a long shot. According to the properities windows of my C Drive I have filed up about 83gigs of space... but my programs and files folder is only 511mb, my programs and files folder (86x) is only 12.gb (I have vista 64bit), and then my user folder with all my downloads is only 7.4gb. I have my windows folder with 51mb, but after that there really isn't anything else of any significant size. I checked out all the installed programs and my "add or remove" menu and couldn't find any programs much larger then 4gb. That was a game I had installed.

I noticed there was the "compress files to save space" option, but I read that can slow down your computer and I didn't want to make a large portion of my files unusable. Is this a common thing or do I have a problem?

A:Data and drive space not adding up...compress?

There are hidden files you can't see such as system restore. How big is the drive and what do you show in use vs what you have added up to?

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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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I have a VirtualBox WM with Win7 Pro 64bit and SP1 which I would like to be as small as possible (while not going without Windows updates).

I've read that a basic Windows 7 32bit installation should consume about 6-7 GB:

How big is Windows 7 after install? | MacRumors Forums

Some differences might be caused due to the following reasons:
I have a 64 bit installation, not 32bit
I use Win 7 Professional (maybe the thread uses another version)
I've installed all Windows updates

However, the "Windows" folder on C:\ already uses about 21.1 G on my system.

What I've done so far:
added 2 users
installed Windows updates
disabled hibernation file (hiberfil.sys)
disk cleanup
deleted restore points and disabled "protection" (restore settings)
disabled pagefile (can't set the paging file to smaller max size)
emptied trash

I've installed the following software:
FoxIt Reader
In the foreseeable future the only reason I'll need the Win7 VM for will be to handle Microsoft office documents (I still have to install Microsoft Office).

The disk usage inside the Windows folder according to WinDirStat looks as follows:

winsxs 11.4 G
System32 1.9 G
SoftwareDistribution 1.8 G
assembly 1.4 G
Logs 1.4 G
SysWOW64 1.0 G
According to WinDirStat, the winsxs folder uses 11.3GB. I've read that - among other... Read more

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My notebook's hard drive is almost full. Its a 33 GB hard drive with only 4.8 GB of free space at present. I have deleted all unnecessary files and cleaned my drives and even compressed folders and subfolders but all these didn't make much of a difference. Is there a way I can free up my drive space?

I am running Windows XP

A:Solved: How do I save disk space

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If you want to make the vista sp1 permanent, then you need to run the clean up tool.
It can be found in the Windows/System32 folder...look for VSP1CLN.exe and run it. It gets rid of the backup files sp1 made

Be warned...you cannot uninstall sp1 if you nuke the backup files

My SP1 install went from 12GB down to 10 GB after runnnig this tool


A:Make vista sp1 permanent and save disk space

Thanks kevinali

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Hi folks,

Lately I have downloaded a fair few movies, TV shows, concerts etc and I have started to become mindful of the dwindling amount of space available on my hard drive. I hope someone can help me with what are probably some pretty dumb questions...

I am wondering what others more expert than me do in this regard to free up disk space... do you burn those clunky video files that are taking up space on your hard disk to DVD-R's, and delete those files from your computer? I have probably got a fair amount of stuff in the 'non-essential' category that would not devastate me to delete from my computer, as long as I first burned to disc.

This is probably an even dumber question: I do regular weekly back-up to a 1 TB external hard drive. Having backed up lots of my clunky video files to an external hard drive, if I then delete those files from my computer, does this also delete the same (backed-up) files from the external hard drive?

Apologies for my ignorance. I am just hoping an expert or experts here might be able to give me some tips for 'best practice' for freeing-up disk space. Thanks in advance for any help offered!

A:Best way to free up disk space? Some dumb questions...

Running out of disk space means that you need to get more. You can put it off, try to recover space on the drive, copy things to DVD, and so on. But eventually, if you want to save things, you need to cough up the bucks.

Movies can be easily stored on DVD's. I usually store them in their original avi or mpg formats since I can get many of them on a DVD. External drives are really a good idea because not only do they give you storage space, but you can make periodic images of your internal drives. Then, when your drive fails, and it will, you don't lose everything, including your operating system. You jst get a new drive and restore everything from the image that you made.

Look on the external. Are your videos still there? that should answer your deletion question.

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With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can access your saved files in OneDrive just like any other file on your PC without filling up your disk space. Easily tell which files are available online only or offline. Online-only files download on demand with a double-click, and you can make them online only again to free up space ? or, you can select files to always be available offline.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you?ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don?t take up space on your device. When you?re connected to the Internet, you?ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

Here?s how to turn on Files On-Demand:
Make sure you?re signed into OneDrive on your device. Right-click the OneDrive cloud icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and select Settings ? or, select Start, and search for OneDrive.

On the Settings tab, select the Save space and download files as you use them box.

Make a file online-only to save space, and make a file always available offline so it?s always with you:

Right-click a file or folder, and select Always keep on this device or Free up space.

Head over here to learn more about OneDrive Files On-Demand and how to enable it, or here for how to get the Fall Creators Update. Have a great week!


A:Windows 10 Tip: Save disk space with OneDrive Files On-Demand

I'm already using it.

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OK, I have run out of ideas and things to check. I have a 90gb hard drive (internal), it's got about 45gb free. I have defragged, I have deleted tons of temp files, and other files, etc. Still I cannot save or move a 190 KB sized file. I keep getting 'not enough free space on the disk' message.

This is already an NTFS device, and the file doesn't exceed a fat32 size anyway, so that's not the issue I am facing.

I have closed down all programs, except the app I am using to try to create and then save this file (it's like Microsoft Office, plain text or excel file format just using Sun's StarOffice instead), I have rebooted numerous times all to no avail.

Anybody have any other ideas on why I am still getting this message and cannot save any files?? Any help or info greatly appreciated.

A:Not enough free disk space error trying to save a 190KB file (NTFS!!)

recheck the location its being copied to. did you delete the files from your windows temporary folder? is it just this one file or all files?

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Setting up a new box, Vista sadly to say. Installed MS Office XP Pro and get the following error when closing MS Word ONLY. Excel saves without any errors.

The disk is full. Free some space on this drive, or save the document on another disk. Try one of the following:
*Close any unneeded documents, programs, and windows.
*Save the document on another disk.

I've moved the file location and same error. I cleaned up the drive including removing all restore point except the last one.

Now this thing has a 250 gig drive but it is also used for security in a mini mart with 8 cameras. There are about 145 Gigs of video from the security cameras on this box. At this time I am just setting it up, no cameras are connected, and the security program hasn't been set up yet. I just moved the files from the old drive to this one. BTW the old drive crashed.

I've tried the detect and repair in MS Word and no help. I have uninstalled MS Office and reinstalled and no help and even went into Properties and set the user up on quota with no limits and still no help.

So now I am at a loss and have no idea what to try next. Really don't want to delete the security files because it took 6 hours to transfer them to this computer and unless all else fails this isn't a option I want to use.

Now on the old box, which had XP Pro this, was not a problem so on Vista it should not be either but then Vista is a MS Software so this is understandable. Actually, the old box had a 15... Read more

A:disk space is full. Free some space on this drive

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Good Day All
just curios as to how i can see what is in the sect 4 of the attached macrium picture. and on the tree size file does any of the folders jump out as being too big?

jus trying to do a little house cleaning before i go back to sea while i still have internet to fix any mess i may create

Many Thankshd clean up.pdf

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I have a cheap HP Laptop with just 20GB HD which appears ro be be almost full just with Windows 10 I need to download Office. But there is not enough space on my hard drive for Office. Can I save Office to a flash drive (and is it easy to do!)

I am in Thai ialands so not much chance of finding a shop to increase / upgrade my laptop hard drive

I have tried already deleting everything I do not use but only have 2.8GB spare mot even enough for Office 365

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on my xp it says that my memory is low and it only has like 0.99gb left and i was wondering how i can get more free space?

A:How To Save Space On D Drive Or Memory Drive?

Do you mean your computer is low in RAM or low in hard drive space?

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Not sure if this is the right forum. I am loading music for iPod on my PC. Does anyone recommend “disk cleanup”, checking box for “compress drive to save disk space” or doing a "defragmentation”? I have a lot of cd’s taking up a lot of GB’s so I was not sure if any of these would help with space. Thanks.

A:iPod C drive space questions

walnel said:

Not sure if this is the right forum.Click to expand...

Even if you are not sure about the correct forum, this site's rules still prohibit multiple postings of the same problem. A moderator can move a post if they believe another forum would be a better choice.

Dupe of http://forums.techguy.org/multimedia/818067-ipod-c-drive-space-question.html

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On a win7proSP1-64bit-patch-slipstreamed Install, I am inclined to gut trustedinstaller again from all files and directories, however am noting subtle problems in doing so on this recent installation.

To conserve HDD space, how may I Compress the HDD in its entirety without IT getting in the way?

on a related thought,

which other files/directories can be considered superfluous, prime for deletion.
i.e. \ManifestCache\ and \Installer\

this is a static system, that once the select programs are installed, nothing more is going to be added, and should anything catastrophic happen, it is my want to just fry the HDD and reinstall the whole OS via an image.

Thanks for assistance and insight.

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In my laptop only 2 drives are present. my recovery drive (D) is goes automatically fill day by day. i'll do format number of times but problem is not solved. i also do the this thinks:To modify system protection settings:Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties". The window should show the version, processor, etc.In the left pane, click System protection. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.In the box that lists available drives, see if D: is "on" or "off". If it is "on", select it and click "configure"Select "Turn off system protection". This will remove the system restore points just for the D Drive.Hit OK to close the settings windows. BUT PROBLEM NOT SOLVE HELP!!

A:Low disk space on recovery disk (d) drive

Post an image of the contents of the recovery drive here.

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Okay, I am so tired of receiving Low Disk Space on recovery (D). I have done everything it asked. Empty Recycle Bin which is EMPTY. I am not a computer wizard but it seems unfair that I have pay over $150.00 year to correct this problem once a year. I have checked a lot of places and it just keeps telling me the same thing. That doesn't work. Can someone explain to me in English (plain) how to correct this problem.
I did just install a HP wireless printer 3052A
[personal information removed]
HP Pavilion dv6000
Windows Vista (home version)

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A:Low disk space on recovery disk (d) drive

Do you have the D: drive selected in system restore? If your computer is saving restore points for D: this could cause it to use up disk space for no apparent reason.Look for a folder called "System Volume Information" at the root of D: I am assuming you don't use the D: drive to store any personal files or swap files...

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HELP!!!I am going mental her as my laptop keeps saying  'Low disk space on recovery disk (d) drive' I have not put any files on there and the recycling bin is empty! - I have no room to make a recovery back up or create a system image as it's full?I haven't had this laptop that long and can't think whats going on with it?  Could it be a virus?  Also I have no cd/disc drive to make any kind of back up and i was unsuccesful at making a usb attemp at backing up! Anyone know WHY my 21gb Recovery D Drive is full and only has  4mb available space?!!!!! I checked and found that there are NO previous back ups on there!! (which is worrying) The first thing i did was check for similar problems on here and i've followed alot of advice on checking that it's not set up to back up automatically to D drive (the box is unticked on D) I am worried it will pack up on me and i'll loose everything as I can't make a back up!!! Please Help!

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Hey guys,
I have an issue that suddenly appeared. My 500GB SSD has apparently not enough space on it anymore. Sadly, that cant be true since only half of it is used and I have absolutely no idea how to fix that. Not even deleting stuff changes anything about it.
So I tried to look it up in Disk Management and in there it says that the drive is fine and good, but it also shows another 500GB SSD which is not initialized. So I counted all my drives and I know for a fact that this drive should not exist. So I assume the two issues are connected.

This is how the Disk Management looks like: https://gyazo.com/d8269c646ce3d7c342b98ae01745ce29

Any idea?

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How can I get rid of this obnoxious message?

Thanks. gb

A:Low Disk Space D Drive

Delete some files from your Drive D

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i receive low disk space on c: on friends computer...he has only 16 gigs allocated to c:....I was hoping to use Acronis True Image and Disk Director...but computer won't recognize thumb drive nor content on cd with true image burned on it....I checked cd and thumb on my laptop and it recognizes and read both...is it not reading the cd and thumb drive because the c: drive is full?

what steps should i take?

A:Low disk space on drive C:

Welcome to TSF....

Do this computer get left turned-on all the time?

If so shut down and wait a few minutes and then reboot and then check to see if the problem still exists.

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I don't know what to do? I am constantly getting a pop up in my start menu that I'm running out of disk space my D; drive is full? What do I do how do I fix this? Your help will be greatly appreciated!

A:Low Disk Space In D: Drive?

Not knowing how your system is set up can lead to several questions:Do You have more than one Hard Drive or just one that has 2 or more partitions?Which drive or partition is Windows installed on?When you go to My Computer and Right-Click properties what does it say about free-space?While it is unusual to recieve pop-up's regarding hard drive space, I guess that anything is possible. You may want to move files or programs to another external drive or burn them to CD's to free space. Anything else is just guessing as to why this is happening on your system.

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I keep getting a window popping up that says low disk space on f drive. I have cleaned the disk but it doesn't go away. I also thought the f drive was a plug in drive for my camera and such so I don"t understand why it would keep popping up when nothing is connected to that drive. I tried to move the data to an external drive I have but I couldn't figure out how to do it. Any help would be appreciated.

A:low disk space on f drive

Well, If it is coming from the task bar, like mine did when my back up drive got full I would just



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C drive is showing "space free 1.49GB of 19.5GB" whereas when I'm selecting all the files inside C drive its showing 16.7GB on disk. So C drive has 2.8GB free, But showing only 1.47GB free. Where is the space allocated?

A:C drive low disk space

Press Windows key+R> type cleanmgr> make sure drive c is selected>press enter.
Let it run>a window will open. Make sure everything's checked and click OK.
Also download Ccleaner. Install and run it. Go to settings (Options), uncheck 'Only delete files older than 24hours.' come to the cleaner section, tick 'Windows error reporting' in left pane and click analyse>run cleaner.
See how much free space is there now.
CCleaner - Download

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Im perplexed on how to save disk space. I have a compaq x1000 with 38g of hard drive space. I have around 2.4g remaining. Ive tried to delete everything non-essential. Then i turned off system restore, and turned off hibernation. I then used a disk allocation software to see where all the space is going. It showed me my c: drive contained around 24g being occupied. So where is the missing around 10 to 15 gigs. Can u give me any ideas on this and generally to save more space.. thx.

A:disk drive space

Hello miketseng

You have already turned off 2 of the worst offenders.
Do you have a "Restore Partition"?

Try running TreeSize

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Hi, I am in a right mess with my computer, it crashed a month ago and I loaded windows xp pro, now my drive has changed to h drive instead of c drive, I cannot put anything extra onto the computer and it keeps giving me the error message that disk space is low continiously. please help me sort this out

A:Xp pro using h drive, disk space low

You are best to purchase a larger capacity HardDrive
Then install Windows "clean" on it (clean- meaning from a blank HardDrive)

You should also backup asap, when the HardDrive is full it is more prone to failure

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i receive “low disk space on c:” on a friends computer...he has only 16 gigs allocated to c:....I was hoping to use Acronis True Image and Disk Director...but computer won't recognize thumb drive nor content on cd with true image burned on it....I checked cd and thumb on my laptop and it recognizes and read both...is it not reading the cd and thumb drive because the c: drive is full?

what steps can i take?

thank you...


A:Low disk space on drive C:

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I done a lot of reading on this topic but everything i try does not seem to help, now i found this really nice topic from HP to fix this problem. But the main problem is after i done what they said it did not look like i have anything to delete in the Recovery D, So i am not 100% so could someone tell me if there is anything that can be deleted in my recovery D i will show the Image of it.


Here is a link to photobucket showing the recovery D full.

http://i1195.photobucket.com/albums/aa389/TheCenter2012/Windows Vista/RecoveryDfull.jpg
And here is a link of what inside the recovery D as i look inside as it said from the HP link above.

http://i1195.photobucket.com/albums/aa389/TheCenter2012/Windows Vista/FilesinrecoveryD.jpg

Close up pic of the files here the link.

Now is there anyway to solve this problem ?

A:Error: Low Disk Space. You are running out of disk space on Recovery (D:) For Vista,

Hi and welcome

We could use a screen shot of the drive D partition but probably your backups are stored there and you can delete the oldest to free up some space. Make sure you have another before you delete it. That partition is tiny bTW 9 gigs is way too small to be effective.

Ken J

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Some time ago I installed a 30 gig hard drive and did not partition it correctly. The C drive is too small only 7.84 MB with 4.15 free space. The D drive is currently at 26.8 gig . How can I increase to C drive size? My computer is slow and old but it fine for home use.

A:Allocating more disk space to drive C from drive D

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I just got a warning dialog that the C drive was dangerously low on free space. I checked properties and it showed the disk was nearly full. I can't imagine what would be taking so much space. I went through the programs in the Control Panel and uninstalled a bunch of programs that I rarely used, but it made only a small difference. I also ran the disk cleanup utility, but that didn't make much difference at all.

Is there some utility I can run to identify what is taking so much space?

I'm running Windows 7-64 with a 500 GB hard drive.

I back up all my data on the B drive, also 500 GB.

C drive:
B drive:


A:Solved: Very low on disk space on C drive

SpaceSniffer works well for me.
You need to run it as Administrator

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Can anybody tell me how to get rid of the low disk space message permanently? I have gotten rid of it temporarily but it keeps coming back.

A:low disk space message Drive D

Delete files and/or programs. Then don't add anything more to it.

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Hello all, sorry if this is crude, but i just joined.
Recently, about 1-2 months ago, my disk space on my C drive started filling up rapidly. I was not aware until 1&1/2 weeks ago of this when i got a warning from my computer. I have tried to delete unnecessary programs but i have around 50 programs downloaded, taking a HUGE 1.17 gb of my 112 gb C drive space. I have stopped system restore, and deleted all of my temporary files, and yet the memory is still (slower now) filling up.
Any ideas as to what may be causing this? Any remedies? i got this samsung laptop at Christmas, more proof that it isn't word documents or anything like that.
I would also ask that you dumb the terminology down, and extrapolate as much as possible please.
Thanks for your time

A:Low Disk Space: C Drive is Filling Up

Download, install and run TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

It will show you exactly where the drive space is being used.

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I have read what has been advised me to do and still nothing works with regards to regaining my lost space in drive C, I have no large programme files or documents and the percentage is still going down.
I even have done disk defragment and disk cleanup makes no difference and installed treesize only made 2% difference, HELP what can I do next your help out there would be appreciated.
Many thanks to all

A:Losing Disk Space Drive C

There is a software called foldersizes... install and run it, it will show you where you are losing your precious GBs

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hello,i have recently noticed that a disk partition which i have never put anything on has some used space
this appears when i click "Properties":

but when i open the disk drive it shows nothing at all
a scan with spybot shows this:

i am using windows 7 ultimate if that matters

A:empty disk drive has used space

What is that partition for?

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Hi, I am using Windows Vista Ultimate Dell 1525 Laptop, Intel CPU 1 Processor, 1.GHz, 4GB RAM, 100GB Hard Drive. The reason I am asking about my disk space is this: As I only have 100GB Storage, and I now only have 48GB left, I have noticed a slow down?,is this normal?Like Photoshop CS4 takes forever to load up, and just general browsing in my laptop.

I really do not have much running in the background, as I have turned most of it off?
Is there any other way I can speed it up more?

A:Hard Drive Disk Space


If its just disk space you are concerned about its probably backup, page file, hibernation file, etc


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I have a Lenovo T43p and am running XP. I've had the computer for about 5 years and it slowly been losing C drive space. I've tried moving folders to D, deleting folders and programs I don't need, etc and it still creeps to low disk space and has gotten very bad the last few months and is running slow, etc.

I've CCleaner, a few other Cleanup and registry cleaner programs and Spyboy in addition to Windows disc cleanup program and I can't seem to get any more space.

On a 17gb hard drive © I only have about 470KB free.

I'm hoping someone can either point me in the direction of how to really clean up the drive or advise me on how to reformat my hard drive. I have an external hard drive I can move data to but am not sure if I can reformat the hard drive. I don't have any disks to reformat and have never done that before. I don't think my computer came with disks for reformatting so I'm not sure if I need to access the files from my computer.

I can't yet afford a new computer so I'm hoping someone can help me either clean up some space or advise me on reformatting without the disk.


A:Low Disk Space (Drive C) of less than 500mb

Windows needs at least 15% of a free space to run smoothly (2.5GB in your case), so with 17GB hard drive no matter what you do, you'll keep running into very same problem.
IMHO, you simply need bigger drive.

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i am using vista home premium

my C: drive disk space is decreasing even though i never install anything

why is that so?

A:C: drive disk space decreasing?

More than even odds that its shadow copies
To find out for sure download windirstat and see everything that is on your hard drive.

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I had this problem before and I can't remember how I fixed it. A little help please. D drive is only 15 GB and its constantly full.

A:Low Disk space in recovery D drive

Delete/Move some data to other drive,so you'll increase the free space of that drive.

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I have read several forums and postings on this subject but so far I have not had any luck in getting an answer to my issue. I have an HP laptop with a 500 GB HD that came with Vista. I partioned the disk to create a data disk so that we could store pictures on it. So the computer showed a C drive (OS, 220 GB) and E drive (recovery 12 GB) and a D drive (data 232 GB). About six months ago I loaded Windows 7 on it with no problems and the computer still showed the same info. I was set up Windows backup and using the D drive as the back up location and as you can imagine as the C drive grew it started to run out of room to do the backup.

So I bought and installed a Seagate 2 TB external HD. I moved the data files (pictures mostly) from the D drive to the Seagate, which is now showing as the H drive. I opened the Back Up utility and selected the H drive as the new back up location and performed a back up. Per instructions found several places online I used the Windows command "Delete Volume" from the drop down menu under Computer Management/Storage/Disk Management to free up the old D drive space. Everything seemed to work fine and I now have 232 GB of unallocated space.

My problem is that the D drive was assigned a new disk number. So on the Disk Management view I have Disk 0 on the top row, with the C and E drive listed. On the second row I show Disk 1, no drive letter, with unallocated space (there is a third row with Disk 3, H drive). I guess that... Read more

A:Unallocated space on a different disk than C drive

Hello Tarheel72, welcome to Seven Forums!

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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i am using vista home premium

my C: drive disk space is decreasing even though i never install anything

why is that so?

A:C: drive disk space decreasing?

Well "Restore Points" are being made, temp files are being saved to the drive as you visit different web pages and even the music you visit are being saved to the temp area. And we can go with a longer list if you like.

So how much disk space are you losing in what time frame?

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