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Increasing size of c: partition from free space on hard drive

Q: Increasing size of c: partition from free space on hard drive

Hello everyone,

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my computer about 3 months ago, so i split my 500gb hard drive into 2 big partitions. But now i didn't feel the need for Ubuntu anymore, and decided to delete the partition. Now i have 173GB of free space on my hard drive that i want to put onto my C: drive where my windows partition is.

The problem is the c: drive will not give me the option to extend the partition, and i have no idea how to get that free space on to my windows C: partition.

If you guys could help, that would be great


Btw i have posted a picture of my disk management so you can see what it looks like currently

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A: Increasing size of c: partition from free space on hard drive

Hello helldemon80, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at Options One & Two in this tutorial at the link below to get an understanding of how to go about what you want to do, it will help you recover any space you need to recover.

As the C: is "System, Active" you would be able to recover into C: the "I: System" partition to the left of C: also.

Be sure to post back if you have further questions and to keep us informed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I'd been getting alerts that my system files hard drive partition (C: ) was critically low on space. It had only 167MB free. So I tried using PartitionMagic 8.0 to resize but I kept getting an error on reboot that said it couldn't write to the boot sector. Error 58. That was due to Goback running, which I know now, but the point is that I didn't know it until just today and somehow I suddenly have over a gig of free space on drive C: without having retried to resize without Goback running.

The question: Where did the space come from? Did Windows find more free space that it just didn't know was there? Possibly because I've been defragging and optimizing all over the place trying to keep Windows from slowing due to low space? Or were the partitions resized automatically because the one containing the OS had gotten so low (I don't remember the exact size of drive C: before, but I don't think it's bigger now)?

Also, is the free space really there or is the system misreading something? Is that possible?

Thank you.

Windows XP Home
Athlon XP 2200
512 Ram
40g hard drive with 8mb cache
PartitionMagic 8.0
Goback3 Personal

A:Sudden free space on hard drive partition?

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Hi everyone,
I installed Ubuntu on my computer a few months ago and created another partition for it on my 1TB hard drive.

I didn't really care for Ubuntu so I decided to delete the partition it was on.
That might have been a mistake.

Well, now there's 87.68GB of free space on my hard disk that I can't use and I don't know how to add it back to my c: partition.

There was another post about this a couple years ago, but I don't understand the instructions and am not actually sure if it worked. Can someone explain how to do this, please?

I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I'm not familiar with partitioning disks. It was just the one time with Ubuntu.

A:Hard drive partition: adding free space back to c: drive

The unallocated area is actually an empty extended partition. You need to delete that first.

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Hi i have a Windows XP SP3 machine.

I have an 82GB C: drive but when i select all files in the drive they only total 46.5GB.

This is after trying:

Disk cleanup
system restore files removal
chkdsk /f
deleting temp files
emptying recycle bin and checking for other recycle bins eg Norton
This is after showing all hidden and system files
does anyone have any ideas?

A:Missing free hard drive space on an XP NTFS partition

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need to increase hard drive and understand from specs that 8gb is the max. What drives are available in new zealand and where from ?

A:increasing size of hard drive in presario cq43

Dear Customer, I think you are trying to increase the memory and not the harddrive. Below is the link for the service and maintainence guide for your notebook. It has detaled information about the maximum Harddrive and Memory supported. http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02950273  Please Contact HP Technical Support over the Phone for further assistance. Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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I'm not too sure what to do as of now, the free partition that is worth 66gb is just there. I right clicked my Primary Cdrive partition to try extend it but it was greyed out and so i couldnt merge the two..

Help is greatly appreciated!

A:How do i Merge a free space partition to my Primary C drive partition? IN VISTA

You can't modify the partition that has Windows installed on it because doing so would destroy your Windows installation.

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How do I put the hard drive space used and free space on the Partition C: ? Partition D:\ and Partition E:\ has it but for some reason drive C:\ is missing it doesn't say how much space is used and how much space is free. The GBs are missing

A:How to bring back the amount of free space and used space on a hard drive

I'm a little confused about your question

You can't see how much drive space you have left when viewing your C drive via My Computer, or similar?

If you right-click on My Computer and select Manage, when the new window pops up click on Disk Management from the left hand side. What does that tell you about C drive? Assuming your C drive is actually a hard drive (and not a CD drive or something, though I have never heard of this happening and don't even know if it's possible to have C as your CD drive), you should see details at the top of the screen such as how much space you have left, by percentage of total capacity, as well as GB

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I am running Windows XP Pro, the NTFS file system, and I set up my system so I sent up my primary 30 GB hard drive with several partitions so that my windows swap file is on a separate partition (K:) than is my OS (C:).

I recently wanted to defrag this separate drive (K:) (partition) so I went into my virtual memory settings for my windows swap file and I selected "No swap (or page) file" and then asked windows to defrag the drive that my swap file exists on. I then went to defrag the drive.

Instead of defragging, I receive a warning that asks me to free up space on the drive in order that defrag can run. So (using Acronis PArtition Expert) I increased the size of the drive (partition) to 800mb (via the Acronis partition formatting & resizing tools) and ran the windows xp defrag immediately. At this point, after the reformatting, you would think that no data existed on the drive (K:)


My latest defrag report for drive (K:) says:

Volume XP Pro SWAP FILE (K:)
Volume size = 800 MB
Cluster size = 64 KB
Used space = 600 MB
Free space = 200 MB
Percent free space = 25 %

Volume fragmentation
Total fragmentation = 0 %
File fragmentation = 0 %
Free space fragmentation = 0 %

File fragmentation
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A:Where's the free space on my drive/partition?

1.Instead of defragging, I receive a warning that asks me to free up space on the drive in order that defrag can run. So (using Acronis PArtition Expert)

2.I increased the size of the drive (partition) to 800mb (via the Acronis partition formatting & resizing tools) and ran the windows xp defrag immediately. At this point, after the reformatting, you would think that no data existed on the drive (K:)

1. You need something like 12% or 15% free space to defrag....looks like you increased it so you have 25% free space.

2. You increased the size of the partition or did you reformat? If you reformatted you wouldn't need to increase the size anyway because you would have 100% free space. Looks like all you did was increase the size and didn't reformat. Defragging does not remove any files...it arranges them so they can be found more readily.

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Hey all!

Okay. I set up my drive with 2 partitions, one with 20gb for OS and programs and the rest for media and stuff I didn't care to lose when I format my OS partition.

But this last time, I realized I use a lot of programs, and I need more space on my OS Partition. I've been exploring the options.

Disk Management doesn't allow me to shrink my Media Partition to increase my Os partition. Its weird, I have 30 gigs free on D:, yet it only allows me to shrink it by 1gig. I've tried defragmenting the drive, nothing.

I've tried partition magic, although it doesn't support a 64 bit OS.

I've tried Paragon partition manager, it allowed me to shrink the D:, increase the C:, but when i went to finalize it told me that I'm using a 64 bit OS and to use to use a recovery disk, which...I don't have.

Next was partition wizard home edition. This one confused me. It allowed me to shrink the D:, but increase the C:. This one I had high hopes for.

My last effort was partdisk.exe. This just confuses me, and I'm actually afraid of screwing it up due to the command prompt...ha.

So I gotta ask you all, I need help with this. I want to increase the partition by 10 gig of my primary drive. Is this why it won't let me? I'm trying to partition a drive that the OS is currently running on?

And would it be beneficial to make 2 partitions. One for windows to run on (like 10 gigs), another for programs (20 gigs), and the rest for media.

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A:Increasing Partition Size

You may want to read this and maybe find a solution.


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hi - see screen shot of my computer..basically i want to reduce the size of partion D by at least half...and increase the size of C:...because i dont really use all that storage space on D but would rather have it on C...if you know what i mean..?..ta

A:increasing size of partition

Have you tried using the "shrink/extend volume" under "computer management"

Just Have a read of the help file before you attempt it though

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In setting up my wife's computer, I allocated 30 gigs to the C: partition...probably a big mistake. I'd like to increase its size by about 100G, and I have shrunk the D: and E: partitions accordingly, using the Disk Management tool.

Now however I am stuck with two separate blocks of unallocated space, and apparently no way to expand the C: partition into that extra space. Is there any way this can be done within Win7 or do I have to seek out some additional software?

A:Increasing size of C: boot partition?


Welcome to SF! A great place to be...

I find the Windows 7 Disk Management applet limiting.

Download Partition Wizard. Install it; create a Boot Disk; Enjoy!

It's FREE! And you can get it here: BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.

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hei guys
i want to increase my disk C: from 50 GB to 55 GB
disk C only have free space 1,5 GB, so if work it should be 6,5 GB free space
so i shrink my disk D: with the help of easeus partition

so the process will be shrink -> extend -> restart
my disk C increase and its become 55 GB
but the problem is free space still 1,5 GB that should be 6,5 GB.

is there i can do to get back my 5 GB free space

A:Why Free space not increasing after Extend Volume

The free space could have easily been sucked up by system restore, the page file, or the hiberfile without you even knowing it.

Did you reboot after you extended C ?

Check system retsore, make sure it`s only using a small percentage of the hard drive to save restore points. I turn it completely off and just make frequent disk images.

If you don`t use hibernation, that can be turned off as well.

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Why is it that the computer does not show the full amount of space available on a hard drive that is empty?

For example, I have an 80gb drive and it said that I have 76.69gb available even when there was nothing on it! My 60gb drive says 57.27 is available. And when I partition them the partition sizes add up to those numbers. Where does the extra space go and why so much?

Also....when I partitioned it asked me what size I wanted my clusters...64k, 32k, 16k, 8k, 4k, etc. Now I understand that the smaller cluster size means less wasted space when files are saved but what is an optimum size or does it matter?

A:Hard Drive Space and Cluster Size

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I haven't found a detailed step-by-step guide on how to move then resize a partition. I'd really appreciate help from experts here.

I have a Dell XPS 12 Win 8.1 system with 7 GPT Primary factory partitions. I cloned the 256 GB mSATA SSD to a 512 GB mSATA SSD.

*** Right now my disk looks like this with (D) empty (no data):

|-OS (C)--|-Data (D)-|-PBR Img-|-None--|-Unallo--|
|-112 GB-|-109 GB--|---6 GB----|-8 GB-|-227 GB-|

I've omitted 4 uninvolved factory partitions, showing only the rightmost 3 factory partitions (#5 #6 #7) and an Unallocated area.

*** My objective--w (D) & Unallocated combined--is this sequence:

|-OS (C)--|-PBR Img-|-None--|-Data (D)-|
|-112 GB-|---6 GB---|-8 GB--|-336 GB--|

I need to know what to do to get this all to happen.

According to an expert Dell XPS 12 user, partitions #5, #6, and #7 MUST be contiguous in the last sequence shown, because otherwise a Dell backup program will not work, plus there are other problems.

*** I'm looking for partition manager how-to details, hoping to simply drag 109 GB (D) over to the right (just left of the 227 GB Unallocated area) then easily make those two a 336 GB (D) drive

My objective sequence HAS been accomplished by the expert Dell XPS 12 user mentioned above who arranged his partitions just like that, although he had different intermediate partition positions and proceeded somewhat differently. He Outlines... Read more

A:Hellp on moving a partition & increasing its size (Brink?)

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I'm trying to summarize here. I Googled this topic and found bits and pieces about how to do it, but not all together at once.

Original Q & A:

Q: "I have system restore set with an unbound upper limit, is this going to cause any problems later?"

A: "It depends on whether you need the hard drive space that you set for it as it fills up. As the space you set fills up, older restore points will automatically be deleted to make room for the new ones, so you shouldn't have a problem at all."

Now, as for viewing or changing the allocated HD space for System Restore Points, the only thing I can find is doing it via command prompt.

I won't go into what the command prompt is or anything because anybody who is worried about the size of System Restore Points probably knows their way around the command prompt and the Registry as well.

Anyway, to sum it up:

At the command prompt (Admin), to see the currently allocated space type: vssadmin list ShadowStorage

As in:
C:\Windows\System32>vssadmin list ShadowStorage

You will get an output like this:
Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.291GB
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.563GB
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 11.25GB

Sizes you see listed as well as sizes you can enter are in KB, MB, GB, TB, and up.

As you can see, 1.29GB is currently in use on my system.

To change the amount of used HD space: (increase or decrease)

vssadmin Resize /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=4GB

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A:Limit System Restore Size/Hard Drive Space Low

I just paste this into cmd.

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=18GB

and to view what it is currently set at

vssadmin list shadowstorage /On=C:

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I am using Windows XP, Service Park 2. I have a program called Sonic. I am trying to copy a video I made using the copy DVD program in Sonic. It tells me I don't have enough room on my hard drive to put the temporary copy of the video. How do I check how much free space I have on my hard drive. I looked at "My Computer", properties and there's lots of free space shown on the "disc" diagram. Can anyone help?

A:Free space on hard drive

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This is a somewhat unusual post for me, as I've posted several HJT logs here in the past when I've needed help and I've received excellent help, therefore, I thought that this might be the best place to ask this particular question.

My hard drive has lately been, quite frankly, nearly full...fluctuating between 800mb and 1.2 Gb free (on a 20 Gb drive. It just doesn't seem possible to me).

Tonight I've gone through and deleted/moved a lot of things I knew for sure that I could, thus getting the amount of free space close to 1.5 Gb. In my quest for more, I looked at my add/remove programs menu and found:

3 different copies of Microsoft .net Framework (2.0 Service pack 2, 3.0 Service pack2, and 3.5 sp1), The first two of which take up nearly 400MB.

Also, 3 different copies of MSXML 4.0 SP2, although the files sizes appear to be comparatively negligible.

Are those seemingly repeat programs absolutely necessary, or can I uninstall any of them to free up a bit more space?

Also, I could apparently free up another half-gig by deleting my backup files for Win98. I've considered it, but I fear that sure as I do, I'll have XP probs again and be in deep trouble.

A:Trying to free space on hard drive

if you are using XP why keep Windows 98 files ? also download crapcleaner and run the cleanup program to clean out wasteful temp files... also if you have an external harddrive move as many data files word, excel, Jpeg picture files to the external drive and delete them from your 20 Gig internal harddrive.

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I'm using windows 7 (64bit), I have a 500GB C drive and a 1TB data drive. This computer is mainly for music recording/editing and a little bit of video editing. I use the 1TB D drive to store all of my music and video related projects. I have a lot of stuff on that drive, mostly high quality, uncompressed audio files, but with that said, there is no way that I am using the amount of space that windows says I am using. Looking at every folder and subfolder I have on the drive, I am only using 93GB for music and video files, and less than 1GB for miscelanneous files but Windows says that only 38GB of 931GB is left! It should actually be 837GB left. So 799GB just magically disappeared into space?? What's going on?  I've had the computer for two years and it has always been accurate with it's free space estimates. I just noticed this last week. What should I do? 

A:Hard drive free space WAY off

Run the chkdsk /r command on the drive in question.
Then...use fhe following tool to see what is where on the drive:  WinDirStat .

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First let me say, I am a novice when it comes to this. 
My disk space is 688 GB and as of right now it shows I have 18.3 GB available.
Looking at the apps I'm using 299 MB.
Under media and files I have the following :
Pictures                          42.3 GB
Videos                                 0 Bytes
Music                                3.62 GB
Documents                     65.6 GB
Downloads                      32.3 MB
Unless I'm doing something wrong, that adds up to 111.85 GB.
What is the other 576 GB being used for ??

A:Want to free up space on hard drive

First let me say, I am a novice when it comes to this. 
My disk space is 688 GB and as of right now it shows I have 18.3 GB available.
Looking at the apps I'm using 299 MB.
Under media and files I have the following :
Pictures                          42.3 GB
Videos                                 0 Bytes
Music                                3.62 GB
Documents                     65.6 GB
Downloads                      32.3 MB
Unless I'm doing something wrong, that adds up to 111.85 GB.
What is the other 576 GB being used for ??
I would recommend downloading Sequoia View. It's a free utility that analyzes your HDD and lets you know where all of your hard-earned bytes are running off to via an easy to use and understand, graphical UI.

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My computer is not running as fast as I'd like it to...

I have 32 gb of used space and 6 gb of unused space...

I have 768 mb of ram...

please, need some advice as to how I can help my computer perform better...

there are a lot of programs on my add/remove programs list... but I don't know what programs I can delete to free up space...



A:Free Space On Hard Drive

First off we need to know the operating system (2000,XP etc,,)in order to proceed. thanks

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I know that it is necessary to keep ~15% free space on the system drive for proper function, but what about a non-OS drive that is used only for storage? My video archive drive never seems to get fragged, so I doubt that I will need freespace for defragging...any other reason to need it?

A:Hard Drive Free Space

I'd guess the worst case scenario is that whatever defragging is done on that storage drive would slow down. At some extreme point (99% occupied?), it might not defrag at all. So what?

I've run even OS partitions beyond 90% full and never noticed any issues.

Since I installed Win 7 13 months ago, I have never done a manual defrag and have never seen more than 5% fragmentation on any drive---storage or OS.

You could turn off defrag on that storage drive and I'll bet never notice the difference.

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or should the question be:

How much Hard Drive space should I keep free??????

I have a 8.4 gig harddrive with 1 gig free.

I am running windows 98 first with microsoft patches and with a fat32 file system.

How much space should I keep free on my harddrive so my computer runs smothly?

is it 200 megs?????

Can you people help me out. I really nead it?

[This message has been edited by richardginn (edited 07-04-2000).]

[This message has been edited by richardginn (edited 07-04-2000).]

A:How much Hard Drive space should I have free?????

That depends on your video card memory and how much swap file you need. But other things are going to impact this like trying to uncompress files and install stuff, this can use a lot of hard disk space during the install. I really wouldn't go much lower than you are right now personally.

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I left for the weekend and when I returned, I found that my computer only has 16MB of free space...when I left it had 54%!!! I have NOOO clue how this happened. The last thing I did on my computer was run Clean Space 9...This is weird, does anyone know what could have happened? I'd REALLY appreciate it...thanks,

Here is my computer info:
Microsoft Windows XP
Version 2002
Service Pack 2

Manufactured and Supported by:
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
2.39 GHz, 448 MB of RAM

A:HELP!! 0% free space on hard drive...

Your system may have become a zombie for file sharing. If you have any installed, ininstall all P2P programs (Kazaa, Bearshare, Limewire, etc.)

Next, follow these instructions:


Be sure to post your log in a new thread in the Hijackthis Log Help forum, not here.

I'll close this thread to prevent any dual posting.

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I"ve installed windows 8.1 from fresh on a seperate parition on my macbook pro retina 2013 via Apple's bootcamp.

I allocated 40GB which when formatted is 37GB

But now I'm downloading Call of duty on steam which is 14GB however on my hard drive apparently I've only got 5GB left..

Is there a way to free up space or to see what on earth is taking up soo much space..

Ideally I want to buy Battlefield 4 on origin soon but that needs 30 GB space, obviously I'll delete the call of duty game but how can I get all my space back.


Really appreciate any help

A:How to free up hard drive space

Nothing is taking up to much space, you made the partition to small. My current Windows install on my laptop is 33 GB and that's with all my user folders moved to my Data drive. You could run disk cleanup, turn off system restore, disable hibernation (this deletes the hiperfile.sys file), but your still going to run out of space fast.

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i have started burning home movies onto dvd using ulead video studio 8, i have put aside 50gig as a partition from a sata 160gig hard drive. When i have finished editing the home movie and burnt it to a dvd i then delete the file off the hard drive which is between 2 to 9 gig in size (could be multiple files). the problem i have is when i look to see how much is free on the drive it's still saying that size is still there. i have emptied the recycle bin and also have tryed window washer, the only way to correct it is take all files and folders i want off the hard drive, format it, then copy the files and folders back to get a true reading of space left on the drive. i have to format drive through restarting computer in safe mode only.

A:free space on hard drive

Have you tried defrag after a delete ?

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I have a 160 gig hard drive that has 149gig used. How do you find just what is taking up all that space? It said there is 45 gig of old compressed files,how can I find out what these are ,and delete them maybe? thanks splice

A:free up hard drive space

If you search the Internet for the extension the file has, it may give you a clue as to what it is and how to check it.

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I have a Compaq Presario SR5710Y PC with 48.8 GB on my hard drive. I only have 72.3 MB free right now, and I cannot figure out what to uninstall to free up space. When I look at my installed programs, there aren't that many, and the ones that show how much space it is taking up, all only show less than 1 GB.

I need to add that my previous hard drive crashed, and I replaced it with an SSD. I am thinking that maybe in the re-installation of Windows 7 (it previously had Windows Vista, but I replaced it with 7 about 2 years ago), that somehow I might have two versions of Windows in my hard drive, which is why I don't have much space left.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Dell PC Windows XP

My C drive has only 34% free space (it's only 28.60 GB) despite my moving all of my pictures and music to an external hard drive. The only big programs that I've got are Turbo Lister and a Movie Player from the NYPL.

Is that enough for it to work well? I defragment frequently so it runs ok.

If I want to get a couple of games is it ok to download them to the external hard drive?


A:How much is too little free space on a hard drive?

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i have went through the disk cleanup stages by clicking on properties on the C drive..

But still my drive stays on the red zone..

I have 810 mb left of a 51 gb hard drive!

I know that I do not use that much space... So where on earth are all these files..

A:How to free up space in hard drive!

This will show you what is taking up all the spacehttp://windirstat.info/

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for quite some time my computer keeps telling me that I have 0% free space and I need to delete some files well I am about bone dry on my computer.and I cant downloade a program to fix it because it tells me I have no free space I have windows XP and I have 74.6 Gig on my hard drive and my system is a Gateway about 2002, i have a norton antivirus that I thought i deleted and I found that this file has about 62 Gig of files on it that is keeping me from being able to open any files, what can I do to help me rid this proble , also I cant go to a restore because I have o% free space

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Hi Moderators,

I am relatively new to computers. I run Windows XP Professional SP2. My Maxtor Hard Drive total size is 19.0 GB.

I have recently noticed that despite the fact that I have tried to keep my free space at least at 11.0 the same has dropped to 6.23. I have backed up most of my files on c.d. and have deleted a great deal. However my free space reads only 8.23.

I make sure that I remove history, temporary internet files, cookies, and forms, almost every day. I also use Ccleaner. A look in add/remove programs revealed that since I started using my computer in 2004 May 24 I have received quite a lot of updates both for Xp and Office and I suspect that these may be the cause of the decrease in free space. Moreover sometime earlier this year I had to re-download SP2 in order that my web cam would work. I did not uninstall the former SP 2

I shall be grateful if you can advise me as to whether updates I had prior to re-downloading SP2 would have become obsolete and can be removed.

I have a lot of programs installed but they are all being used from time to time. I can uninstall a couple of them as I use them at intervals.

Thanking you in advance.


A:Free Hard Drive Space

Probably the only solution is get a larger harddrive. You are using approx 10 or GB of hard drive space. This is not very much for a modern useful XP machine. To give you some perspective, I have 20 GB of programs alone. And then 100GB of data. If you have 10GB of programs and data then you are not using very much space indeed.A new hard drive could replace your existing drive, but then you would have to install Windows and all programs again, or you could simply add the new hard drive as a second drive, or slave drive. This is pretty easy to do and you would gain all of the space for data.Prices on hard drives have been in a free fall for the past year or so:40GB, $46 incl. shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E1682214011880GB $47 incl. shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822144102160 $60 incl. shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822145091

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I've installed W7 pro 64-bit with 4GB system memory, but I'm still playing with it. Shadow Drive is barely used or turned off. I plan to keep non-OS data on other partitions. Games, videos, music, my documents, etc.

I want to give the OS a generous amount of partition space, but I don't want to go overboard and waste hard drive space. However, I haven't had W7 long enough to know what it really needs so I'm looking for "real world" advice on what to give it.

Thank you.

A:W7 Pro x64 - How much Hard Drive space does the OS partition really need?

Well I think the OS itself takes around 30GB and then room for updates and restores is quite alot...
If you play games they can be 10GB each and sometimes even more. I made my OS partition 100GB but that's also for a few games.

I would say 45-50GB but I'm sure someone who knows more will give you a better answer :)

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I'm running windows vista on a dell xps m1330. I've been trying to reduce the used space on my hard drive and locate what is using up most of it. It appears that the cause is my Itunes Music Folder. The first time i checked the size that the folder was, it said 97 GB. So I looked through it and the size of individual folders did not seem to add up. Then I checked the folder size again and it had changed to 47 GB. Does anybody have any idea what might be causing this?

A:Hard Drive Used Space (Itunes music folder keeps changing size???)

kamikazemike6 said:

I'm running windows vista on a dell xps m1330. I've been trying to reduce the used space on my hard drive and locate what is using up most of it. It appears that the cause is my Itunes Music Folder. The first time i checked the size that the folder was, it said 97 GB. So I looked through it and the size of individual folders did not seem to add up. Then I checked the folder size again and it had changed to 47 GB. Does anybody have any idea what might be causing this?Click to expand...

could be anything from deleted files that didnt get removed until reboot, to a back stored in the wrong place. we need more info

Ken J

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I'm showing only approx. 2 gb available on my hard drive (out of 36 total), however, when I add up programs (from add/remove window) and file sizes individually, I'm coming up with less than 10 gb. How can I be sure I'm seeing everything on my computer? Are there "hidden" files I'm not accessing?

Lenovo thinkpad, R51e, winxp


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I recently added memory to my laptop ensuring I had 60G of memory. Then somehow all of it got used up! I have completely cleaned off my laptop except for the necessary files (Microsoft, IE, etc.), but I still only have 6G of free space. I have run CCleaner, and it doesn't really free up any space.

Please help.


A:Disappearing Hard Drive Free Space

Try using SequoiaView to see what is taking up all the space on your drive.

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I hope I can present this all to you in an understandable manner, please ask me to explain it better if what I type doesn't make much sense. I'm mostly like a novice with some intermediate knowledge of computers, I think...

So I've been losing space on my hard drive for about two weeks now. Initially, I remember thinking "Weird, I was almost sure I had like 2gigs free, why only 500MB now? Maybe I downloaded something and forgot". I erased some things i didn't need and made a note about how much space I had. Checked a week after that, and I had mysteriously lost about 1.2 GB. After checking my C drive every so often, I can almost see that shrinking space, except recently that I started to write it down, there's not too much of a pattern:

09:00 802 MB (got offline)
13:34 879 (got online)
13:51 910
14:20 890 (after AVG finished, still online)
14:27 887 (just went offline)
14:40 888
14:48 887 (got online a few minutes ago)
15:24 881 (still online)
16:14 868 (online)
16:31 861 (got offline)
21:29 852 (just turned on internet a minute ago; was watching a DVD before that)
21:47 836 (internet turned off)
22:47 840 (still off)
23:15 840 (before sleep mode)

today, so far:
10:15 833 (online for a few minutes)
10:51 799 (still online)
11:46 790 (about to get offline)
12:37 789 offline
13:48 795 got online a minute ago
14:36 796 online
15:11 743 online
15:16 742 online (now)

Anyway, before really paying attention to my disappearing space, 2-3 days ago I uninst... Read more

A:Why am I losing free space from hard drive?

SeeHow to Free up Hard Disk Space on Windows VistaManaging Windows Vista Volume Shadow Copies

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I have been having some trouble lately with my home computer, every so often the Pc will crash with a blue screen, with white text saying that a physical memory dump bios is being completed or something like that, i turn it off then back on again and it works fine, however each time this happens my free space on my hard drive reduces!

Sometimes i will have the correct amount which should be something like 123gb free, but sometimes i turn it on and check and i only have 4gb or so free? could something have become dissconnected or something like that? the pc itself works fine but it just seems to crash when i am either trying to load too much at once, or most of the time this occurs when i am unplugging my wireless adapter, or even repairing the connection which does close quite regularly.

Any ideas?


A:hard drive keeps change free space!!!

Hi please run chkdsk /f http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265

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Continued from: System Restore - disk space

Do you have any idea why the space still continue to drop by 0.1, 0.2GB slowly even though i did not install any other programme? I am downloading something using Download Client, but the download is not even completed yet. The Disk space should'nt decrease right?

A:Free Hard drive space shrinking

Do you mean the total hard drive space, or the max restore point space?

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i ran disc cleanup and defragmented my laptop went through and deleted all the files i could find ichecked everydirectory and still only 120 of 250 free?

A:Solved: trying to free up space on hard drive but can only get 120 of 250 gbs?what is

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Within 24 hours I went from 2.11 GB free hard drive space to 312 MB without downloading or installing anything on my c partition..
I have run chkdsk, every virus scan, malware scan and spyware scan available.
My default is Bit Defender Total Security 2009.
I've cleared out System Restore.
It seems like it may have started after installing Windows XP service pack 3, but I wouldn't swear that it is the problem.
I'm at a loss and hope someone may see the problem.

DSS.txt :
DDS (Ver_09-05-14.01) - FAT32x86
Run by topgun at 1818.52 on Wed 06/24/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.958.470 [GMT -5:00]

AV: BitDefender Antivirus *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated) {6C4BB89C-B0ED-4F41-A29C-4373888923BB}
FW: BitDefender Firewall *enabled* {4055920F-2E99-48A8-A270-4243D2B8F242}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\BitDefender\BitDefender Update Service\livesrv.exe
C:\Program Files\BitDefender\BitDefender 2009\vsserv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Update Service\IntuitUpdateService.exe
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A:Losing free hard drive space

BUMP please

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Hello all,

New to the forums here. Just found this place googling when I needed help with this issue. I'm hoping I'm in the correct forum for it. If not, my apologizes in advance.

I'm having a bit of an issue lately. My hard-drive space is disappearing MUCH quicker than my downloads are happening. I haven't downloaded anything today and 800MB is gone.

I ran a disc defrag 3 times, CCleaner, RKill, Disc Cleanup. My dis Defrag says I have used 48GB, and have near 27GB free, which is much closer to the reality. However, when I clicked on my computer, the number stayed the same. Rebooted, and it was still hanging around 10GB, it's down to 9.40 now.

Anyone know what could be causing this? I did have Thinkpoint and Ultra Defragger attack my computer, but I thought I properly removed them.

My computer is a HP 6715B laptop with Windows XP professional.

Thanks in advance!

-Cody C.

A:Hard-drive free space disappearing

It could be almost anything. 800MB nowadays is not much actually. Temp files are written all the time and and removed all the time.

If you lost say 5GB or something, maybe then worry.

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help ihave a hijackthis log file

A:Something is taking up all the free space on my hard drive

Hi Welcome to TSG!!

Post the log please.

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I am running the home premium version of Windows Vista on a Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop. My problem is that the number that indicates the amount of used/free space on my computer's hard drive fluctuates every time something is installing, something is uninstalled, something is downloading, or a program is running. I don't know if it's connected to a large problem, but it's annoying to say the least.

A:Fluctuating Free Space On Hard Drive

I'm not sure how big of a fluctuation you are talking about, but some fluctuation is normal. Your computer uses part of the hard drive as a temporary memory that will grow and shrink as needed. I can't imagine why it would be annoying. The swap file (or page file) on my system is 3 gigs, so I suppose I could reasonably expect a 3 gig fluctuation in free space, although I have never actually monitored free space during normal operation.

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I have a friend who has a HP Pavilion Entertainment PC with Windows Vista. She has had it for a while now and she has been recently getting messages from her computer's HP Security Center saying that she is running low on disk space. How should she go about removing files in the proper way so that she has more available space on her laptop without deleting her photos and her music?

She would love it if you guys on here could help us out because we are not too computer savvy.


A:How do I accuratly free up space on my hard drive?

Removed un used program is a good place to start.

Go to you start button check on setting>control panel>programs and features. Remove any program(s) that are not needed.

How big is her hard drive and how much free space is left?


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Hi folks!

Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but I've had a burning question that's stumped me for awhile now...I have two hard drives installed on my computer - one SATA and one IDE, 320gb (E:/) and 80gb (C:/) respectively. Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit is installed to the 80gb IDE drive and the 320gb is essentially my storage drive, although I do keep some stuff on C:/.

My computer has 6gb of RAM (just installed another 4gbs a few days ago). The Page file is disabled on the 80gb C:/ drive, and is enabled on the 320gb E:/ drive to be system-managed. I did this because the 320gb drive is bigger and is SATA, meaning faster access.

My question is this: the amount of hard drive space on my C:/ drive fluctuates from time to time for no reason. I would expect such on E:/ because the page file is there, but I am not uninstalling or installing anything at all on C:/....where is my space going? As an example, I deleted some files from C:/ yesterday and Windows was showing that it had 31.4gbs free. I come back this morning and Windows is now saying 28.8gbs free, yet I installed nothing, deleted nothing, touched nothing at all...is this normal? I understand that it can change somewhat in normal operation due to temp files, etc. But where did those 2.6gbs go...? (I should say it's fluctuated even more than this in the past - by 4gbs or so).

There are no programs running that I have installed that could account for this that I am aware of and I run regular defrags, malwar... Read more

A:Hard drive free space fluctuation...?

Could you post a screen shot of disk management?

Do you have system restore enabled for C: drive and if so, how much space is allocated? Also, do you have hibernate enabled?

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This problem has just come up recently, or at least i've only noticed it recently, i'm not exactly sure whats causing the problem but it puzzles me. Take a look for yourself.

Hard Drive Properties: http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8909/harddrive2.png

Hard Drive Stats through [email protected] KillDisk: http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/4421/harddrive.png

As you can see about 94gigs of free space isn't being listed under properties but is being listed under [email protected] KillDisk

If anyone has any ideas as to what might be causing this, i'm all ears. Ive tried defragmenting, using ccleaner, and deleting unused programs and media files but the free space doesn't change at all. The only thing that influenced my free space correctly was when I deleted old restore points and then defragmented them.

Other then that last night I deleted about 20gigs if not more of media files and unused programs, proceeded to empty my recycling bin and still nothing changed.

My Dxdiag information is in the attachment.

A:Hard Drive issue with free space

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