I am told that when one copies a CD to another CD the file is stored on the HD between the copy & burn process & remains there indefinitely till deleted. Seeing my C & D drives are too full for comfort, I suspect that if what I have been told is correct, there could well be dozens of such files lurking around acting like a hand brake does to a car. Yep, I have downloaded dozens of sermons, lectures & debates in mp3 over the years & even many videos. With ConvertXtoDVD I have converted some of the said videos & burnt them to DVD but only those in WMP as ConvertX will not convert those in Real Player. I have sought help from VSO who have suggested I delete all their products & start again but so far, three uninstalls and updates have failed to recognize RP. [Awaiting further advice from them on the latter issue.] In the mean time I'd be glad to ascertain if one of the reasons the drives are so full is due to what I have written above & if so, how can I locate & purge them to free up space bearing in mind that I kept no record of the titles so can't perform an individual search for them? Thank You SF.
[quote name='Silver Fox' post='766320' date='19-Mar-2009 17:55']I am told that when one copies a CD to another CD the file is stored on the HD[/quote]
This is a confusing post I'm afraid. You asked about copying one CD to another CD, but then you continue by talking about downloaded files and burning them to DVD. That's not the same subject.
If you've downloaded files and burned them to DVD you should easily be able to find those files and delete them if the DVD burn was successful.
If you DO copy one CD to another, it will depend on the application you use to do that chore and what its "procedures" are. You may very well be in for a long manual search process. Can you ask whoever told you this for more specific information?
[quote name='Silver Fox' post='766320' date='19-Mar-2009 17:55'][/quote]
As Al has said, it really depends on the software and the procedure you used to copy CD to CD. Copying directly from one CD to another blank CD does not usually write files to disk UNLESS you specify this. If you do choose to write the files to the hard disk first and then write those files to a blank CD, the CD burning application (if it behaves properly) will erase those "temporary" files once the burn is complete.
As for MP3 files that you have downloaded and later burned, these should be relatively easy to locate (in Windows Explore - search for *.mp3). As for videos that you have downloaded, here is a list of video file formats. Again, you would have to search for hard drive for *.avi files (as an example). As Al indicated, this may be a very time consuming process.
[quote name='Silver Fox' post='766320' date='19-Mar-2009 17:55']Seeing my C & D drives are too full for comfort,[/quote]
Just how full are your drives that makes them too full for comfort ???
If you run Disk Cleanup and allow it to dump all your Temproary and Temporary Internet Files, that should get rid of any stray temp files.
[quote name='DocWatson' post='766335' date='20-Mar-2009 00:04']Just how full are your drives that makes them too full for comfort ???
If you run Disk Cleanup and allow it to dump all your Temproary and Temporary Internet Files, that should get rid of any stray temp files.[/quote]
Hello Doc......THIS FULL http://windowssecrets.com/forums/images/smilies/wub.gif [attachment=82969:THIS_full.jpg] Thanks SFox
[quote name='Silver Fox' post='766337' date='19-Mar-2009 20:45']Hello Doc......THIS FULL http://windowssecrets.com/forums/images/smilies/wub.gif Thanks SFox[/quote]
Yes, your C dirve is too full. Let us know if running Disk Cleanup helps.
[quote name='Silver Fox' post='766337' date='19-Mar-2009 20:45']Hello Doc......THIS FULL[/quote]
And, it's too small for this day and age. My two year old Dell desktop came with an 80 gig and I've got it half full. You really should clone it to a larger drive.
But, now what about your original post. Can you tell us any more about what you know and what you're trying to do?
[quote name='DocWatson' post='766340' date='20-Mar-2009 02:08']Yes, your C dirve is too full. Let us know if running Disk Cleanup helps.[/quote]
Hi Doc. Followed your advice...ran the disc clean up but it made little difference to the pie chart result. Size of C drive is 37.20 GB
Used space 31.40 GB Free space shown as 5.82 GB. Now what puzzles me a total novice I must emphasize is, if the space used on C drive is 31.40 GB how does that harmonize with the screen shot which shows the various programs which do not [to me ] total 31.40 GB. There are only three large files; Documents & Settings = 8.59 MB; Program files = 4.41 GB; & Windows = 4.39 GB. Total 17.12 GB which leaves a discrepancy of 14.28 GB. What I ask -if my basic maths is right- is hogging that amount of space? Realizing both drives are far too full, I can offload something from the D drive to the external Seagate drive but what can I move from the C drive please without messing up the system? I realize the three big players D & S; Prog files & Windows, are set in stone but is it safe to move any others? Thanks for all the responses. Regards SF.[attachment=82972:C_drive_stuff.jpg]
Do you display hidden files and folders, and protected system files? There is a hidden system folder System Volume Information which contains your system restore points; it's usually quite big.
There are useful free utilities that show you which files and folders take up a lot of space, for example TreeSize Free from JAM Software and SequioaView from Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
[quote name='Silver Fox' post='766383' date='20-Mar-2009 08:30']...ran the disc clean up but it made little difference ...[/quote]
This reply may be way off base, but here goes. I THINK I remember that you, like me, use the AShampoo program. Is that right?
So, in attempting to answer the original question of your phrasing, I checked the AShampoo setting to see where it puts temporary files. This graphic is what I see:
So, if you have been doing any CD or DVD copying with this product, its temp files would be in the Documents and Settings folder, under YOUR user name, Local Settings, Temp.
It so happens that I use Disk Cleanup every week and it DOES NOT empty that particular folder. So, given that it's temp, it will most likely contain a lot of junk that could be deleted. Give it a look-see.
[quote name='Silver Fox' post='766383' date='20-Mar-2009 07:30'][/quote]
You should check the System Restore configuration - Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | System Restore. Click on the Next button so you can see the Calendar. Click on each day that is bolded. Count the number of Restore Points available. Click on the Back button. Now, if you are comfortable with fewer restore points click on the "System restore settings" link on the left. I turn System Restore off for drives other than the System Drive. Click on the settings button. You'll see a dialog box with a slider at the bottom for the amount of disk space System Restore is allowed to use (by default it is 12% of the drive). If it is set to Max and you want to decrease it by half move the slider until is is set to 6%. That will give you approximately half the number of restore points you currently have. You can set it to whatever you want. I recommend that you do NOT turn off System Restore for the system drive (usually C:).
Every few days or so, I go into, C:\Documents & Settings\USER NAME\Local Settings and check the Temporary Internet Files, Temp and History folders. I delete everything in all 3 folders with the exception of a couple of files in the Temp folder that are in use and can't be deleted until the system is rebooted and new ones are created.
It amazing how much accumulates in there and as Al said, Disk Cleanup and some other "cleaners" leave. I HAVE found that CCleaner does a pretty good job of really cleaning out the junk.
Joe's tip about checking the size of the System Restore storage is also a good one, particularly if you have a "smaller" size HD.