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    file analysis software

    I suspect that I have an NTFS file problem, but cannot find the answer. My free space on my C Drive has suddenly disappeared.

    I run Belarc Advisor and it shows that I have a c drive of 116.59GB with 2.25GB free.
    I run the utility Tree Size and it shows C drive of 10,052MB with free space of 313MB
    I run the utility File Menu and it shows 9.82 GB used on the C drive
    I run Karen's Directory Print and it shows 10,565,638,690 Bytes used on the C drive

    I realize that each of these tools uses different approaches to finding used bytes, so I am not worried that there are minor differences in bytes used. I may be misinterpreting the terminology of GB and MB - I am using 1,000 MB to = 1 GB and I cannot account for the vast difference between Belarc Advisor and the other tools.

    I would like some ideas on how to account for used space on the Cdrive - without resorting to getting out the programming books.

    Windows and Program Files appear to be the largest files.

    I added a page file to my D drive partition and tried to reduce the size of the page file on the C drive, but with everything else going on, I may have messed that up. What seems to be the minimum acceptable page file on the C Drive?

    Another set of eyes looking at these numbers will be appreciated, as well as any other utilities that I should try.

    Tom

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    Re: file analysis software

    1.) Do you have the latest version of Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit installed?
    2.) What does Windows Explorer tell you?
    3.) What operating system are you running?

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    Re: file analysis software

    Yes I have latest Belarc Advisor.
    I am running XP with all fixes applied.
    When I show C Drive using Windows explorer - I don't see any indication of sizes. Is there another technique I am missing?

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    Re: file analysis software

    Right click the drive and select Properties.

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    Re: file analysis software

    I found the C Drive data on explorer:
    It shows C total 108 GB
    with 509 MB available

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    Re: file analysis software

    I have been very selective about which program files / folders I mark for compression. Should I just compress all of the program files folder?

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    Re: file analysis software

    I think I found the problem - User Error
    Pretty sure I have been reading data incorrectly

    I attached a word doc showing win explorer, Belarc, and Treesize reports

    Not sure how to nterpret the GB / MB differences

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    Re: file analysis software

    I'd not worry about the differences. They are probably because different programs often use different citeria such as actual space vs allocated space or the difference between decimal & binary values for MB - see Megabyte - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    You need to free up some space on C: or you'll start having problems. Do you clean up temporary files regularly? What is your Temporary Internet Files size setting? Do you have System Restore "ON" for C:? If so, what is the size? Have you carefully examined your installed programs and uninstalled any you don't use?

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    Re: file analysis software

    >> What seems to be the minimum acceptable page file on the C Drive?

    With XP, I have a paging file on Drive D: only, I'm not sure it's necessary on your C: (Boot) drive.

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    Re: file analysis software

    If you don't have a pagefile on the system drive Windows will be unable to capture a dump if there is a crash.

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    Re: file analysis software

    I agree that I need to clear out some space. I am attempting to do that.

    I can't figure out how I got this much stuff on my system. I have an offline hard drive that I have moved just about everything to.

    I have a single PC and do not do any development, do not (to my knowledge) use net meeting, frontpage, etc. Any thoughts on stuff I can cull out of Windows XP would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Re: file analysis software

    I'd start with the stuff I mentioned in <post:=754,236>post 754,236</post:>. It is unlikely you'll get rid of much by tinkering with XP.

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    Re: file analysis software

    Take a look under C:Windows. You probably have a lot of folders that begin with $NTUninstall. Those folders contain the files necessary to uninstall Microsoft patches. If you system is running well and you don't think you'll need to uninstall any currently installed patch then you can delete all of these folders. Also, in C:Windows are the log files for the patches. These files begin with KB and can be deleted too.

    NOTE: Be VERY careful NOT to delete the $hf_mig$ folder or its contents.

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    Re: file analysis software

    Thanks to all - I got rid of a lot of stuff and now have approx 970MB free

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    Re: file analysis software

    You can also try something like CCleaner - Home. Carefully review what it is proposing to do before allowing it to proceed. Particularly for the first time or two you may want to do a system backup before using it.

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