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    Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    My hard drive was giving me messages that was almost full; it is a 30G Hard Drive. I took off all my mp3's, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, all my jpeg pictures, all my files that I had stored as executable files, half the stuff that came with the computer like games and stuff and the hard drive is still reading almost full. I did a virus check but there are no viruses, yet I am thinking that a virus is hanging out in there since I removed everything I loaded on to the pc since I bought it. I cleaned out the temporary internet files, the cookies, etc. also.

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to free up hard drive space or would you say it's a virus that cannot be detected and I should do the dreaded Format/Recovery?

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    Re: Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    30GBytes should be big enough for operating system and applications. Try searching the drive for large files.

    Start > Search > All files and folders > What size is it > Large (more than 1MB) > More Advanced Options > Search hidden files and folders / Search subfolders / Search system folders
    Then click the Search button

    When it finishes click the size column to sort the output by file size. This may throw some light on what happened to the disk space.

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    Re: Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    Thanks to Cowboydog--I think I've heard about Sequoia View but that's a nice program and that art is like Mondrian meets Peter Max in a head on collision--nice psycedellic colors. Another useful free app to nail down what's taking space is one I like from people who make some good software called Dx Hog Hunt from Development Expertise and you can always make a fashion statement with your Hog Icon--a mascot for a lot of colleges.

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    Re: Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    Check this little free program out. It will show you everything thing you have on your Harddrive. Very cool. SequoiaView Just by putting your pointer over the colored graphic will tell you what file it is. Anyway at least take a look at it.

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    Re: Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    YAY!!!!!!!! Thanks everyone. I followed what Stuart told me to do and I got rid of a lot of system files and now my hard drive is 3/4 empty. One question though, there were a lot of files I did not delete because they were .dll files and I was afraid to delete them. How do I know which files to delete when I go in Stuart's way. I am also going to use Cowboy's method and SMBP's method to see which will work the best. HOW DO THESE SYSTEM FILES GET THERE TO EAT UP THE HARD DRIVE?
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    Re: Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    If you tell us the names, locations and sizes of these files then we can try to answer your questions.

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    Re: Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    This is just a variation on what Stuart is doing, and Nancy. I'm not sure how many partitions you have on this hard drive, but you can do this with folders including your entire C or if there is a D, E, F. and so on drives--by clicking on the drive View>Arrange Icons by Size. The icons will reflect he size of the folders in them and give you an idea of what is taking up how much space.


    I like some of the additional features of Sequoia View and Hog Hunt though.

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    Re: Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    Yeah ya gotta be careful with those DLL files. Read this What are DLL files?

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    Re: Hard Drive Problems (Windows XP Home Edition)

    I'd be interested to know what these files were Nancy, because in the past couple months there have been several threads with files taking up a tremendous amount of space--one I remember from a glitch that's normal behavior for XP and/or IE that I think was posted by JohnGray. Another DocWatson possibly. I'll look for them later today.

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