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Windows 7: Need help reducing the amount of stuff on my hard drive?

28 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Need help reducing the amount of stuff on my hard drive?

Hi im a computer geek and have drawn a interest in computers recently. i need help cleaning up my hard drive because i have nothing on the drive and i cant reduce the amount. i have used every free thing out there and defrag, system clean up, and delete restore points. i moved all my photos, movies, and doc to my new external hard drive. so i don't understand whats going on. so i came to the conclusion that i need to weed out the system drive. so im asking for help on what i can delete and what to keep. i know that you don't know whats personally on my computer but if there things that i can delete then let me now. also i keep on getting private folders on my drive that don't let me access them and there named like thing "3da3a013e05bac45ee4e8b19d917" so let me know if i can delete because there is like 5 of them. so plz help me want to have more experience with computers.

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29 Apr 2012   #2

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hello mike and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'd take a look at the suggestions in this tutorial on how to free up hard drive space.

warning   Warning
Deleting the wrong thing can render your computer useless. Make a system image just in case something goes wrong.


Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover
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29 Apr 2012   #3

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You might also like WinDirStat it gives yo a graphical representation of space used on your drive.

As marsimar said. Do not delete any system files it will destroy windows
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03 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64
 
 

From an elavated cmd prompt, turn off hibernation. This will remove a file that is the size of your RAM.
powercfg -h off
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03 May 2012   #5

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

If you are trying to reduce the partition size, Windows puts hidden folders near the end of the partition.
Disk Management can't move those files. Partition Wizard can.
Partition Wizard
The CD or USB memory stick option is the best approach.

If you have a different issue then post a screen shot of your Disk Management.
For posting the information , enter 'Snipping tool' in the Start button > Search box, hit enter. Select the area you want to post and save to a convenient place.
How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums
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04 May 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

mike,
welcome to sevenforums.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

My favorite program for getting an overview of what is using how much space is TreeSizeFree
JAM Software - Windows Freeware

As has been mentioned, a snapshot of diskmanagement output will be helpful.

HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN |
type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
WIN=
key with Microsoft logo on top.


Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar
key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.


Make a snapshot:
WIN |
type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save


Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums
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04 May 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mike551345 View Post
i need help cleaning up my hard drive because i have nothing on the drive and i cant reduce the amount.
You need to clean up a drive with nothing on it?

Can you rephrase that?
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04 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm stuck on that part as well....trying to figure out what the OP is actually seeing.
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04 May 2012   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

op was last seen 5 days ago, perhaps he cleaned out his windows folder!!
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04 May 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

that would certainly give him a clean slate although a little drastic to throw out the baby with the dirty bath water.
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