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Windows 7: "Startup repair" failing - hard disk space issue?

05 Apr 2015   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaNYC View Post
And no, he made no attempts at maintenance. I don't think he knows how. He writes emails, plays games and buys movies and downloads them. He said he has close to 100 movies and even more games downloaded. No wonder he's out of hard drive space!
Yeah, no wonder.

Which of his downloaded movies or games is he willing to sacrifice?

I'd delete something sizable that I could replace at little or no cost and see if the machine will then boot.

He may not even know where stuff he downloads is stored, but it's likely somewhere under his C:\users\his-user-name-whatever-it-is directory if he just uses defaults.

Does he acknowledge that his hard drive cannot store an infinite number of items?

Will he entertain the notion that he may have to either buy a new hard drive or start deleting stuff?

He could always get an external drive.

I assume he has no interest in backing up any of this and is willing to lose it all when his hard drive fails, as they all do---possibly not in his lifetime, given "elderly".


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05 Apr 2015   #12
ignatzatsonic

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vssadmin list shadowstorage

Enter the above command at a command prompt and post a screen shot of the output.
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05 Apr 2015   #13
AnnaNYC

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Exactly. He already told me I can delete any/all of the movies, and he understands he needs to do that from now on. I just don't know how to do that without getting into windows. I don't see how I can delete anythinb from the command prompt screen. As soon as I manage to get into Windows, I'll set up auto system restore points, etc. -- plus I'm giving him easy written instructions on how to delete things and empty the recycle bin.
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05 Apr 2015   #14
AnnaNYC

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
vssadmin list shadowstorage

Enter the above command at a command prompt and post a screen shot of the output.
Great! Thank you. I'll try it.
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05 Apr 2015   #15
AnnaNYC

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

States: "is not recognized as an internal or external command"
(The vssadmin... command) I'm trying the C drive / username command now
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05 Apr 2015   #16
AnnaNYC

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hmmm - not working either. I'm researching a bit to find any other commands that may work to access files, or a command to compress the drive... something.
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05 Apr 2015   #17
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaNYC View Post
I'm trying the C drive / username command now
It's not a command.

It's a location on the C drive.

Do you know how to navigate at a command prompt?
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05 Apr 2015   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Two options if you can do them to get a little free space.
Window 7 likes at least 10% free space to work properly.
Disable Hibernation and reboot. Doing these tutorial might give Windows 7 a little working room.
Both by Brink.


Shadow Copies - Delete

Hibernate - Enable or Disable
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05 Apr 2015   #19
ignatzatsonic

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Get to a command prompt.

enter this:

cd..

That's cd followed by two dots.

Hit the enter key.

Do it again and again until the prompt appears as

C:\

and nothing more.

Advise when you are sitting at C:\ for a prompt, not some sub directory.
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05 Apr 2015   #20
AnnaNYC

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No, I have no idea how to use commands to navigate the hard drive. I'll post when I'm at the C prompt. I need a little while on this end.
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