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Why is Hard Drive 50% used after all data removed?

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I have pretty much cleared everything off of my notebook (XP PRO-OFFICE 2000) as far as data, docs, pics etc. Outlook is clear etc. Yet capacity on my HD is still only at 55%.  I want to give this to a family member but would like to free up as much as I can.  What am I missing?
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by:JohnGerhardt
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Try Downloading
http://windirstat.info/
It will give you a graphical representation of your HDD and you can see where the large files are...

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Hi, you could also try TreeSize, it is very helpful to let you know where all the free space went.
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by:Gary Case
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Is this by chance an IBM/Lenovo notebook?    If so, the space is being used by the IBM Rescue and Recovery program.   This program has the dubious distinction of being about the only program I know of that makes a complete system state image backup ==> and then stores it in the same partititon.   (This is, by the way, NOT a good idea)   While this will let you recover from system corruptions, it is useless if the drive fails.

If you change Windows Explorer's settings to show all hidden and system files you will find a directory called RRbackups => this contains the backups from the Rescue and Recovery program (you'll likely see that the folder is very large).

I think a good system image is an important backup => but it's best to store this image on another drive (or at least on a partition other than the one you're imaging).   While you may want to simply let Rescue and Recovery continue to make its backups ... IF you have an external drive and do your own backups (a better idea anyway, since they'll be on another drive) you could turn off the Rescue and Recovery automatic backups => and then it won't "eat" your drive's space up anymore :-)    In any event, if you turn it off; delete all the current backups; and then re-enable it (if you want), you can free up a LOT of space.

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Also turn off the System restore for all drives.

Go Back also hides its backups, and may need to be properly removed - Check the known issues, since you have to be careful.

You might even consider doing a system restore if the laptop has it, to restore it to the original configuration.


I hope this helps !
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by:baldridged
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Hi, thanks for the info. Will start from top and see what works. How do I turn off System Restore?
System is a Dell.  
I may not have time to respond with points till Monday so bear with me. I will respond ASAP!
Doreen
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Since it's not an IBM/Lenovo the RRBackups isn't the issue.   Deleting the restore points may indeed free up a bunch of space => just right-click on My Computer; select Properties; then click the System Restore tab and check the "Disable System Restore on all drives" box.   When you Apply that change it will erase all of the previous restore points.

I would also disable hibernation -- this will free up the space used for a hibernation file [equal to the amount of system memory plus a small overhead].   To do that, right-click on the desktop; select Properties; click the Screen Saver tab; click on Power; click the Hibernation tab; and be sure the "Enable hibernation" box is NOT checked.

You didn't indicate you're using GoBack, but since there's a comment on it ==> if you DO have GoBack installed, you can simply go to the GoBack Menu; click on Options; and then select "Remove GoBack history" to clear the history buffer.   That will remove all current history, so you can leave it installed for the next user.   If you want to free the space it's using (either 4GB or 8GB max depending on the version) simply uninstall it from Control Panel - Add/Remove programs.
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This worked  without my having to disable System Restore.  I suspect if I did so I would have more space, however I am 90% free which is more than adequate for the needs of my family mmeber. Thanks to all!  Sorry it took so long to respond.....life and all tends to get in the way  :)
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