Regaining Space on Hard Drive

I have a 320G HD RAID 1 - Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.  I have about 69G free and I was wondering where exactly I can look to see what I can delete.

I do backups but they go on to other places.
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coreybryantAsked:
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akahanCommented:
You could try downloading and running Ccleaner (free, from:  http://www.piriform.com )

It will search your drive for such things as  unneeded temporary internet files, memory dumps, chkdsk fragments, hotfix uninstallers (a HUGE pig), etc., and then delete those which you choose to delete.

You can probably regain a lot of space just by deleting old hotfix uninstallers, if you've never done that.

serchlopCommented:
You can use CCleaner to free temp files and another files need for programs and software. It's free and easy. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner 

And another great tool to view big files is WinDirStat. You can view graphyc space used by files/folders and view what is using more space that desire. http://windirstat.info/
DavidPresidentCommented:
Typically it is things like space for hibernation; swap; and undo/recycle bin.   defaults are way too high.  all can be changed.  
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Grasty86Commented:
Lower the amount of space system restore uses. Run ccleaner. Delete any local user profiles that are not needed. And you can use a free program called treesize to see where all your space is being used
coreybryantAuthor Commented:
Actually, the screen shot I provided was from CCleaner 3.05.1408.   I delete the Temporary Internet Files from the browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome) and the System Temporary Files.

I don't want to over-do it (I have done that in the past) and remove all my usernames / passwords.

I found Hibernate - it said never.  

I have PerfectSpeed / PerfectDisk as well (I wiped the drive once with them - don't want that to happen).

It seems most is my PST files - I save all my emails.  I can move some of them over to MyBook I would imagine.   Let's say the folder I move them to is H:\Library\Outlook - can I do something to this folder to help make it easier to open / search emails when needed?
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greyknight17Commented:
Do you have the MyBook connected usually? You can see here on how to move your Outlook files to another location. This will definitely free up a huge chunk of space on your internal hard drive. Keep in mind that since you are accessing via USB, it will be a little slower in access speed (although you might not notice it).

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Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
I suggest that you use the archive function of Outtlok to move the old emails to archive.pst and it will reduce the size of outlook.pst.

http://ba.ieis.tue.nl/webdocs/pdf/09-08-Using-archive-files-in-Microsoft-Outlook.pdf

Do not run outlook to open outlook.pst which is stored on external drive as there will be a huge performance drop in outlook if the outlook.pst file is not located in local drive.
coreybryantAuthor Commented:
I don't open most of the files, and I do archive everything.  Looking at the PSTs, I have 2001.pst, 2002.pst, 2003.pst, and 2004.pst.  From 2005 to 2010, I have 2003.pst and 2003sent.pst to help with searching if needed.  

2004.pst is a little over 2G, so I should move the sent emails to its own PST file.

Since I am using the archive function and I also have compacted the PST files, am I "stuck" with these on the HD?  If I were to move them - would it be better to put them on MyBook (connected to USB) or to the Western Digital (which is connected via Ethernet).
DavidPresidentCommented:
I just burn a DVD with old PST files.  This frees up you PC, AND provides an archiving method.
coreybryantAuthor Commented:
Thanks - I'll probably do that as well.  I just had one HD crash once and most things were backed up and some things were not.
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
If I were you, I will get a larger HDD and clone the existing HDD to the new one.

Currently, I am using a 2TB HDD for my windows 7.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
if you have your mybook always connected then move all of your userfiles (docs/music/pictures/videos/outlook files) to the mybook
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