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c:\ drive removing downloaded files and general rubbish

Hi Epxerts

My c:\ on my computer has only 1GB free from 80GB how do i locate file that are taking up most of the space....as I want to review them before removing them....
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jimswebCommented:
I suggest you use tools like easycleaner.
It can help you to get rid of the unwanted stuffs from your machine.
Please gett it from here: http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm
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etech0Commented:
you should delete temp files - you don't need them. close all programs. click start, run, and type %temp%. you can safely delete all those files.
you should also run disk cleanup - my computer, right click on c:/local disk, and click disk cleanup.
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etech0Commented:
you can also use ccleaner to clean out unneeded files.
http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
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etech0Commented:
you can also use doublekiller to look for and delete duplicate files
http://www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller/
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HellmarkCommented:
Why do you have this under the Excel section, as it would have nothing to do with Excel and more to do with your operating system?

I'd recommend using WinDirStat under Windows. For Mac, Windows, or Linux you can use JDiskReport. Under linux, I've had good experiences with Kdirstat (k4dirstat for KDE4) and Filelight. Since you're most likely using windows, I'd say WinDirStat. All of these show visual representations of directories, and the files inside, based on file size. Bigger the file, the bigger it appears. This will help you find the largest files.

However, I'd say its highly likely that you have a bunch of smaller files, which these apps will not help with. If everything is small, and nothing stands out, then you'll not have a good starting point to clear up hard drive space.
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athomsfereCommented:
First, delete your temp files

Second, empty your recycle bin

Then run Treesize to see exactly what is taking up all your space
http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/

IF you use CCleaner, don't use its registry cleaner, as those are generally bad.
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route217Author Commented:
many thanks for the excellent feedback...

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etech0Commented:
Once you have some free space on your drive you can defragment to clean up a bit.
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GovvyCommented:
Treesize is another good tool to look at utilization per folder/file type
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nobusCommented:
some good tips (old article, but still useful):   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc750370.aspx
for cleaning up Shadow copies :  http://www.labnol.org/software/free-disk-space-on-windows/18146/
a nice article on it -  but i would  do the defragmentin as last : http://www.wikihow.com/Free-up-Hard-Disk-Space-on-Windows-Vista
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nobusCommented:
but what i would do, is install a bigger sized disk drive, and clone your 80 GB to it, since the drives do not cost much now...
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WiesjeCommented:
I would also remove any applications that you dont need anymore - that can clear up some space, especially with applications or games that you do not use anymore.

Is the 80GB c: drive the only drive in your computer?

If it isnt, I would suggest moving your "my documents" and "downloads" folder to another drive.
The "my documents", "downloads" as well as the music and video folders all point to the C: drive automatically. By changing this and moving those files you save a lot of room too.

If this is your only hard drive, I would buy a bigger one and do as Nobus suggests.
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Praveen ValluriCommented:
Delete unnecessary user profiles which you can find in documents and settings, apart from that you can uninstall any unused softwares from add/remove programs
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