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Hard Drive Filled Up

I am reviving a Dell Dimension 2350 desktop. I installed Win XP professional by CD over anything that happened to occupy the hard drive. The HD is small at 30GB. To my surprise, there is only 1.38GB of space left.
Once I installed Win XP I had to update SP 2. All the way through NET Framework 3.5 the total MBs is about 1,426. SP3 took up to 1,500MBs. I installed Kodak printer software at 240MBs and Adobe Reader at 117MB.There were also 125 updates from Windows Update but I could not determine the MBs for these updates.
I find it hard to believe that the above consumed 29 plus GBs.
I did not wipe the HD clean prior to installing Win XP. I assumed that all existing data would be erased during the install. Maybe it wasn't?
Can you help me understand what happened? Are there some hidden data that I am just not aware of?
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savoneCommented:
You did not delete the partitions before installing.  Re-install and this time delete all the partitions and then create a new one for the install.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/instxpclean1_7.htm
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starre21Commented:
Check Restore Point, Delete Windows Updates Uninstallers, Verift Temp files have been deleted. also you can delete the windows.old folder on the root of C:/
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A fully installed Windows XP Pro system with Office 2003, Adobe and other tools (but little data) will take about 15 Gb. So that might be a target for you.

In addition to the above (after you reformat to remove partitions, if you do) is to run Disk Cleanup. That gets rid of temporary files quite well.

Delete the Service Pack install files (quite large) after you install the Service Packs, but do not delete uninstall files.

... Thinkpads_User
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Dave_MolinaroAuthor Commented:
I am doing a clean install now.Where would if find the Service Pack install files once I get to that point.?
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nobusCommented:
here the best  guide for the clean install :  http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For Service Pack files, go here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24

SP3 is at the top and SP2 and SP1 are on links down the page. All 3 are there.

.... Thinkpads_User
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Dave_MolinaroAuthor Commented:
We are looking real good. What a difference. At this point, after installing Win XP Prof., Dell Network Adaptor and Video drivers, Service Pack 3, about 115 updates, Security Essentials and adobe Reader....we have, of the 30GB, 22.7GB free.
Are there any files that I can now delete after all the service pack and update installations? If so, where would I find them? Thank you.
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Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
First try to find which folders or file is taking up the space, then we can recommend if anything else could be removed from them. Use TreeSize Free Version to get the size of every file and folder on your system.

http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/
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Dave_MolinaroAuthor Commented:
I'm not comfortable with TreeSize. I believe that earlier, you earliersuggested "Delete the Service Pack install files (quite large) after you install the Service Packs, but do not delete uninstall files "(thinkpads)
and "Check Restore Point, Delete Windows Updates Uninstallers, Verift Temp files have been deleted. also you can delete the windows.old folder on the root of C:/ "(starr21)
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I'm not comfortable with TreeSize

You can use other Windows tools to look at folder size, but I find TreeSize to be more unifying and helpful. It comes in a trial version, so you can try and delete if unwanted.

Delete the Service Pack install files (quite large) after you install the Service Packs, but do not delete uninstall files "(thinkpads)

All I meant was to install the SPx install file (about 900Mb if you keep all three).  

... Thinkpads_User
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@Dave_Molinaro - Thank you, and good luck with re-installing XP on your hard drive.
... Thinkpads_User
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