HArd Drive full

Posted on 2012-09-16
Last Modified: 2012-11-29
I have a hard that locked up when it became full windows 2000 will not start
Question by:spars
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    Connect it to another PC and have a manual cleanup. If need be compress some rarely used files/folders.
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    by:John Hurst
    If you are successful connecting to another PC, load TreeSize Pro (Jam Software) on the other PC and see what else might be deleted. Temporary files can usually be deleted to create space.  ... Thinkpads_User
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    by:Norm Dickinson
    You can use a hardware disk duplicator to clone the drive to another, larger drive and then you will be able to increase the size of the partition to free up a lot of space. You may have to temporarily move some non-boot folder from the drive until the operation is complete and then move it back after.

    See for a few examples of the device I am talking about.

    Connect  your existing drive to the "source" port, and a larger drive to the "destination" port and press a button to clone the drive (see instructions on the particular duplicator). Then when system boots to the new drive, go to Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management and right click on the existing partitions one at a time, and choose "Extend volume" to assign the free space to the existing volume.

    This is a little more expensive method than just freeing up some file space, but it is a much better long term solution and drives that are bigger than whatever is running on a Windows 2000 machine won't be that much money.
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    Even if you do clean up some space, another way of doing it on the cheap is to install a second older drive and use it for the swap file, temp dir and even some app installations to redistribute space.

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