laptop hard drive memory

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I have total 232 GB of dell inspiron laptop hard drive memory(all in C drive there is no other partitioned drive like D etc on my laptop). I see only 26GB free now. I am not sure what all rest of about 206GB occupied in which folder. I want to clean up and move all the stuff to external hard drive or delete unnecessary files. How do i check which folder is occupying how much memory to clean up so that my laptop runs faster. How much is minimum memory needs to  be kept free to rum laptop fast and efficient. My operating system is windows 7 ultimate.please advise. Thanks in advance
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arnoldCommented:
There are tools,
Look at c:\ get properties of windows.
C:\windows\temp
C:\windows\softwaredistribution
C:\users
C:\programdata
What else do you have installed on the system, mssql, mysql, etc?

I think using dir in a cmd window that will list the folders with their sizes, though I do not have the switches to use.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The first thing to do is to get Tree Size (Jam Software). Install it and run it and see where the largest folders are.

A couple of possibilities:

1. Backup software is making regular backups on the hard drive. This could be Windows or Dell software. Backups chew up space with mad abandon.

2. You have store large videos in My Documents (or just Documents). Videos chew up space as well.

You can run Disk Cleanup, but it does not seem likely ordinary build up would use all your space. Do run Disk Cleanup, select most all the suggestions presented and see if that reclaims some space.

What does Tree Size tell you?
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arnoldCommented:
Disk utility from sysinternals might help

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals
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gudii9Author Commented:
The first thing to do is to get Tree Size (Jam Software). Install it and run it and see where the largest folders are.

i install jam sotware. How to use it.

I have mysql and eclipse and few other java softwares. Please advise
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Go here:  http://www.jam-software.com/  for Jam Software. Tree Size is on the main page. Download it and install it. Then just run it. The details screen lists the folders in sizes from big to small. Make sure you enable hidden files.

You can run Windows 7 and a lot of data in 100GB. So look for things such as backup and videos mentioned earlier.
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arnoldCommented:
I beleive eclipse and Java store their projects within the user's profile.
Mysql has databases that might consume some space.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Download and WinDirStat (free).  Then run WinDirStat as the system account using PSTools' PSEXEC.  Reference http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2008/10/22/getting-a-cmd-prompt-as-system-in-windows-vista-and-windows-server-2008.aspx for how to use PSEXEC to get a command prompt running as SYSTEM and then run the WinDirStat program from there.  (You want to run as system to ensure you get a FULL and as accurate as possible accounting of disk usage - if you run it as yourself or even as an Administrator, Windows has things you don't have permission to by default and if you don't have permission, the program you run can't properly account for them.
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nobusCommented:
you can also enable "view hidden files and folders" in the properties of explorer
Display hidden files and folders:

1.Right-click the Windows Logo button and choose Open Windows Explorer.
2.Click Organize and choose Folder and Search Options.
3.Click the View tab, select Show hidden files and folders and then clear the checkbox for Hide protected system operating files.

i prefer this over installing software for everything;
how to use it : open explorer, select cdrive in right hand panel -  and hover over each folder - it displays the size + other properties - note it
do so for each folder
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David AndersTechnician Commented:
CCleaner has removed as much a 9Gb.
Windirstat is easier to find large files in my experience.
PC Decrapifier is mentioned as an option in cleanup lists.
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nobusCommented:
what i do for cleaning up is :
1- i move my data that does not change to external disk, eg picture folder of past years, i only keep most recent - and i make folders for them per year, to make this easy
2-go to control panel>Programs and features, and uninstall all old -or unwanted programs + toolbars
3-i delete all temp foles and folders

*** be sure to have always 2 backups - since external drives can die also !
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gudii9Author Commented:
sure
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nobusCommented:
you have enough space free now?
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gudii9Author Commented:
i still need to try. I will try. How to keep some kind of alerts as soon as i reach some threshold get some alert so that i can run like Tree Size (Jam Software) to clean up. Please advise
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arnoldCommented:
you can use perfmon, scheduled tasks, ...,
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nobusCommented:
first step is to make room  - eg. move some GB to external drive
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gudii9Author Commented:
one problem i faced in past is if i have big folder say 50 gb i cannot copy paste that to ext drive may be due to less memory or space on my windows laptop? i will try to do that. Also not able to purchase cheaper and compact drive holding large amount of data(preferably usb powered ones). I will try.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Make sure the external drive is a USB hard drive. Memory sticks are limited in the file size they can take.
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nobusCommented:
maybe the external device is formatted FAT instead of NTFS?
check in disk management
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gudii9Author Commented:
maybe the external device is formatted FAT instead of NTFS?
check in disk management

how to check this. If it is FAT can i change to NTFS to copy paste. That hard drive is very old electric powered one bought 6 years back
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I asked you way back to run Disk Cleanup. Did you do this yet?
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arnoldCommented:
Properties of the drive letter will tell you the format.
Run disk managment and see what the type of the drive is.
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nobusCommented:
>>  how to check this  <<   well i posted that in the second line - did you only read the first?
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gudii9Author Commented:
i need solid 3-4 hours for this. Will get back to you all
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nobusCommented:
3-4 hrs for checing disk manager - wow - that is a slow system
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