I want to free up space on my C: Drive

I'm having a problem with my hard drive. I want to delete some files to free up some space

I don't know which files to delete as there are so many

Please help

I'm sending a screenshot of my C: Drive

My hard drive is running out of space and if I run out of space my computer will
break and be of no use.

I've tried deleting some of the download files is there any other suggestions of what files to delete

Thanks
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Shane GavinAsked:
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Dan Dhillon2nd/3rd line Support EngineerCommented:
Hi,

Run tree size on your pc will tell you what's using the space up.

Thanks
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Dean ChafeeIT/InfoSec ManagerCommented:
I second Dan... here is a free Treesize that's great for this:
https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/

Also, you can run CCleaner to identify areas and clean them up:
https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/download
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Dan Dhillon2nd/3rd line Support EngineerCommented:
Don't really like using cc cleaner tends to mess up the registry files, but totally up to you if you want to use cc cleaner.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use Tree Size myself (as noted above)

WinDirStat is free and should help you as well.    

https://windirstat.net/download.html
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dbruntonCommented:
>>  Don't really like using cc cleaner tends to mess up the registry files, but totally up to you if you want to use cc cleaner.

Don't use the registry function.  Just use the clean function.
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nobusCommented:
you can do this to free up disk space :
- use  the inbuild disk cleanup tool  - right click the drive in explorer, and select properties>tools>optimise
- delete all temp files and folders
- move data to another disk drive, or external one
if you have itunes - check it's folders - it also can have gigabytes of music
and of course, you can install a second drive, or image your drive to a bigger one (best option)
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
thanks for all your posts guys

I still need to free up some space

Nobus, how to you do this "or image your drive to a bigger one"

Maybe that would help

All my pictures and music are on the D: Drive and the S: Drive

As for Itunes I'm unsure which files and folders to delete there seems to be  a good few, if i delete them it could cause problems.
It would be handy to know which ones, file extensions to delete


Thanks guys for all your help
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nobusCommented:
shane - you can use any of the free imaging tools on the net - or buy one with support
up to now - i use the paragon tools - here their free one :
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html      

how you do it depends on what hardware you have available
1a- only one system :
in that case, you need to install the software, and make a bootable cd - or usb stick
  b-then you image the drive you want to replace  (= Original) to an internal, or external drive, this takes about 2/3 of the Original disk space occupation, so be sure you have enough space
  c- the disconnect the ORIGINAL drive, and connect the NEW one(empty)
  d then boot from the cd -or usb stick, and image the drive to the new one
2 if you have more than one system -  or can connect more than 1 disk drive
the same procedure applies - but in this case, you can CLONE the original to the NEW one in one go
you'll need a disk clone software then, like the (notfree) Drive copy soft
https://www.paragon-software.com/home/dc-professional/features.html
you can also find free ones on the net   https://www.backup-utility.com/disk-clone-software.html
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Hi Nobus

That seems well and good but its a little complicated for me to follow.

I downloaded and installed the Aomei Backupper standard software

Is there any other simplified in detail methods of doing the above task

It seems to be a little complex for me to do and I don't want o mess up my PC any further

Thanks

Shane
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
As for Itunes I'm unsure which files and folders to delete there seems to be  a good few,

You can remove this folder:   C:\Users\usename\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes  as this is the setup / operating folder, but that will not save much space.

Be careful that you know where your music and video libraries are (iTunes can tell you, as you do not want to delete these.
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nobusCommented:
for iTunes - i said it can have GB of music - not to delete, but move it elsewhere
for Aomei - here the docs; as i said i use paragon, not Aomei
https://www.backup-utility.com/help/
or look for a friend who knows how to
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Thanks Nobus will try and do that or get a friend to help out

cheers
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nobusCommented:
actually - i'm in the process of doing exact the same thing tomorrow : replace a 240 Gb drive with a 500 GB one
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Nobus sorry for my late reply. I'm not trying to replace the hard-drive I just wanted to free up some space on the
C: Drive.   I managed to defragment the disk and freed up about 4 or 5 GB using
the inbuilt Microsoft tools.

It took about 3.5 hours to complete, it went through 13 different levels until it completed.

Any more tips like this would be great.

Also I noticed if i check back at different times the freespace on the C:Drive can change slightly
for example if it was 12.7GB at one stage when I check it again later after some time it can be 11.1GB
can you explain why this happens

Thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
it was 12.7GB at one stage when I check it again later after some time it can be 11.1GB   ....   can you explain why this happens

Defragmenting and consolidating space can cause this.
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Question for John Hurst

Hello John,
Sorry for my late reply, I tried to find the specific itunes file/folder you suggested. I was unable to find it
under your directions. I searched many times but to no avail.

Have you any other methods to locate the specific file or folder I'm using windows 7.

Can you perhaps send me the correct link

Thanks
Shane
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look for  C:\Users\usename\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes

As I noted, that may not be a big opportunity for space reduction.

It may be wiser to install a larger hard drive (as noted earlier).
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
hello lads

Firstly john, I managed to find the itunes file and folder and moved it to the D:Drive I only managed to save a very small bit of space around
957 KB

Secondly Nobus, I disabled the hibernate feature and only managed to save about 2.5 GB Which is a pretty small amount.

Any more tips would be greatly appreciated

Thanks Lads

Here is the current setup of the hard drives
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can find (in your Documents and like places) files (music, videos, large files) and move them to a USB Hard Drive or the other data volume.

Your main partition is too small for easy normal use, so time to re-partition and make the main volume bigger. I do not even use partitions any more as they make for false barriers.
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Thanks John I'm doing that now

Cheers

I'll be back again later sometime

If you have any more tips to free up some more space then pls pass them on

Shane
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nobusCommented:
did you check the  page file also??
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
I don't think so nobus.

I copied and pasted the itunes folder on my C:Drive to the D:Drive, Then after some changes I reverted the folder back to
the C:Drive

There was about 8.3 GB in that folder

Where can I check the Page file?

Heres a screenshot of my hard disk after all the changes, as you can see I managed to save a little bit of space on each drive with
the changes

Thanks
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nobusCommented:
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
hi nobus

yes its windows 7

I changed the page file, is there anything else I should do to speed up performance.

Sorry for the late reply, I'm not always online.

Once again thanks for your help

p.s what does "btw" mean
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nobusCommented:
by the way
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
hello lads

Is there any more tips or things I can do to free up some more space

Perhaps I could merge the 3 Drives and have some extra space

Is there any way I can do this, is it easy or complicated

Here's a screenshot of the 3 Drives as it stands now

As you can see between the 3 Drives theres around 30 GB of free space or thereabouts

Thanks
Shane
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to backup your documents and the repartition into one drive.
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nobusCommented:
even if you did that - the sult would be max 30 GB fre space on a disk of 300 GB - this is less than 10% so you'll continue to have disk problems
you can install a second drive, or external one, and move your data partitions to that drive, then reclaim the space, by deleting the volume, and extending our C: partition to it

what system is this? model plse
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Hi Nobus

Its windows 7 64 bit system
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Combining some thoughts above, the total drive is very small, so you may wish to think about a bigger drive. How old is the Windows 7 Computer?  It may be prudent to replace with a Windows 10 machine with a much larger drive.
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
hello john

It's quite an old machine I'd say 5-7 years

It never gives me any problems usually, it's quite good

It's a toshiba satellite pro

Maybe your right to say to replace it with another PC with windows 10

I got it from a family member as a present, so it's of sentimental value.

I know I should change it perhaps, but I would like to hold onto it for another while.

Thanks,
Shane
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If it is worth the family value to you, it may be worth getting a larger drive for it. That would be a hard drive (not SSD) and these are fairly inexpensive.
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Ok john

Thanks for your advice.
There is a local computer shop here I was thinking I might get them to install
a larger hard drive on the PC and that would solve my problem. I just hope it
doesn't prove to be too costly.
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nobusCommented:
i wonder why jofhn does not recommend an SSD -  it will speed up things amazingly
the cost of a 512 GB SSD  : 200 $  https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-512GB-2-5-Inch-9-5mm-CT512M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JL3Y
and a normal drive would be 80$ :  https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Laptop-2-5-Inch-Internal-STBD1000100/dp/B007PG25UU
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I wonder why John does not recommend an SSD  <-- Only for one reason - to keep the cost of increasing space low. I use an SSD drive in my laptop and would not have it any other way.
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nobusCommented:
i recommend to everyone using an SSD - or replacing the old disk with one - it's imo the only upgrade in pc world that's worth the investment
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
how do I get more information about this Nobus

wat does imo mean

Thanks for your comments too john
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nobusCommented:
in my opinion
what info do you need ?
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
What do I need to do is what I mean.

Take my PC to PC world

There's no PC World here I have to travel to do that

I don't travel that often
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Dean ChafeeIT/InfoSec ManagerCommented:
I agree about CCleaner, don't use it for registry cleanup, just for files.
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dean

I managed to save around 1.3 GB using CC Cleaner

Have you any other tips or tricks

Shane
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Remove any old documents you have to an external media will save more space.
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Ok John I will do that

I don't have an external drive here but I will ask a friend or buy one at a
low price. I've see lots of them online for cheap prices.

I'm thinking of closing this post now

How do I close this post and will I be able to see it for future use if I need to

There's enough information and advice here for me to use

Thanks

Shane
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Shane GavinAuthor Commented:
Thanks to everyone who participated, your comments and advice are greatly
appreciated.


Shane Gavin
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help
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