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Old 22 June 2009, 15:45   #1
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I have an ACER laptop which has indicated the data D drive is almost full 33.2gb. I have tried to use disc clean and nothing works, I dont download much and thought I cleared it after, Best ideas please I am useless at these things
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Have alook what programs you have installed on there and if you don't need any uninstall 'em. Photos' and video's can take up allot of room too so get them burnt to DVD and then delete off your HD. Then try a disk defrag.
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If you have MS Office, the install files may be on the hard disk. As long as you have the CDs you could remove them if that's the case.

As John says, 33GB doesn't go far these days.
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So much it could be.

1) Empty Temp files

2) Empty cookies- be sure you have all of your passwords written down somewhere

3) Empty recycle bin

4) Run Scandisk

5) Run Defrag
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That's a good point about MS office Mike, think I'll do that myself. Cheers!

Do a few copies of any photos' and videos as CD/DVD do degrade. I've given up on DVD's now and have multi copies on portable hard drives here and in two other locations. Also have it all online inc RAW files.
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It's normally the C drive that gets filled first - check how much you have on there!!!
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It's normally the C drive that gets filled first - check how much you have on there!!!
It shows free spacw 11.6gb of 33.5gb on C drive and d almost full, tried most things cant see the problem, using Vista, where else do I look for stored files to get rid off as My main system has all I need, thought I was using laptop just for research and webviewing
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It's quite odd as most things insist on going onto the C drive - normally the problem is a full C partition and the D is almost empty.

Use windows explorer to view your folders/files on the D drive. Right click/properties and it will tell you the size of the files/folders - you should soon see what is taking up all the space!!!
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Thats what I thought, but I only play with these things and thought I could fix it, disc clean shows it is Ok !!!!!!!
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Thats what I thought, but I only play with these things and thought I could fix it, disc clean shows it is Ok !!!!!!!
Disc clean will only get rid of unwanted files - things like cache items and temp etc - it can't know what you want and don't want!!!
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Is your OP (vista) on C drive or D?
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Is your OP (vista) on C drive or D?
Good question, how do I find out?
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I think it will be named local drive.
Go to START>COMPUTER and when the window comes up see what C and D drives are called. I think drives that use the letter D are normaly for recovery files? If it is just leave it alone as your computer will mainly use the C drive anyway.
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Where are you based Ian? I'm happy to take a peek at your lap top.

What I would suggest is buying something like this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freecom-500G...5768156&sr=8-1

I use many of these in the recording studio and for the remote storage of any data that I don't want to lose. Very cheap and hugely reliable.

What you probably need to do is have a go through your system with someone who knows what they're doing to give it a tidy up - removing programs you don't use (control panel, add/delete programs) and perhaps downloading cc cleaner to tidy the registry.

Cookies are tiny - but it could be your cache needs emptying, this is the place where every web page you've looked at is stored... it can be quite memory intensive.

If you get stuck, PM me and I'm happy to help....
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I run an ACER - and the 'C' has the OS on it - with D being tagged as 'DATA' - so the BIG stuff like hi res pics & so on . Each is I think on mine 40 GB , but clearly could be be differant.

I run Vista on it - and its err crap, but have several thousand PICS on it ( D) & no music etc so only use around 8-10GB on the D drive.
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I run an ACER - and the 'C' has the OS on it - with D being tagged as 'DATA' - so the BIG stuff like hi res pics & so on . Each is I think on mine 40 GB , but clearly could be be differant.

I run Vista on it - and its err crap, but have several thousand PICS on it ( D) & no music etc so only use around 8-10GB on the D drive.
Think I must have a problem then as I hardly use the unit for anything but internet searches and e mails and store little as far as I know, back up is done regularly so does this dump in D drive but if so why cant I clear it? yet D drive is full and I cant find a way to clear it
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Think I must have a problem then as I hardly use the unit for anything but internet searches and e mails and store little as far as I know, back up is done regularly so does this dump in D drive but if so why cant I clear it? yet D drive is full and I cant find a way to clear it
You have to do it manually - did you look at the folders as I suggested earlier to see what is taking up so much space?
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Try this:

1. Right-click the icon of "Internet Explorer" on the desktop and select
"Properties"
2. Click the "Settings" button under the area of "Browsing history"
3. You can view the "Current location" on the pop-up dialog box ,and click
the "View files" to open the folder with windows explorer.
4. You can delete the Cookies and the Temp Internet Files manually, or you
may click "Delete" button under the area of "Browsing history".

Vista also has something called the 'Clean Manager'.

Press the 'Windows' key + R to bring up the run box.

Type in 'cleanmgr.exe' and press OK

This will tell you just how much space is being used by stuff you can clean out. Don't delete everything (as I don't know quite what's in there on your computer) but certainly thumbnails and recycle bin.

Hope this helps!

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I thought he had already done that............
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I thought he had already done that............
done most things, working back to check before i ask a shop!
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