Hard Drive Space


G

Guest

I have a Compaq desktop w/XP Home, with Service pack 2. I cannot seem to
clear hard drive space which states that it is too full to even do a disk
cleanup. I have already done disk cleanup before that and deleted all file's
and programs. In my computer: used 3.77 GB, fr4ee 231 MB, Total sige is 4.00
GB and only 5% free on disk. I've tried to defrag and system would not let me
because of the low disk space. In system info it has total physical 256 MB,
Available Physical, 133.49 MB, Available Virtual 1.96 GB and total Virtual
2.00 GB. Page file space is 611.20 MB. Processor i AMD 3D processore 394 MHZ,
252 Ran wi NTSF file system, FAT 32. Also done a disk error check and it
fixed a small amout of cluster files. Can anyone guide on what to do to get
this disk free? This is my Dad's computer and I don't have the original
Window XP disk. Help me Please!
 
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R

R. McCarty

4.0 Gigabytes is too small to effectively run Windows and most of
the common applications. There are some items that take up space
you can remove but long term you're only postponing the eventual
move to a larger drive. One item is doing an SFC /Purgecache this
will return around ~500 Megabytes of space. The command needs
to be done from a Command Prompt window.

A PATA ( Parallel ATA ) drive is very inexpensive. An 80-Gig
drive can be bought for under ~$50.
 
G

Guest

Can you tell me how to do that; the SFC/Purgecache, do I type that as you put
it at the command line. That will help all he wants to do is play solitaire
and check email from family. He's 82yrs old. Thank you for your reply
 
R

R. McCarty

Click Start, Run ( Type ) Cmd [Enter]
SFC /Purgecache [Enter]
*Effectively this impacts Windows File Protection, so if any
monitored files need replacing you'll be prompted for your
Windows XP CD-ROM, something you mentioned you do
not have.
 
G

Guest

There's got to be some other way to clean this up. I don't understand why
this Compaq computer that is running Windows XP would not have enough disk
space to run XP in the first place. He bought this computer at a garage sale
and it seem ok other than had a lot of junk on it, so I deleted music sites
and all files associated with every on the internet and did a virus and
spyware scan. It virtually had no programs on it left. Adobe, Avast, Spyware
Terminator, webflds xp, that's it other Windows Movie Maker. Every time I go
and delete the window defrags show only 2% now and it is actually working
now. Any other input on what I just wrote or am I just out of luck. Thanks

R. McCarty said:
Click Start, Run ( Type ) Cmd [Enter]
SFC /Purgecache [Enter]
*Effectively this impacts Windows File Protection, so if any
monitored files need replacing you'll be prompted for your
Windows XP CD-ROM, something you mentioned you do
not have.

Jodi said:
Can you tell me how to do that; the SFC/Purgecache, do I type that as you
put
it at the command line. That will help all he wants to do is play
solitaire
and check email from family. He's 82yrs old. Thank you for your reply
 
G

Guest

I thought is was working, but it stopped and asked if I should run anyway?
Should I try that?

Jodi said:
There's got to be some other way to clean this up. I don't understand why
this Compaq computer that is running Windows XP would not have enough disk
space to run XP in the first place. He bought this computer at a garage sale
and it seem ok other than had a lot of junk on it, so I deleted music sites
and all files associated with every on the internet and did a virus and
spyware scan. It virtually had no programs on it left. Adobe, Avast, Spyware
Terminator, webflds xp, that's it other Windows Movie Maker. Every time I go
and delete the window defrags show only 2% now and it is actually working
now. Any other input on what I just wrote or am I just out of luck. Thanks

R. McCarty said:
Click Start, Run ( Type ) Cmd [Enter]
SFC /Purgecache [Enter]
*Effectively this impacts Windows File Protection, so if any
monitored files need replacing you'll be prompted for your
Windows XP CD-ROM, something you mentioned you do
not have.

Jodi said:
Can you tell me how to do that; the SFC/Purgecache, do I type that as you
put
it at the command line. That will help all he wants to do is play
solitaire
and check email from family. He's 82yrs old. Thank you for your reply


:

4.0 Gigabytes is too small to effectively run Windows and most of
the common applications. There are some items that take up space
you can remove but long term you're only postponing the eventual
move to a larger drive. One item is doing an SFC /Purgecache this
will return around ~500 Megabytes of space. The command needs
to be done from a Command Prompt window.

A PATA ( Parallel ATA ) drive is very inexpensive. An 80-Gig
drive can be bought for under ~$50.

I have a Compaq desktop w/XP Home, with Service pack 2. I cannot seem to
clear hard drive space which states that it is too full to even do a
disk
cleanup. I have already done disk cleanup before that and deleted all
file's
and programs. In my computer: used 3.77 GB, fr4ee 231 MB, Total sige is
4.00
GB and only 5% free on disk. I've tried to defrag and system would not
let
me
because of the low disk space. In system info it has total physical 256
MB,
Available Physical, 133.49 MB, Available Virtual 1.96 GB and total
Virtual
2.00 GB. Page file space is 611.20 MB. Processor i AMD 3D processore
394
MHZ,
252 Ran wi NTSF file system, FAT 32. Also done a disk error check and
it
fixed a small amout of cluster files. Can anyone guide on what to do to
get
this disk free? This is my Dad's computer and I don't have the original
Window XP disk. Help me Please!
 
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R

R. McCarty

Lower System Restore's allocated space ( 12% ) of the system volume
or turn it off completely. Check if Hibernation is enabled - it will use a
size equal to the Physical RAM in the PC. You can also purge any of
the Hotfix backups that get applied by Windows/Microsoft Update in
the \Windows folder EXCEPT the folder $hf_mig$. The hotfixes appear
as a $_____ folder. There are also driver roll back entries that can be
taken off, but loose the roll back capability. These are found in the path
\Windows\System32\ReinstallBackups

Anything beyond these steps may adversely affect the PC. At a bare
minimum XP will still use around ~2.4 Gigabytes of disk space.

Jodi said:
There's got to be some other way to clean this up. I don't understand why
this Compaq computer that is running Windows XP would not have enough disk
space to run XP in the first place. He bought this computer at a garage
sale
and it seem ok other than had a lot of junk on it, so I deleted music
sites
and all files associated with every on the internet and did a virus and
spyware scan. It virtually had no programs on it left. Adobe, Avast,
Spyware
Terminator, webflds xp, that's it other Windows Movie Maker. Every time I
go
and delete the window defrags show only 2% now and it is actually working
now. Any other input on what I just wrote or am I just out of luck. Thanks

R. McCarty said:
Click Start, Run ( Type ) Cmd [Enter]
SFC /Purgecache [Enter]
*Effectively this impacts Windows File Protection, so if any
monitored files need replacing you'll be prompted for your
Windows XP CD-ROM, something you mentioned you do
not have.

Jodi said:
Can you tell me how to do that; the SFC/Purgecache, do I type that as
you
put
it at the command line. That will help all he wants to do is play
solitaire
and check email from family. He's 82yrs old. Thank you for your reply


:

4.0 Gigabytes is too small to effectively run Windows and most of
the common applications. There are some items that take up space
you can remove but long term you're only postponing the eventual
move to a larger drive. One item is doing an SFC /Purgecache this
will return around ~500 Megabytes of space. The command needs
to be done from a Command Prompt window.

A PATA ( Parallel ATA ) drive is very inexpensive. An 80-Gig
drive can be bought for under ~$50.

I have a Compaq desktop w/XP Home, with Service pack 2. I cannot seem
to
clear hard drive space which states that it is too full to even do a
disk
cleanup. I have already done disk cleanup before that and deleted
all
file's
and programs. In my computer: used 3.77 GB, fr4ee 231 MB, Total sige
is
4.00
GB and only 5% free on disk. I've tried to defrag and system would
not
let
me
because of the low disk space. In system info it has total physical
256
MB,
Available Physical, 133.49 MB, Available Virtual 1.96 GB and total
Virtual
2.00 GB. Page file space is 611.20 MB. Processor i AMD 3D processore
394
MHZ,
252 Ran wi NTSF file system, FAT 32. Also done a disk error check
and
it
fixed a small amout of cluster files. Can anyone guide on what to do
to
get
this disk free? This is my Dad's computer and I don't have the
original
Window XP disk. Help me Please!
 
G

Guest

I'm so sorry to keep bothering you, but how do I do either one of those
tasks? Thank you


R. McCarty said:
Lower System Restore's allocated space ( 12% ) of the system volume
or turn it off completely. Check if Hibernation is enabled - it will use a
size equal to the Physical RAM in the PC. You can also purge any of
the Hotfix backups that get applied by Windows/Microsoft Update in
the \Windows folder EXCEPT the folder $hf_mig$. The hotfixes appear
as a $_____ folder. There are also driver roll back entries that can be
taken off, but loose the roll back capability. These are found in the path
\Windows\System32\ReinstallBackups

Anything beyond these steps may adversely affect the PC. At a bare
minimum XP will still use around ~2.4 Gigabytes of disk space.

Jodi said:
There's got to be some other way to clean this up. I don't understand why
this Compaq computer that is running Windows XP would not have enough disk
space to run XP in the first place. He bought this computer at a garage
sale
and it seem ok other than had a lot of junk on it, so I deleted music
sites
and all files associated with every on the internet and did a virus and
spyware scan. It virtually had no programs on it left. Adobe, Avast,
Spyware
Terminator, webflds xp, that's it other Windows Movie Maker. Every time I
go
and delete the window defrags show only 2% now and it is actually working
now. Any other input on what I just wrote or am I just out of luck. Thanks

R. McCarty said:
Click Start, Run ( Type ) Cmd [Enter]
SFC /Purgecache [Enter]
*Effectively this impacts Windows File Protection, so if any
monitored files need replacing you'll be prompted for your
Windows XP CD-ROM, something you mentioned you do
not have.

Can you tell me how to do that; the SFC/Purgecache, do I type that as
you
put
it at the command line. That will help all he wants to do is play
solitaire
and check email from family. He's 82yrs old. Thank you for your reply


:

4.0 Gigabytes is too small to effectively run Windows and most of
the common applications. There are some items that take up space
you can remove but long term you're only postponing the eventual
move to a larger drive. One item is doing an SFC /Purgecache this
will return around ~500 Megabytes of space. The command needs
to be done from a Command Prompt window.

A PATA ( Parallel ATA ) drive is very inexpensive. An 80-Gig
drive can be bought for under ~$50.

I have a Compaq desktop w/XP Home, with Service pack 2. I cannot seem
to
clear hard drive space which states that it is too full to even do a
disk
cleanup. I have already done disk cleanup before that and deleted
all
file's
and programs. In my computer: used 3.77 GB, fr4ee 231 MB, Total sige
is
4.00
GB and only 5% free on disk. I've tried to defrag and system would
not
let
me
because of the low disk space. In system info it has total physical
256
MB,
Available Physical, 133.49 MB, Available Virtual 1.96 GB and total
Virtual
2.00 GB. Page file space is 611.20 MB. Processor i AMD 3D processore
394
MHZ,
252 Ran wi NTSF file system, FAT 32. Also done a disk error check
and
it
fixed a small amout of cluster files. Can anyone guide on what to do
to
get
this disk free? This is my Dad's computer and I don't have the
original
Window XP disk. Help me Please!
 
R

R. McCarty

System Restore settings are found by Right Clicking My Computer,
taking Properties. When the Details box opens - click the System
Restore (TAB). Resize with the Settings button or tic/check the
option box "Turn off System Restore on all Drives" to disable SR.

Hotfixes are not normally shown by Explorer. You have to toggle
3 Folder option View settings to Show Hidden, System files and
unhide protected extensions. Once changed you navigate to the
\Windows folder and remove the $____ sub folders except for the
one I mentioned in an earlier reply.

Hibernation is controlled from the Power Options in Control Panel.
Once opened you'll see a Hibernation (TAB). It may or may not be
enabled based on your PC's supported Sleep states.

Jodi said:
I'm so sorry to keep bothering you, but how do I do either one of those
tasks? Thank you


R. McCarty said:
Lower System Restore's allocated space ( 12% ) of the system volume
or turn it off completely. Check if Hibernation is enabled - it will use
a
size equal to the Physical RAM in the PC. You can also purge any of
the Hotfix backups that get applied by Windows/Microsoft Update in
the \Windows folder EXCEPT the folder $hf_mig$. The hotfixes appear
as a $_____ folder. There are also driver roll back entries that can be
taken off, but loose the roll back capability. These are found in the
path
\Windows\System32\ReinstallBackups

Anything beyond these steps may adversely affect the PC. At a bare
minimum XP will still use around ~2.4 Gigabytes of disk space.

Jodi said:
There's got to be some other way to clean this up. I don't understand
why
this Compaq computer that is running Windows XP would not have enough
disk
space to run XP in the first place. He bought this computer at a garage
sale
and it seem ok other than had a lot of junk on it, so I deleted music
sites
and all files associated with every on the internet and did a virus and
spyware scan. It virtually had no programs on it left. Adobe, Avast,
Spyware
Terminator, webflds xp, that's it other Windows Movie Maker. Every time
I
go
and delete the window defrags show only 2% now and it is actually
working
now. Any other input on what I just wrote or am I just out of luck.
Thanks

:

Click Start, Run ( Type ) Cmd [Enter]
SFC /Purgecache [Enter]
*Effectively this impacts Windows File Protection, so if any
monitored files need replacing you'll be prompted for your
Windows XP CD-ROM, something you mentioned you do
not have.

Can you tell me how to do that; the SFC/Purgecache, do I type that
as
you
put
it at the command line. That will help all he wants to do is play
solitaire
and check email from family. He's 82yrs old. Thank you for your
reply


:

4.0 Gigabytes is too small to effectively run Windows and most of
the common applications. There are some items that take up space
you can remove but long term you're only postponing the eventual
move to a larger drive. One item is doing an SFC /Purgecache this
will return around ~500 Megabytes of space. The command needs
to be done from a Command Prompt window.

A PATA ( Parallel ATA ) drive is very inexpensive. An 80-Gig
drive can be bought for under ~$50.

I have a Compaq desktop w/XP Home, with Service pack 2. I cannot
seem
to
clear hard drive space which states that it is too full to even
do a
disk
cleanup. I have already done disk cleanup before that and deleted
all
file's
and programs. In my computer: used 3.77 GB, fr4ee 231 MB, Total
sige
is
4.00
GB and only 5% free on disk. I've tried to defrag and system
would
not
let
me
because of the low disk space. In system info it has total
physical
256
MB,
Available Physical, 133.49 MB, Available Virtual 1.96 GB and
total
Virtual
2.00 GB. Page file space is 611.20 MB. Processor i AMD 3D
processore
394
MHZ,
252 Ran wi NTSF file system, FAT 32. Also done a disk error
check
and
it
fixed a small amout of cluster files. Can anyone guide on what to
do
to
get
this disk free? This is my Dad's computer and I don't have the
original
Window XP disk. Help me Please!
 
G

Guest

Thank you, I'll try these suggestions

R. McCarty said:
System Restore settings are found by Right Clicking My Computer,
taking Properties. When the Details box opens - click the System
Restore (TAB). Resize with the Settings button or tic/check the
option box "Turn off System Restore on all Drives" to disable SR.

Hotfixes are not normally shown by Explorer. You have to toggle
3 Folder option View settings to Show Hidden, System files and
unhide protected extensions. Once changed you navigate to the
\Windows folder and remove the $____ sub folders except for the
one I mentioned in an earlier reply.

Hibernation is controlled from the Power Options in Control Panel.
Once opened you'll see a Hibernation (TAB). It may or may not be
enabled based on your PC's supported Sleep states.

Jodi said:
I'm so sorry to keep bothering you, but how do I do either one of those
tasks? Thank you


R. McCarty said:
Lower System Restore's allocated space ( 12% ) of the system volume
or turn it off completely. Check if Hibernation is enabled - it will use
a
size equal to the Physical RAM in the PC. You can also purge any of
the Hotfix backups that get applied by Windows/Microsoft Update in
the \Windows folder EXCEPT the folder $hf_mig$. The hotfixes appear
as a $_____ folder. There are also driver roll back entries that can be
taken off, but loose the roll back capability. These are found in the
path
\Windows\System32\ReinstallBackups

Anything beyond these steps may adversely affect the PC. At a bare
minimum XP will still use around ~2.4 Gigabytes of disk space.

There's got to be some other way to clean this up. I don't understand
why
this Compaq computer that is running Windows XP would not have enough
disk
space to run XP in the first place. He bought this computer at a garage
sale
and it seem ok other than had a lot of junk on it, so I deleted music
sites
and all files associated with every on the internet and did a virus and
spyware scan. It virtually had no programs on it left. Adobe, Avast,
Spyware
Terminator, webflds xp, that's it other Windows Movie Maker. Every time
I
go
and delete the window defrags show only 2% now and it is actually
working
now. Any other input on what I just wrote or am I just out of luck.
Thanks

:

Click Start, Run ( Type ) Cmd [Enter]
SFC /Purgecache [Enter]
*Effectively this impacts Windows File Protection, so if any
monitored files need replacing you'll be prompted for your
Windows XP CD-ROM, something you mentioned you do
not have.

Can you tell me how to do that; the SFC/Purgecache, do I type that
as
you
put
it at the command line. That will help all he wants to do is play
solitaire
and check email from family. He's 82yrs old. Thank you for your
reply


:

4.0 Gigabytes is too small to effectively run Windows and most of
the common applications. There are some items that take up space
you can remove but long term you're only postponing the eventual
move to a larger drive. One item is doing an SFC /Purgecache this
will return around ~500 Megabytes of space. The command needs
to be done from a Command Prompt window.

A PATA ( Parallel ATA ) drive is very inexpensive. An 80-Gig
drive can be bought for under ~$50.

I have a Compaq desktop w/XP Home, with Service pack 2. I cannot
seem
to
clear hard drive space which states that it is too full to even
do a
disk
cleanup. I have already done disk cleanup before that and deleted
all
file's
and programs. In my computer: used 3.77 GB, fr4ee 231 MB, Total
sige
is
4.00
GB and only 5% free on disk. I've tried to defrag and system
would
not
let
me
because of the low disk space. In system info it has total
physical
256
MB,
Available Physical, 133.49 MB, Available Virtual 1.96 GB and
total
Virtual
2.00 GB. Page file space is 611.20 MB. Processor i AMD 3D
processore
394
MHZ,
252 Ran wi NTSF file system, FAT 32. Also done a disk error
check
and
it
fixed a small amout of cluster files. Can anyone guide on what to
do
to
get
this disk free? This is my Dad's computer and I don't have the
original
Window XP disk. Help me Please!
 
T

Tim Slattery

Jodi said:
I have a Compaq desktop w/XP Home, with Service pack 2. I cannot seem to
clear hard drive space which states that it is too full to even do a disk
cleanup. I have already done disk cleanup before that and deleted all file's
and programs. In my computer: used 3.77 GB, fr4ee

Simple things that you may already have done: empty the Recycle Bin,
and check the temporary folder (probably \Windows\Temp), and empty it
out. To find out where the TEMP folder is, open a console window ("DOS
Box") and type

set
 
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U

Unknown

Have you done a defrag????
Jodi said:
Thank you, I'll try these suggestions

R. McCarty said:
System Restore settings are found by Right Clicking My Computer,
taking Properties. When the Details box opens - click the System
Restore (TAB). Resize with the Settings button or tic/check the
option box "Turn off System Restore on all Drives" to disable SR.

Hotfixes are not normally shown by Explorer. You have to toggle
3 Folder option View settings to Show Hidden, System files and
unhide protected extensions. Once changed you navigate to the
\Windows folder and remove the $____ sub folders except for the
one I mentioned in an earlier reply.

Hibernation is controlled from the Power Options in Control Panel.
Once opened you'll see a Hibernation (TAB). It may or may not be
enabled based on your PC's supported Sleep states.

Jodi said:
I'm so sorry to keep bothering you, but how do I do either one of those
tasks? Thank you


:

Lower System Restore's allocated space ( 12% ) of the system volume
or turn it off completely. Check if Hibernation is enabled - it will
use
a
size equal to the Physical RAM in the PC. You can also purge any of
the Hotfix backups that get applied by Windows/Microsoft Update in
the \Windows folder EXCEPT the folder $hf_mig$. The hotfixes appear
as a $_____ folder. There are also driver roll back entries that can
be
taken off, but loose the roll back capability. These are found in the
path
\Windows\System32\ReinstallBackups

Anything beyond these steps may adversely affect the PC. At a bare
minimum XP will still use around ~2.4 Gigabytes of disk space.

There's got to be some other way to clean this up. I don't
understand
why
this Compaq computer that is running Windows XP would not have
enough
disk
space to run XP in the first place. He bought this computer at a
garage
sale
and it seem ok other than had a lot of junk on it, so I deleted
music
sites
and all files associated with every on the internet and did a virus
and
spyware scan. It virtually had no programs on it left. Adobe, Avast,
Spyware
Terminator, webflds xp, that's it other Windows Movie Maker. Every
time
I
go
and delete the window defrags show only 2% now and it is actually
working
now. Any other input on what I just wrote or am I just out of luck.
Thanks

:

Click Start, Run ( Type ) Cmd [Enter]
SFC /Purgecache [Enter]
*Effectively this impacts Windows File Protection, so if any
monitored files need replacing you'll be prompted for your
Windows XP CD-ROM, something you mentioned you do
not have.

Can you tell me how to do that; the SFC/Purgecache, do I type
that
as
you
put
it at the command line. That will help all he wants to do is play
solitaire
and check email from family. He's 82yrs old. Thank you for your
reply


:

4.0 Gigabytes is too small to effectively run Windows and most
of
the common applications. There are some items that take up space
you can remove but long term you're only postponing the eventual
move to a larger drive. One item is doing an SFC /Purgecache
this
will return around ~500 Megabytes of space. The command needs
to be done from a Command Prompt window.

A PATA ( Parallel ATA ) drive is very inexpensive. An 80-Gig
drive can be bought for under ~$50.

I have a Compaq desktop w/XP Home, with Service pack 2. I
cannot
seem
to
clear hard drive space which states that it is too full to
even
do a
disk
cleanup. I have already done disk cleanup before that and
deleted
all
file's
and programs. In my computer: used 3.77 GB, fr4ee 231 MB,
Total
sige
is
4.00
GB and only 5% free on disk. I've tried to defrag and system
would
not
let
me
because of the low disk space. In system info it has total
physical
256
MB,
Available Physical, 133.49 MB, Available Virtual 1.96 GB and
total
Virtual
2.00 GB. Page file space is 611.20 MB. Processor i AMD 3D
processore
394
MHZ,
252 Ran wi NTSF file system, FAT 32. Also done a disk error
check
and
it
fixed a small amout of cluster files. Can anyone guide on what
to
do
to
get
this disk free? This is my Dad's computer and I don't have the
original
Window XP disk. Help me Please!
 

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