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Drive almost full installed windirstat but dont understand

  1. #1


    Arkansas
    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1

    Drive almost full installed windirstat but dont understand


    Please help I'm Not good with computers but my husband has destroyed 6 laptops in 3 years, so I'm not letting him get his hands on mine. My C/: Drive is almost full I have tried uninstalling everything I know I do not need. I have ran Disk clean up, I have went to the command prompt and ran an analyzer that was suggested on this forum board it said not to run the cleaner that it was checking for. I installed winDirstat and I have no clue what any of the information on it even means. I don't have many pictures saved to the Hard drive , I have no music files or movie files. So I don't understand why I have so much Hard drive space taken up any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,483
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello bonoangel, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if the options in the tutorial below may be able to help find out what is using up your hard drive space to free it up.

    Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    This cleaner will get rid of a lot of rubbish and its safe UnCleaner - Josh Cell Softwares
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  4. #4


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 634
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    If you know of somebody you trust and is a computer guru, have that person walk you through using a couple of "what's what & where" utilities and related clean-up utilities; Windows has a very good internal cleanup utility, and there are many very good 3rd party utilities. Having that person along side you for just one hour will put you in great position to fully understand the wonderful tutorials and informative threads you find in these forums.
    [I hope you don't mind me asking: how does an otherwise-in-all-other-ways-very-good husband destroy laptops?]
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    Arkansas
    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1


    Click image for larger version maybe you all can understand this
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  6. #6


    Arkansas
    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    If you know of somebody you trust and is a computer guru, have that person walk you through using a couple of "what's what & where" utilities and related clean-up utilities; Windows has a very good internal cleanup utility, and there are many very good 3rd party utilities. Having that person along side you for just one hour will put you in great position to fully understand the wonderful tutorials and informative threads you find in these forums.
    [I hope you don't mind me asking: how does an otherwise-in-all-other-ways-very-good husband destroy laptops?]
    lol well he is worse with computers then me and he believes everything he reads on the internet and the scam pop ups
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    the program is very good, i used it recently. it says your system drive is only using about 17gb in total ! i'm not sure that is possible, no wonder you have problems though, if the system is complaining that you are running out of space, then the drive (partition) needs to be bigger. you are supposed to have a decent portion of breathing room for the system, and then space for you to do your tasks, and add files etc.

    for now you can disable system restore, do disk clean (including the actual system button there) and disable hibernate to gain some space.

    disable system restore:
    1. right-click start menu button, click 'system', to the left click 'advanced system settings'.
    2. go to the 'system protection' tab, click the 'C' drive in the box, click 'configure' button.
    3. at the top select 'disable system protection', click 'ok' button at bottom.

    disk clean - including system stuff:
    1. in the file explorer, select and right-click the 'C' drive, go to 'properties'.
    2. click 'disk clean-up' button, select the 'C' drive if it asks, click 'clean up system files' button.
    3. scroll through the list and notice if any size ends with 'GB', highlight those and see what the information says about if they are safe to delete - they probably are. if you are concerned, post back here with the information.

    disable hibernate:
    1. type 'cmd' into the start menu search, and then right-click 'command prompt' to choose 'run as administrator'.
    2. copy and paste the following command
    Code:
    powercfg /hibernate off
    into the command prompt window and press Enter key.

    now restart the computer.


    as for how to use the nice WinDirStat tool, what you do is simply view. focus on the top-left side of the stats. the collumn headers 'name', 'percent' and 'size', also 'subtree percentage' for quick visual guidance. 'size' tells you the total size of that folder/file, the 'percentage' tells you how much of the total 'C' drive size is being taken up by the relevant item. click on the plus signs to the left of each main folder to dig deeper. for now though, do the above mentioned things and see what state it is afterwards.
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Drive almost full installed windirstat but dont understand
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