Hard drive full

By fja45 ยท 14 replies
Nov 5, 2008
  1. Hi, My Name is Fred
    I have a acer laptop it has an 80gb hd with all the programs I have on it only use 12.5 gb. on the hard disk the main partition is full and I don't know why. can any one help me with it or why It keep telling me lowdisk space. D drive has very little on it. I have done all the disk cleanup & disk defrag.

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    thread moved from Introduce yourself

    Please run CCleaner

    Or start removing any not required programs from Add\Remove Programs
  3. fja45

    fja45 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    harddrive full

    I have ccleaner and I run it all the time. Thanks Fred
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Download FULLDISK it will show you where all the used space is

    By the way, no need to sign off with your name on each post you do (ie I caught it the first time ;) )

    You can introduce yourself properly at the Introduce yourself forum if you like


    Member LookinAround has provided me with a better one: JDiskReport :grinthumb
  5. fja45

    fja45 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for all your help. I have not found anything to help yet short of replacing the harddrive. I have done all disk stuff.

  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    Remove Old Setup Installers

    Try using the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility

    Once installed go to Start --> Run --> C:\Program Files\Windows Installer Clean Up\msizap G! -->OK
    G! : For all users, removes any cached Windows Installer data files that have been orphaned.

    Info about Msizap.exe is Here
    But you don't need to download it seperately, to run the above


    Using this command can cause Windows to corrupt (requiring Re-install or Repair) See Here

    The files in C:\windows\Installer are maintained to allow proper Uninstall from Add/Remove Programs.
    Programs such as Symantec, may not be able to uninstalled effectively

    Removing them may (and can) cause corruptions in future Updating specific installed programs.

    You are highly advised to use Add/Remove programs before removing any part of the Windows Installer folder. Although this will not safe gaurd you from any Programs remaining installed.

    At your risk!

    By the way, I did it, without any ill effects, but I still must warn anyway!

    The following is correct for Xp There may be slight differences for Vista


    Go to Start >> Run - type or copy/paste control sysdm.cpl,,4 & press Enter

    * Tick on the checkbox - Turn off System Restore on all drives
    * Click Apply

    The following is correct for Xp There may be slight differences for Vista

    Reduce Page File Space

    Start-->Run--> control sysdm.cpl,,3
    Click on "Settings" button (Performance settings)
    Click on "Advanced" Tab
    Click on "Change" button
    Set the Min and Max to 1500 (ie the same)
    Apply Ok Ok

    Try that Fred :)
  7. fja45

    fja45 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you Kimsland for your help but this is a little over my head.

  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    CCleaner is user friendly
    After that it gets complicated

    By the way I edited Post#4 with an excellent tool to find where the gigs used are, Try that :)
  9. sent12b

    sent12b TS Rookie Posts: 21

    There is a registry value you can set to disable this feature. To disable low disk space checks, follow these steps, log off, and then log on again: Follow these steps, and then quit Registry Editor: 1. Click Start , click Run , type regedit , and then click OK .
    2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
    3. On the Edit menu, point to New , and then click DWORD Value .
    4. Type NoLowDiskSpaceChecks , and then press ENTER.
    5. On the Edit menu, click Modify .
    6. Type 1 , and then click OK .
  10. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    Hi fja45

    Before the below open My Computer rt click the Drive then properties and get the size and free space.

    Then do the below.

    Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk Cleanup
    Click OK to accept C:
    Select all Boxes
    Then click More Options
    Here click System Restore and OK to "Are you sure" and the OK to Run.

    As this runs it clears all but the most recent Restore Point but it does one other thing that can contain infested files and a huge amount of disk space.

    It clears what is known as Shadow copies which are used by specialized back up programs.

    This is if you have the Volume Shadow Copy running which is the default.

    Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk- System Restore and create a new Restore point. Name it "After cleanup at TechSpot".

    Once the new Restore point is made run the Disk Cleanup again and it will then only leave the clean "After cleanup at TechSpot" point!

    Now check free space.

  11. fja45

    fja45 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    unable clean h/d

    Hi,I was able to clean up to 800mb.an now I have only 18.5 mb free space and now can't do anything now can't back up. I had installed an Ipod now I have a real problem. Thanks

  12. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    Did you do my post #10 above??

  13. fja45

    fja45 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hard drive

    Hi, Right now I can't do a disk clean up or disk defreg. Because of low disk space.

    Thanks Fred
  14. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    Are you saying my process failed?

    This is your fix!

    If it failed to run then you must manually clear it some elbow room.

    Close IE.

    Then Control panel- Internet options click the Delete in the middle and then Delete All at bottom.

    Then MyComputer browse to c:\Windows\Temp and delete all files here

    Then try!

  15. southside419

    southside419 TS Rookie

    the only advice i can offer is to delete the partition you are using and make a new one there are several programs you can use to do this or you can simply reinstall windows
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