Techspot we have a problem

By rev_olie ยท 6 replies
May 1, 2007
  1. Hi

    Right im haveing issues with my old grandady of a PC. Ive had it for about 5 years and its getting worse every day. Firstly Alot of crashing is happening. Even a simple thing as cleaning out cookies wich i used to do often is causing probelms as it just wont finish the process. Secondly my hard drive has shrunk soooo much. Like i said its an old PC and im on limited money (im only a kid) so i can buy new stuff. Anyway ive got an 11.5 gb hard drvie but now im down to 806mb!!!. Ive looked in all of the folders and windows is about 2gb and program files is 2.5gb and the others are tiny 20mb folders with no music and pictures as they are on a removable hard drive. I also have another drive of 4.75gb which is D and it contains a back up from acronis. Now does the 11gb from the C drive used up here or is this taken away from the over all hard drive capacity because 11gb is really small!!. But were has the rest of the space gone. Ive practically lost 3GB. I have 1gb of ram and that is very new so that is no probelm. The graphics card etc has been tested and has come up with no probelms. So have i got a virus or is my hard drve beeing eaten away into hayper space!!!. Please help i really need it as this PC will be a relic one day and its what i use to repai other pc as i put other components inside. :( thanks guys :D i know you can help :D
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    That's a problem alright......

    First C:/ and D:/ are more than likely just partitions of the same drive, not 2 different HDDs. The problems you're describing can be caused by a number of different things:

    Not cleaning out the temporary file and/or browser cache.
    Not defragging the hard drives.
    Not deleting old system restore points
    And the obvious spyware or virus

    This post probably should go either the forum "Windows OS" or "Other Software".

    You're really not describing any hardware problems. (Other than pure obsolescence). At least not any immediately apparent ones.

    There are any number of "stickies" on this site relating to your issues.
    So far you've not posted even which OS is in the machine. This could help us.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    1. get yourself a copy of FREE crap cleaner. USE it. both the cleaner and registry repair tools.

    2. use your anti-virus

    3. use a defragger
  4. gregthe1000

    gregthe1000 TS Rookie

    Yeah, try ccleaner @
    Works Wonders!
    If it doesn't work for you....scrap it!
    It's not worth hasseling a lot over an old beast like your's.
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Sounds like a good reinstallation of the machine's OS and all your programs would breathe a lot of new life into that machine.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Mike Lin's startup editor is also a nifty tool. Use it too. It's also free.
  7. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 560

    Hey ive had problems recentl so havent been able to leave feed back :D sorry anyhow ive sorted the probelm!! i used all of the software you said and also deleated system restore and the other crap and ive now recued 6GB whoda thought thanks so much!!!
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