Saturday, July 9, 2011

My computer’s hard disk is running out of space

Cause: The hard disk is used to store information. The more information you store, the less extra space the disk has. Like a clothes closet, the more stuff you cram into it, the faster it runs out of room. The hard disk in your computer can hold a lot of data, but if you are storing lots of files, especially picture or video files, you can begin to run low on disk space.

To clean up some of the disk and give yourself more room, follow these steps:

1. First, inspect your files and discard anything you really don’t need. 

Click Start--> My Documents to see if there are any subfolders in that directory that you can throw away. If you have a Zip disk or a CD-RW disc, you can store data on those as well in order to remove the data from the hard drive.

2. Click Start--> Click My Computer--> Right-click the drive you want to clean up--> and then click Properties.

3. On the General tab--> you can compress the drive by clicking the Compress Drive to Save Disk Space check box at the bottom of the page. (If this option is not available, then the drive is not formatted with NTFS.) This will compress the drive and save disk space, but will not make any difference in your dayto-day use of the drive. Also, consider disabling the indexing feature, which takes up disk space as well.

4. Click the Disk Cleanup button. Windows XP inspects your hard disk and looks for items that you can safely remove to create more room on the disk. I have over 2MB in temporary Internet files and over 12MB in my Recycle Bin that I can remove. Click the check boxes next to the items you want to remove, and then click OK.

5. If you click the More Options tab, you can also choose to clean up Windows components and installed programs that you do not use and old System Restore points. Click the Clean Up buttons next to the item(s) that you want to clean up, and follow the instructions that appear.

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