Re: No space left after installs
- From: "Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 15:45:40 -0600
I downloaded 50 updates but 17 failed to install. I started with
146MB of free space but now I'm down to 16MB. What can I delete
to get my space back? Where are the downloaded files that failed?
Can I delete them too?
146mb of free space is to low to start with.
What size is your C drive, and is the only hd/partition?
It's an older scsi with 3GB in C and 5.5GB in D. I'm going to have
to live with this for a while longer
You are pretty well stuck between a rock and a hard place, then.
3GB is far from sufficient to run a fully patched installation of Windows XP
with SP2 and all subsequent updates...
You can *try* to clean up some space... But it will probably never be
sufficient to do much of anything with.
And I will say - purchasing a new hard drive should not leave your list of
After all - when you can easily get 120GB hard disk drives for under $50
(internal) and external versions of the same thing for under $75... Shipped
in both cases - it is something to consider for backup if nothing else.
But - you want to cleanup... Let's start with the hard disk drive space...
Used Disk Cleanup?
Is hibernate turned on and do you use that feature?
Uninstalled unnecessary applications lately?
If you are comfortable with the stability of your system, you can delete the
uninstall files for the patches that Windows XP has installed..
You can run Disk Cleanup - built into Windows XP - to erase all but yuor
latest restore point and cleanup even more "loose files"..
How to use Disk Cleanup
You can turn off hibernation if it is on and you don't use it..
When you hibernate your computer, Windows saves the contents of the system's
memory to the hiberfil.sys file. As a result, the size of the hiberfil.sys
file will always equal the amount of physical memory in your system. If you
don't use the hibernate feature and want to recapture the space that Windows
uses for the hiberfil.sys file, perform the following steps:
- Start the Control Panel Power Options applet (go to Start, Settings,
Control Panel, and click Power Options).
- Select the Hibernate tab, clear the "Enable hibernation" check box, then
click OK; although you might think otherwise, selecting Never under the
"System hibernates" option on the Power Schemes tab doesn't delete the
- Windows will remove the "System hibernates" option from the Power Schemes
tab and delete the hiberfil.sys file.
You can control how much space your System Restore can use...
(You may want to turn this off on your system.. 3GB?!)
1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2. Click the System Restore tab.
3. Highlight one of your drives (or C: if you only have one) and click on
the "Settings" button.
4. Change the percentage of disk space you wish to allow.. I suggest 5% or
5. Click OK.. Then Click OK again.
You can control how much space your Temporary Internet Files can utilize...
Empty your Temporary Internet Files and shrink the size it stores to a
size between 128MB and 512MB..
- Open ONE copy of Internet Explorer.
- Select TOOLS -> Internet Options.
- Under the General tab in the "Temporary Internet Files" section, do the
- Click on "Delete Cookies" (click OK)
- Click on "Settings" and change the "Amount of disk space to use:" to
something between 128MB and 512MB. (Betting it is MUCH larger right
- Click OK.
- Click on "Delete Files" and select to "Delete all offline contents"
(the checkbox) and click OK. (If you had a LOT, this could take 2-10
minutes or more.)
- Once it is done, click OK, close Internet Explorer, re-open Internet
You can use an application that scans your system for log files and
temporary files and use that to get rid of those:
Other ways to free up space..
DX Hog Hunt
Those can help you visually discover where all the space is being used.
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