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Get space back on your hard drives! / Reclaim missing space

If your drive is nearly full and you can't work out where the space has gone, heres 2 things you can do about it.

1. Turn off System Restore

System Restore is a nice feature built into Windows that allows you to "go back in time" in case something bad happens. However, it takes up a LOT of disk space. You can turn it off (or at least turn down the space it takes up) by doing the following:

--On Windows XP--

Right click "My Computer"
Properties
System Restore tab
Tick "Turn off System Restore" and press Apply to turn it off and reclaim your disk space
OR Drag the slider all the way to the left to REDUCE the amount of space it takes up (and the number of "restore points" it creates).

--On Windows Vista--

Right click "My Computer"
Properties
on the left hand side click on "System Protection"
Wait for it to load, then uncheck all the drives you want to turn System Restore off on those drives.
Hit Apply or Ok.

Done! You just got some space back.

Note that System Restore isn't a critical feature to recovering from a computer problem, though it may help / save some time. If you wish to keep it on, you may wish to consider "turning it down" as described above to reclaim drive space.

2. TreeSizeFree

TreeSizeFree is a completely free software that lets you find out WHICH folders are taking up all the space on your hard drives. Its very simple to use and very small (theres even a portable version which requires no installation), just press Scan->Select the hard drives you want to check, wait a few minutes, and you'll know exactly how your hard drive space is distributed.

TreeSizeFree can be downloaded at:
http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

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