I started running out of hard drive space and started moving old data files to external storage and/or removing unnessecary programs and data files. I would clear out 100-200mb of space, but the next time I would turn on my IBM A31 ThinkPad w/Windows 2000 Prof., 50MB of what I had just cleared would be gone. And each time I turn it on after that, another chunk would be gone. If I leave the HD space at less than 10MB, it will go down to
2-3MB and stay mostly right there. I delete the IE Cookies, History and Temp files after web usage. I haven't added any new programs or created any new large data files.
What is eating up all my HD space??
Be sure to empty the recycle bin if you haven't. Also when you drag the files over to another drive the orig often stays in orig location and a copy is placed on the 2nd drive. Be sure to hold the CTRL key so that you dont have the + plus (copy) sign.
Also be sure you don't have GOBACK or Norton system works that might have a protected recycle bin.
Also windows might automatically be expandidg out the necessary swap file at start up
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Re: Loosing Hard Drive space
I had an IBM with the same problem. Turned out to be a glitch with the system restore. Instead of just adding any new programs or file occasionally it would mirror image the hard drive daily until I had no more hard drive space left. Since the system restore is embedded into the operating system, I had to wipe the hard drive, reformat (NTFS), and reload the operating system to fix it. Since you have an external, you will be able to back up your data before reinstalling. This makes it nice, most people don't have this convenience.
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I presume that you are referring to a program produced by NTI, probably NTI Echo, which is a backup program. If so, then be aware that as it is a backup program, it will not delete data from your hard drive but, instead, make a second copy of it (thus the term backup). If what you want to do is use the drive for additional storage so as to free up space on your primary hard drive, then you do not need to use any software whatsoever. Just move the data from the C: drive to the new external hard drive and make it happen.
One suggestion, however: make sure to use directories (aka folders) to organize the files that you move to the external drive. The reason being that the root directory (such as C: or D:) has a limited amount of storage capacity, so just dumping files into the root will cause the hard drive to be "full" despite having plenty of storage capacity remaining. Besides, it will be easier to find the data that you desire if you have it more appropriately organized. ;-)
The files are placed on the drive by you. Unless someone setup a special application files will not automatically migrate to another drive. You would not generally want them to because they would never be where you left them and be much harder to find. Primarily you will want to be moving data files and not application files (unless you uninstall from the internal drive and reinstall to the external drive) You can open my computer and find both drives -- you can drag/drop folders (containing only data, mp3s, videos, etc) between drives. I always like to check these moves by doing a right mouse click selecting properties on each folder separately to assure that an equal number of folders and files were copied before deleting them off of the smaller drive.
I emphasize again moving programs in this fashion will cause them to break. If you have large and seldom used applications you can uninstall them then using the installation process and media provided by the manufacturer then reinstall them choosing the external drive as the destination..
Only store file on the drive not programs. Working program cause to much ware and tare on the external drives.And a partition on a driver that has programs running from it works real hard because it moving file from two sectors of the drive at the same time. Can you be in two places at the same time?
If the hard drive is not faulty and the computer won't boot up, then remove the hard drive from your computer and connect it an USB hard drive adapter. Connect the adapter and hard drive to a working computer's USB port, this computer will see this as an external storage device, you can then open the various folders and delete the photos or data files. When you restore the hard drive back into your computer and when it boots up, your should do a Disk Cleanup then a Defrag. Disk Cleanup will remove old temporary files, old compressed files etc and free up disk space. Defrag will make fragmented files contiguous so the files can be accessed more efficiently. If you have not run these programs before, it will take a log time to complete. Disk Cleanup and Defrag should be carried out once a month to maintain the hard disk.
Do you run Disk Cleanup regularly (once a month)? This will free up disk space on the C drive, it remover old temporary files and compressed files as well as other files.
You can also move and save your data files to the D drive, so the C drive has only the operating system files and program files.
well you gotta ask yourself if you have an external hard drive or removeable hard drive which are basically the same thing... if so you can open my computer and then open in a separate window the removeable hard drive and drag and drop files that you want to save!
The main problem you have is that the file system of your hard drive is FAT32 not NTFS. You need to change it to NTFS in order to work. Here is how.
>> Copy all your data (the 50+GB you used) on to another hard drive
>> Now from My Computer
>> RIGHT CLICK
>> CHOOSE FORMAT
>> CHOOSE NTFS FILING SYSTEM
>> instead of FAT32 and
>> give your hard drive a nice full FORMAT
This will take a while and WARNING you will LOSE all your DATA so DOUBLE CHECK BEFORE YOU START THAT YOU COPIED EVERYTHING.
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When a file is delete, it's still there on the drive, just as before; all that happens is that the file table marks it as free space and changes its name so it's no longer visible. There are a number of "undelete" utilities available, including several good ones, like asoftech data recovery that helped me before: http://www.asoftech.com/adr/