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Data Storage on Laptop (IBM/Lenovo)

Hello, I run a desktop & laptop. The desktop has 40GB storage, it has much more data stored and about 20GB free), the Laptop has only a small amount of data and a 60GB hard disk, but only has 4GB free. How can I get the lost space back? I have already un-installed several programs and deleted lots of data, but I still have lost of GB space unused that I cannot access. Please can someone help, I regularly defrag and clean my hard disks. thanks, Xavier

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