how to gain extra free disk space for C:Drive

Monday, September 14, 2009
Does your pc's windows partition (C: Drive) running low on disk space, then consider the following thing and you can gain more extra disk space.

Clear temporary files
  • In run window type temp and press enter, now delete all files and folders inside the temp folder
  • In run window type %temp% and press enter, now delete all files and folders inside the folder
  • Delete temporary internet files, for internet explorer read this for mozilla firefox read this

Turn off system restore
  • If you want you can disable system restore feature, this saves some disk space, click here to read how to disable system restore

Disable hibernation
  • Open control panel, double click power option, click hibernation tab, then deselect "enable hibernation" click apply and ok

Empty recycle bin
  • Always delete files from recycle bin

Change page file to another drive
  • Right click on my computer
  • Click properties
  • Click advanced tab
  • Under "performance" area click settings
  • Click advanced tab,
  • Click change under "virtual memory"
  • Now in the drive list select another drive (that has more free space)
  • Click custom size and enter value (megabytes) for initial size and maximum size, then click set
  • Now select the C:Drive, click no page file and click set
  • Restart pc, this will clear page file from C:Drive and move page file to the drive you specified

Change temporary folders path
  • Right click on my computer
  • Click properties
  • Click advanced tab
  • Click environment settings button
  • In the upper area (under user variable) you see variables for temp and tmp, click on each one and select edit, in the variable value field specify new locations for temporary folders
  • (ex - for temp -D:\temp and for tmp D:\tmp)
  • Now in "system variable" you see variables for temp and tmp, click on each one and select edit, in the variable value field specify new locations for temporary folders
  • (ex - for temp -D:\temp and for tmp D:\tmp)
  • After all done click apply and ok

Change my documents path
  • Right click on my documents, click properties
  • Under "target folder location" click move and specify new path (drive that has more space)
  • When prompt click yes and files begin to moving to new location

Extra tips
  • Use disk cleanup frequently
  • Do not save files on desktop
  • Change email store folder path to another drive

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