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Old 05-02-2007, 04:19 AM   #1
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Default My @%*%@#$ hard drive

I need the advice from folks about my hard drive. I've been fighting with it for about a year now and I've just about had it.
I have a Sony Vaio and I haven't had a lick of trouble with it except for the hard drive. It is a 120Ghz drive that has been partitioned in to a C and D drive. The C drive is only 15 gig and it is full. I've done everything I can to clean it up and I can't get more than about 1 gig free. I don't even have enough space to defrag it. There are a ton of programs that I don't use but I can't delete them. The add/remove programs don't give me the remove button for them. I think there is something missing in the registry or something.
Any ideas on how I can fix this dang thing? I would like to put a new bigger hard drive in it but I don't know what I'm doing.
Any ideas?

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Old 05-02-2007, 04:23 AM   #2
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why do you have it partitioned?

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Old 05-02-2007, 04:25 AM   #3
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why do you have it partitioned?
It was partitioned at the factory. I don't understand why it was and why 15 gig???
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Old 05-02-2007, 04:43 AM   #4
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If you don't have the option to remove a program I would guess that you are not logged in with an administrative level account. I would try that first. To free up extra space make sure you clean out the user temp directories as well as the system ones. The disk cleanup wizard often doesn't clean these out and nobody knows about them.

Click Start, then Run and enter the following, then click OK:

%userprofile%\local settings\temp

Make sure you have no programs open and then delete everything in there. If you have multiple user accounts that get used, the directory for each one would be

c:\documents and settings\username\local settings\temp

where username is the name of the users. To see the local settings directory you will need to turn on hidden files and folders if you haven't already. Hope that helps a bit.

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You might consider purchasing a partitioning program that will change the size of them. They are pretty standard programs. I have used Partition Manager with success. How much space is used on the D partition? How much available space overall?

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Old 05-02-2007, 07:55 AM   #6
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Definitely repartition it, or remove the partitions altogether, you don't need it. There are also uninstall programs out there like "Your Uninstaller" that will help remove stubborn proggies... alternatively you can climb to the roof of your house and throw it to the street, remembering never to buy a Sony computer ever again (as per my experience).

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Old 05-02-2007, 09:07 AM   #7
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first don't buy a partitioner. windows comes with one and there are tons of free partitioners out there. Next, my advice would be to backup important data, and reformat the whole thing to 1 partition like you want it and re-install windows.

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Also, if you don't see programs in the remove programs window, to free up space you can just got to My Computer > C: > Program Files... then delete folders of whatever programs you don't want/use anymore.

I recommend by a cheap external harddrive, backing up all your important files, then reinstalling windows and wiping everything.

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I have a Dell with 2 - 250 GB HDs. They've crashed and been changed out twice. I lost everything...twice.

Now I use external HDs to hold my info.

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I know there's a lot of us IT nerds around here so maybe they can backup (or debunk) my theory, but from what I've seen in many a drive crash, it is only the OS (windows) drive that dies suddenly. I used to do the whole partition A-Z crap to "organize" my stuff. Now I just use one small (80gb) drive for my os, installed programs and any other stuff that can be easily replaced, and a separate 500gb drive for all my documents, pics, music and other crap that I would just hate to loose. I've been using a system like this for many years now and I've yet to lose anything important even when my drive has crashed. I dunno if windows just increases the chances of crashing, but that's been my experience... ok, I'm done...

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