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    Restoring to factory settings

    hey i have a compaq evo n1015v laptop. the os is windows xp professional sevice pack 2. i have no discs or cds with my laptop. my hard disc is full. (about 37gb) but i can only locate about 9gb of files and folders. if you canhelp me by either helping me locate the files and removiing them or resetting my laptop to its factory settings that would be amazing. thanks

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    There are tools around to remove unnecessary files which windows creates that takes up a lot of disk space if accumulated over time. One is disk cleanup - go to start, run and type in cleanmgr. In terms of restoring to factory settings, you should have a disk that says "product recovery cd rom" or something like that.

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    I was cleaning out a hard drive and found 40gb of temporary files that hadnt been cleaned up!

    Check the properties of your documents and settings folder - see how big it is - thats where I found most of my missing hard drive space

    Just looking at my folder on my work PC - bear in mind that i've only worked here 3 months - 450mb, nearly 200mb of that is useless temporary files.

    Look in particular at your 'local settings' folder (it may be hidden). It will probably be huge.

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    hey

    thanks for ya help guys but i dont have any discs or anything with my laptop. also the documents and setting folder only conatins about 1gb of memory. and the disc cleanup only gave me about 0.5gb. i have search all files. hidden and visible and can only find the files to take up approx 10gb. so where is my other 30gb at?? please help.

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    have you defragged your hard disk lately?
    As well as cleaning up the disk and creating a little extra space, often places that cant be defragged (read the report at the end) will contain the missing files that are taking up so much space.

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    hey

    yea i defragged my drive just yesterday. it didnt free up any more space :S

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    did you read the report? If there is bad data that cant be defragged, often thats where the space is going. The report will tell you what it cant defrag.

    Also do you have multiple user accounts on the machine?

    Have you searched your computer for *.tmp and files containing ~ in the filename?

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    hey i dont think there was any bad data in the defrag report. also i am the only user of this machine. I am not sure about the .tmp files or files containing that symbol. however surely when i checked the properties of every folder within the C:\ then they would have contributed to how much memory the contents of the folder uses. and when i did this i could only find 10gb of memory being used on my entire drive.

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    Thats nothing unusual, just looking at the HDD I have here it has 8GB used but the properties of all the folders only add up to about 5gb.
    Windows properties reporting isnt 100% accurate when there a multiple levels of subfolders

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    always worth doing a search for all folders/files over a certian size, say 50Mb and seeing what comes up, download one of the folder size utils (shareware/freeware) to track down where the memory is being used, I'm bug hunting as we speak using something freshly downloaded called 'SizeExplorer Pro', quite how XP can't show folder sizes as part of the standard Explorer view is beyond me

    if you're using a machine properly, get yourself sorted out with the discs and archives and backups so you can reformat and start from scratch, does wonders for the machine and you ditch a load of baggage that yu didn't really need

    plus one day you might have to do it rather than choose to

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    There is a program called Scanner by Steffen Gerlach that will scan your disks and give you a graphical picture (in the form of a pie chart) of where you are using your space.

    On a 40GB hard drive, it will probably take a while to show you anything, but you get a very good picture of how your disk space is being used. You can also click on the pie section for a directory and see how sub directories are using that part of the disk.

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    One other space hog is Windows updates. In most cases, Windows downloads the updates to your drive then leaves them there. An example is SP2 - this created a "Service Packs" folder on my drive that is consuming 501Mb. Can't remember where else I have seen thos update files stroed... any remember seeing them?

    Be sure to check the "temp" folder in the Windows folder. There is usually stuff in there that the disk cleanup program won't clear out.

    Have a look at some of you applications too. Many programs will create "backups" of system and other files when they install themselves. In many cases - these files are useless since you probably have newer versions of the same files from updates and other software installing itself.


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