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I'm trying to make some space on my full D drive. I downloaded WinDirStat and found a bunch of music that was taking up a lot of space. I moved the music to another HD, and after that I had almost a full Gig of space. Now I'm back down to 262.9 MB of free space and I have no idea what's taking up all of my space! I don't know what's safe to delete. Pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys take up a lot of space, but I understand what they do and I know they're important so I can't delete them. I'm sick of getting the "Low Disk Space" message whenever I'm trying to watch a movie or play a game.

Help! :)
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If you use the Windows XP's Hibernation feature on your computer, you may want to delete the Hiberfil.sys file from the hard disk before defragmenting. When you put your computer in hibernation, Windows XP writes all memory content to the Hiberfil.sys file before shutting down the system. Then, when you turn your computer back on, the OS uses the Hiberfil.sys file to put everything back into memory, and the computer resumes where it left off. However, Windows XP leaves the Hiberfil.sys file on the hard disk, even though it's no longer needed.

The Hiberfil.sys file, which can be very large, is a special system file that Disk Defragmenter cannot defragment. Therefore, the presence of the Hiberfil.sys file will prevent Disk Defragmenter from performing a thorough defragmenting operation.

Follow these steps to remove the Hiberfil.sys file from the hard disk:

1. Access the Control Panel and double-click Power Options.
2. Select the Hibernate tab in the Power Options Properties dialog box.
3. Clear the Enable Hibernation check box and click OK.

As soon as you clear the check box, Windows XP automatically deletes the Hiberfil.sys file from the hard disk. Once you complete the defrag operation, you can re-enable the Hibernation feature.
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Thank you very much! I will do that. :)
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Alright, so after defragging, I turned Hibernate back on and immediately got the "Low Disk Space" popup again. Do I even need hibernate on? When I went afk, my computer screen went black as usual.

Is there anything else I can do to free up space? Most of my programs are on my 80 GB external HD. Of the 7.4 GB in my D drive, I still only have 537.6 MB free.
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Do I even need hibernate on?

nope...how much free space do you have with hibernate turned off



When I went afk,

what does this mean... :) :)
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When I went afk,

what does this mean... :) :)

"away from keyboard"

I stepped away from my computer for a while and it did the same thing it always does-sleep mode.
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right click on the desktop...properties...screensaver tab...power....power schemes..
set both hard disks and standby to never...click ok

again...how much free space do you have with hibernate turned off...

Edited by happyrock, 24 November 2008 - 11:51 PM.

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There are no options on the Power Schemes drop-down menu. Right now I have about 150 MB of free space on my D drive.
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You should never fill an NTFS drive more than 85% full, or the Master File Table [MFT] can become badly fragmented, making the drive slow....You need special tools, such as PerfectDisk or Diskeeperpro, to defrag the MFT.
I also went back and reread this thread and caught that this is only a 7.4 GB hard drive ...its time to buy a new bigger hard drive..
how big is your C; drive...if it also tiny get a new bigger one and use HDclone to clone the drive including the whole operating system and everything else on the drive...
they are dirt cheap right now...I picked up a 320 GB SAMSUNG SPINPOINT for $43.00 just a month ago

Edited by happyrock, 25 November 2008 - 08:20 AM.

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Yes, I know that...I have an 80 GB external HD that I put everything on. My C: is about 11 GB and there's hardly any room taken up on that.
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those small drives are really old...its time to upgrade them both and you will also get a nice speed bump too
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I talked to a friend yesterday and he said he is willing to help me build a new computer. I think we have most of what I need-he has a motherboard, fan, HD and case he is willing to sell me. I have a Gforce video card, RAM, Windows XP CD, and USB 2.0 that I've put into my current computer myself. Is there anything else I need? I have an external DVD drive, but I'm not sure if he has any other cd drives.
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get the make and model of the mobo for me...
same for the HD...
same for your video card...
you may not be able to use the ram thats in your current system...depends on the mobo he is trying to sell you

Edited by happyrock, 26 November 2008 - 11:43 AM.

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We talked about it. He's built computers before and I already told him what I have. The ram I have in my current system is ram I bought myself, not the originals that came with the computer. If it doesn't work, I can always back up my HD on the external, put them back in my computer and reformat. It's not that big of a deal, I was just hoping to free up some space on my D drive. I can still do what I need to with this computer, it's not -that- obsolete.
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your still using that old Dell Dimension XPS T600 ...its only got a Intel Pentium III and a single 20.4 GB HD thats been partitioned to 11.1G on C and 7.43 on D....
while its not obsolete it is ready to retire....
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