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ModelTFan01 10-09-2012 06:49 PM

Low Hard Drive - Needs Help
The C: partition on my hard drive (the one for Windows) is low on free space. I really need help as to what to delete.

I got a new account to sort-of start all over. I'm transferring files from my old account to the D: partition that is used for file storage. The D: partition has 543GB left on it. The C: Partition only has 298MB left on it of free space.

Today Windows gave me a message telling my hard drive was low on the C: partition. Looked and sure enough, only 60 MB left. After I allowed it to delete some temporary files and I deleted un-needed software, I managed to climb back up to 298 MB.

Now I have to transfer the rest of pictures/documents from my old account. That's the hard part. Worse, my father can't get on because I had to delete his account temporarily to free up some room on the hard drive.

So, I have two questions. 1. Is there an easier and faster way to transfer the files? It seems to take a VERY LONG time to transfer all my photos from my old account to the D: partition. 2. Will deleting my old account free up space? If it doesn't, then what do I do?

Any help is appreciated. Thank You.

Gibbonboy 10-09-2012 06:59 PM

This is the program I use to clean up drives, gives you a visual of what the biggest files are. Usually they're video, game files, etc. You should be able to pull some programs off C: and move them to D:, will probably have to uninstall/reinstall, just moving them won't work. Hope this helps.

ModelTFan01 10-09-2012 07:08 PM

Thanks for telling me that. I have a YouTube Channel and used to make LOTS of videos with Air Conditioners and Furnaces in them. Those videos probably made my hard drive space go down.

I'll download it, given if I can actually run it with only 300MB (it went back up a bit.)

I also got another question. My computer equipment is plugged into a surge protector. The ground pin on the plug for the surge protector was stripped off (even though I know that isn't safe.) If we were to have a power surge would it still protect?

BTW, my house is grounded. However, I have a suspicion that my house isn't grounded, but the neutral actually goes to ground. It's a common mistake. I know this as a while back I made a Crystal Radio and grounded the Crystal Radio outside. The radio kept picking up 60Hz signals that I guess was coming from our house's "ground." We tested this by turning the main breaker off. Anyways, sorry for getting off topic.

Gibbonboy 10-09-2012 07:21 PM

WinDirStat is a pretty small program, the first time you run it, it will take a while (10-30 min) to scan your drives and come up with the map. It color codes by file type, and maps area relative to disk space. I've found all kinds of things lurking on hard drives that took up space.

I'm not an electrician, I leave that to my brother, but it's never a good idea to operate without grounds. Pretty sure that most of the strip-style protectors just have a circuit breaker in them, shouldn't rely entirely on ground. Ground just keeps everything at the same potential, so you don't get in between two things with differing potential and become a link in a circuit. I have a ground bar behind my desk for all my radio gear, plus I have all my PC cases grounded, don't like to rely on just the ground in the outlets. (it all goes to the same ground anyway)

Let me know how you make out.

ModelTFan01 10-09-2012 07:32 PM

IDK how to transfer files using WinDirStat. Can I just transfer the main folder like "Videos" which have all my videos to the D: partition? BTW, I'm using my old account to type this.

Like I said, there is a Ground on my Crystal Radio. It received the ground problem, as it kept receiving the 60Hz Hum during the breaker being off. I agree with you on no grounds not being safe.

GTyankee 10-09-2012 07:45 PM

Is it possible for you to transfer your images to a thumb drive?
Or the videos can be burned onto CDs

Or even better, transfer the bigger files onto a Portable Hard Drive, mine is a 500 GB portable hard drive, made by Toshiba

Gibbonboy 10-09-2012 07:56 PM

WinDirStat will just show you what and where the big files are, so you don't have to sort through every folder to find them. Gonna take a while to transfer big files, no matter what you do. Probably burning them to a DVD would be fastest just to back them up but you'd have to transfer them back to another hard drive at some point if you use them alot.

Second on the external hard drives, they're cheap and pretty reliable. You can even get some that come with automatic backup software, which will keep a copy of folders you designate on the portable in case something happens. As with most things "two is one, and one is none". I have a portable drive that resides in my safe, the safe has network and power ports that allow it to run inside the safe, so my important stuff will probably even survive a house fire.

ModelTFan01 10-09-2012 08:10 PM

I'm actually doing a fine job transferring them manually. Thank You for your help. I appreciate it.

HemiLonestar 10-09-2012 11:21 PM

Buy a Western Digital Green 1TB to 3TB (the 1's & 1.5's can be had relatively inexpensively, especially if you don't mind used; the 2's and 3's are still pretty up there) and use that drive. I picked up 2 used 1TB's on ebay that have made it across 2 different towers so far.

IH Scout Driver 10-10-2012 03:35 PM

A good copy program is TeraCopy. Free for the home user and I use it to prevent network issues when working with my company computer. Does a LOT better job than standard copy / paste.

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