Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need help please.

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Fancy
Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need help please.
Hello, I seem to have a recurring problem. ...Deleted backed up memory on hard drive (on external hard drive) a couple weeks ago (900,000??)w/ some guidance, but now same issue, already back in the same boat. Afraid to open MS Outlook, because last time it damaged the program. I was able to repair w/ online help. External hard drive unable to work properly due to this problem also, and has been the case for some time. I have very limited experience, but game to try if I can understand instructions. Thanks in advance for any help.

   

   

hubby
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...

The short answer is you need to identify where all your storage is being used, and delete what isnt necessary. This can start out simple, and get more complicated.

To begin, delete all the files on your desktop and in your "my documents" that you know you no longer need.
Then, "empty" your recycle bin.
Then, right-click on your C: icon and you should see a pie chart of free vs used space. There should be a button or option for "disk cleanup" - select the disk cleanup option, review the options, choose what makes sense (probably all options) and click GO or OK, or whatever. How you find your C: icon, and the exact wording, etc, will depend upon what version of Windows you are using.

If the above does not resolve the issue, it will begin to get complicated.

Fancy
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...
Thank you, I will try all of your suggestions. I know that I could not click anything open ie. email, and now Outlook cannot open at all due to no memory. I have windows 7. I'm not sure Word will open but will try. thank you Hubby
Fancy
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...
Well, no free space acquired. Deleted a lot of pix off desktop, and deleted a lot of documents, but still says 0 bytes free. I did empty the recycle bin twice. This is the info I have: C\: hard drive total 224GB free 0 bytes Recovery D total 862GB free 431MB My Book (external)total 930GB free 529GB I tried to remove several programs, and was denied due to lack of free space. Would copying documents onto a flash drive work, if I then delete off hard drive? Thanks very much.
hubby
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...

If you deleted things off of your desktop, and if your desktop resides on C: and you still see 0 free bytes, then something isnt right..
But to answer the question, yes, copying other things to a flash drive, or to your external drive, then deleting them from your C: would work too..
But i reiterate that something is not right.. either something is wrong with your hdd (hard drive) or, something is running on your computer that is causing your swap-space to consume all available hard drive space..

Fancy
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...
Thank you, that makes sense. I suddenly started receiving warnings in past month, and then w/ help on phone located duplicated backup info [I think], copied onto external and deleted from hard drive which freed up what appeared to be 1/3+ of total memory, and here I am again, only a couple weeks later. I agree something isn't kosher, but I'm not savvy enough to recognize where the issue is. [the problem 2 wks ago corrupted my Outlook program and w/ online help was able to use some tools specific to issue ...had to do w/ extension .pst? [I'm guessing], at any rate, complicated but ended up successfully repaired. Now no memory again, and that's why won't try anything w/ Outlook to avoid damage for 2nd time. [I apologize for the vagueness]
hubby
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...

Yes - .PST files are very fragile..
You may want to find your way into control panel and disable System Restore - and delete any old restore-points. Those can eat a lot of hard drive space..

Also- words for the day: You are dealing with low hard drive space. "memory" is what is commonly referred to as the RAM (chips inside the computer) and is totally separate from hard drive storage. If you walk into a computer repair shop and tell them you are "running low on memory", they will sell you.. more "memory", which would not have anything to do with your low-hard drive storage issue. :)

Fancy
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...

Thank You!=) I had to go over and look at the screen on my desktop [I'm using my laptop here] and read the warning box. Sure enough, you are correct, ...don't know why I arbitrarily thru the "memory" component in my conveyance of issue, ...but that is how my mind interpreted it.

warning says nothing about memory, only that "Drive c\: has 0MB free disk space". It doesn't even use "hard disk" but I believe is one and same.

I wondered about System Restore "D\: drive", ...because it has been 95% full capacity for as long as i pull it up, seems like almost a year, ...::: embarrassing ::: anyway, I thought possibly why not delete some of it because no room was available as it was to be utilized in any and hadn't been in quite some time, as far as i could tell.

Thanks So Much!! Hubby, you have helped a lot, I very much appreciate your time.

hubby
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...

You're welcome!
Now.. When you are ready to throw that computer against the wall, or, when it gets older and it's time to replace it, be sure you consider one OF THESE .. 97% less frustration and bother (for 'regular' non-expert users)!

Fancy
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...
Ahhh, well I appreciate that! I'm aware that Mac seems to be almost virus immune, i suppose due to less buyers, so payoff is to infect the PCs. And the storage is done 'cloud computing, utilizing remote storage", ...I learned about this 2 semesters ago, did a "speech in a group of 5, and one member was introducing this to the rest of us, very coool!!
hubby
Re: Drive c\: hard drive has 0 MB free disk space, need ...

Well.. actually, today, Mac's are 100% "Windows virus" immune, but, there IS other malware (technically, Trojan Horse) type programs that can, and do infect Macs, but they require that the user ignore warnings and enter system passwords before the malware can be installed.. And, doesn't really matter to me if it's because of less buyers or because of the color of the plastic they are made of, end result = LESS for me to bother with.

And, the storage isnt really done via the Cloud.. that is optional, and still requires local hard drive storage.. the difference is the file-system is much simpler/less complicated, making it easier to find/delete files & programs hogging space..

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