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Having trouble resolving diskspace issue on my computer

  1. Dec 13, 2009 #1
    I cannot watch youtube videos on my computer supposedly due to 200 low diskspace. I tried cleaning up my diskdrive by removing some of the programs that amounted to 200 MB of diskspace, but that did not work. I then tried downloading the Tree-file freeware that I was told would determine what programs on my computer(1024 GB, IBM Thinkpad) , is taking up the amount of space that doesn't allow me to watch youtube videos, but couldn't download it, because I have little or no space for downloading the tree-file program. What other options do I have? The most effective way for me to watch youtube videos is to restart my computer , but the diskspace icon will eventually pop up while watching a youtube video and suddenly I would be unable to watch a you tube video. I do not wish to continue to used this method because obviously it is not effective enough. Meanwhile , I looked at my hardrive properties and it said that I have 37.2 GB of used space and 18.4 MB of freespace. The value of the total amount of megabytes that occupies my freespace keeps changing .
     
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  3. Dec 13, 2009 #2

    ranger

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    Try deleting restore points and disabling system restore. Also you can delete all unnecessary user accounts and user files. You can also reduce your virtual memory a little (assuming you are using a pre-vista OS).

    Of course the best option is upgrading you're hard disk or clearing out user files from "documents and setting" folder to an external drive.
     
  4. Dec 13, 2009 #3
    Archive important material to external harddrive/USB/DVD and delete everything else.
     
  5. Dec 13, 2009 #4
    How would you delete restore points and disable system restore? Do you think clearing up internet cache and cookies will expand storage space in hard drive? How would you clear up internet cache and ilnternet web browser cookies?
     
  6. Dec 13, 2009 #5

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    Assuming you are using XP, see the following Microsoft KB article on system restore:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310405

    Internet temporary files and temp files in general can take up some space, but in your case, it can make quite a difference. You can run Disk Cleanup (in Accessories) and it will find your temp files. Alternatively, you can use your browser to remove the web browser temp files.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie6/using/howto/customizing/clearcache.mspx
     
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