RE: freeing up disk space

  • From: "Rasmussen, Lloyd" <lras@xxxxxxx>
  • To: "programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:17:56 -0500

It looks as if you are using Outlook Express.  I like to keep e-mail around for 
a long time, and I don't know how OE stores it.  But I would look into how much 
space your OE mailboxes are occupying; there is a lot of overhead with these, 
especially if they have attachments which haven't been removed.  

Check the properties of your user space, and then the properties of the folders 
within that space, especially within appdata.  Don't look immediately after you 
hit the Properties command; if there is a lot of stuff in a folder, the total 
can build up and might not stabilize for 30 seconds or more.  Don't delete 
things indiscriminately, but look for patterns in what is taking up the most 
space, noting filenames and dates.  Windows does so many things behind our 
backs that it becomes difficult to figure out what is growing without limit.  
Hope this helps.

Lloyd Rasmussen, Senior Project Engineer
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress   202-707-0535
The preceding opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the 
Library of Congress, NLS.

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of qubit
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 12:00 PM
To: Rasmussen, Lloyd; bprogramming
Subject: freeing up disk space

Hi all -- yesterday I was desperate for space on my laptop and went in and 
uninstalled MSSQLserver (I think that's what it was called)..  I hit pay dirt 
as uninstalling that resulted in 5 other programs to be removed as well.  
However, now my machine gives a fatal error (fatal for some system app, not for 
windows) when I boot up.  My mind is suddenly blank trying to remember the name 
of the app, however it had something to do with a license problem. Anyway, I 
didn't recognize it.  Question, I think this stuff was installed when I 
installed Office 2003.  I installed everything on the disks, including the 
business apps.
So far this crash is the only problem. But it only freed up a few hundred megs.

I need to free up something on the order of 5 gigs.
I long ago moved my bulky media files to a separate disk.  I have been 
regularly uninstalling programs, but the space fills up again and I don't know 

I checked the sizes of folders and documents and settings only had something 
like 2.47gb, while program files had 3.44gb.
There is also a file called swtools containing 2gb that appears to hold apps 
and drivers and something else.

Even the windows folder didn't seem like it contained a lot.

How do I whittle down the fat on this coDKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; 
c=relaxed/relaxed;; s=s1024; t=1296752393; 
Is there a place containing old history files that I can truncate?

It got as low as 12gb free space and the disk was thrashing.  I freed up files 
to over 19gb free space and it improved.  Today it got below 15 and I haven't 
been doing anything but answer email.

Any tips welcome.

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