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QUESTION: Hi Lenny,
Running XP Home Edition
Looking to free-up space on my C: drive = I go > START > MY COMPUTER
and see that Local Disc (C:) has a Total Size = 7.81 GB and 1.40 GB Free Space

I open Local Disc (C:) and see listed

Documents and Settings (926 MB)
Program Files (712 MB)
Virtual Root (Empty)
WINDOWS (2.35 GB)
DBI (17 KB)
UNWISE (158 KB)

Which doesn't add up to 6.40 GB (7.81 - 1.40)

Where are the unaccounted GBs?
David

ANSWER: Hi David,

Firstly,

->Click on Start and scroll to and right-click on Computer and select Manage
->Then click on Disk Management on the left panel
->Then confirm what Hard-Drive letter comes after C:

Is there a blank partition(un-assigned) bagging an unanimous amount of data?
If YES please proceed with STEP 1 below
If NO please proceed with diagnostics below
STEP 1
->Please right-click on the partition (CAUTION:NOT C:)
->Then select "CHANGE DRIVE LETTER PATHS"
->On the pop-up window, click on "Change" and select default letter
->Click OK
->Click OK
The partition should be assigned a letter and be visible under "My Computer" directory.
->Open up the drive(lets take for instance D:) and confirm whether files do exist.
->Proceed with Diagnostics below to confirm hidden files....in new partition. If none, reverse the steps, delete the partition wholly.
->Restart Windows.


DIAGNOSTICS
I can only suggest one diagnosis for you before we go further. Please click on the link below(at the end of this conversation) to download, install and run "SPACEMONGER" application. Then when all is done, confirm that there is truly what it seems to be in the System. Confirm the following:

->Hidden files and their location
->Hidden Partition(s) and withheld parent folders


Kind Regards,
Lenny.

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---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: Hi Lenny,
Thanks for your response.
I've found a load of stuff, dating back years, in
WINDOWS\System32\config\system profile\Local Settings\Temp\Microsoft.NET Framework
I've created a folder in another drive and moved a load of this into it and so freed-up a load of space on LOCAL DISC (C:)
Will it be okay to delete this stuff?

Cheers,
David

Answer
Hello David,

I wouldn't particularly find this OK as for one reason your current Operating System could be referring to those files as a stop-over. And then another thing, indomitable errors might erupt in the registry regarding missing files due to deleted system32 folder files.

So in order to avoid all these hassles, it is best to back-up necessary files(Documents,Music,Pictures,Videos etc.)onto mobile a hard-drive and re-install the Operating System freshly. And let the machine enjoy 2012 in a smart, breathing space.

Kind Regards,
Lenny.

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