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A colleague contacted us late last night from another city via IM, their netbook's 8GB hard drive was full and the standard bag of tricks hadn't freed up sufficient drive space... In the course of troubleshooting this sticky situation we suggested a tool we use often, but you may never have heard of. It's called WinDirStat and it visualizes everything that's on a HDD into little boxes, but much more than that, it allows you to find those files and delete them instantly.

As a matter of covering all the bases, here's seven ways to free up hard drive space, the eighth is the tip.

1) Empty recycling bin. 2) Clear every browsers temporary internet file cache. 3) Run a disk cleanup. 4) Clean out the Sent folder in your email program (Windows Mail stores everything, including attachments). 5) Defrag the hard drive. 6) Google Earth stores GB's of temporary data, so uninstall the program. You can always reinstall it. 7) Some image viewing programs cache thumbnails, those can get unwieldy after a while - delete that cache.

8) If the preceding suggestions haven't helped, try WinDirStat ( ) to visualize what file types and folders are taking up space. The tool allows you to delete files from within it, so a bit of caution is required - don't go deleting files willy-nilly. With WinDirStat we found 2GB of Google earth files and 2.5GB of image thumbnail caches eating up C:\ drive space!

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