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
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 (
www.windirstat.info ) 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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