Hard drive too full?

  thewasp 22:05 03 Feb 2008
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What is the ideal free space you should leave on a hard drive? I have read it can be 99% full before causing a problem, but have also heard it can be 90%.

Mine seems to be running rather slow lately and is 94% full.

  woodchip 22:09 03 Feb 2008

Remove some things you don't need or use. If files photos put them on DVD

  exodus 22:09 03 Feb 2008

Hi, keep about 10% free space so defrag will operate correctly. This space is needed in order to rewrite areas of the disc.

  moggers 22:09 03 Feb 2008

I would recommend having 10% free afer that speed will slow down noticeably

  peter99co 22:33 03 Feb 2008

Treat yourself to an external hard drive and move your photo and music file to that. Do you housekeep your drive with Disc Cleanup to remove temp files etc.

  Martin12 23:05 03 Feb 2008

As a general rule once a hard drive goes past 60-70% full you are pushing your luck. Remove lots of stuff or put in a bigger one or a second one

You can pick up a 250gig for about £40, got to be worth it.

  thewasp 05:27 04 Feb 2008

Thanks
It's on a laptop which has 2 partitions, one side is almost empty so I'll transfer some files over.

  tullie 08:23 04 Feb 2008

so in fact your hard drive is only half full,if the partitions are equal?You could allways enlarge your first partition.

  thewasp 13:19 04 Feb 2008

How do I change the partition size?

  birdface 17:06 04 Feb 2008

Once you have deleted all the programs that you no longer need.I would run C Cleaner.That will get rid of any crap left over.

  peter99co 17:40 04 Feb 2008

I think changing partition is NOT a good idea. You could get in a mess.Treat yourself to a external drive and move unused file onto there.You finish up with a backup facility as well.I have heard of software called partition magic but have not used it. Is the recovery software on 2nd partition because you don't want to lose that.

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