How To Permanently Delete unwanted filehard drive!

  davdav234 14:14 26 Nov 2010

can anyone suggest ways/ free software to delete permanently, unwanted files on your hard drive? as i have about 5 years worth of crap clogging up my computers health, its running slow, i need to speed it up. cheers

  MAT ALAN 14:48 26 Nov 2010

click here
click here

either of these...

  GaT7 15:30 26 Nov 2010

I use the similar free Eraser click here.

Whichever one you use, don't run more than 3 passes as that's enough I reckon & as it takes an age to complete anyway! G

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:57 26 Nov 2010

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance -
advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click
custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory
= set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the
PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything
except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  davdav234 16:54 26 Nov 2010

awsome this advice is great thanks. i have one problem if you could advise?

when i go to use dick defragmenter, on my C drive, this comes up

"Dick defragmentor has detected that Chkdsk is schedules to run on the volume: PRESARIO (C:)

please run Chkdk/ f."

i tried running it in "run" but didnt seem to do anything, any thoughts? thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:01 26 Nov 2010

Its set to run at the next boot (needs to do this because it can move files on the disk with the operating system whilst windows is running)

Reboot at let it complete.

if it tries to do it at evry boot then

Check Disk Prevent Upon Boot (Line 294) click here

  davdav234 19:49 28 Nov 2010

thanks for this, its great.

everytime i go to boot up the pc, it does run the disc check and its annoying becaue it sometimes takes upto 15 mins to finish. the pc is unusable while it is doing it, but starts to run smoothly once it finishes. you have solved one of my pcs main problems. thanks so much!

why do you think the disc check is set up to check everytime i boot the pc? do you think it would cause problems if i altered it? i really want to change it because it is a big problem- for example, if i want to quickly check my emails, well its just impossible, it tends to take ages just to get into my hotmail.

perhaps you could help me once more, recently my internet has started to lag really badly, any thoughts? thanks!!

  davdav234 01:03 14 Dec 2010

deleting files on my hard drive should not effect my current files in use should it? as i want to delete unused trash that has been collecting, i dont want to screw up files that i actually need! thanks

  GaT7 11:59 14 Dec 2010

If you're not selling or giving away the hard drive, safest way for now is simply emptying the Recycle Bin. I think Eraser has the option of erasing free space, but don't take any chances - at least not before backing up.

Speaking of backing up, do you have a backup procedure? Or, another spare hard drive to backup to? It's just that your hard disk may be on its way out, & better to backup its data before it goes down completely. G

  davdav234 15:59 14 Dec 2010

im not wanting to give it away no, i just wanted to free up some space.

yes i have an external hard drive, i dont have any back up procedure, i only back up precious files every so often, not really regularly. would you suggest that i back everything up if i want to use this software? thanks

  GaT7 16:43 14 Dec 2010

"...i just wanted to free up some space"

In that case, just empty the Recycle Bin as suggested before.

Yes, only backup your data (or 'precious') files. These can consist of emails, office documents, music, photos, videos, etc, etc.

Only use Eraser & similar programs when you're giving away/selling the drive - this will ideally need to be connected to another working system & done from there. These programs will totally & permanently wipe any drive. Sorry, we misunderstood your exact needs before - hence our suggestions for these. G

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