What is taking up the Space on Hard Drive?

  Border View 22:51 27 Jan 2009
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I have an Acer laptop running XP Home SP3. The hard drive, as with Acers, is partitioned

Disc C shows a capacity of 25.7 Gb – 19.4Gb used and 6.27 Gbfree.
Disc D has a capacity of 26.2 with 25.9 free

I only use Disc C. I did not think I had a lot on this Disc C. However, when I go into My Computer>properties and look at information about the various files it reads as follows:

Acer 111Mb

Documents and Settings 4.90 Gb

Intel Wifi 213Kb

Sysinfo 37Mb

Book 2.64Mb

Dotnetfix 39.1Mb

My Downloads 12Mb

Program Files 3.19Gb

Value Add 8.84Mb

I386 463Mb

My Games 7.58 Mb

Quickenw 696Kb

Windows 6.21Gb

Think I have added these up correctly and they come to nearly 15 Gb. So where is the other 4.4 GB of the 19.4 Gb used and why should Windows be using 6.21Gb

Would welcome your comments on how to reduce the amount used up on C Disc and what I can do to improve the situation and to find the missing 4.4 Gb

  brundle 22:58 27 Jan 2009

12% for System Restore by default,pagefile and hibernation file usually total over a GB on a modern system to name a few causes. Use this; click here

  Border View 23:09 27 Jan 2009

Thanks brundle - I have System restore set to 10% but is that 2.57 Gb not included in the windows figure of 6.21.

Sorry for my ignorance but what is pagefile and hibernation file. I dont put my laptop into hibernation?

  brundle 23:15 27 Jan 2009

Pagefile is used when the computer runs short of physical memory. click here . No hibernate file if you don't use it so discount that.

  BigCam 02:20 29 Jan 2009

The Recycle Bin also uses up 10% of your HDD by default you can reduce that in its properties
Make sure you empty it first before adjusting

  Border View 10:11 29 Jan 2009

Thanks for that BigCam - just reduced it to 5%. Wondered if I could reduce it any further?

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