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Running Out of Disk Space

If you are running out of disk space, you'll soon find that you can't install any more programs or copy much more data to it. In addition to the more obvious issues associated with running out of disk space, there's also a variety of system errors which can occur. You should always ensure that there's plenty of free space on your primary hard disk, since various programs as well as the operating system itself need it for creating temporary setup files or expanding the virtual memory paging file. If you have only a few hundred megabytes of free space left, your computer may run into problems, even resulting in blue screen crashes. To solve the problem, follow these tips.

1 - Run Disk Cleanup
Disk Cleanup offers a quick way to get rid of junk files on your computer. You can safely use it to remove everything that it detects. Type "disk cleanup" in the start menu search box and click "OK." Wait for a few moments for Disk Cleanup to detect which files it can delete. Check all of the boxes when this is done. Click "OK" to delete the files.
Clicking on the "More Options" tab, you'll also see options for cleaning up other things on your computer. Underneath "Programs and Features," click "Clean up" and uninstall any programs which you don't use. Be sure not to install important things such as drivers and other features and programs which you're unsure about!
Also on the "More Options" tab, click "Clean up" below "System Restore and Shadow Copies" and delete all but the most recent system restore points.

2 - Browse Your Computer for Unused Files
While Disk Cleanup is very useful for quickly deleting many unused files with just a few clicks, there will no doubt be plenty of other things on your hard drive which you can safely remove. Consider the following locations to look for unwanted files.
The "Downloads" folder, accessible by clicking your user name in the start menu, often gets full of long-neglected files and archives which you've downloaded from the Internet. Take a look through these files and delete anything that you no longer need. You'll no doubt find some rather large files which have been sitting there unused for months.
Something else that you may want to consider removing is video files. Movies take up a lot of hard disk space, especially if they're of the high definition variety. If you have a large movie collection stored on your computer, consider deleting some of the ones that you no longer want or otherwise moving them over to another hard drive or storage device.


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