If Windows starts giving you messages that you are out of disk space – such as pop-out balloon warnings from the system tray – the solution usually is to delete unused files or get yourself more disk space.
There are, however, ways to prevent your disk from filling up in the first place, or at least to slow down the filling up process. Here are some simple tips:
– use utility, to identify you biggest files and folders and clean your disk. We recommend to install ActiveSMART
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ActiveSMART shows biggest files on the disk
– get some utility installed that will automatically clean up all your temp folders, cookies, recent file lists, cache folders, Windows Installer programs, index.dat etc.
– do not install your programs on your default C: drive. Usually programs will let you choose where to put them, choose any drive but C:
– do not save files to your desktop folders. While this provides you an easy excess to them, it also increases system shut down time – and besides, all desktop folders are located on the C: drive;
– after you’ve downloaded and installed service packs or patches from the Windows Update website, delete the installers – they will always stay in your Windows folder until you delete them manually;
– delete all but the most recent system restore point (use the disk clean utility from the accessories system tools menu);
– clear the Recycle Bin.
Use these tips, and you will not find yourself out of disk space too soon or too often.