Memory Issue-should I Reformat My Hard Drive?
Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:30 PM
I have run cleaners and scanners and everything I can think of.
So, should I reformat it? (everything is backed up) And if so, how?
I'm hoping it's something simple and my amazing SG friends will have a prompt solution!! (no pressure)
Thanks so much!
Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:42 PM
Are you getting any messages when you attempt to save things that indicates your hard drive is full or memory is low, or are your programs crashing in mid-use?
The other possibility is that you have a corrupted space on your hard drive that defrag cannot defrag, which can limit the amount of hard drive space available to you. Are you able to defrag successfully?
Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:52 PM
first, it is a desk top. (sorry, I was confusing!)
It is currently running a disk check, so when it is finished I will get those numbers for you. It's a 48% after an hour so it will be a while, lol) At that time, I will run a defrag to double check, but I don't remember any errors. (I've tried so many things, I don't remember)
Posted 06 January 2011 - 10:05 PM
Posted 06 January 2011 - 10:40 PM
WinDirStat is a terrific free/shareware utility that I recommend you find and download. It searches your entire drive, and organizes a listing from "most space used" to least. It also produces a visual map of that space. You can click on a chunk in the image to see what it is, too. I find it VERY helpful in identify what to clean up. One thing to be aware of is that you can't delete everything "extra" at once. Once you've deleted 2-3 GB, stop and empty the Recycle bin, and then continue, gradually increasing the amount you delete. You can leave WinDirStat up, and it can re-assess regularly.
Here's a screen shot of how the results look:
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DuplicateFileFinder is also helpful, but more of a chore to work with at the outset. I'd start with WinDirStat. Hope this helps!
p.s. Your Recovery disk is fine; I recommend you DON'T touch it at the moment.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 12:50 AM
You might want to call Dell and have them take a look at the problem. I would certainly hold off on reformatting your hard drive.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:43 AM
Thank you thank you thank you!!