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Regaining Computer Hard Disk Drive Space.

MS-DOS and Windows 3.x users

Users can regain computer hard disk drive space by performing any or all of the below steps.

  1. From the MS-DOS prompt, type "del *.tmp /s" and "del *.chk /s". This command will delete any temporary files or scandisk error files on the hard disk drive.
  2. Delete any software programs or games you are no longer using from MS-DOS or from Windows.

Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP users

Users can regain computer hard disk space by performing any or all of the below steps.

  1. Click Start, Search or Find, in the text field for a file type *.tmp  and make sure the computer is looking in the C: drive or the drive that contains your Operating System. Delete each of the temporary files that are found.
  2. Perform the same steps as number one except search for *.chk and delete any of the files that are found.
  3. Uninstall software programs.

Additional tip for Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP users:

bullet These versions of Microsoft Windows include a "Disk Cleanup" feature that can help you clean up any unnecessary files; below are the steps to perform this operation.
  1. Open My Computer
  2. Right click on the hard disk drive that you wish to regain hard disk drive space. For example, right click on the C: drive.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Within the General tab, click the "Disk Cleanup" button located next to the pie chart.
  5. Within the Disk Cleanup window you will be able to perform various steps to help gain additional hard disk drive space as well as information to how much you will gain by performing each of the steps.

When performing the above steps, my only recommendation would be to be familiar with the implications of compressing your hard disk drive. If at all possible, I recommend users do not compress their hard disk drive and/or compress their old files.

Additional suggestion for Windows 2000 and Windows XP users:

bullet Window 2000 and Windows XP keeps all the necessary files needed to uninstall any of the updates ever installed on your computer. Often this is several dozen updates that can take up several hundred and sometimes over 1 gig of space on your hard disk drive.

Final tip for Windows XP users:

bullet Windows XP users can also decrease the default space utilized by Windows System Restore and often gain several additional gigabytes of hard disk drive space. See the below steps in customizing this feature. 
  1. Click Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and open "System Restore".
  2. Within the System Restore window, click "System Restore Settings".
Within the "System Restore" tab you can either check the "Turn off System Restore on all drives" to completely disable this feature, or click the Settings button and decrease the space usage, which I would recommend.

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