Can you tell me how do I know what I should delete to get as much space in a minimum of time?

Original title: my disk space is so small that I can't do anything.  Can you tell me how do I know what I should delete to get as much space in a minimum of time?

Not enough disk space


Run DiskCleanup - start - all programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup

You may want to transfer some data, images or documents on removable media like USB keys,
External USB (my choice) or even CD/DVD readers (make multiple copies if the use of these).



System restore usually holds 15% of disk space and updates that are necessary for running computer
consume even more. Backup - Options of recovery and even MS updates and those of HP, Dell
or similar manufacturers use the space if your charging system. There are also overhead for the readers are not
format to their maximum capacity.

Where all my disk space? (Vista) - good writeup

Hard disk space Vista shrinking and reducing anomaly


It will show you how disk space is being used.

WinDirStat - free - use to make sure you know what is too much space.

-Free - TreeSize tells you where precious space has gone to

Also run Disk Cleanup:

Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup.

Use the WinDirStat or TreeSize and these other tools.

DiskMon - free - an application that logs and displays all the activity of the hard disk on a Windows System.
You can also reduce DiskMon in your system tray, where it acts as a disk light, presenting a green
icon when there is disk-read activity and a red icon when there is a writing activity.

Process Monitor - free - a monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system,
The process/thread activity and the register.

Manage - free - a utility that displays information about the handles opened for any process in the system.
You can use it to see the programs that have an open folder, or to see the types of objects and the names of all
the handles of a program.

-Free - Process Explorer shows you information about the handles and DLLs processes have
opened or loaded.

Sysinternals - many free tools


OpenedFilesView - Free displays the list of all the open files on your system. For each file opened,
additional information is displayed: handle value, read/write/delete access, position in the file, the
process that has the file open and more...

I hope this helps.

Rob Brown - MS MVP - Windows Desktop Experience: Bike - Mark Twain said it right.

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