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Cleaning up PC hard drives

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Even the massive hard drives of today get filled with junk that slow down the computer. Whether you need to recover some space in your computer or your driver is nearly full or if your computer is running slow, cleaning up computer hard driver will help considerably. Therefore before you stat uninstalling applications and deleting your files, you can use your disk cleanup tool to help get rid of all the unnecessary mess like your recycle bin files, temporary files and memory dump files.

Disk Cleanup Tool

In order to gain access to this disk cleanup tool you can just right click your start button and choose the explorer option from the list. Here you can choose the disk that you need to cleanup, most likely the C: Drive. You just have to right click the disk and choose its properties. This will display a box that shows you exactly how much space has been used and the free available space. In this dialog box there is the ‘Disk Cleanup’ button. When you click this button a wizard would start scanning the entire disc for files which have served their purpose to be safely deleted. After the scan is complete there will be a display filled with check boxes and categories and also an estimate of the amount of space you will have after deleting the files. Some common files to be deleted would include setup log files, debug dump files, temporary files, temporary internet files and recycle bin files. If you need to remove all these files them make sure you have check marked the boxes besides them so that they are removed.

However, if this process does not recover as much space that you expected to have, then just go back to the disk cleanup utility and take the further steps. You can repeat the process by right clicking the disk to choose its properties and again click the disk cleanup option. This time make sure that you choose ‘More Options’ tab and this option lets you take more drastic measures in cleaning up the hard disk.

This step for instance, will let you remove all the files that you choose including the latest system restore points and can also uninstall a number of features and applications. Therefore to remove these programs which you no longer use just click the cleanup option just besides the features and programs. This step will show up a list of all the programs installed which can be installed. Just pick the application or program that you want to remove fro the list or just highlight it and click the uninstall option. Make sure you do not remove any security patches, windows updates and hot fixes as it can hard your computer performance and security.

The system restore option generally creates a copy of the setting of your computer and saves them according to their predetermined points of time. if you are using windows vista you can also have shadow copies and disk images that take up a lot of your disk space.

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