Tips to reduce disk space usage significantly!

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  1. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader MDL Addicted

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    #1 Matrix Leader, Aug 28, 2010
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    I have been using these tips for almost 3 years now and have never encountered a problem.

    Perform these tricks below, then run a BOOT defrag using PerfectDisk, then remove any unwanted programs from startup and watch your diskpace go down by at least 1.5 GB and your boot up time should improve :worthy:

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    1) Restart your computer just to make sure any file we are deleting from temp directories is not in use or will be used once after a reboot.

    2) Navigate to C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp

    Then delete all the files and folders in there.

    3) Navigate to C:\ then delete the folder named MSOCACHE.

    If you cannot see this folder, then make sure you have HIDDEN FILES enabled.

    This folder is the temp directory for the MS Office installation files, if you have selected to RUN ALL FROM MY computer option next to all the components of MS Office that you installed, then you already have everything installed in the Program Files and will never need this folder....EVER

    4) Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

    Delete everything in that folder.

    It is a 100% safe to delete everything in there as this is just the TEMP folder for Windows to download updates.

    After you have installed the updates and restarted, you obviously don't want those huge *.cab, *.msi, and *.exe setup files eating up your diskspace.

    5) Navigate to C:\Windows\Temp

    6) If you dont use System Restore, turn it off and delete all existing restore points.

    7)) If you dont use hibernation, disable it. Just type "powercfg -h off" at the command prompt. That'll disable hibernation and delete the large hibernation file hiberfil.sys.
    Delete everything in that folder as it only contains temporary files that are not critical nor required.

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    I made a batch file that will do all of the steps in this guide automatically for ya :D

    No need to go to each folder individually anymore.

    Feel free to edit what you want or add an extra drive like you will notice in the command I mjade for the delete recycly bin files...you may need to edit or add another drive....

    http://www.4shared.com/file/XNaEGpSY/Delete_Temp.html
     
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  2. kdo2milger

    kdo2milger MDL Senior Member

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    cool i just got back a little over a gig of space :)
     
  3. Matrix Leader

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    Glad you liked it :) That's the way I run all my 4 PCs :D
     
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  4. FreeStyler

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    Yeah, but what advantage you really get out of this? Eventually all these folders will fill up again... or is just to keep yourself busy?
    just run a tool like CCleaner once in a while, much easier & faster, less accidental mistakes
     
  5. Matrix Leader

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    MSOCASHE and SoftwareDistrubtion\Download doesn't fill up

    well unless you install more Windows update but the size will be so much smaller for the Windows Update

    MSOCACHE will never show up again, that's a good amount of space gone eternally

    CCleaner never touches those folders

    I use it for other stuff ;)
     
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  6. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    #6 FreeStyler, Aug 28, 2010
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    I would always leave MSOCACHE, Office reinstall/reconfiguration goes much easier and faster with (otherwise you would need to load Cd or ISO)
    SoftwareDistrubtion\Download are Windows Updates, so yes these eventually will fill up again

    BTW, with a price of about $0,10 per GB for HDD's these day who is still watching disk usage?
     
  7. acyuta

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    Windows 7 Manager does clean up the first folder. I just checked before and after.
    Did not check for others.
     
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  8. ffcloud2000

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    #8 ffcloud2000, Aug 28, 2010
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    You can actually add custom folders to ccleaner so whenever you run it.. it cleans those folders
     
  9. blackranger

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    Actually Ashampoo WinOptimizer can help cleaning the temp files.
     
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  10. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader MDL Addicted

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    Guys this is not a guide to list what software will delete temp files. Surely there are many applications that will delete temp files; however, some of the files / folders in this tutorial have to be manually deleted.

    Just take the good things for example the Download folder, the MSOCACHE, these 2 folders are a must delete....gives you a free extra gig.

    I dont care how much is memory these days, if the memory is sitting there wasted, why not revive it?
     
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  11. FreeStyler

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    #11 FreeStyler, Aug 28, 2010
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    Memory... wtf are you talking about?
    And like ffcloud2000 mentioned you could easily configure CCleaner to delete, empty custom folders automatically

    FYI: MSOCACHE, should NOT be deleted, that is... unless you have original Office installation media!

    ...all that hassle to revive 1GB? What is 1GB these days?
     
  12. blackranger

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    #12 blackranger, Aug 28, 2010
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    Can further explain what "wtf" actually means? :Djokes:D

    yes, 1 GB is so so important to those who have only 100GB or less in their HDD, it's >1% of their life :p, but for you and me probably it's 1/466 or 1/931 or less....

    And, 1GB is about 63 cents in Hong Kong (my 500GB Hitachi is $292)
     
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  13. FreeStyler

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    What? for a Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000, 2TB here (Europe) you would pay about € 110/120,-
     
  14. blackranger

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    #14 blackranger, Aug 28, 2010
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    Yup but in Hong Kong, my Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 SATA-II 16MB is about $290. But if €110 for a 2TB it's really not expensive, HKD$ 74 cents for 1 GB.
    Now we've been talking about hardware not about reducing disk space dude, :biggrin:
     
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  15. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader MDL Addicted

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    U mentioned this in my guide but you refuse to even read properly.

    I did state that......

    When installing OFFICE (any version), if you click on each of the options, for example, MS Word 2010 or 2007, then select RUN ALL FROM MY COMPUTER, you will never require that folder no matter what you tell me!

    You can use the application to the max with no errors, you can uninstall at any time!

    I have never seen a mod jump on an old member and flame him for posting a guide! :rolleyes: heh
     
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  16. Anakunda

    Anakunda MDL Senior Member

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    I don`t think so. I did delete all MSOcache content after instralling MSO2010 pre-RTM. Next, later by updating to RTM I got continuously unspecified error on setup, after lil google researching I realized this unspecified error on setup was caused by existing Office 2010 instance, and missing old setup files on disk. So I suggest NOT to delete MSOcache unless you are sure you won't need update or add/remove components in the future, Office installer is very squeamish to any inconsistences of current installation.
     
  17. Matrix Leader

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    I always update office just fine. Maybe I'm using some magical version of Office don't u think? I had both 2700 Enterprise Edition and now Office Professional Plus 2010 retail and both work fine.

    And seriously, worried about the media? :rolleyes:

    The web is filled up with genuine MS Office downloads incase any case did go wrong! heh.......

    I install Office 2010.......then forget about it......I use it on a daily basis.
     
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  18. venu

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    Couple of major things one can do to reclaim disk space:

    1) If you dont use System Restore, turn it off and delete all existing restore points.

    2) If you dont use hibernation, disable it. Just type "powercfg -h off" at the command prompt. That'll disable hibernation and delete the large hibernation file hiberfil.sys.
     
  19. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader MDL Addicted

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    ohhhhhhhh how did I forget those?? Thanks alot!!

    Ill add those tips to the guide :D
     
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  20. ar_seven_am

    ar_seven_am MDL Senior Member

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    Sorry matrix leader, I have add ur tips to my thread, so everyone here can see all the tips, tricks n tweaks in same thread n I'll updated every day if there's new one (if I'm not tired anyway, :biggrin:)
     
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