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  Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help 
 
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josh josh Sep 23, 2009, 07:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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the free memory on my C:drive where my OS winxp+ SP2 is loaded gets depleted automatically.
The c: drive was showing 4MB free memory , so i cleaned up some of my files and make available of 150MB free memory. BUt the next day it it was toggling between 4MB-6MB.I dont how the free memory come down from 150MB to 4MB and then it became 0KB and my system hangup while rebooting , giving message "lsass.exe-system error""insufficient system resources to complete the API".So again I had to clean up around 200MB of space on C: drive so that I could get into the system.Now it is showing 40MB, I dont understand who is eating so much of memory om my C: drive?
I am seeing this problem for past one week, I never had this problem since I am using my laptop since 2001.
I am not seeing this problem on my another partition disk E: drive.One month back I switched off the hibernate mode

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josh


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john albrich Sep 24, 2009, 01:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
Josh,

You need to free up substantially more disk space. Think GB.

Even 150MB is WAY too little to allow your Windows computer to operate normally.

There are lots of temporary files that are created during normal use. There's the registry, log files, the paging file (that can change size dramatically under Windows), temporary cache files, data files (e.g. email, bookmarks), program settings files, etc.

150MB can be consumed almost instantly during boot and program start-up depending on what you have going on, and of course as you use the computer for any length of time.

josh josh Sep 26, 2009, 02:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
Thanks for your detail reply.
Can you tell how to delete temporay files, which location i can find them.
what are other files i can delete to free up more memory.

thanks
josh

john albrich Sep 27, 2009, 10:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
Probably the best thing I can recommend is to use a quality system cleaner.

CCLEANER is fairly good and effective. There are others.

However, EVERY cleaner poses some degree of risk of deleting items you would have preferred weren't deleted. While one is running, it may also ask you yes/no questions or options on what it should do. You need to be prepared so that you can keep it from deleting something you might want to keep for some reason.

Read any help information for any cleaner you consider using...BEFORE you use it. Also check out any fora that might exist about that cleaner. CCLEANER has been discussed mutltiple times here in HWA, so you might search on that in the upper right search bar and see what comes up.

You should also consider compacting your email folders, emptying and resizing your "trash" bin, and emptying your email "deleted" folder. By the way, you can manually reduce the size of the disk space reserved for your "trash" bin, and you may even look at your "page file" to see if the maximum size parameter is set too high for your system. You might be able to recover a GB or 2.

Note: the cleaners will NOT know about some program-specific logs and even if they did, might not be able to do anything about them because they have a fixed reserved size. The reserved size can usually only be reduced by an option on the particular application that is using it. For example, I use a system temperature monitoring utility that can keep a log file. I initially had it set to 100mb, and I manually reduced it to 5mb. I have about 10 programs I use regularly that defaulted to keeping large log or tracking files, so you can see that it can add up.

It's always wise to make a complete disk backup before you apply a cleaner...just in case. I like DriveImageXML. It's free and easy to use, and in the years I've used it totally reliable and problem-free.

edit: mention resizing trash bin as well

josh josh Sep 28, 2009, 06:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
thanks john for your detail reply/suggestion , I appreciate your help on the technical matter I am facing.

Regards
Josh

Liquid Shadow Sep 28, 2009, 10:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
Just curious Josh, since your laptop is from 2001, how big is your harddrive to begin with?



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Chris M Oct 01, 2009, 02:31pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
Use this program to help give you a visual representation of the files on your hard drive:

http://windirstat.info/

You'll see some very large files which you can then ask about on the forums. They could include the hibernation file, paging file, memory dumps from crashes, etc.

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john albrich Oct 01, 2009, 07:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
Chris,
WinDirStat looks pretty interesting. Reminds me a lot of a stock analysis program I've used.

Chris M Oct 01, 2009, 08:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
It's a handy little app. I use it a lot in the OP's situation.

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venkatraman t Jan 23, 2012, 12:01am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Losing my free memory on my hard disk Please help me
Hello sir,
In my hardisc memory is 80GB i divide 3 portion in C : 20 D : 30 E : 30 but available space on drive are given by C : 19.5 D: 25.3 E :29.5 how can recover my lost memory.

john albrich Jan 23, 2012, 08:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
venkatraman t

One answer is: search the internet for [ formatted vs. claimed hard drive capacity ] and you'll see that an "80GB" drive isn't really a full 80GB of data storage.

However, how the human actually "sees" claimed or expected vs. reported data storage capacity may depend on the drive manufacturer, the OS, the file system type (e.g. ntfs v. FAT), the cluster size, and/or even the "Explorer" program or other utility you use to analyze and report this information.

Each partition has "overhead" requirements that take away from the final amount of partition data storage space actually available to the end-user/OS/program. How you setup the partition can change the amount of "overhead" space taken to support the partition and thus changes how much space is available to you.

Reason   Jan 23, 2012, 11:57am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
The short version is, HDD manufacturers list capacity in multiples of 10, whereas Windows calculates it as powers of 2. So a manufacturer may consider 10,000 MB to be 10 GB, but Windows doesn't count it that way.

You can get a good ballpark figure by calculating 93% of the manufacturer's stated capacity:
80GB * .93 = 74 GB usable
1TB * .93 = 931 GB usable

Etc.

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Hardware geek Jan 24, 2012, 12:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
Whenever you install any windows on the hard drive, there is a preoccupied space by the windows itself for running various programs. Fairly agree with John but thinks about my opinion too.

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Oliver

edwardallene Apr 23, 2012, 10:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Losing my free memory on my hard disk C: drive.Please help
Do you have system restore enabled for the drive? Go to My computer -> properties -> System Protection Is it on for the C drive? If so select the drive on the menu and click configure. That will tell you how much it is using. Then click cancel. Does it agree with what you are missing?

I'd advise you to keep it enabled. System restore can restore your system to a previous state, files and all, if you have trouble like bad program install, etc. you can set a limit of how much disk space it uses, so you may want to set the limit lower if that is a problem. However, if you set it lower, you may loose restore points, so only do so if you know you have a stable system.




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