Even with a big hard drive (100GB), I somehow manage to fill it up lots of data and one day I realize that the disk is out of space. I am sure its the same case with many others as well 🙂
To overcome this problem, you are left with 4 options
- Buy a new additional hard drive.
- Backup some of the unused files onto a DVD/CD .
- Upload/Backup data onto a free service such as AMD Live! Media Vault
- Cleanup your hard drive.
First option is again a short term solution, since within a short time it will also be filled up and you will be back to the state where you have to again make a choice! Basically it results in an “infinite” loop !!
My blogroll friend Shiv has a 250GB hard drive and he says even that is not enough and surprisingly he is contemplating on adding additional drives !
The second option is a pretty useful one, but you need to take care of labeling the media and also storing it properly. There should be a proper catalog of the data written on the media (CD/DVD) to avoid duplication.
And with “writable” DVD’s become cheaper by the day, this solution is definitely recommended. And if you have a dual layer DVD writer, you can write double the amount of data on a single DVD.
On the downside, not everyone has a DVD writer and so for a few this solutions is also ruled out.
AMD Live! Media Vault gives you a private and secure place to upload, store, access, and share your personal videos, photos, movies, music, and files. You can:
- Store files securely on the web. Get 25 GBs of FREE online storage.
- Access your files from any web browser.
- Share all your files quickly and easily, without file size restrictions.
- Host videos, audio, images, and more on the web.
- Backup your files and data safely and reliably.
However in a bandwidth constrained environment (like in India), this option is also not viable. But for people with T1 or T3 connection this solution is definitely recommended.
In order to cleanup or backup your data, the first thing you should do is to find out the folders/files taking huge amount of data. In Windows, you could use the Search feature to find the large files but you have to bear with the “infinite” amount of time it takes to search !
And in Windows there is no way to find the size of a folder without seeing the properties of the folder.
FolderSize for Windows helps you to overcome this problem and it adds a “Folder size” column in the windows explorer.
(Note that when there is a “+” next to the folder size, the final value is still being calculated )
As you can see from the snapshot, the information displayed is pretty useful in finding the folder/file taking the maximum space. And each item in the list is a hyperlink and you can dig deep into the folder to find the culprit.
Using DiskState you can eliminate wasted disk space by deleting old and temporary files at your command or on a schedule. In addition, you can also get a complete listing of duplicate files over all your drives using a powerful 128-bit MD5 signature to ensure that files actually are equal.
However in windows there is a DiskCleanup application which should be run regularly to clean up the “Temp” directory and the Temporary Internet files.
Please leave a comment if you would like to suggest other methods of cleaning up the hard drive 🙂