Laptop: Disk Cleanup (18th January 2012)
The hard drive had 130GB used space at the start. By the end, it had 119GB. That’s a saving of 11GB for hardly any effort!
- Went to the Start menu and clicked Computer.
- That displayed a Windows Explorer window, showing my laptop’s drives.
- Right-clicked the Local Disk (
C:) item and clicked Properties.
- That displayed the Local Disk (
C:) Properties window.
- Clicked the Disk Cleanup button, next to the Capacity statistics and pie chart.
- That displayed the Disk Cleanup window.
- Opened the More Options tab, looked for the System Restore and Shadow Copies section, then clicked Clean up.
- That displayed a message box, to which I clicked Delete.
- The process ran, taking several seconds.
- When it completed I was returned to the Disk Cleanup window.
- Opened the Disk Cleanup tab.
- Ticked Service Pack Backup Files (920MB) and Temporary Files (30.9MB).
- Unticked Thumbnails (190MB) as that will cause thrashing in my GTA modding folders with lots of screenshots.
- Clicked OK.
- That displayed a message, to which I clicked Delete.
- The process ran, taking several minutes with no visible progress for over a minute on 3 occassions.
When it was completed I was returned to the Local Disk (
C:) Properties window. This still said 130GB was used. Huh? I clicked OK and then opened a fresh instance of it.
Just 119GB is now used. Saved 11GB in less than half an hour of maintenance. That includes waiting for the processes and writing this entry!
- Opened the Tools tab.
- Clicked Defragment now.
- This displayed the Disk Defragmenter window.
- It tells me Last Run for Drive called
C:was 23/11/2011 00:39 (1% fragmented).
- Does that mean it ended at 1% fragmented or is that how it started? (I can only guess it’s the latter.)
- Clicked Analyze disk, which is not the default action.
- This replaces the entry, so Last Run now says Running... instead of telling me what the last run was like. Huh?
- The final column is called Progress and it dutifully tells me 45% analyzed at the moment.
- There is no progress bar: neither in the window nor in the taskbar.
- The analysis completes after a few minutes.
- Last Run now says 18/01/2012 06:57 (7% fragmented).
- Should I defragment it now or not?
- What are the most fragmented files?
- How big are the most fragmented files?
- The tool used to tell me those things in Windows XP. Seems to be absent from Windows 7, now.
- I clicked Defragment Disk because such a large proportion of its data has been added and removed.
At this point I left the laptop to it. It was plugged in and power saving settings tell it to sleep after 10 or 20 minutes of inactivity. The screens are turned off after 2 minutes.
Later that day the laptop was asleep. It resumed promptly and once at my desktop, it said the Last Run was 18/01/2012 07:07 (0% fragmented). So that must be the percentage once it has finished. Hooray.
I clicked Close.
Dell Inspiron Laptop Entries
- Received It!
- File Transfers with USB Stick
- Full Administrator Account!
- Installing Firefox
- Installing Games
- Reducing Processes
- WiFi Gaming
- Backups, Old & New
- Desk Arrangements
- Migrating Music
- Mobile Phone Archive
- Web Developer Setup
- Putting Old PC Out To Pasture
- Stopping the Magical Edges
- Disk Cleanup
- FTPuse Integrates Seamlessly
- Laptop Performance