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Cleaning up a Disk

Over time, your hard disk will accumulate temporary files, stale components, recycled junk, and space-wasters that you can remove safely. Use Disk Cleanup to reclaim disk space if you’re running out of room.

To remove unneeded files:

1.
Choose Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup; select a drive (if you have more than one); then click OK.

or

Right-click a drive icon in My Computer; then choose Properties > General tab > Disk Cleanup.

or

Choose Start > Run; type cleanmgr; press Enter; select a drive; then click OK.

2.
In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, check the boxes of the files that you want to delete (Figure 19.17).

Figure 19.17. Disk Cleanup searches your drive and then shows you temporary files, Internet cache files, and unnecessary program files that you can delete safely.


The right column shows how much space you can make available. The text below the list box describes the selected option.

3.
Click OK.


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