Would Reformatting My Laptop Give Me My Disk Space Back

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Formatting will basically delete everything off your hard drive, and go back to as when you 1st bought it. So yes.\

Make sure you have the cd's of what you need install.  (Mainly Microsoft Office applications)
 
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yes
(but sometimes it saves it in a file called "old windows" or something like that)
 
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Save yourself the time and trouble, and buy an external hard drive, and transfer all your music, porn, etc etc, which is what im sure is taking up the majority of the space to it, that'll clear some up.

EDIT: And after you move and or delete alot of things off of your machine, you should perform a chkdsk, to do this, go to the start menu, and select run, when the "run" box comes up type in: cmd, and hit the enter button. a command prompt screen will show up, in there type in: chkdsk /f /x /r, it'll break down all bad sectors and repair them to make them usable again. it'll tell you it will be performed when the machine restarts, say y. next time you reboot it'll take an hour or two to complete.
 
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Originally Posted by neukicks

Save yourself the time and trouble, and buy an external hard drive, and transfer all your music, porn, etc etc, which is what im sure is taking up the majority of the space to it, that'll clear some up.

EDIT: And after you move and or delete alot of things off of your machine, you should perform a chkdsk, to do this, go to the start menu, and select run, when the "run" box comes up type in: cmd, and hit the enter button. a command prompt screen will show up, in there type in: chkdsk /f /x /r, it'll break down all bad sectors and repair them to make them usable again. it'll tell you it will be performed when the machine restarts, say y. next time you reboot it'll take an hour or two to complete.
about to do this

so will it completely delete everything? or enough space to make it run better?
 
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Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
 
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67gb!!?! your comp must be real old. Cop a new one from dell for like 600. Give u a 300gb storage.
 
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
...c'mon, you know you got something else in there as well
 
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Originally Posted by pr0phecy718

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
...c'mon, you know you got something else in there as well
. But only 67 gb? come on dude an ipod has more storage space than that
 

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Originally Posted by pr0phecy718

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
...c'mon, you know you got something else in there as well
His system is all backed up
.
  
 
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Originally Posted by Alchemist IQ

Originally Posted by pr0phecy718

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
...c'mon, you know you got something else in there as well
His system is all backed up
.
  
Na and I'm not putting any money into this laptop because I bought a new Asus netbook last week. I just need this comp to be in better shape for music/movies.
 
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
but if you reformat it where are you gonna put your music?
 
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Originally Posted by oidreez

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
but if you reformat it where are you gonna put your music?
I figured I would transfer it to my external then transfer it back after the reformat.
 
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by Alchemist IQ

Originally Posted by pr0phecy718

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
...c'mon, you know you got something else in there as well
His system is all backed up
.
  
Na and I'm not putting any money into this laptop because I bought a new Asus netbook last week. I just need this comp to be in better shape for music/movies.
Movies huh?
 
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Originally Posted by Mastamind89

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by Alchemist IQ

Originally Posted by pr0phecy718

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
...c'mon, you know you got something else in there as well
His system is all backed up
.
  
Na and I'm not putting any money into this laptop because I bought a new Asus netbook last week. I just need this comp to be in better shape for music/movies.
Movies huh?
Probably the same ones on your computer.
 
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
but if you reformat it where are you gonna put your music?
I figured I would transfer it to my external then transfer it back after the reformat.

wait hold on. i think you need to learn a little bit before you start doing anything. do you know what reformatting is? you realize its going to delete everything you have on your computer and put just the operating system back on right? if the purpose of you reformatting is to get back hard drive space why are you going to move your data to an external drive, reformat and move the stuff back on. you'll be right back where you are right now will no hard drive space left....
 
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Originally Posted by FlipnKraut

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm

Originally Posted by oidreez

yea i would get an external hard drive and move the big files to it
It's not even that really, I mean yeah ok 30 gigs of music slows it down, but that's all else I have on here plus the stock programs.
but if you reformat it where are you gonna put your music?
I figured I would transfer it to my external then transfer it back after the reformat.

wait hold on. i think you need to learn a little bit before you start doing anything. do you know what reformatting is? you realize its going to delete everything you have on your computer and put just the operating system back on right? if the purpose of you reformatting is to get back hard drive space why are you going to move your data to an external drive, reformat and move the stuff back on. you'll be right back where you are right now will no hard drive space left....
Because that would give me 30 gigs back after I put my music back on my laptop. I wanna get rid of all that useless crap that's on here killing all my memory.
 
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download ccleaner.com
1. run it
2. use cleaner
3. then registry cleaner (click no when asks to save)
4. then go to tools- system restore - right click and delete all the files.
5.also download auslogic defrag - run it.
i did this to my friends a few daysago and cleared up 32 gigs of memory
 
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Originally Posted by theekinqq

download ccleaner.com
1. run it
2. use cleaner
3. then registry cleaner (click no when asks to save)
4. then go to tools- system restore - right click and delete all the files.
5.also download auslogic defrag - run it.
i did this to my friends a few daysago and cleared up 32 gigs of memory
You rock.
 
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Originally Posted by theekinqq

download ccleaner.com
1. run it
2. use cleaner
3. then registry cleaner (click no when asks to save)
4. then go to tools- system restore - right click and delete all the files.
5.also download auslogic defrag - run it.
i did this to my friends a few daysago and cleared up 32 gigs of memory
just checking, but will this work in my case...
i got a laptop from my brother about a week ago and i want to delete everything off of it, but i don't have the Vista disk that came with it
 
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