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Besides deleting programs, what else can I safely delete on my C drive, to free up space?

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Please see screenshot below. Don't ask me to buy a new HD, or turn off Hibernate. I MUSTN'T delete Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop; Microsoft Office; Nuance NaturallySpeaking; or Steam.

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You already have a gallon in a quart jar, you are asking if anyone knows how to rewrite the laws of physics. As far as I and the scientific community knows, it's not possible.
You already know the answers, you just don't care to hear them. 100GB hard drive? You're kidding, right? This is 2022, not 1990. The only possible solution without altering your hardware would be to move those programs to a SaS environment and run them in the cloud which essentially turns your system into a terminal and relies on the remote server to provide adequate storage and processing power. In that scenario you could get by with your tiny 100GB drive.
 
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ARCADIAN

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i wouldnt have even graced him with an answer. just buyu a new hdd end of discussion. you can clone the drive to a bigger drive without losing any info, of course you have to be tech savy, if youre not, then time to fork out some cash and get it done, youre playing with fire, if your hdd fills, it will crash and it will not load anymore til you clear some space. dont want our suggestion, then kiss your stuff goodbye.
 

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"gallon in a quart jar...?" heh heh.
Ever hear of a "blivet?" When I first heard this term couple of decades ago, it meant "20 lbs of shit in a 10 # bag...." I see dictionary.com has toned this down to be more pc!
 

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Please see screenshot below. Don't ask me to buy a new HD, or turn off Hibernate. I MUSTN'T delete Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop; Microsoft Office; Nuance NaturallySpeaking; or Steam.

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What version of OS are you running and how old is your PC? My PC is 6 years old and it came with a 2.2 TB HDD built in and the OS is Windows 10 Pro. I rarely worry about space. "Philalethes" gave you the BEST answer.
 

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I am in some sympathy with Scherz0... 2007 I got a laptop with Vista on it, then upgraded it to Win 7 Pro. I have so many of my favorite old programs on that Win 7 computer I still use it despite having a faster Win 10 'puter (in which i have slaved two old spinners besides the SSD it came with).
But I stored all my data files on an external 2 TB USB drive to save space.
I even moved the SSD in the Win 7 to a newer laptop just to not have to reinstall 100's of obscure progs and tools collected over the years.

Scherz0... if the problem is you're worried about reinstalling so many fave cracked programs, etc., or somehow getting it all transferred onto a new hard drive.,..try moving all your downloads and My Docs personal data files to an external USB drive. I didn't see My Docs in your screen shot but I see a couple of fat downloads folders and a bloated desktop with a couple of gigs of space easily removable to an external drive.
I see 1 TB USB at Newegg for $67, and 2 TB is only $10 more.
I see a bunch of new or refurbed external 2 TB USB drives on Ebay for as little as $30, with FREE shipping!
If you are truly broke, find an old SATA drive, and connect it to your puter with a barebones SATA to USB connector
for $15, you don't even need a housing for it.
I've been where you are, C: drive nearly full. Scrounge around, get creative. Check with computer shops for old stuff, Craigslist, computer clubs... want ads!
Good luck!
 

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You already have a gallon in a quart jar, you are asking if anyone knows how to rewrite the laws of physics. As far as I and the scientific community knows, it's not possible.
You already know the answers, you just don't care to hear them. 100GB hard drive? You're kidding, right? This is 2022, not 1990. The only possible solution without altering your hardware would be to move those programs to a SaS environment and run them in the cloud which essentially turns your system into a terminal and relies on the remote server to provide adequate storage and processing power. In that scenario you could get by with your tiny 100GB drive.
This is the best answer ever.
 

philalethes

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This is the best answer ever.
"best?" if the guy can't afford to buy a new drive, how is he going to afford running programs from the cloud? Esp. if he is running cracked progs? No way he can install. What then when internet goes down? Anything stored on the cloud is invitation to more privacy intrusion, and the possibility of them losing your data.
 

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I agree that the OP has an obsolete sized HD. One thing I can suggest is that MS Office can be run from the web and no longer needs to be installed locally. Other thing I can suggest (and mind you I don’t know the OP’s location) is to look into FreeCycle.org which is a website community whose goal is to keep things out of the landfills as long as possible. Even if things are broken there are people that might be able to fix something that another person cannot so people can post all sorts of different things on them the caveat is everything must be given away free there is no selling on there. Freecycle is global but that doesn’t guarantee it will be available where the OP is located. People post things they look to get rid of on there all the time and all sorts of different items including computers and maybe just maybe the person is located in an area accessible to Freecycle. People can also post on there that they are looking for a particular type of item and if somebody happens to have it they can reply to the post that they have the item being looked for and then the people negotiate pick up or delivery between themselves. All communication goes strictly through the website so that no one reveals their personal email address unless they want to. I have gotten good things on there, seen really crazy things on there and have even given away some good things on there. Check it out it is a free subscription.

Other than that I know you don’t wanna hear it but you have no choice you need a larger hard drive the one you have is a modern day ridiculous joke and it’s only usable for a doorstop.
 

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I was finishing up a project on a laptop of mine tonight and I had an additional thought. You had better start shopping for a new hard drive. You are killing that poor thing you have now (if it already hasn't failed.) Some of those programs you are running are real resource hogs, not only in disk i/o but I imagine that isn't exactly a state of the art new generation CPU with 16+GB of RAM which means lots of page file activity as well.
Seriously, the stress you are putting that little 100GB HD thru not to mention it's got to be pretty old with lots of hours isn't going to put up with the load you are putting it under.
BTW I am doing some very intensive video conversion and watching how much resource it's gobbling up made me think of your dilemma.
 

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