Jan 17 2009
I love my not-so-little desktop PC. It’s got 3 gigs of memory, an Nvidia 8600 graphics card, two monitors an AMD X2 4600 processor and half a terabyte of hard drive space, plus another terabyte of external drive space. But when I originally built it I only had a 160 gig drive and wanted the majority of the space to be available to record podcasts and made the horrible mistake of only giving the C drive 12 gigs, figuring putting the program files on the D drive would make that enough space on C. Little did I know the problems that would cause.
I’ve frequently had to rummage through the drive and find temporary files to delete because the system was running out of space. It’s amazing how much space temp files for Firefox and Internet Explorer can take up. What really amazed me was when I installed Spore just before Christmas and how it insisted on saving everything to My Documents on the C drive, even though I’d told it to use the D drive. I didn’t realize saved games could quickly get into the gigabyte range, which was bad for my system performance. So Spore had to go. (the kids still get to play it on the Mac Book Pro, however)
Yesterday I found the program I’ve been needing for over a year, Xinorbis. I fired it up let it shift through the hard drive and a couple of minutes later a nice little pie chart came up. The big surprise to me was that I had a ton of .flv files hanging out in various subdirectories throughout my drive from videos I’d watched over the years. Xinorbis allowed me to select the ‘Movie’ from the categories and popped up a list of all the .flv files throughout the drive. Clicking on each of the files allowed me open up the directory they were in and remove all of the .flv files I no longer needed or wanted. 30 minutes later I’d freed up 1.5 gigs on my drive, giving me more than enough space to go on for a couple more months until some other application takes up too much space with temp files.
Hopefully you haven’t made the same rookie mistake I did, but you might benifit by running Xinorbis on your computer and discovering where some of that extra junk on you drive is being stored. Or it might just be fun to poke around see what’s there. Either way, Xinorbis helped me finally solve a problem I’d been having with my computer for a long time.