How do I free up space on my hard drive?

by on November 6, 2010

Q: I would like to strip my Dell Inspiron notebook, circa 2000, to the bare bones on the MS Windows XP operating system so I can run an old DOS-based accounting program that runs off C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\COMMAND.COM

At the root there are some files that I think are relative to this operating environment for this product:
C:\msdos.sys
C:\ntdetect.com

My problem is:
Over the years the Windows updates have consumed most of the paltry 10MB of space on the hard drive. The accounting program runs beautifully in a window of Windows XP as it exits to DOS to run, and then returns to the Windows environment. It shipped with its own *.PIF files as the DOS version of the software was supported in the early years of the MS-Windows environment until the accounting software was released in Windows versions.

The issue is, I would like to free as much space from the Windows operating system, and the HD in general as the little notebook will be sitting in the corner of my desk with one purpose in life, that is to run the DOS-based GL and print to my HP Laserjet 5. Is that asking too much 🙂

Any tips on how to clear space on the HD and leave a version of MS-Windows XP functional?


One Response to “How do I free up space on my hard drive?”
  1.  
    Picked as best answer

    Or favorite tool for hard drive clean-up is ccleaner

    It is a free download from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

    Install that on the computer, and run it. It will scan the hard drive and find all the junk, and give you the option of getting rid of it.

    Also, check your ‘Add/Remove Programs’ section in control panel for any programs that you had installed on the computer and no longer need. Don’t uninstall anything if you don’t know what it is.