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Is there a way I can reduce the file size of, like, videos and stuff? I need to clear up disk space.

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Stuart K Reilly

There actually IS a way to do that. Go to Programs-Accessories-system tools-disk cleanup

 

Choose your hard drive (should be labeled C:) then wait for it to scan. then it will pop up a window and one of the options in there is "compress old files"

 

If you have 7 it may not be on there, if not. GO FUCKING BUY AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

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Defragmentation

Delete unwanted files

External hard drive/storage mediums

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Throw away your pr0n into the Recycle Bin

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There's treesize if you want a clear indication of what's taking up space.

 

Also if you use Vegas I know it has a tendency to leave bigass video and audio files on your disk.

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RAKninja

GO FUCKING BUY AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE

it makes you look like an ass when you make this kind of "suggestion" for a technical problem. buying new hardware is not always an option and is not what the OP was asking. a cheaper solution would be burning the files to optical disk, anyway.

Is there a way I can reduce the file size of, like, videos and stuff? I need to clear up disk space.

rerender the videos in lower resolution. anything in HD resolution will take up a ton of space. 640 x 384 looks fairly decent, and can contain about an hour and a half of video in roughly 1 gig.
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You probably have a lot of files you don't need. Try looking for and deleting things you don't need. Or if you only need some things for long term storage, consider burning them to external media to free up space on your hard drive.

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Clear your recycle bin.

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thapoint09

Putting stuff on my flash drive seem ed to work. As an extra measure, I went and deleted various unneeded stuff like SFK files.

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joestrange8

I'm gonna safely assume you have a laptop.

 

I would start off by installing ccleaner (https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner) this utility allows you to remove any temporary files that are still on your computer. This can usually free up 2 or 3 GB for your hard drive. You can also use it to force remove programs you don't use. 

 

Other than that, remove old videos/photos, Defrag your hard drive, and try backing up your documents on an external hard drive or USB flash drive. 

 

If all else false, you can always install Linux! Most Linux distros don't take up that much data.

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RAKninja

yea, that makes sense.

"i need more disk space"

"install a new OS!"

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Leafblower29

yea, that makes sense.

"i need more disk space"

"install a new OS!"

If you're desperate to gain ~30 gigs of space, and are willing to give up Windows only applications, then yeah it's a pretty good option.

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RAKninja

yea, that makes sense.

"i need more disk space"

"install a new OS!"

If you're desperate to gain ~30 gigs of space, and are willing to give up Windows only applications, then yeah it's a pretty good option.

in all my years of being a computer tech, i have not found one person willing to leave windows for a little bit of disk space. take from that what you will.
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TehVSmasher

Do you have a mac? (This [may] work on a pc too...)

Open a video you want to reduce in size in Quicktime Player.

Go to File > Export To > Web

You can then choose one or multiple exporting options, broadband the highest quality and cellular the lowest. 

It can take a video gigabytes in size and reduce it drastically. Works well. 

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RAKninja

Do you have a mac? (This [may] work on a pc too...)

Open a video you want to reduce in size in Quicktime Player.

Go to File > Export To > Web

You can then choose one or multiple exporting options, broadband the highest quality and cellular the lowest. 

It can take a video gigabytes in size and reduce it drastically. Works well.

that's basically what this means:

rerender the videos in lower resolution. anything in HD resolution will take up a ton of space. 640 x 384 looks fairly decent, and can contain about an hour and a half of video in roughly 1 gig.

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Shazy-Shaze

You could also disable hibernation and delete your paging file, that would free up an amount of space equal to how much memory you have.

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What does disabling hibernation do?

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RAKninja

What does disabling hibernation do?

when your computer goes into hibernation it dumps all the things currently loaded into memory. If you don't have a lot of ram it is going to end up in your pageing file, which is cheap way to get fake ram out of your hard drive.
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Whenever I bring up "disk cleanup" it stops working right on the spot.

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