[R] C: drive memory full

jwd jwd at surewest.net
Wed Jun 18 03:09:31 CEST 2014

On Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:48:54 +0000
"Hiyoshi, Ayako" <ayako.hiyoshi.09 at alumni.ucl.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear Martyn and Professor Ripley,
> Thank you so much for your help. I used Window's large file search
> (it was useful! thank you), but there is no big files detected in C:
> drive . Perhaps I will have to reinstall Windows..
The problem may not be R at all, but rather Windows.  How large is your
drive, not RAM but the actual drive?

If you can, examine your drive to see if there are either fragmentation
problems or hidden files taking up excess space.  Look at the
drive properties for C:\ and run disk clean-up if possible.  Another
problem, MS may have fixed this at some point - I don't run Win 8, is
that if your deleted files are not removed, you can run out of space.
Usually, the space occupied by a file marked for deletion should
be scavenged as Windows needs space, but sometimes that may not happen,
especially with a very full drive. So, if there are files in the
"Wastebasket" remove them completely.  Another space-use that can grow
to excess is a print spool. Even Windows uses a print spool and that can
grow too large for the system to function efficiently.  


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