[R] C: drive memory full

David L Carlson dcarlson at tamu.edu
Wed Jun 18 16:05:48 CEST 2014

Windows 8 (and earlier versions) has a disk cleanup tool that will let you delete temporary files that might help. At the bottom of the screen on the taskbar, click the folder icon to bring up a windows showing your drives and folders. On the left side click on the drive you are interested in (probably "C:"). On the top title bar of the window showing the folders in drive C: on the left is an icon showing a sheet of paper with a red checkmark. That brings up a properties window that shows you how much space you are using and how much is free. Close that window and then click on the Manage tab on the line just below the title bar. Click on Cleanup and that will let you select temporary files of various kinds for deletion if your drive is getting full.

David L Carlson
Department of Anthropology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77840-4352

-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of jwd
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:10 PM
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Subject: Re: [R] C: drive memory full

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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