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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-01-2020, 22:54
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As you've said, Garmin downloads new versions of their map files (c5-6Gb \ version). They then reside in two folders.
Check you've covered both folders.
Think they are in -

\ProgramData\Garmin\CoreService\Downloads\Map - you can delete all versions

\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps - do not delete the latest version as this is the "live" environment


Do not touch any files in \Program Files (x86)\Garmin as they are the system files.
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If you don't already have something like it, download CCleaner and run it. It may find a heap of stuff it can delete.
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I have a similar set up with a partitioned C / D of 224GB and 704GB respectively. My C drive also fills up and Garmin is the worst offender. I intend to try the programs mentioned by those more knowledgable than me....

I clone my drive every couple of months and check the current drive against the clone before recloning using windirstat and delete the files that are excessively larger than the clone - Garmin usually...

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Iíve sent it in to a local computer geek. His first thoughts were that probably deleted files were still acting as ghost files and taking up space. I did a google search and it seems that when you delete a file and clear the recycle bin the actual deleted bits and pieces are still there until they get overwritten by another file. Apparently itís because to delete fully takes as long to delete as to overwrite. As my system is now 10 years old but was very high specced in its day, Iíve asked them to replace the drive with a SSD and go win10.

Iíd imagine that these ďghostĒ files are what caught out Gary Glitter and others?

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Ten years!! I dont think ive ever had a laptop last more than three. Still, an SSD will breathe some life into it. You might face the same issue I did though when I went to SSD if your used to having a large hard drive unless you have forked out for a high capacity SSD. I went from a 1tb HD to a 360GB SSD so I had to store a lot of stuff from the old laptop onto an external drive plus I often have to do a bit of a clean up purge which you should do anyway really. I put an SSD into Mrs D's old Dell Latitude recently which she refuses to part with and its fantastic now.
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Even though the deleted files are still on the hard drive (and, yes, recoverable unless written over by new files) they don't count as used space. So running CCleaner would be the way to free up space. Advisable to do routinely.

Buy a decent spec one and upgradable (memory and hard drive usually) and you can get a lot of years from them. Most breakable bits are hard drives, screen hinges & the display wire through them, power input socket.

The SSD will give it a nice bit of pep. They've come down in price so hopefully you got a decent sized one (minimum of 250Gb). Anything less will fill quickly.

Win 10 with 4Gb of memory is barely ok, but if you can it likes a minimum of 8Gb.
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They are sticking in a 2tb ssd and win10 was able to be put on as a free upgrade from win7. I already have 2 x 2tb separate hard drives so Iíve plenty of storage space. Iím running 6gb ram at 3ghz so it should be fast enough

I run CCleaner routinely along with Glary utilities and Iolo so itís not for want of trying to keep it cleaned and fast.
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