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TheGeek
Can someone give me suggestions what i can do to make it last a little longer. Right now money is sorta tight and i just ran over the 15% free space left...in fact im more around the 5% free space line right now. I have noticed since this has happened that my PC has slowed down significantly. I am unable to defrag the HD since i only have 5% left.


If there is anyway that i can speed things up and remove stuff unneccesary, id appreciate it. I know all the basics for maintenance like disk clean up and stuff, but i need to get more space than that.
orno
maybe try removing old system restore points?

see here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/plan/faqsrwxp.mspx

and here: http://forum.aumha.org/viewtopic.php?p=90004

for details on how to do that...apart from that theres the obvious, remove old programs, remove unused windows components etc bullshit

if u have about 40$, u could also invest in a dvd burner... well worth it Smile
James Bamfield
Anything u dont use often delete. store all your pics and muysic on cds or flash drives. You can pic up a new hard drive mate for about 10 these days arnt top of the range but they do the job and are easy to install
TheGeek
thanks for the tips.

As far as getting a new Hard Drive goes, im looking into it, but unless i can find one for under or around 25-40 USD than i wont be able to do it. I have concidered the DVD burner, but for the price that i could get one of those, and all the DVD's i would need to store all my data, it would cost me the same if not more than just getting a whole new HDD.

Im gunna try this program from McAfee that my friend said was good, its like McAfee quick clean or something like that, and he said it works pretty good for this kinda stuff. Im also thinking of compressing some stuff on my HD as well.
progman89
Just use CD-RWs to back up your stuff...you can use them over and over and they're much cheaper than DVDs.
Neus
cheapest i saw on newegg.com in a quick scan through

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148015

$60 bucks.. but not a bad harddrive... 80gigs
Donutey
yea... Be careful not to delete program files or system files... the most effective way to save space is by removing large uneeded programs/ games by using their embedded uninstall feature...

Wink
yjwong
You could buy an external HD for backup purposes, too.
argha
Keep deleting your tem files and Zip up all the downloads data like software downloads and keep it in a CD . Remove unwanted softeare and unused softeare from your Add/Remove program it will help you to have more space.
nhl4000
Delete some stuff or buy a harddrive, external or internal. And no, this will not remove all your files, you'll just have another drive letter with the amount of space your harddrive that you bought.
TheGeek
ok so this is sad.

I have removed all games and coughcoughpornocoughcough from my computer and i still dont have enough free space...

That means i have 90GB of txt documents, websites, web data, pictures for those websites, music, and programs....wow

Im trying to save the money right now for a new atleast 80GB drive, i can get those pretty cheap here when they go on sale at the store (less than 50 bucks usually) so ill wait for another one of those deals to come up.

Im also gunna try to compress any files i dont use often. How do i do that? I have never had to do it before.

As far as backing up to a cd/rw goes i dont have a burner, my old one busted when a cd blew up inside of it, so i also gotta get a new one. But im working on bumming that off my friend.
gh0stface
TheGeek wrote:

Im trying to save the money right now for a new atleast 80GB drive, i can get those pretty cheap here when they go on sale at the store (less than 50 bucks usually) so ill wait for another one of those deals to come up.

If you're from the U.S. it's probably best to wait for the Sunday ads. Usually Best Buy, CompUSA, OfficeMax has pretty good deals. This past Sunday, CompUSA had a Hitachi 160 Gig hard drive for i believe only 50 dollars.
dark_paladin
TheGeek wrote:
That means i have 90GB of txt documents, websites, web data, pictures for those websites, music, and programs....wow


I guess you should go to "My Computer", then find out which folder used up the most space and check to see what is in that folder...
TheGeek
does anyone know how to do the compression of the unused files? Like doing it the windows way? Cuz i have nothing to do right now, and i figured it try to minimize some stuff.
n0obie4life
dark_paladin wrote:
TheGeek wrote:
That means i have 90GB of txt documents, websites, web data, pictures for those websites, music, and programs....wow


I guess you should go to "My Computer", then find out which folder used up the most space and check to see what is in that folder...


I'm sure its My Docs or Steam if he has it.
Simulator
Upload all you want to save here http://zupload.com/contactus.php then format your PC, I think the UBD will do that without deleting your OS, but there is always Linux
Summer
Better back-up all your files and format your HDD . Save money but not time .
Indyan
http://www.ccleaner.com/
Download that and remove unnexxesary files.

Download Perfect Disk v7 ( www.raxco.com) and defrag using that.
danny25
TheGeek wrote:
does anyone know how to do the compression of the unused files? Like doing it the windows way? Cuz i have nothing to do right now, and i figured it try to minimize some stuff.


You can use Winzip which is easy to use once installed you can just right click the file and click "add to zip".

Alternatively , you can use the inbuilt compression in windows .

By again right clicking the file and then clicking "send to compressed zipped folder"

You can also use WINRAR .

For downloading any of these you can search in Google or download them from www.download.com

Hope this helps.

Regards.

A personal tip ,

Also uploading all the content and reformatting the PC helps cutting down on the amount of space used because then we have the power to select which file/software we want to reload.
TheGeek
but isnt there some automatic compression thing in windows that figures out rarely used stuff and compresses it?
aardvark
40GB hard drives can be got for about $30 on ebay with shipping.

Also worth considering is a bit more memory. If you only have 128MB then another strip or two of PC100 memory will only set you back a few dollars on ebay.
Jeff_vella_leone
ahh man they nearly said all the possibilities u got i only got to mention u if ur got to buy a hard disk for a few buks buy a 160 gb the price between then is not much so if u gonna buy buy something good
i got 80 gb and still i come with ur problems
mostly cosmovies i have on the pc and huge downloads but still for me 80 gb not enough im buying a 160 soon
and an other thing try to use win rar instead of winzip
there is no method that i know to do a compressing from windows and if there is i think it will slow down ur pc and i dont think u got a good pc to handle it
as allready said before u have to compress the files that r taking too much space they allready told u where to search for them
i suggest o get a hard disk of ur m8 and if u know a good computer programer oor somone who can do it well just ask him to get ur m8 hard disk and store all the data u know on his hard disk and do a format then put ur known data there u should get rid of all the shit u have that is taking ur space
hope that helps
naz
I bought some weeks ago a 200GB Samsung HDD (SP2014N) and just can recommend it. I had enough with my small 80GB HDD and now I more relaxed if I want to download some big ISO file or copy a movie to my HDD.
The price for the HDD is about 75 although I think it should be cheaper by now.
ShinSven
Buy new comp..
darrell
you can try to clean up your ram so that it will will run faster[/code]
TheGeek
its not a matter of my computer being crappy. I have 512mb of DDR400 so i know thats not the issue, though i am and have been considering another stick of the stuff cuz i do a lot of labor intensive rendering at times with photoshop and a few other imaging programs.

The only real problem is my HD, i think im gunna save for another 160GB, cuz i have a 100GB right now, and its all but 7GB full...damn movies.

I have some program that supposedly cleans out your RAM, but i forget what its called, but it allows you to specify how much RAM you wanna free up and it gives it to you...i think.
dan751
Buy computer parts of Ebay.com, that's where I got myself a 120GB 7200RPM hard drive for $60 USD. Better yet, from Western Digital (I like them).Very Happy My computer has improved it's performance a lot since I added the new drive.Very Happy
mark
Try cleaning up your PC. Windows has a disk cleanup system which allows you to cleanup C:
Delete all the unnecessary files on the computer, like pictures music and games. If you have burnt them to a CD, you can always get it later. If at all a large file is too precious to be deleted, back it up on a CD or a jump drive. That's when your hard drive will begin regaining space and then defragment it.
mark
darrell wrote:
you can try to clean up your ram so that it will will run faster


What's the use of cleaning up your RAM? It makes no difference. Cleaning your HDD is better
venkateshwarans
If you want a good compressing agent go for 7zip. A new hard drive or deleting files are the same old ways of dealing with it.
picsite
you're tight on money but what about dvd's or cd's , i know when my comp starts filling up i start backing up to dvd's. They are really cheap, like $.20 for a 4gb dvd or $.12 for 700 mb cds.
TheGeek
I got a program called zipgenious and i love it so far. If any of you wanna try it just google it, its free. But it uses the new 7zip format and its amazing. It knocked down a 13MB file of mine down to under 8MB, its a really good compression. But ive started using that to compress alot of stuff and have found nearly 2 gigs of room, but its still not enough. I also did a disk defrag and clean up but it didnt clean up too much stuff.

All and all iv managed to scavange about 3ish gigs of space from somewhere. But who knows, maybe ill just have enough money within the next few months for a new HD!!!

Thanks for the help guys.
wuggizle
What are your system specs?
TheGeek
Processor: Intel P4 2.53Ghz
RAM: 512MB
HD: 100GB
CDRW
DVD-ROM
Onboard Gfx processor 64 or 32MB im not sure which, iv read both things from two different places.
Linksys 54G wifi card 2ndGen.
FarKilla
Not sure if this was mentioned already, but pricewatch has some awesom deals.
SBrian
Which computer is not getting old. My PC is now almost 3 years old. When I bought it, it was one of the best. But nowadays.............................. Sad Sad

When I should buy a new one, I should prefer a Intel 3.2 Ghz. Some people said that AMD is more powerfull, but I don't believe it. Wink Wink Wink
TheGeek
SBrian wrote:
Which computer is not getting old. My PC is now almost 3 years old. When I bought it, it was one of the best. But nowadays.............................. Sad Sad

When I should buy a new one, I should prefer a Intel 3.2 Ghz. Some people said that AMD is more powerfull, but I don't believe it. Wink Wink Wink


AMD is not more powerful, but if i were you, atleast get Intel's new 64bit processor their comming out with...but if you wanna spend less money do AMD...garuntee their 64bit processors will be cheaper.
technology.sponge
just add an internal hdd
u can get em quite cheap now
basic 7200rpm 8mb cache ide133 ones start at lyk 60bux AUD
prolly even cheaper in us onceu convert the price
bananaphone
Forget it - just buy a new one!
optionwala
I think you can try dustbuster xp at www.casperize.com. Doesnt tell you what it does but i found it pretty effective. Detectet a lot of junk i didnt now existed on my Hard Disk.

Good Luck
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