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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by samuraiwild, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. samuraiwild

    samuraiwild Thread Starter

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel Pentium III processor, x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 6
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 510 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82815 Graphics Controller (Microsoft Corporation), 32 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 19084 MB, Free - 4 MB; E: Total - 152550 MB, Free - 152174 MB;
    Motherboard: Compaq, 0684h
    Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    Question: have an old Compaq PC with very little disk space on the hard drive (31.7 MB). Purchased an external hard drive, transfered C: files to E: drive when allowed. Freed up very little space on the C: drive. What else can I do?
     
  2. C141

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    Well, one thing you can do is turn off system restore completely or at least reduce the amount of restore space to something less than the default 12%. You probably have about 3 GB being used for restore.

    Right Click 'My Computer'
    Select 'Properties'
    Select 'System Restore' Tab
    Lower the slider towards 0 or place a check in the box to turn it off completely.
     
  3. samuraiwild

    samuraiwild Thread Starter

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    Thanx, tried what you suggested, i.e., turn off system storage. Did so, however, when checking the C: drive via "my computer", had 3.52 MB disk space, 18GB. Should I just buy a new interior hard drive?
     
  4. C141

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    The change doesn't show until you reboot. Check again.

    You show your 'E' drive [partition?] as: E: Total - 152550 MB, Free -152174 MB

    Why don't you take a chunk of or all of it & add to 'C' ?
     
  5. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    I agree completely with C141.

    samuraiwild, why is your harddrive partitioned in this way?

    Use EaseUS's Partition Tool to put all the available memory of your E drive to your C drive. If you have data you want to keep on the "E drive", you will want to transfer it to your C Drive before using the partition tool.
     
  6. samuraiwild

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    Sorry, have no idea what a "Partition" is, or how to use it. I thought the external drive was for storage only. Afraid you would have to walk me through it step by step. If I understand, you are saying transfer the memory from E: drive to C: drive. If so, as I said you would have to walk me through it. I'm computer literate, but not that literate.
     
  7. C141

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    Oops. My bad. Looks like I jumped a bit soon. The E drive is external.
    To gain additional space on 'C' you will probably need to uninstall any software you are not using or haven't used in a long time. Sounds like you have already moved pics, docs, videos, music files etc.
    Another option would be to purchase a larger drive [My recommendation] & install Windows on it. If your case/tower allows, you could move your presently installed drive into another slot/bay & use it for additional storage. You might also be able to use the external hard drive you purchased instead. What external drive did you purchase?

    Then again, [there's always one of those], consider the age of your system & what your finances will allow. You may be much better off spending money for a newer computer.
     
  8. flavallee

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    Right-click My Computer, then click Properties - System Restore.

    Move the slider from its default value of 12% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

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    Right-click Recycle Bin, then click Properties.

    Move the slider from its default value of 10% to 3%, then click Apply - OK.

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    Click Start - Run, then type in

    %temp% (% is the percentage symbol on the number 5 key)

    and then click OK.

    Click Start - Run, then type in

    c:\windows\temp

    and then click OK.

    Once those 2 temp folders appear and you can view their contents, select and delete EVERYTHING that's inside them.

    If a few files resist being deleted, that's normal behavior. Leave them alone and delete EVERYTHING else.

    If a massive number of files are being deleted, the computer may appear to "hang". Be patient and wait for the deletion process to finish.

    After it's done, empty the Recycle Bin and then restart the computer.

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