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BASIC DISK SPACE QUESTION - READ WHEN YOU HAVE TIME

*THIS IS JUST A BASIC QUESTION - GET BACK TO ME ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE TIME.,.I KNOW YOU ARE BUSY HELPING OTHERS WITH PROBLEMS.*

Hi again Hanto! I have yet another question I hope you can answer for me.

I am running windows xp on my machine. If I right click on "my computer, then properties and then "general" it tells me the following:

Windows XP Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Hewlett-Packard
Paviliion
AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+
2.08 GHz, 448 MB of RAM

My question is: Everything seems to be running slow on my machine. It's not a virus as I have something for checking those every night since it happened and was fixed. I know that having a lot of applications running will slow things down so I make sure I only have 1-3 running at a time. Certain programs take a lot of memory so I only run them alone. But, I have a TON of digital camera pictures and 30 second movies stored on my hard drive. I know I really need to burn them onto a cd, but in the mean time do you think that could be what is making my machine slow? Do I have too much stored on the hard disk? Or how do I find this out?

I hope this is okay to ask you as this is obviously a basic question that I could probably research myself. I did try but the things I find are not so easy to understand and you always turn the lightbulb on over my head!

Thanks a million,
Colleen

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  • ce_lefebvre Sep 07, 2008

    I just deleted my cookies and temporary internet files and it seems to be a little bit better. But I still need to know about disk space and if I really need to burn the pictures/if that is causing my machine to run slow, etc.



    Thanks

  • ce_lefebvre Sep 07, 2008

    Yes, I will do everything you suggest. I have defragged this machine several times but haven't done so in a few months.



    Just so we are on the same page, -- I'm not a beginner on a PC but nowhere near where I'd like to be. I have 20 years of computer experience and 90% of those were on a Mac. I understand their operating system and could figure out anything very easily -- (basic maintenance, upkeep, troubleshooting, etc).



    PCs are the polar opposite to me. I think of it like learning an entirely new language. What I knew on a Mac is not anywhere near the same on a PC. Disk space on a mac was easily found when I double clicked on my hard drive. It listed how much I had, how much was being used and how much was free. I have no idea how to find this information out in Windows.



    I assumed the digital photos were taking up disk space but I have no idea how to find out how much free space I have, and it frustrates me to not be able to figure out something so basic!



    Anyway, good luck on your flight and thank you so very much for helping me along the way to figuring out how to work this!



    Colleen

  • ce_lefebvre Sep 08, 2008

    Oh don't worry about that...I would never delete anything ever again because I destroyed an entire system once by not knowing what I was doing and doing a "system restore" or something like that. I thought it would just restore the computer to the way it was when I first bought it. This was years and years ago and I obviously didn't think first before doing it because it screwed everything up to the point we just went and bought a new system. I lost everything. So I never ever delete anything as I know I could easily do that again if I'm not careful.



    So you gave me the information I needed. Thank you. I'll set the computer up to defrag the machine in the middle of the night because it does take a while.



    Thanks very much!!!

    C

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I can't spend a lot of time as I have to catch an airplane in just a little while, but YES, a lot of small files will most definitely slow your computer down as I doubt you have spent much time keeping your hard drive as neat as you have the rest of your house I bet. And it ends up being one the major reasons for having to visit the computer shop. Because small files tend to get corrupted easily.
I'm not entirely as positive as you are that you are without any malware infections unless you have included my recommendations of the other day into your regimen of maintenance on your computer. If you have GREAT, but if not, I would not trust your conclusions about your computer being clean of malware because I simply do not trust any other products to clean a system other then those I have told you about.

Now getting back to your original ( this thread ) comment, you need to defrag the hard drive with a product like Auslogics Disk Defrag ( Free ). Very basic but also VERY FAST comparatively speaking. It doesn't do the fancy stuff but it does everything else just fine. I'm guessing you have very little experience with doing defrags and if your first time on this computer, you will have a very long process in front of you due to all the small files but this is like brushing your teeth, everyone needs to do it on a very regular basis and the more small files the more it needs to be done if you want to keep your small files and the computer out of the shop. This will not be a quick excersise if never previously done by this routine and should be done at least once every two days for a week until you have more confidence in its use and what you see.. Once you have COMPLETELY defragged the drive, then you can with some confidence write these files to CD/DVD for safe keeping. Sooner or later you will fill up your hard drive with these miscellenous files so they need to be removed and stored else you run the risk of corrupting the hard drive and having to visit the shop again. Sounds just like a tooth ache doesn't it.

So get the program, install it, and run the thing at least twice before anything else. Be prepared for a long process as I doubt you have done anything like this in a while. The second time around will be much faster or should be at least.
Once accomplished write your pictures and videos to CD/DVD and get them off the hard drive. Don't let the CD/DVDwrting program delete the files for you because you should not trust the created CD/DVD until you have viewed it yourself outside the influence of the CD/DVDwriting program. Once the created CD/DVD is trusted, then remove those files from hard drive ( leaning your hard drive down some ). Then defrag again.
The defrag program will give you some idea in a relative way of how much is on your system.
Since your knowledge level is basic, this is as far as I will go at the moment. Get these things done as soon as possible for the sake of your hard drive and the well-being of your files...

Take care Colleen

Reb

Posted on Sep 07, 2008

  • Ravel Lively
    Ravel Lively Sep 08, 2008

    Anyone knowing a bit about the use of Windows Explorer can do almost anything they wish on a Windows based computer. I know Macs had a similar program as I used in a college I went to for a very short time.

    Notice I said Windows Explorer, not Internet Explorer.

    The reason I am avoiding saying to much is I'm afraid you might become less then cautious and start deleting folders and files that are necessary to the function of your computer's operation. It happens far to much and has happened to me on occasion. If I led you in that direction then I would feel responsible and I really don't want to be in that predicament if I can help it.



    It will be some hours now before I can re-visit this thread. Probaby 7-8 hours at least. Take care



    Reb

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