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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

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  • 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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HARD DISK MAINTENANCE TO KEEP COMPUTER RUNNING EFFICIENTLY.

Hard disk maintenance should be carried once a month to make your computer run efficiently.
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Convert to Basic and Dynamic Disks in Windows XP


Windows XP Professional supports two types of disk storage: basic and dynamic. Basic disk storage uses partition-oriented disks. A basic disk contains basic volumes (primary partitions, extended partitions, and logical drives).

Dynamic disk storage uses volume-oriented disks, and includes features that basic disks do not, such as the ability to create volumes that span multiple disks (spanned and striped volumes).

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Before your change a basic disk to a dynamic disk, note these items:

You must have at least 1 megabyte (MB) of free space on any master boot record (MBR) disk that you want to convert. This space is automatically reserved when the partition or volume is created in Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional. However, it may not be available on partitions or volumes that are created in other operating systems.

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After you convert to a dynamic disk, local access to the dynamic disk is limited to Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000.

If your disk contains multiply installations of Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000, do not convert to a dynamic disk. The conversion operation removes partition entries for all partitions on the disk with the exception of the system and boot volumes for the current operating system.

Dynamic disks are not supported on portable computers or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

Before you change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk, note that all existing volumes must be deleted from the disk before you can convert it back to a basic disk. If you want to keep your data, back up the data, or move your data to another volume.

How to Convert a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk.

To convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk:

1) Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.

2. Click Start, and the click Control Panel.

3) Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and the double-click Computer Management.

4) In the left pane, click Disk Management.

5) In the lower-right pane, right-click the basic disk that you want to convert, and the click Convert to Dynamic Disk.

NOTE: You must right-click the gray are that contains the disk title on the left side of the Details pane. For example, right-click Disk 0.

6) Select the check box that is next to the disk that you want to convert (if it is not already selected), and the click OK.

7) Click Details if you want to view the list of volumes in the disk.

8) Click Convert.

9) Click Yes when you are prompted to Convert, and the click OK.

How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk.

To change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk:

1) Back up all the data on all the volumes on the disk you want to convert to a basic disk.

2) Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.

3) Click Start, and the click Control Panel.

4) Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and the double-click Computer Management.

5) In the left pane, click Disk Management.

6) Right-click a volume on the dynamic disk that you want to change to a basic disk, and then click Delete Volume.

7) Click Yes when you are prompted to delete the volume.

8) Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each volume on the dynamic disk.

9) After you have deleted all the volumes on the dynamic disk, right-click the dynamic disk that you want to change to a basic disk, and then click Convert to Basic Disk.

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Dynamic disk storage uses volume-oriented disks, and includes features that basic disks do not, such as the ability to create volumes that span multiple disks (spanned and striped volumes).

General Notes
Before you change a basic disk to a dynamic disk, note these items:

You must have at least 1 megabyte (MB) of free space on any master boot record (MBR) disk that you want to convert. This space is automatically reserved when the partition or volume is created in Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP professional. However, it may not be available on partitions or volumes that are created in other operating systems.

When you convert to a dynamic disk, the existing partitions or logical drives on the basic disk are converted to simple volumes on the dynamic disk.

After you convert to a dynamic disk, the dynamic volumes cannot be changed back to partitions. You must first delete all dynamic volumes on the disks, and then convert the dynamic disk back to a basic disk. If you want to keep your data,you must first back up or move the data to another volume.

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3) Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
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5) In the lower-right pane,right-click the basic disk that you want to convert, and then click Convert to Dynamic Disk.

NOTE: You must right-click the gray area that contains the disk title on the left side of the Details pane. For example, right-click Disk 0.

6) Select the check box that is next to the disk that you want to convert (if it is not already selected), and then clickOK.
7) Click Details if you want to view the list of volumes in the disk.
8) Click Convert.
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To change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk

1)Back up all the data on all the volumes on the disk you want to convert to a basic disk

2) Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group

3) Click Start, and then click Control Panel
4) Click Performance and Maintenance,click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
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6) Right-click a volume on the dynamic disk that you want to change to a basic disk, and then click Delete Volume.
7) Click yes when you are prompted to delete the volume.
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9) After you have deleted all the volumes on the dynamic disk,right-click the dynamic disk that you want to change to a basic disk, and then click Convert to Basic Disk.

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Hi George,

The seagate freeagent should be reconigized by windows. The question is are you adding an additional partition or do you want to create a brand new partion. I'm assuming you want to add.

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Value Description list volume Displays a list of basic and dynamic volumes on all disks. select volume Selects the specified volume, where n is the volume number, and shifts the focus to it. If no volume is specified, the select command lists the current volume with focus. You can specify the volume by number, drive letter, or mount point path. On a basic disk, selecting a volume also gives the corresponding partition focus. extend Extends the volume with focus into next contiguous unallocated space. For basic volumes, the unallocated space must be on the same disk as, and must follow (be of higher sector offset than) the partition with focus. A dynamic simple or spanned volume can be extended to any empty space on any dynamic disk. Using this command, you can extend an existing volume into newly created space. If the partition was previously formatted with the NTFS file system, the file system is automatically extended to occupy the larger partition. No data loss occurs. If the partition was previously formatted with any file system format other than NTFS, the command fails with no change to the partition.
You cannot extend the current system or boot partitions.
size=n The amount of space, in megabytes (MB), to add to the current partition. If you do not specify a size, the disk is extended to take up all of the next contiguous unallocated space.
Notes
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  • You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure.
  • To extend a basic volume, it must be formatted with the NTFS file system.
  • You can only extend a basic volume onto the same disk.
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