When I perform disk cleanup my compress old files is 1,207,122--my laptop has become very slow--I am afraid to delete them. I do have a separate drive that I can save files on. Is there anyway these files can be saved to that drive and free up space on my computer? If so how do I do that?
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Re: Compress old files too large
It doesn't actually delete anything when you select Compress Old Files. It actually searches your hard drive and anything that hasn't been used for so many days (forgot how many). This is ok if you need more hard drive space but if you have enough space, you should not use this tool. It will severly slow down your computer while accessing those files. For information on how to disable this, go :
If your laptop is slow it probably needs some maintenance like:
Removing Cookies.Temp files. TIF's with CCleaner
Installing ScrubXp to automatically remove such files.
Running Defragmenter in Safe Mode
Also, download and install WinPatrol,Ad-ware 2008 and SpyBlaster.
AVG Anti-virus is great protection against viruses and Trojans
Programs mentioned are free. Defragmenter is part of OS.
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1st run disk cleanup. Then compress you C-drive this will compress all your file freeing up space. Then download CCleaner and run that. Finally, run disk defrag. But you should also erase stuff you do not need.
Slow computer If you have a virus program installed, it is most likely is running a scan on your hard disk. It can slow down your computer especially if you have a large hard drive. After scanning is completed then the computer will be faster. To make your computer (hard disk) lean and mean, uninstall any programs you do not use. Also you need to maintain your hard disk by running Disk Cleanup this will remove old temp files and old compressed files etc. This will reduce the number of files the virus scanner has to scan. Plus running Defrag. this makes your files contiguous so the system can access files off the hard drive quicker because it does not work as hard.. Disk Cleanup and Defrag should be carried out at least once a month. If you have 512Mb of RAM installed then installing more RAM will speed up your computer. After installing your graphics card, you may need to disable the built-in graphics card in the BIOS for the new graphics card to work properly.
The fan does not affect the performance of the laptop. If you have a virus program installed, it is most likely is running a scan on your hard disk. It can slow down your computer especially if you have a large hard drive. To make your computer (hard disk) lean and mean, uninstall any programs you do not use. Also you need to maintain your hard disk by running Disk Cleanup this will remove old temp files and old compressed files etc. This will reduce the number of files the virus scanner has to scan. Plus running Defrag. this makes your files contiguous so the system can access files off the hard drive quicker because it does not work as hard.. Disk Cleanup and Defrag should be carried out at least once a month. If you have 512Mb of RAM installed then installing more RAM will speed up your computer.
If you have a virus program installed, it ismost likely is running a scan on your hard disk. It can slow down your computerespecially if you have a large hard drive. To make your computer (hard disk) lean and mean, uninstall any programs you donot use. Also you need to maintain your hard disk by running Disk Cleanup this willremove old temp files and old compressed files etc. This will reduce the number of files the virus scanner has to scan. Plusrun Defrag. this makes your files contiguous so the system can access filesoff the hard drive quicker because it does not work as hard.Disk Cleanup and Defrag should carried out at leastonce a month.
Toshiba laptops are not intrinsically slow computers and more often than not a slow computer is caused by a software rather than a hardware problem. Computers get bogged down by running too many processes at once, having the information in the hard drive stored in different parts of the disk (fragmented) and computer virus, worm or spy ware infestations. Of course, sometimes a computer simply doesn't have the hardware to run certain programs or will have a hardware issue that needs to be fixed.
1.Click "Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Cleanup" to open the Disk Cleanup program.
2.Select the hard drive that you want to clean up if you have more than one hard drive and then click "Ok" to get started.
3.Wait for the Disk Cleanup tool to calculate how much space it will be able to save by compressing your files. Compressing the files in your hard drive will open up space that in turn helps your computer access information faster.
4.Click the "More Options" tab on the "Disk Cleanup" window that appears and then click the "Clean Up" button within the "Windows Components" section. This will allow you to select what Windows Components you want to disable. Disabling Windows Components will make your computer software by diminishing the programs that are running.
5.Click the "Clean Up" button within the "Installed Programs" section. This will allow you to select what computer programs you no longer wish to have installed on your computer and uninstall them. Uninstall programs that have not been used in a long time such as old video games to speed up your Toshiba laptop.
6.Click the "Clean Up" button with the "System Restore" section. This will delete all but the most recent of your backup files so that you don't have useless backup files taking up space and slowing down your laptop computer.
7.Click the "Disk Cleanup" tab and then select all the files from the "Files to Delete" section that you want to delete. This will delete all those files from your computer making your computer faster by freeing up memory space. Click "Ok" to delete the files and exit Disk Cleanup.
1.Blow pressurized air from a pressurized air can into the Fan slits on the bottom and side of the Toshiba laptop to clear it of dust. A dusty, dirty fan will cause speed issues on your Toshiba laptop.
2.Power off the computer, remove the battery and all external devices and then unscrew all the screws that have a keyboard picture on it.
3.Remove the keyboard from your Toshiba laptop and on the inner, upper, left hand corner, on the side of the monitor, you'll see the fan.
4.Blow pressurized air into the fan to clear the dust and then replace the keyboard, screws, battery, external devices and power the computer back on.
1.Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" keys on your Toshiba laptop keyboard simultaneously and then select "Start Task Manager."
2.Click the "Processes" tab and take inventory of all the processes running on your computer.
3.Right-click on each process with your Username to the right of the process name and then select "End Process." Do not end processes that are vital to your computer running properly such as explore.exe or processes that don't have your username to the right of the process name.
4.Restart your computer if you end a vital process.
You should have at least as much disk space available for virtual memory (swap) as you have physical memory.
So, if you have 2GB of RAM in your system, then you should have at least 2GB set aside for as swap on your system.
In your case, it seems that you have 512MB of RAM on your system. This is your problem. You need at least 2GB of memory on a Windows XP machine in order to have smooth operation. Also, freeing-up disk space on your system is necessary. 384MB is just not sufficient.
Run the disk cleanup utility under "Start » Select Programs » Accessories » System Tools » Disk Cleanup" and have it clear out temporary files and compress old files. Additionally, clear the cache on your web browsers(s) and finally delete or burn to CD any large unneeded files.
Also make sure to empty your Recycle Bin.
Once you've done this, then run the disk defragmenter:
"Start » Select Programs » Accessories » System Tools » defrag"
and allow the system to defrag your C: drive
All of these actions will significantly improve the performance of your computer.
Perform all the regular computer maintenance on this laptop. To run the Disk Cleanup tool a) Click Start, and then click My Computer. b) Right-click Local Disk and then click Properties. c) On the General tab, click the Disk Cleanup button. Disk Cleanup will spend a few minutes examining your disk. d) The Disk Cleanup dialog box will appear. Select each of the check boxes; Offline Web Pages, recycle Bin, Temporary Files, but, do not select Compress old Files in the Files to delete list, and then click OK. e) When prompted, click yes. Disk Cleanup will spend several minutes removing these files, which will provide you with more space.
run Defrag on the drive
Clear all of the Internet cache
Check your free disk space. It needs to be larger than 15% of your hard drive.
This message means the hard disk is nearly out of disk space.
Do you regularly do a Disk Cleanup and empty the Recycle Bin? These disk maintenance chores will free up disk-space by removing old temporary and compressed files. Therefore returning disk space for further use.
To do a Disk Cleanup follow these steps. This can take hours to complete, it depends upon the size of the hard disk especially if it has not been done before.
Click on My Computer - right click on the C drive and click on the Disk Cleanup button. After it analyzes the hard disk then click all the boxes to recover the maximum disk space, click OK then YES to perform these actions.