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I turned on "Compress drive to save disk space" in the Properties window for my C: drive since my hard drive is running out of space. After that utility ran, the resolution on my monitor was changed to 800 X 600 and I can not make it any higher (it won't allow me to slide the screen resolution arrow to the right at all)

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Sound like the video driver has been changed or altered. here how to check:
click start-settings -controll panel
once it opens double click system, when that opens select the hardware tab, then click on device manager. look at your video adaptor for any yellow ! or ? or *. if one of these is present you will need toinstall a current driver for the video adaptor.

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THe Presarion keeps telling me that it is running out of space. What should I do?


Add another hard drive and/or compress the drive that you have. If using XP, click on "My Computer" to open it, right click the "Local Disk (C:)", select "properties" and check the box next to "compress drive to save space", then click "apply".

You can also go into My Documents and delete any large files that you don't need. You can go to: start > settings > control panel > Add or remove programs, and uninstall any programs that you don't need, too.

Also, don't forget to empty the recycle bin.

That is an old computer, so, if you decide to add another hard drive you will need a PATA drive as opposed to a SATA drive, such as one of these: http://www.compusa.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=134&name=ATA-IDE-Hard-Drive&

You will have to make master and slave settings on the drives. Here is a tutorial and how to make the jumper settings: http://freepctech.com/pc/001/installing_ide_devices.shtml

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How to perform enhanced Disk Cleanup on your Windows Operating System


The Windows Operating System tends to collect alot of junk files, programs, and temporary files that you don't need. After a while, these files can fill up your hard drive and slow your computer down.

Anyone can perform the standard Disk Cleanup by right clicking on their hard drive, selecting Properties, and then click the Disk Cleanup button, but who wants to be like everyone else?

To perform a more extensive Disk Cleanup on your Windows Operating System, and to look good in front of your friends, perform the following steps:

Step 1. Click Start and select Run.

Step 2. Type the following in the space provided:

Cleanmgr /sageset:1

Hit the Enter key

Step 3. The Disk Cleanup window will appear. Select all the options, then hit Apply and OK. The window will disappear, but what did you just do?

Well it is relatively simple. The cleanmgr.exe file controls the Disk Cleanup function. The /sageset argument is allowing you to set the options (the selections you made) and the :1 is the value or code you have assigned for the options of Disk Cleanup. But how do we get Disk Cleanup to run using the options we just saved? See Step 4.

Step 4. Click Start and select Run.

Step 5. In the space provided, type:

cleanmgr /sagerun:1

Hit Enter

Step 6. You guessed it. The /sagerun argument is telling cleanmgr.exe to execute value 1.

Step 7. The Disk Cleanup window will appear and begin to automatically perform a cleanup, using the settings you saved, represented by value 1.

Step 8. Do this a few times a week and your computer will stay relatively clean.

Stay tuned for the next Tip as we will setup a scheduled task using this command.

on May 01, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Get space back on your hard drives! / Reclaim missing space


If your drive is nearly full and you can't work out where the space has gone, heres 2 things you can do about it.

1. Turn off System Restore

System Restore is a nice feature built into Windows that allows you to "go back in time" in case something bad happens. However, it takes up a LOT of disk space. You can turn it off (or at least turn down the space it takes up) by doing the following:

--On Windows XP--

Right click "My Computer"
Properties
System Restore tab
Tick "Turn off System Restore" and press Apply to turn it off and reclaim your disk space
OR Drag the slider all the way to the left to REDUCE the amount of space it takes up (and the number of "restore points" it creates).

--On Windows Vista--

Right click "My Computer"
Properties
on the left hand side click on "System Protection"
Wait for it to load, then uncheck all the drives you want to turn System Restore off on those drives.
Hit Apply or Ok.

Done! You just got some space back.

Note that System Restore isn't a critical feature to recovering from a computer problem, though it may help / save some time. If you wish to keep it on, you may wish to consider "turning it down" as described above to reclaim drive space.

2. TreeSizeFree

TreeSizeFree is a completely free software that lets you find out WHICH folders are taking up all the space on your hard drives. Its very simple to use and very small (theres even a portable version which requires no installation), just press Scan->Select the hard drives you want to check, wait a few minutes, and you'll know exactly how your hard drive space is distributed.

TreeSizeFree can be downloaded at:
http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

on Dec 15, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Does storing a lot of pictures on my PC cause it to run slower?


It could, depending on how large your hard drive is. Side note, if these are important, back them up so you won't lose them.
One way to save space is to put your hard drive in a compress mode.
Go to start, computer, select the hard drive, right click then under properties click the box that says "compress to save space". It will save space and also help it run faster.

Oct 17, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Ok my issue is that I had a Dell Optiplex given to


Check your hard drive usage and capacity in the system properties before investing in a new hard drive -- sometimes malware can trick you into deleting programs and files. If you are running Windows XP or Vista, open the Start menu and click on My Computer (Computer, if you're running Vista). Right click on the C: drive and select Properties. It will show you how much space your hard drive has, and how much is being used.

If you really do have very little space, try to move large files like movies and music to external storage such as DVDs. You can also run the Disk Cleanup utility to delete temporary files and empty caches.

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Virtual memory settings


Windows XP




1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Advanced tab. In the Performance section, click Settings.
3. Click the Advanced tab. In the Virtual memory section, click Change.
4. The hard disk drive that is used for virtual memory will usually be the
5. same disk drive that Windows is installed on. Both the Initial and Maximum settings should be less than the reported Space available on the hard disk drive. The Initial size setting for the virtual memory settings should be approximately 200 MB in size but should be higher than or equal to the recommended paging file size as indicated in the lower section of the screen.

Once the initial size is set, Windows will reserve this amount of space on the hard disk drive for virtual memory and it will not be available to save information on.

The maximum amount allowable can be anything above the Initial size setting, but it is recommended that it be at least twice the Initial size setting

on Apr 27, 2008 | HP Pavilion a1410n (ER890AA) PC Desktop

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Recovery disk almost full on computer ,how do i transfer or get more space on it


Good day Sir, (suggestion only) in the properties of your hard drive put a check on the box compress drive to save more disk space. also try to run
chkdsk.

thank you.

Jul 25, 2010 | E-Machines PC Desktops

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My partitioned Vaio harddrive is almost full - less than 3% space in C:/ and slightly more in D:/. I run cleanup and defrag utilities at least once a week and have uninstalled several programs as well as...


Go to my computer, C drive and D drive will appear. Put curser over C drive and press right finger on mouse. Menue will pop up select properties at bottom. View of drive will appear. In middle disk clean up. Select disk cleanup and run. The other area is at bottom of properties menue, Index or compress. This might squezz more space by compressing data.

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I compressed my hard drive and get a black screen with the sentence,"NTLDR is compressed." I don't have recovery disks, but have a start-up disk that came with the computer. How do I...


hey you need to boot from a windows disk and select repair this will solve your problem. I'm assuming the start up disk is a OEM of windows if not borrow one from a friend .. follow the steps HERE
Its for windows xp but its the same process for vista and other versions of windows as well!!!

That will solve your problem and next time Dont Compress the WINDOWS folder located on your harddrive ok :)

Oct 25, 2008 | Gateway PC Desktops

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Drive C, full


Save all your files, your disk is risking to collapse at any time.
You cannot efficently run Vista on a 10 GB hard disk.
Minim efficient size it will be 40 GB or so.

Delete as many useless files as you can, use the hard drive cleaning tool that you find under all programs/accessories/system tools.

To save your file you can use the backup option in control panel, and save all files to an external USB stick or external hard drive or, do not use CD RW because the disk is full and there will be no space for disk image on hard drive.

If you want to keep using Vista I suggest replacing the hard drive for a bigger one.

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