I JUST bought the 80GB smart disk, my FIRST ONE EVER. so forgive me if the answer to my question is very obvious. i moved my whole itunes library to the external hard drive and i STILL don't have enough space on my start up disk (btw, is that synonymous with my internal hard drive?) to update my software. WHY?????
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Is everything quite slow? Sounds to me that your hard disk is almost full - check to see that there is 8gb (10%) free space The other possibility is that you have too much on the desktop (file size not number of files).
That would be up to you, and how you want to manage space. Creating a partition for C may leave you with limitations down the line (space wise). The other thing is defrag. A large partition can take a long time to defrag. In this case there is no right or wrong answer.
In your applications folder is a utilities folder, in this select disk utility, open it and select your hard drive and then select repair disk, if this is ok then select repair permissions, this can take a while, then try again. Also start up with the right hand shift key held down, this does some system housekeeping and goes in to safe boot.
You probably used software to "clone" the "old" disk-drive to the "new" disk-drive. So, the "new" drive is an *EXACT* image of the 40GB drive.
Point to My Computer
Click with the SECOND (usually the RIGHT) mouse-button.
Double-click Disk Management (local)
You'll see that the "last" 120GB on the new disk are "unallocated".
Use that "disk-cloning" software to "resize" the 40GB partition on the new disk-drive, to integrate that "unallocated" space into the current partition.
Or, right-mouse click on that "unallocated" space, and create a partition within that space, and to "format" that space, and to assign a drive-letter (E: ? F: ?) to that 120GB of disk-space.
To remove temp files and old compressed files run Disk Cleanup to free up disk space.
Click on My Computer then right click on the C drive and then Disk cleanup, if you have never done this before it will take a long time to complete. Then repeat this for the D drive.
Disk Cleanup and Defrag should be carried out approx. once every month to keep the computer operating at its best.
Whenever you switch drives, you must access the BIOS and have it redetect the drive every time. Try the new drive again. Have the BIOS detect it. Use the Windows XP disk and do a full fomat (youll get an option to quick format it, but dont) If the format fails, then the drive is defective.
This is because an 80GB hard drive only has 75GB inside it will not be exact because of the way hard drive manufacturers compute the size. 80GB by name but only 75GB in real hard drive space. much like a if you have a flash drive or a portable uSB you will notice this also.
Hi there, There is a free program called ncleaner that I use to free up space on Windows. It properly deletes all unnecessary files on your system, and can also 'shred' the free space on the system, and clean up redundant registry entries. I swear by it. you can download it from here: http://www.nkprods.com/ncleaner/
Another trick is to go to My Computer > C: > Program Files > Java, and delete older versions of Java. Leave the most recent one (ie the highest number), but when Java updates it doesn't delete older versions, which can increasingly take up space on your hard drive.
I would recommend ncleaner as essential, and the Java deletion method as optional. After you have cleaned the drive and the registry etc. with ncleaner you might be able to get a little more space back by defragmenting the hard drive. Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter and then press Defragment. This is something you should be doing occasionally anyway.
Try and keep around 15% of your hard drive free at all times to avoid the system from slowing down and hanging up. You could burn all your media files onto disk, or move them onto a USB stick, and then delete them from the hard drive.