Babeman;4613055Hey you can't really blame him for asking, lot's of people don't know how these things work.
Yeah, almost everyone that's into computers has had to do some gleaning starting out. Only a very small percentage of computer users have learned everything they know via training courses and books.
I've always thought this forum is supposed to be aimed at sharing what you know, not gloating about what you know, and certainly not putting others down for what they don't.
Jedi_Mediator;4611605 If this reading is correct, I've got 1.5 GB left on my 179 GB hard drive.
WOW! That is incredible.
Not sure where you found that information. Under Defrag it should give you a percentage. Also, when you right-click the "C:\" drive under "My Computer", and select "Properties" it will give you a pie chart, indicating your free space.
If it is all one color, you've got a problem.
I recommend you uninstall a few old games you don't play. Or perhaps a couple of mods, or expansion packs.
Generally, Music and movies take up the most space. Games have Music, Movies, and 3D models with them.
Any homebrew content you've created, often leaves extra unneeded files, taking up disk space. Custom recorded music can take up to 40 times as much as the final track.
Large programs such as Microsoft Office can take up enormous amounts of information, especially if you opted for a full install.
Compressed Folders or ZIP files are a worse culprit, often a ZIP file will remain in the TEMP folder, taking up valuable space. Disk Cleanup usually takes care of these files.
Finally, File Sharing apps. Not something we are supposed to talk about, but relevant. Often such programs store copies of files, for "Sharing" purposes. This slows down your net connection, and wastes disk space. 60% of the machines I've had to treat for low disk space, was not due to a virus, but due to file sharing apps.
What is this place?
17th February 2007
Wow, after all my years of working with computers, I am just now running a disk cleanup....lol. And what do yah know. It's faster.
I didn't make it!
Homer Gonerson;4612674I've got Diskeeper, it seems to work pretty well. Faster than the Windows tool (heh... windows tool? Gates).
Diskeeper is a great tool that auto defrags with some nifty inviso technology. So while it's always running, and constantly defraging your pc files even while you surf the net, you never notice a performance drop whatsoever. Set it, and forget it. Manual defragging becomes a thing of the past.
The best feature is that it puts your page file at the beginning of your hard-drive significantly increasing that components functionality. That and the files you use the most frequently are also put at the beginning of your drive.
Here's a sample image illustrating a 19% increase in HD performance. When you have CPU's and memory that handle billions of instructions per second, and transfer thousands of megs per second, the only real bottleneck you have left is your hard drive.
I highly recommend it, the placement of your pagefile at the start of your HD, the I-FAAST throughput options, and the fact that it has almost zero impact on your systems performance make it a really good deal.
Tried Diskeeper, didn't like it. Many defrag utilities defrag in the background, Perfect Disk, O&O, etc. Ultimate Defrag will place any non system file you specify on the fastest part of the platter (edge) and at any time you can find where a file is located by highlighting it. It's graph is disk shaped as well, making it easy to see just how things are situated on the actual platter. Perfect Disk however is the only one I've seen that places system files optimally automatically, which is the only way they can be placed optimally because those files aren't movable by the user. As I mentioned earlier, Perfect Disk also does not allow non system files to be put in the reserved for MFT space, it's the only defrag utility I know of that does this.
When I tried Diskeeper I had two problems, it kept running autocheck at startup after setting it to do so even though I reset it to stop running boot checks. I also found two registry entries under autocheck that according to my Googling weren't supposed to be there. Removing them corrected the problem. I've read chat of others having problems with Diskeeper removing and/or corrupting certain files. To top it off, Diskeeper costs a whopping $100 and the Microsoft certified Perfect Disk only $40. It's a no brainer IMO comparing retail defraggers. I like Perfect Disk even better than my previous favorite O&O.
If I were to choose a retail defragger to be a good backup tool for Perfect Disk it would be Ultimate Defrag for it's ability to locate and specifically place any file. Defraggers that optimally place non system files usually do so automatically via detecting which ones are used the most, which isn't a very accurate way of doing it. Oh, and btw, the best way to set up page file space is to partition part of the drive and dedicate it to page file. That way you can choose the size and location of the page file and assure it doesn't get corrupted by other files as well as separately defrag it.
What is this place?
17th February 2007
Last night, after reading this thread, I proceeded to run the XP Disk Cleanup and my C:\ drive (80GB) I went from 7GB to 19, wootz.
Again, the Windows Disk Cleanup utility is not the best way to rid junk files. It's a bit overzealous at times and can cause problems.
Thanks for your feedback. I'm sure it will help me clean up my PC.
Don't feel bad, I've run on much less space than that. Before I upgraded my laptop's hard drive [best laptop move I've ever made], once I was running on like 700 mb. Then again, I'm not a big power user. I just wasn't paying attention to all my *downloads.