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Wolfen
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Minnesota
Insane since: Jan 2001

posted posted 04-15-2003 01:21

I think it is time to do come spring cleaning on my computer.... my C drive is 72% full hehehe. I know that some ways are good ways to clean things out... like going though my old folders and deleting old art work and defragging the drive, but what else could free up some space? Any of you know of any good progs to help clean things up? I have a 40 gig drive with XP home on it. Also any good programs for defragging other than xp's defragger? BTW... have not defragged in about 8 months... (talk about miss procrastination...)

[This message has been edited by Wolfen (edited 04-15-2003).]

Wangenstein
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The year 1881
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 04-15-2003 01:29

On the topic of defragging, I bought Norton Utilities and started using its defrag program, and it defrags my 20GB drive in about an hour, rather than the eight hour, overnight job required of Win98s defrag program. How XPs defrag differs, I can't say, but Norton worked great for me.



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Skaarjj
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

posted posted 04-15-2003 04:31

Well XP once estimated to defrag my 80 GB HDD it would take 3.4 days...

dmstiner
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Mar 2002

posted posted 04-15-2003 04:40

If you just switch to NTFS in XP you don't have to defrag. Also I would stay away from cleanup programs. If you really want to do some spring cleaning the best medicine is always a fresh install of Windows.

Ruski
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jul 2002

posted posted 04-15-2003 04:42

get rid of useless mp3s...saves alot of space

Yannah
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: In your Hard Drive; C:
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 04-15-2003 09:50

mp3s why does always have to be their fault, uhmmm, *thinks*

silence
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: soon to be "the land down under"
Insane since: Jan 2001

posted posted 04-15-2003 16:35

Actually, even if you do use NTFS, you still need to defrag every so often. Although it does a decent job of keeping files from fragmenting, it's far from perfect, and not as efficient as M$ marketing would like you to believe.

Dont' get me wrong, it's a great file system, but defrag it just the same.

For spring cleaning, I'd recommend SequoiaView. It gives you a nice graphical representation of the space used on your hard drive, and lets you see where most of your drive space is allocated. It's also color coded for file type.


maninacan
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Seattle, WA, USA
Insane since: Oct 2001

posted posted 04-15-2003 16:52

80 gig harddrive, 138 mb left...
I gotta burn some of the movies I downloaded. I downloaded like 20 gigs of movies last weekend. Good stuff though. And I got just about every episode of the Sopranos which I've heard is really good.

Jestah
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Long Island, NY
Insane since: Jun 2000

posted posted 04-15-2003 19:05

I'd save all your worthwhile files to a CD and then just do a clean install.

You can save your install time by switching to RedHat Linux. :-)

Jestah

Rauthrin
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: 2 Miles Below Insane
Insane since: Apr 2003

posted posted 04-16-2003 03:30

15 gig Changes from 2 gigs to 10ish megs left depending on the day. I have a stack of CD-R's about a foot high of backup stuff that I had to take off.

brucew
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: North Coast of America
Insane since: Dec 2001

posted posted 04-17-2003 04:39

I'm with silence. You sstill have to defrag NTFS, although not quite as often as a FAT drive.

I've used Diskeeper since version 2 came out at about the same time as NT4 beta 2. Now it's in version 7, second edition and I'm still a satisfied customer.

Petskull
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 127 Halcyon Road, Marenia, Atlantis
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 04-17-2003 15:58

damn! Jestah beat me to it..



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Xpirex
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dammed if I know...
Insane since: Mar 2003

posted posted 04-19-2003 06:38

Try taking all that porn off your hard drive...

I have 60 gig hard drive and XP Pro defrags in about 18 minutes. And I use a little app called clean Disk:

www.aesoftware.com/cdisk2002_info.htm

...xpi...

"nuff said"

Wolfen
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Minnesota
Insane since: Jan 2001

posted posted 04-19-2003 09:30

Xpirex: Thanks for the suggestion, that program cleaned up about a gig of junk off of here. Also.... Sorry I am a lady, no p0rn on my computer.



[This message has been edited by Wolfen (edited 04-19-2003).]

platyjim
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Fromsville
Insane since: Feb 2003

posted posted 04-19-2003 17:41

Jestah
Ive been thinking about getting linux for a while. but theres a lot of windows programs that i use and i heard that the conversion software can only do some of them. And I don't want to dual boot becuase thatll take up even more space. so what would i do if i wanted to free up some space. (I defrag every night while i sleep)

Dracusis
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Brisbane, Australia
Insane since: Apr 2001

posted posted 04-19-2003 21:31

Wolfen, being a lady doesn't automatically mean you don't like porn. Hell, the second most fanatic porn collector I know happens to be female.

As for the linux suggesiton... gah. I tried linux, it shat me to tears. *nix is great for a server but for an everyday OS, no thanks. It's just not my thing. Besides, I'd need to have a win pc for my gaming and PS habbits (gimp, whilst being technically good, just don't cut the mustard I'm afraid) and maintaining a dual boot PC is a ripe royal pain that I never wish to attempt again, ever.

Petskull
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 127 Halcyon Road, Marenia, Atlantis
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 04-21-2003 17:27

is that 'cause you're the first?


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MW
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: 48°00ŽN 7°51ŽE
Insane since: Jan 2003

posted posted 04-21-2003 17:45

...If he is, that´s because he doesn´t know me

On the topic of "Temporary Internet Files":
I´m Using XP Pro. I just deleted everything in the TIF-folder, and I can´t see any files left in it (yes, I have enabled seeing hidden and system files), but when I open the folder´s properties, it tells me there are some thousand files and acouple of folders in it, with a total of about 100 megs... WTF is going on?

Xpirex
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dammed if I know...
Insane since: Mar 2003

posted posted 04-23-2003 03:29

lol...


...xpi...

"nuff said"

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