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Insufficient Room To Run Defrag Program


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#1 SuzanneJ

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 02:08 PM

My computer does not have the needed free space to sucessfully run the defrag. I read in your tutorials that using a spare hard drive is the best way to defragment. I recently purchased a 160GB external portable hard drive. Is this sufficient to use to defrag my computer? My computer specs are:
Intel Pentium III processor, 597MHz, 384MB of Ram. Oeprating systems is Windows XP.

If my external hard drive is sufficient - is there a tutorial somewhere that will guide me step by step on how to copy all of the software applications onto the external hard drive?


All help and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 02:38 PM

You want to use the external drive to save your data to, leave your programs on your computer's main hard drive.

Any music, pictures or video is just data and can be stored on the external drive.

After moving these files you need to uninstall old programs that you don't use anymore and do a general clean up.
Have you run a disk cleanup? Have you turned off hibernation? Emptied the trash bin and norton's protected(if you have it)?

a usb2 pci card, If you don't already have one will increase the speed of moving files over to the external 10 fold

Edited by DaChew, 17 February 2008 - 02:42 PM.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 03:06 PM

Also turn off system restore, reboot, then reenable it.
Restore points can take up a considerable amount of space
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:26 AM

All documents are better off on a 2nd harddrive or an external one, this way if your main harddrive becomes corrupt from say a virus or a programs knacks it you can be almost certain of still having your 2nd drive intact and still having all your music and pictures etc (however sometimes this can become knackered aswell in some causes but smaller chances)
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