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Wrong free disc space


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#1 Panta

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 07:39 PM

Here is my problem:

I have a rather old machine with a pretty small HD (4 gigs). I'm running Windows ME, and recently the OS is convinced that I only have 500 megs of free space, while it had been 1.3 gigs till a month ago - and of course I haven't installed new programs or anything. I selected all the files and folders in my HD and in the properties window it says they amount to more or less 2.5 gigs. So the free space should still be what it used to. This is especially annoying when I try to copy a cd that excedes this alleged free disc space since Windows won't let me do it.

How do I explain to Windows he has more space to work with than it thinks?

Don't tell me to buy a new computer, I already know I should. :thumbsup:

Thanks for your help.

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#2 River_Rat

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 09:08 PM

Your free space is probably being taken up by your swap & temp files.
Lets Take out the Trash and see if we can make Windows beleive you have some more space.

See this article:
Taking out the trash

While you are at it you might just as well do some house cleaning.

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http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...showtutorial=62

Then try these free tools.

Trendmicro (free virus scan only)
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Ewido (free Trojan Scan)
http://www.ewido.net/en/download/

Adware SE (update after installing)
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

Spybot S&D (update after installing)
http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Dest...4-10122137.html

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 01:14 AM

Hi Panta,
After you run the disk cleanup or remoce the trash, it would be ideal to defragment.
Will help improve system performance.

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 09:21 AM

I have a .swp file of about 125 megs...

I regularly use Ad Aware and Spybot and I run a defrag every now and then.

I'll try the other things, thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 09:55 AM

I cleaned my 2 TEMP folders and in one of them I found a file called mysysinfo.exe. It was a hidden file, is this a system file or should I delete it too?

Anyway the operation didn't solve the problem unfortunately.

Edited by Panta, 14 September 2005 - 09:59 AM.


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Posted 14 September 2005 - 10:50 AM

Ok, I've just found out what it is that takes up all that space and I need to know if I can delete it.

I have a hidden folder in my HD called _RESTORE which contains a subfolder called ARCHIVE where there are 88 .cab files created in the last 4 months. They add up to 638 megs...

What do I do with them???

Could it be this folder was created by Ad-Aware or a similar program?

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 11:06 AM

Hi Panta. There's a couple of things that you can do here.

The system restore space is controlled by the operating system and so you cannot just delete the files. There are settings that you can make to limit the amount of space used by system restore or turn it off completely (if you do not have anything important enough to reuqire its use).

See this link for infomation on reducing or disabling System Restore:

http://www.informationweek.com/story/IWK20020711S0009

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 08:23 PM

I disabled it and it worked! :D Thanks a lot OT.

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 08:42 PM

You really don't want to disable System Restore and leave it that way. Restore Points can be a very useful thing in case you have a problem. Best to allow System Restore but limit the space allowed to be on the safe side.

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 09:18 PM

You can set the amount of space to be used by system restore:

Open System properties in Control Panel.
Click the Performance tab, and then click File System.
On the Hard Disk tab, move the System Restore disk space use the slider to allot space for System Restore.
Click Apply, and then OK.

System Restore, according to MS, requires at least 200 MB of free space;
normally the MS default is around 12 percent of your disk space.

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