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Hard Drive Capacity

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#1 aqw


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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:04 PM

I have read that I should keep at least 10GB free on my HD, well I am there, on a 80GB IDE drive.
If I add another drive will it keep me from crashing?
I also have a 200GB SATA drive connected.
I download and install games several times a week, so I am using lots of space
Am I worried for nothing?

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 10:25 PM

You shouldn't need another hard drive right now. Unless you plan to download/install something BIG, then 10GB should be enough, as long as you leave about 1.5-1GB free.

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 10:38 PM

You need at least 15% free to run the windows defragmenter, which would be 12 gig.
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Posted 11 July 2007 - 11:47 PM

I'd move your larger files onto the 200GB drive, the ones that aren't being used by Windows anyway.
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 06:15 AM

The 15% value is a good, estimated value for most users. But, if you routinely work with moving/copying/using large files, then even more may become necessary. You'll know this to be the case when you can't move/copy/use a large file - and then there's really nothing that you can do about it! So tread with care here. Worst case scenario is that your hard drive will become so full that you can't delete anything (or copy either) - in that case you'd have to format the drive and will lose everything.
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