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Re: xp pro 5gig? - 04-05-2009, 05:42 PM
I followed this tutorial and it freed up alot of space. Subsequent Windows Updates, however, filled it back up alittle.
http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/notebooks/206-mini9 ... go to "tweaks - hard drive space".
- Disable the Windows page file. Please do not do this if you only have 512Mb of RAM. It is recommended only for 1GB or more of RAM. And even 1GB of RAM can run out if you start running larger RAM hungry applications. General day to day use will not cause any issues. To disable the page file, open Control Panel, then System, then click the Advanced Tab and then click Settings under the Performance category. Click the Advanced tab at the top, then towards the bottom, you will see a setting for âVirtual Memoryâ, click Change. Click your âCâ drive so that it is highlighted, now click âno page fileâ and then click âSetâ. You will need to reboot when this is done. You can regain anywhere from 500MB to several gigabytes of hard drive space. Afterwards, if you start to get warnings about running out of memory or virtual memory when running larger applications, you can go back and enable the page file but set it to a âCustom Sizeâ and choose 1024 in both boxes. This will give you a 1GB page file for virtual memory but takes away 1GB of hard drive space. Again, if you only have 512MB of RAM, leave this setting alone or manually set a fixed size. The âSystem Managedâ setting allows the page file to grow and shrink and, at times, can create a pretty big page file.
-First thing is to open âAdd/remove programsâ via the control panel and start removing applications that are not needed.
- For those of you who use or want to use Microsoft Office, you will want to uninstall Microsoft Works. Not only does it take up unnecessary space if you use Office, but it's not recommended to have both applications installed at the same time.
- Uninstall the Dell Webcam Manager program if you intend on running a 3rd party program such as WebcamXP Pro or not using the webcam at all.
- Delete the i386 folder on the root of your C: drive. Open My Computer, then click the i386 folder 1 time, hold the âshiftâ key and hit the delete key. This permanently deletes the folder and its contents without sending them to the recycle bin first. This folder contains the setup files off the Dell CD that are copied to your hard drive during initial installation and are not required afterwards. This will save you another 500MB!
- Make a copy of the âDriversâ folder on the root of your C drive and save it somewhere else such as a flash drive or network drive. You can now go ahead and delete this folder. This does not save much space but saving any space is a good thing. I mentioned backing that folder up for the simple fact that the Dell CD has these drivers, but as you know, the Mini 9 does not come with a CD drive.
- Go to the control panel, open the âDisplay Propertiesâ and go to the screensaver tab. At the bottom you will see an option for âPowerâ. Once that opens, click the âHibernationâ tab and disable Hibernation. Windows hibernation uses a file that can be quite large and take up a chunk of hard drive space. *Note â my Mini 9 came with hibernation already disabled, so you may not need to do this.
- Open the âSystemâ menu via the control panel, then click the âadvancedâ tab, click settings under the âStartup and Recoveryâ section. In the âSystem Failureâ section, disable all 3 options and set âwrite debug informationâ to none. This is a small space saver because it prevents Windows from writing an event log and doing a memory dump in case of a system failure and subsequent reboot. This is just a minor tweak but a personal setting I use; you really wonât gain much space at all.
- After that go to the âSystem Restoreâ tab. XPâs System restore can take up to 10% or more of your hard drive as restore space. If you do not mind losing system restore, then disable it. This can be another big space saver.
- Another space saving step is to go through and delete any and all temp files. Those are located at C:\Windows\Temp\ and C:\Documents and Settings\âyour usernameâ\Local Settings\Temp. Be aware that the âLocal Settingsâ folder is a hidden file, so be sure to go to Folder Options and turn on âshow hidden files and foldersâ and uncheck âHide protected operating system filesâ (if the 2nd one makes you nervous, you wonât need to do it, it just helps in seeing some hidden files.) Once you have found these 2 locations, simply select all the files and delete them. (donât forget to empty your recycle bin afterwards). If you installed Microsoft Office, and have checked âshow hidden files and folders,â if you go to the root of your C: drive you should see a formerly hidden folder called âMSOCache.' This is the folder used by MS Office during installation and is no longer needed. You can save over 500MB of space by deleting this folder.
- You can also clean more temp files by using the built in âdisk cleanupâ program. Click âStartâ, then âAll Programsâ, thenâ Accessoriesâ, then âSystem Toolsâ, and finally click âDisk Cleanupâ. Choose to clean the C Drive. Once it scans the drive, put a check in every unchecked box in the results window and click âOkâ and it will clean the drive further.
After all of that has been done, you should see several hundred megabytes to gigabytes of free space has been returned to your hard drive. Be sure to carefully monitor this, as installing applications and normal use will dwindle down that free space over time.
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