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Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: A few questions before committing to buy Mini 9 - 04-30-2009, 11:37 PM
the 8gb is significantly faster than the 4gb.
But as for space, I have the girlfriend on a XP SP3 install, update folders and language files removed, updates slipstreamed, system restore off (useless anyway), and pagefile disabled (2gb ram). With Office 2003 on there, typical install, she still has 1.5gb left on her 4gb. It isnt about removing stuff (I hate using Nlite and crippling important features) rather, it is about doing updates before it is ever loaded. Thats where you save lots of room. I use the RyanVM integrator for all updates as well as DX9 and IE7. Wmp11 is slipstreamed with "WMP11 Slipstreamer". On the Ryanvm integrator, there is a checkbox for "optimize system files", it cleans it all up and gets rid of the old stuff that isnt needed.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: A few questions before committing to buy Mini 9 - 05-02-2009, 12:26 AM
I recently received my Mini 9 w/8gb ssd, 512gb ram and XP. I immediately upgraded the memory to 2gb, turned off paging, hibernation and restore functions. Added an 8gb SDHC. Tried loading Adobe 9 and Firefox, both took too much space so I dumped both. I'm using the installed MS Works and IE6. Other programs I use I've loaded on the SDHC. I have 2.3gb available on my SSD. I use a utility called Glary Utility, slim version, which is Free and checks Registry, Temp files and spyware. Run it each evening to clean up that days work. Also loaded Foxit reader for PDF files. Also deleted Windows Live.
With proper additions and house keeping Your Mini with 8gb SSD should be adequate. You can always add USB Flash for more storage and a larger SDHC.
Go for it!
Join Date: May 2009
Re: A few questions before committing to buy Mini 9 - 05-02-2009, 04:06 PM
Standard shipped Dell XP install with all bloatcrap deleted, all updates done, added IE8 + minimal office + adobe reader + other small stuff like skype and google earth. Set hibernation on, pagefile to 100mb, IE cache to 100mb, recycling bin at 2%
= 200mb free on an 8GB ssd.
If you don't need hibernation it's not too much of a problem really, that saves another 1200mb(?) approx. I really like that though, it's so quick to turn on.
Guessing a vlited install could save several gigabytes, or I could probably just delete lots of unused windows bits. I haven't gone hunting for those sort of space savings since I'll probably pick up a 16GB ssd off ebay and put Win7 on it.
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