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Re: 4GB SSD, What can I delete? - 03-31-2009, 06:33 AM
I have the 8gb version but decided to try and max the disk space. Here's what worked for me:
First off, i decided not to mess too much with the system. I have just had too many experiences in the past where i have tinkered too far and the system has suffered as a result. If you comb these forums you will also find lots of examples of people who's machine 'now doesnt boot properly' or 'hangs on standby' etc. I didn't want to compromise the clean install but wanted to grab back some space. So:
1) I opted for the 2g memory upgrade, which i did within a few days
2) I turned off the paging file - 200mb saved. No decrease in performance
3) I moved all the system files that i dont need onto an SD card. This included:
[*] I386 folder - around 500mb[*] Dell drivrs folder - around 400mb[*] Windows update and install folders - not sure but i think around 800 mb in all[*] Other install files that i found kicking around the system, prob another 200mb
I have moved these to the SD card but kept the folder structure so i can move them back to where they were in case of system issues. So far, after 3 weeks, i have not encountered any problems. I also turned off system restore once i hd done my tinkering. And i review all updates before loading them so i can decide what to install and also can enable system restore temporarily if i need to.
Next i used xplite trial version to scan what xp features were installed and took out what i didnt need including languages, games and other bloatware. This saved me at least another 200mb. I was nervous at first using this but if you stick to the trial version it wont let you come to any harm it seems.
I then went in search of alternative applications on the web to those i would normally use. I found an excellent site called http://www.portableapps.com which has portable versions of firefox, open office and lots of other programs and utilities.
After finding these alternative, i experimented with running these portable apps from the SD drive. At first it was way too slow but then i realised my antivirus - free AVG - was scanning it all the time so i simply made that location, along with my c: drive program files, exempt in AVG. Now it is as fast as if it were on the hard drive. Once i had done the testing, i removed all the installed programs through 'add/remove programs'. This included Adobe, media player, the dell webcam stuff etc. I then installed all the portable apps. I now have only two main applications that are not of the 'portable' type but even so, they are both installed on my SD card and work perfectly from there. The only issue you might find with portable apps is that they dont 'integrate' with each other too well if they have that feature. For example, one of my applications has 'export to' functionality but the app that its supposed to export to is a portable one and so it doesnt 'see it'. to be honest though, thats not a problem for me.
Its worth noting that i kept the vodafone software. I have a copy of dell's own version which i shall install if i need to travel abroad and swap sims, but to be honest i installed it before and whilst it was nice, it seemed caused standby errors etc which was not worth the hassle for me.
Once i had done that, i then spent some time reviewing the services that were running and taking up system resources. I used blackviper to understand what i should and shouldnt change and also revouninstaller to manage some persistent services that kept starting.
Finally, the last thing i did was to uncompress certain folders. I realise this takes space, but i figured the performance benefit was worth it. My windows folder is still compressed, but everything else is uncompressed. My dell mini now zips along!
I am using 2.6g of the 7.5g total on the hard drive, although i have enabled hibernation which gobbles up another 2g because of the additional memory, bringing me to 4.6g in total, but i can live with that as i want the hibernation for battery life. That leaves me with nearly 3g to play with. On top of that i have an 8g sd card for applications and data which is proving more than adequate.
At the end of the day, its a netbook, not a games machine! I have a powerful desktop and laptop and i got this because i was fed up with lugging the laptop and thought it might be better to take this on the odd day. Now i take this everyday and my laptop stays at home unless i have a presentation or something. I can do all i need to do on here in terms of documents, presentations and project management. I use my outlook exchange webmail so i can access that and other company stuff via the web or vpn wherever i am.
For me its pretty near the perfect device. Sure the keyboard etc is a compromise but you get used to it and as a touch typist, now i have been using it for a while, i don't notice any difference. I did look at the 10 inch + versions but even just that extra inch makes it less pocketable which is what i love about it.
Black Dell Mini 9 - UK spec
Vodafone 3G connectivity
Lovin' every minute of it!
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