Solved Extreme lack of space on c:

October 19, 2011 at 01:20:47
Specs: Windows XP
will deleting email free space on my c drive? The programs I have I use, so am reluctant to delete them. The largest ones I have are widows 2010 and camtasia 7 - I have a memory stick and was also wondering if these programs would still work if I copied them into the memory stick and deleted them from the c drive?

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October 21, 2011 at 04:23:49
Actually yes, that is the preferred method, add it as a second drive.

From response #2:
If this is for a desktop, you also have the option to purchase a second hard drive and install it AS a second drive (much easier) and moving all of your personal files from the first drive to the second drive. You also can uninstall programs from the computer and reinstalling them as custom and choosing the second drive to install them (you cannot just move programs or their components or they will no longer work or completely uninstall).

Being that your original hard drive is a 15GB drive you must have an IDE (PATA) interface so you cannot purchase the newer SATA hard drives (post your computer model to confirm this or check your manual). My preference today as far as reliability is concerned is Western Digital drives and you should be able to go potentially up to a 500GB hard drive with XP as long as your BIOS/motherboard is not truly ancient. Look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
for some choices if you like.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



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October 19, 2011 at 01:30:53
problem is if you move to programs to a memory stick (which wont work) you will constantly battle to free up space on your C:\ drive as windows updates, and other updates install. My advice would be to get a bigger hard drive, mirror your old on onto the new one using something like 'R-Drive image'

If you do the hard work now, you wont have to do it later. This is probably not what you wanted to hear but i prefer to give you a long term solution rather than a short term one.

Just out of curiosity how big is your hard drive? if you need help and advice on how to mirror your drive im sure others on here as well as myself can help.


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October 19, 2011 at 04:06:44
Actually Mirror it a term used for 2 drives in Raid together that always copy each other (pretty rough explanation). You really mean Clone which is to copy one drive to another.

ALL hard drive mfg's offer software free to do this when you purchase their hard drive. If you purchase a 'boxed' version, it is included in the box, but if you purchase an OEM version because it is cheaper, you need to download it from their website.

If this is for a laptop, this is probably the best option, though you can also purchase a portable hard drive and move many of those important but rarely used files onto it.
If this is for a desktop, you also have the option to purchase a second hard drive and install it AS a second drive (much easier) and moving all of your personal files from the first drive to the second drive. You also can uninstall programs from the computer and reinstalling them as custom and choosing the second drive to install them (you cannot just move programs or their components or they will no longer work or completely uninstall).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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October 21, 2011 at 00:43:06
Thanks for that - hard drive is 15gb - could I get a bigger hard drive from PC world? I've heard that their advice isn't all the reliable!

May I please ask why I should mirror the old hard drive onto the new one? Surely that just fills up the new one for no reason - can I not have both running?

Excuse my ignorance!
Cheers
Ged
ps And was still wondering about the deletion of old e-mails - would that free space up?


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October 21, 2011 at 04:23:49
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Actually yes, that is the preferred method, add it as a second drive.

From response #2:
If this is for a desktop, you also have the option to purchase a second hard drive and install it AS a second drive (much easier) and moving all of your personal files from the first drive to the second drive. You also can uninstall programs from the computer and reinstalling them as custom and choosing the second drive to install them (you cannot just move programs or their components or they will no longer work or completely uninstall).

Being that your original hard drive is a 15GB drive you must have an IDE (PATA) interface so you cannot purchase the newer SATA hard drives (post your computer model to confirm this or check your manual). My preference today as far as reliability is concerned is Western Digital drives and you should be able to go potentially up to a 500GB hard drive with XP as long as your BIOS/motherboard is not truly ancient. Look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
for some choices if you like.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
October 21, 2011 at 06:09:37
I would suspect that the OP's system will not be 48bitLBA compliant so trying to install a modern large capacity drive (over 137gb) will cause problems. There is a noted lack of any system specifications in the original post. My first PC had a 15gb hard drive back in 1999 and it was not 48bitLBA compliant. http://www.48bitlba.com/

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October 21, 2011 at 16:03:54
That is very possible (though i did not mention it), but I did see 80GB IDE drives on both those links I included.

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