Reinstalled XP Now Receiving Low Disk Space, Runs slow

July 26, 2012 at 18:13:45
Specs: Windows XP, T3200@1.66 GHz
Please help. I have limited computer knowledge. I've tried to research this issue but I'm still stuck. I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 1.66GHz. I had major virus issues so I attempted to repair my hard drive using a reinstallation CD. Now I have 3 new issues
1) When the system starts I have to select Windows XP. The other options Media Console takes me to a generic desktop that doesn't have any of my files
2) My system runs super slow
3) I'm out of disk space

Other details about my system...
FAT = 39mb capacity; 32 mb free; 82% free
NTFS = 31.17 capacity; 57 mb free; 0% free
4.64 free space

What do I need to do to free up hard drive space and speed up system performance?


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#1
July 26, 2012 at 18:59:06
FAT = 39mb capacity; 32 mb free; 82% free, that is wrong, for starters, a FAT drive is something from ye olde worlde of 1988 unless it is referring to a Zip Floppy disk

NTFS drive, of 31.17, is that Gb? That's probably a 40gb IDE hdd

You have to go into Safe Mode and uninstall all your games.


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#2
July 26, 2012 at 20:50:50
The only way to remove a virus is with anti-virus/anti-malware, or to completely reformat the HDD & install Windows from scratch.

"When the system starts I have to select Windows XP"

You obviously did the "repair" totally wrong. Could it be that you installed XP twice rather than repairing? Your HDD is full - "NTFS = 31.17 capacity; 57 mb free; 0% free". You need to start dumping old files, uninstall unnecessary programs, delete temp files, etc.


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#3
July 26, 2012 at 21:40:56
Yes. It's totally possible I installed xp twice. I did a search to see if I had duplicate system file folders. I've only come across system32 and a download system folder. If I did install xp twice, how do I remove one?

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#4
July 30, 2012 at 08:20:43
Hi jmh2012

My name is Rohit and I work for the Social Media and Community Team at Dell.
As per your issue it seems that you have not done correct re-installtion of windows, you can try re-installing the windows again if you have backed up your data. You can also visit to www.support.dell.com for further details regarding clean installation.

Looking forward for your replay.

Glad to assist you!

Thanks and regards
Dell_Rohit_N
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#5
July 30, 2012 at 15:42:58
Start from scratch, use the installation CD, choose the custom installation, then Partition and Format. Under the partition section, delete all partitions, create a new partition out of the entire drive size and format it to NTFS. Since you had an infection on the drive I would advise a Full Format rather than a Quick Format (it will take much longer but you will be more sure of wiping the drive clean). Then proceed to install XP again on the completely clean drive.

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


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#6
July 30, 2012 at 17:58:18

I have a reinstallation DVD. It says operating system already installed on your computer. Will that work?

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#7
August 3, 2012 at 13:43:44
Hi jmh2012

As per your question the DVD which you need to install windows again on system will say operating system already installed on your system and will also have Dell logo on it as well and if you have the same DVD that will work. Please update if that worked. Looking forward for your replay.

Glad to assist you!

Thanks and regards
Dell_Rohit_N
Dell Social Media Responder


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