why is my hard drive space decreasing

June 25, 2011 at 06:11:32
Specs: Windows 7, 512 mb
i have been keeping a eye closely on the hard drive space now it says 26.0GB free of the 36.9GB.and in Norton it tells me that i use high CPU usage like in Google chrome. can that be it if i use more stuff like 5 internet exlorers could that make the hard drive activity light go on constantly???? does that take space of the hard drive??????????????????

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June 25, 2011 at 07:03:52
Running multiple apps will only effect you RAM. Not your hard Drive

No matter if you run IE, chrome, opera, firefox open at once. Your hard Drive will have no effect (although your CPU will cry)

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June 25, 2011 at 17:42:38
Windows creates Restore Points automatically and these use a massive amount of space... do a disk cleanup and delete all but the last restore point. "Help and Support" on the Start menu will explain how to do this.

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June 25, 2011 at 18:45:25
ditto for response #2, try setting the restore to maybe 5%

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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June 25, 2011 at 20:23:11
Also note that your CPU usage will go up any time you open a web page, program, select a link, etc. since you need to process the text and images coming in. BUT every web page or download you click on also has your antivirus program scanning everything coming in for infections and this will also raise your CPU usage. Many antivirus programs do this more efficiently than Norton does so if you want to get rid of that system hog, try Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials, both of which will do a better job and use less resources.

That also sounds like not much hard drive space free, if this is a desktop, consider adding a second hard drive and moving your personal files to the new drive (or some rarely nnede items to an external drive) and freeing up space on the original drive for your programs to run better. If not, then a disk clean up, uninstalling unused programs, deleting old emails, thinning out photographs and music to what you really want and then doing a manual defrag should free up some space also.

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

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