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June 11, 2005 4:52:01 PM

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I recently reinstalled XP on my 3 year old laptop, but afterwards I noticed
that out of 20G, I still only have about 8G availible. Is there something I
can do to get more of my hard drive space back?
Anonymous
June 11, 2005 4:52:02 PM

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"Jeremy" <Jeremy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>I recently reinstalled XP on my 3 year old laptop, but afterwards I noticed
> that out of 20G, I still only have about 8G availible. Is there something
> I
> can do to get more of my hard drive space back?

Check the size of the swap file, and also see if you have System Restore
enable. IF you have System Restore enable, reduce it's size to a smaller
size.

Your swap file should be no more than 1 1/2 times your physical RAM.

Also, Check to see if hibernation is enabled. If hibernation is enabled,
and you do not use it, disable it. It will return space equal to your
physical RAM.

Go into Windows Explorer and tell it to only keep a history for the last
day. Empty the Temporary Internet Files, off-line content and cookies.
Check the box that tells it to empty the Temporary Internet files every time
you close IE.

Run a disc cleanup and get rid of any setup and temporary files found.

Also, with windows updates, once they are installed and everything is
running fine, you may delete the folders that the hotfixes create. Please
be aware that once you do this, you will not be able to uninstall the
updates so be sure that everything is running well before doing this last
step.



Bobby
Anonymous
June 11, 2005 5:00:29 PM

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In news:F54F3141-3D30-4B62-9806-2F563775103F@microsoft.com,
Jeremy <Jeremy@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> I recently reinstalled XP on my 3 year old laptop, but
> afterwards I
> noticed that out of 20G, I still only have about 8G availible.
> Is
> there something I can do to get more of my hard drive space
> back?


Is this on a 20GB drive with a single C: partition, or is some of
that 20GB drive perhaps in a different partition?

Did you do a clean installation (delete the existing partition by
pressing "D" when prompted, then create a new one) or some other
kind?

Did you install any applications or just Windows?

Did you restore the data you backed up before reinstalling
Windows?


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June 11, 2005 11:03:02 PM

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Yes, I have a single partition on my hard drive. I don't know if I did a
clean installation (by deleting the old one), I might have just used the old
one. I have also noticed that all of my program files are all still in my
WINDOWS folder. Does that mean that I didn't do a clean installation? Should
I?

Also, what are the advantages of doing partitions on my hard drive?

Thanks!

"Ken Blake" wrote:

> In news:F54F3141-3D30-4B62-9806-2F563775103F@microsoft.com,
> Jeremy <Jeremy@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
> > I recently reinstalled XP on my 3 year old laptop, but
> > afterwards I
> > noticed that out of 20G, I still only have about 8G availible.
> > Is
> > there something I can do to get more of my hard drive space
> > back?
>
>
> Is this on a 20GB drive with a single C: partition, or is some of
> that 20GB drive perhaps in a different partition?
>
> Did you do a clean installation (delete the existing partition by
> pressing "D" when prompted, then create a new one) or some other
> kind?
>
> Did you install any applications or just Windows?
>
> Did you restore the data you backed up before reinstalling
> Windows?
>
>
> --
> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
>
>
June 11, 2005 11:56:05 PM

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You very much misinterpret me.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion (and although this may surprise
you, that does actually include me too) but you must realise that it is
difficult to take an opposing opinion without showing active
disagreement.

Do
"Jeremy" <Jeremy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F54F3141-3D30-4B62-9806-2F563775103F@microsoft.com...
> I recently reinstalled XP on my 3 year old laptop, but afterwards I
noticed
> that out of 20G, I still only have about 8G availible. Is there something
I
> can do to get more of my hard drive space back?
June 11, 2005 11:56:06 PM

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Malke wrote:

>
Nothing, since this is spoofed. A report has been submitted to the
authorities at Virgin.net and to Microsoft.

Malke
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Anonymous
June 12, 2005 12:59:17 PM

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In news:B16BC75F-0B03-400F-B6D3-1A6AC829418A@microsoft.com,
Jeremy <Jeremy@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> Yes, I have a single partition on my hard drive. I don't know
> if I
> did a clean installation (by deleting the old one), I might
> have just
> used the old one. I have also noticed that all of my program
> files
> are all still in my WINDOWS folder. Does that mean that I
> didn't do a
> clean installation?


If your old programs are still installed, clearly you didn't do a
clean installation. And if you didn't do a clean installation,
it's no surprise that you got no disk space back.


> Should I?


I can't answer that from where I sit. I don't know why you did
any reinstallation at all? What problems were you having? What
did you hope to accomplish?

But my personal view is that it's a very rare situation in which
a clean reinstallation is desirable.


> Also, what are the advantages of doing partitions on my hard
> drive?


There are arguments both for and against having multiple
partitions, although most people would recommend at least two
partitions for most people. However, in my view, with such a tiny
drive you shouldn't consider more than a single partition.

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> "Ken Blake" wrote:
>
>> In news:F54F3141-3D30-4B62-9806-2F563775103F@microsoft.com,
>> Jeremy <Jeremy@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>>
>>> I recently reinstalled XP on my 3 year old laptop, but
>>> afterwards I
>>> noticed that out of 20G, I still only have about 8G
>>> availible.
>>> Is
>>> there something I can do to get more of my hard drive space
>>> back?
>>
>>
>> Is this on a 20GB drive with a single C: partition, or is some
>> of
>> that 20GB drive perhaps in a different partition?
>>
>> Did you do a clean installation (delete the existing partition
>> by
>> pressing "D" when prompted, then create a new one) or some
>> other
>> kind?
>>
>> Did you install any applications or just Windows?
>>
>> Did you restore the data you backed up before reinstalling
>> Windows?
>>
>>
>> --
>> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
>> Please reply to the newsgroup
!