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December 31, 2004 9:41:08 PM

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I have a Pavilion 4535 running Windows 98SE. Recently, Windows displayed a
warning about low hard drive space. Meanwhile it's only 75% full. (It's a
6GB drive with 1.5 GBs free.)

So far I've tried ...

running scandisk
defragmenting
running AdAware and NAV scans for spyware and viruses

I eventually deleted some files to make more space on the drive. This
stopped the error messages, but I'm still wondering what could cause them in
the first place. The only recent changes I made to the system were updating
Direct X from its original 6.1 to version 7a. I also updated the sound card
drivers. Could either of these changes cause such an error? The hard drive
was also replaced about three years ago. Thanks in advance.

My system ...

HP Pavilion 4535
Windows 98SE
Celeron 400
384 MBs RAM
6 GB HD (replacement drive)
USR 56K Modem
Diamond MX300 sound card

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Anonymous
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January 1, 2005 4:16:16 AM

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Windows sets up a swap file on the hard drive. When the amount of space
available on the hard drive is less than the amount of swap file space Windows
wants, it tells you.

Go to the Run command and enter %temp% in the dialog box. This will show you
the contents of the temporary files left behind by software that does not know
enough to clean up after itself. Get rid of these files and folders to free up
hard drive capacity. The run a Disk Cleanup to free up some more space on the
hard drive.

Even though the hard drive is 75% full, it's the absolute amount of free file
space that counts... Ben Myers

On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 18:41:08 -0500, "Tim" <argybargy@hotmail.com> wrote:

>I have a Pavilion 4535 running Windows 98SE. Recently, Windows displayed a
>warning about low hard drive space. Meanwhile it's only 75% full. (It's a
>6GB drive with 1.5 GBs free.)
>
>So far I've tried ...
>
>running scandisk
>defragmenting
>running AdAware and NAV scans for spyware and viruses
>
>I eventually deleted some files to make more space on the drive. This
>stopped the error messages, but I'm still wondering what could cause them in
>the first place. The only recent changes I made to the system were updating
>Direct X from its original 6.1 to version 7a. I also updated the sound card
>drivers. Could either of these changes cause such an error? The hard drive
>was also replaced about three years ago. Thanks in advance.
>
>My system ...
>
>HP Pavilion 4535
>Windows 98SE
>Celeron 400
>384 MBs RAM
>6 GB HD (replacement drive)
>USR 56K Modem
>Diamond MX300 sound card
>
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
a b α HP
January 1, 2005 4:16:17 AM

Archived from groups: comp.sys.hp.hardware (More info?)

ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers) wrote:
> Windows sets up a swap file on the hard drive. When the amount of
> space available on the hard drive is less than the amount of swap
> file space Windows wants, it tells you.
>
> Go to the Run command and enter %temp% in the dialog box. This will
> show you the contents of the temporary files left behind by software
> that does not know enough to clean up after itself. Get rid of these
> files and folders to free up hard drive capacity. The run a Disk
> Cleanup to free up some more space on the hard drive.
>
> Even though the hard drive is 75% full, it's the absolute amount of
> free file space that counts... Ben Myers
>
> On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 18:41:08 -0500, "Tim" <argybargy@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I have a Pavilion 4535 running Windows 98SE. Recently, Windows
>> displayed a warning about low hard drive space. Meanwhile it's only
>> 75% full. (It's a 6GB drive with 1.5 GBs free.)
>>
>> So far I've tried ...
>>
>> running scandisk
>> defragmenting
>> running AdAware and NAV scans for spyware and viruses
>>
>> I eventually deleted some files to make more space on the drive. This
>> stopped the error messages, but I'm still wondering what could cause
>> them in the first place. The only recent changes I made to the
>> system were updating Direct X from its original 6.1 to version 7a.
>> I also updated the sound card drivers. Could either of these
>> changes cause such an error? The hard drive was also replaced about
>> three years ago. Thanks in advance.
>>
>> My system ...
>>
>> HP Pavilion 4535
>> Windows 98SE
>> Celeron 400
>> 384 MBs RAM
>> 6 GB HD (replacement drive)
>> USR 56K Modem
>> Diamond MX300 sound card

....and it might be terminally fragmented unless it has been defragged
recently.

Q
Anonymous
a b α HP
January 1, 2005 8:30:48 AM

Archived from groups: comp.sys.hp.hardware (More info?)

But of course! Defragmenting does recoup a small bit of space, but, more
importantly, it really helps memory management. The Windows file system
consumes lots more memory managing all the fragments of a file compared to a
contiguous file... Ben Myers

On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 19:56:07 -0700, "Quaoar" <quaoar@tenthplanet.net> wrote:

>ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers) wrote:
>> Windows sets up a swap file on the hard drive. When the amount of
>> space available on the hard drive is less than the amount of swap
>> file space Windows wants, it tells you.
>>
>> Go to the Run command and enter %temp% in the dialog box. This will
>> show you the contents of the temporary files left behind by software
>> that does not know enough to clean up after itself. Get rid of these
>> files and folders to free up hard drive capacity. The run a Disk
>> Cleanup to free up some more space on the hard drive.
>>
>> Even though the hard drive is 75% full, it's the absolute amount of
>> free file space that counts... Ben Myers
>>
>> On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 18:41:08 -0500, "Tim" <argybargy@hotmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I have a Pavilion 4535 running Windows 98SE. Recently, Windows
>>> displayed a warning about low hard drive space. Meanwhile it's only
>>> 75% full. (It's a 6GB drive with 1.5 GBs free.)
>>>
>>> So far I've tried ...
>>>
>>> running scandisk
>>> defragmenting
>>> running AdAware and NAV scans for spyware and viruses
>>>
>>> I eventually deleted some files to make more space on the drive. This
>>> stopped the error messages, but I'm still wondering what could cause
>>> them in the first place. The only recent changes I made to the
>>> system were updating Direct X from its original 6.1 to version 7a.
>>> I also updated the sound card drivers. Could either of these
>>> changes cause such an error? The hard drive was also replaced about
>>> three years ago. Thanks in advance.
>>>
>>> My system ...
>>>
>>> HP Pavilion 4535
>>> Windows 98SE
>>> Celeron 400
>>> 384 MBs RAM
>>> 6 GB HD (replacement drive)
>>> USR 56K Modem
>>> Diamond MX300 sound card
>
>...and it might be terminally fragmented unless it has been defragged
>recently.
>
>Q
>
>
!