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Thread poster: Kim Metzger

Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 09:44
German to English
Feb 5, 2003

Well, I knew it would happen sooner or later - I\'ve filled up my computer and have almost no disk space left (just 20 MB). Could someone tell me what I need to do? What\'s the hardware called that will give me additional disk space?

Help appreciated. Kim


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Andrzej Lejman  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:44
German to Polish
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Some tips Feb 5, 2003

* Run SCANDISK regularly, or another better program that does the same thing because SCANDISK certainly isn\'t the best. Regardless, scan your hard disk for errors often as part of preventive maintenance. This optimizes its operation and recovers lost space being held by lost data.

* Defragment your drive at least once a month. You can use DEFRAG that comes with Windows, or another better third party option. Over time, files can get chopped up and spread all over the drive, causing your drive to have to look all over the place to operate. Defragmenting the drive, thus, increases performance, while recovering lost space.

* Organize your files. This doesn\'t help performance or space, but it sure helps your mental state. Give directories names that make sense when installing them. Store your data files in a directory all their own. Remember, Windows 95 supports long file names. Take advantage of this so that things make sense.

* Make sure you are using the FAT32 system if you have Windows 95 OSR2 or Windows 98.

If you want, you can repartition your drive to take better advantage of the space available. With a smaller partition, you can use smaller clusters. Therefore, less space is wasted. This is easiest to do when the drive is new. If you want to repartition the drive with data on it, you will need a secondary program like Partition Magic to do it and keep your data intact.

* Empty the Recycle Bin. When you delete a file under Windows 95, it doesn\'t really go away. It goes to the Recycle Bin. If you forget about this, you could have several megabytes of space wrapped up in files you thought were gone.

* Disk Compression. It is generally recommended to stay clear of such things, but it is possible to compress your drive and get up to 2 times the amount of space out of it. However, compressing your drive increases the risk of data loss and lessens performance in your system.

* Delete Temporary Internet Files.

* Uninstall no longer needed programms.



* INSTALL ANOTHER HARD DISK FOR DATA ONLY.



I am sure yoy will get some dozen or more further tips.



Best regards

Andrzej





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Pro Lingua  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:44
German to Slovak
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CD-RW or disc co0mpression tool Feb 5, 2003

I think the best way is to transfer (burn) translated documents or other files you want to keep on a CDRW. On the other way there exist disc compression tools (delivered with Windows).



I hope this helps


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Parrot  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:44
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
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Not a new hard disk? Feb 5, 2003

Hi Kim,



If this is a desktop computer, can it take another hard disk? They\'re quite big these days. That way you could unload all your non-program files into the second disk and use drive C: exclusively for programs (with lots of space to maneuver).



Cecilia


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:44
Member (2003)
Polish to German
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Try Ashampoo Feb 5, 2003

www.ashampoo.com



Win Optimizer and UnInstaller can help to get rid of your system.

This only additional to the advices from Andrzej.



Jerzy.


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mónica alfonso  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:44
English to Spanish
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And silly as it may seem Feb 5, 2003

you can zip all the old files you have in there, delete the unzipped ones and gain a bit more space.

Good luck!


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Marco Vrieling  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:44
English to Dutch
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Cecilia is right Feb 6, 2003

This is the only way to avoid further problems in the future. Other solutions are ok of course, but they are temporarely. Be careful when you install a new (large) hard disk! Older motherboards do not support large disks (not even after flashing). Upgrade your hardware, that\'s the only way...



Good luck



Marco



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On 2003-02-05 23:24, Parrot wrote:

Hi Kim,



If this is a desktop computer, can it take another hard disk? They\'re quite big these days. That way you could unload all your non-program files into the second disk and use drive C: exclusively for programs (with lots of space to maneuver).



Cecilia



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Miquel
Spain
Local time: 16:44
English to Spanish
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To be concise Feb 6, 2003

Hi Kim!



What you need is an additional hard drive. This is were your data and applications are stored. If you do not feel like messing with hardware installations, have it done by someone specialised. A variation of this would be buying a removable hard drive (one of those \"pen drivers\" that you connect to your PC and can take with you and use in another PC.



Another option, and assuming your drive is enough (most of them are) to run all your applications, and that it is your personal data what fills it, would be storing the data wich is not essential for your daily work in floppy discs, or CD\'s if you have a CD burner; a great invention. Bear in mind that keeping all data on the hard drive will end by collapsing it, sooner or later, though with the 60 or 80GB last generation drives it could take a whole life, depending of course on the volume of data stored per day.



Finally, good practices are :

Defragment your hard drive/s at least once a week and do not keep your trash can filling and filling.



Hope it helps

Regards


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Dominique Ostrowski  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:44
Member (2004)
English to French
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Extra hard drive gets my vote. Feb 6, 2003



If this is a desktop computer, can it take another hard disk? They\'re quite big these days. That way you could unload all your non-program files into the second disk and use drive C: exclusively for programs (with lots of space to maneuver).







If you have a slot install a fire wire and buy and external hard drive 80 gigs for $200.



http://www.dealtimeshopping.com/computers1/firewire_hard_drive.htm



Keep your programs on the C drive and all your datafiles on the external. You optimize your system, have enough space to last a few more years and in case your system decides to kick the bucket your data will sit safely on the external drive. Plug it into the new computer and you are ready to roll.



Regards.

Dominique


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Pro Lingua  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:44
German to Slovak
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Simple but good idea. Feb 6, 2003

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On 2003-02-05 23:47, alfpach wrote:

you can zip all the old files you have in there, delete the unzipped ones and gain a bit more space.

Good luck!



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Scott Li  Identity Verified
Hong Kong
Local time: 23:44
Member (2005)
Chinese to English
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CD-RW Feb 6, 2003

Hi Kim,



Agree with Pro Lingua, to install a new hard disk is a good choice but I guess you may have difficulty to have it installed yourselves unless you will get help from shops.



Buy an external CD-RW with USB connection, even with lower speed version (e.g. USB 1.0 at burning speed of 2X), this won\'t need too much knowledge in computer hardwares but still can meet your requirement. Although the speed (2X) is rather slow in nowadays standard but you can use it to store your translated/source files and also serves a back up function (very important feature).





Scott





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Kevin Fulton
United States
Local time: 11:44
German to English
Clean out the Windows\Temp directory Feb 6, 2003

You\'ll be amazed at how much garbage accumulates there. You should be able to free up some space that way. Otherwise, you\'ll need a second hard drive, which is probably a good idea anyway. There are some that attach externally via the USB / firewire port (which means you can also attach it to a laptop if you choose the USB option). As someone else mentioned, firewire is quite fast, and it\'s worth investing in a card that will give you firewire capabilities. I\'ve seen a card that provides USB II *and* firewire ports, which might be the way to go.

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sylver  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:44
English to French
What hardware do you have? Feb 6, 2003

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On 2003-02-05 22:47, kmetzger wrote:

Well, I knew it would happen sooner or later - I\'ve filled up my computer and have almost no disk space left (just 20 MB). Could someone tell me what I need to do? What\'s the hardware called that will give me additional disk space?

Help appreciated. Kim





A correct solution implies some knowledge of your hardware.



What kind of computer are we talking about? Please explain what you have(PC, Mac, total Hard disk space, OS, CPU,CD RW, zip drive, USB port...) and we can take it from there.



Assuming you work in windows, with an acceptable PC, firstly, you should clean all temporary files. Go to \"start\", \"programs\", \"accessories\", \"system tools\" and select \"Disk cleanup\".



Next, locate what takes the most space on your disk (Do NOT touch anything in the \"Windows\" folder). To do that, open the Windows explorer, and (with a right click), check the properties of the item concerned. When you find something you can dispense with, back up and free up that space.



You may be tempted to start removing old files, or files that you don\'t use too much at random. That will not help much. Really, just locate the big spots. You could remove 100 files of 30 Kb (heartbreaking), just to get 30MB free space. That\'s nothing.



See if you don\'t have programs you don\'t really use. If so, uninstall them. You can still reinstall them when you need to.



Buying a new hard drive is also worth considering IF your system is OK to start with. If your computer is too old, it will be way better to invest right now in a new computer.



Trying constantly to make an old system do will waste a lot of your time. Actually, the cheapest computers you find on the market these days is way better then anything you could get 2 years ago.



All in all, it comes back to that. What do you have?





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Michael Bastin  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:44
English to French
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delete unncessary files Feb 6, 2003

I run a search from times to time on my computer, using the Windows search function I put the folling *.bak;*.old;*.tmp;*.chk and delete them. (beware not to delete .bak created by wordfast just in case you want to keep them.



You can also delete your temporay Internet files.



My 2 cents.


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Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 16:44
Member (2002)
German to Dutch
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buy a new computer Feb 6, 2003

This may be the best or the most worse solution, depending on what sylver already mentioned: what system do you have (and of course: how much money do you want to spend at once).

Very often when some hardware component appears to be a bottleneck, it is time to scale up your system and enjoy all new possibilities that appeared since you bought your present system. The price of a new system is low compared to their features and the time wages of you and the computer serviceman. Scaling up your present system bit by bit seems cheap, but very often costs also a lot of money. I went to the shop about a year ago to ask about new possibilities and was very suprised about the posibility to use two monitors on one computer (I am also a low tech one) for \"only\" 350 Euro/dollar. Incredible useful when you very often have to look up something in reference files. Just an example!



I\'d like to say: use the best free solution to solve your problems for this moment and visit next months some three or four computer suppliers personally and urge them to suggest one or more solutions/offers. You tell them of course which features have to be stressed: data storage, speed, internet access, energy saving, space saving and so on. Maybe you don\'t need a new system now, but the knowledge and business contacts you gather, help you to select the best long-term solution.



Perhaps these two cents are worthless, because you already did so.


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