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Old 07-08-2008, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You might have to replace your hard drive with a larger one. When you run the degragger, you need a little space for it to work in. The one I use (not the one that came with the computer) takes two or three minutes to run.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:45 PM
 
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I just discovered a defrag program (http://www.disktrix.com/index.htm - broken link) that only needs 1% free space. and is 1688Kb in size. You could get rid of Ad-Aware (just keep SpyBot up to date and immunized -- dont run it) to make room for it.

Let the pros answer your questions, though, before you do anything.
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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www.foldersizes.com it has a shareware version, which allows for 30 days of use. You can use it to scan your computer and figure out which folders have the data you need to get rid of.


Also get CCleaner and use it to clear caches, temp files and other unwanted storage wasters.
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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If you have Outlook or some other program that stores email on your computer, make sure to empty the sent items folders. You'd be amazed at how many gigs of videos some people have in there.

Check your photoshop files to see what pictures you can toss. Those work-in-progress files with a bunch of layers can really eat up some drive space.
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:47 PM
 
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Oh, when you use foldersizes... dont just delete files, rather take some screenshots and put them up here again and we can help you out.


However, for most people 20GB is becoming too small of a hard drive. Windows XP loaded with typical applications (Office, a tax program, anti-virus, firewall) plus some music, photos and video will easily eat up 10-15GB and possibly more.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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ThinkPad comes with a lot of software preinstalled that can be removed. I don't see Rescue and Recovery, but it takes up a lot of space. You should also check the Unzipped folder and the Downloaded Program Files folder. You can also do some of a disk cleanmup manually. Empty Recycle and Delete Temporary Internet Files, including Offline. Sometimes the Temporary Internet Files space can be reduced to free some space, and the Windows swap file can be reduced if you have plenty of RAM. Uninstall some programs you don't use and then check to make sure their folders have been deleted too. Offload some data onto CD storage. Those are some things to try.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:20 PM
 
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I just came across this post in CNET Computer Help which looks helpful. I may some of those suggestions, myself.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:31 PM
 
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Ever get the feeling the OP has flown the coop?
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:31 PM
 
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I was wondering something. Elsewhere, I had suggested an online storage site for stuff. But with this case, can they put an entire program in such a place?
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