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Windows 7: Total memory

24 Jan 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steveseven View Post
no prob. do u know the answer to my question tho?

I was the first one to post an answer (post #2). Maybe you missed it. There you'll also see why I elaborated on "memory".


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24 Jan 2010   #12
steveseven

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Don't worry about the deleted files. They are marked as available space but they are still there in their entirety until the space is needed. If you do a disk defrag, they disappear too. What does this pertain to?

Files of your own that you delete will hardly make a dent in the disk space because they are usually tiny compared to the total disk space. You would have to delete Gigabytes (which you usually don't have) to see it in the freespace amount. I have GBs of info that needs to be deleted, so are you saying it will lower my freespace? Should I put it on a flash drive and delete it on my schools computer (or any comp besides mine?)
sorry about the misleading title too
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24 Jan 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK,

1. do I understand correctly that your target is to get more freespace of your disk? If yes, there are many things we can do.
2. Also let me know whether you know how to get into an elevated Command prompt (if not, I'll explain it because that is one of the tools that we need.
3. do you still need info out of this windows.old folder
4. what are those GBs of info that you think need to be deleted

Please answer the above questions and I will make you a guide on how to proceed.
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24 Jan 2010   #14
steveseven

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
OK,

1. do I understand correctly that your target is to get more freespace of your disk? If yes, there are many things we can do.
2. Also let me know whether you know how to get into an elevated Command prompt (if not, I'll explain it because that is one of the tools that we need.
3. do you still need info out of this windows.old folder
4. what are those GBs of info that you think need to be deleted

Please answer the above questions and I will make you a guide on how to proceed.
1. I would like to make sure deleting a lot of information from my computer wont decrease its maximum free GB capability (i have a lot of music i plan to move to my external hard drive which will lower the free GB space, so getting more free space isnt the problem)

2. i dont know how to do that

3. I have media that i want, im currently sorting what i want and what i dont. I will eventually delete the .old folder. This ties into 4.

4. I have tons of program files that wont work on windows 7. i have to get new program files and delete the .old ones
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24 Jan 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. moving music to an external drive is certainly a good idea. It plays just as well from there. But if all your music files are less than let's say 10GB, it may not be worth it.
2. I'll make you a little cmd (Command Prompt) tutorial. There are a few things we can do with cmd
3. the .old folder is huge. That should be the first one to go. Here are 2 methods how to do that. For the first you need cmd - so wait for my tutorial.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/how-to-delete-a-system-file-in-windows-vista/
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/remove-windows-old-windows-7/

4. If those program files are XP, you can trash them. They are useless. Better to download the Win7 versions. Btw: I keep all my program files on an external drive. Partly because I live in 2 different locations and need to carry them around, but also because they are bulky and are better off on the external.

I'll get back to you in 15 minutes.
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24 Jan 2010   #16
steveseven

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. moving music to an external drive is certainly a good idea. It plays just as well from there. But if all your music files are less than let's say 10GB, it may not be worth it.
2. I'll make you a little cmd (Command Prompt) tutorial. There are a few things we can do with cmd
3. the .old folder is huge. That should be the first one to go. Here are 2 methods how to do that. For the first you need cmd - so wait for my tutorial.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/how-to-delete-a-system-file-in-windows-vista/
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/remove-windows-old-windows-7/

4. If those program files are XP, you can trash them. They are useless. Better to download the Win7 versions. Btw: I keep all my program files on an external drive. Partly because I live in 2 different locations and need to carry them around, but also because they are bulky and are better off on the external.

I'll get back to you in 15 minutes.
1. i have 14,000 songs on my comp, about 80GB i think haha. i have all of it backed up, but i just want more room on my internal hard drive

2./3. I cant just delete the .old folder?

4. im keeping them only so i know which new ones i need to get and what programs i need to reinstall.

what about the question about decresing my maximum GB freespace?
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24 Jan 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How to run Command Prompt (cmd)

Cmd needs to be run in elevated mode (as administrator). We want to avoid the need to set it to elevated mode every time we use it. Therefore we will make a permanent setting. These are the steps:

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right click on Command Prompt and go to Properties
Click on Advanced and check the box that says Run as Administrator
OK> Apply>OK (do not forget the Apply-else it will not be set)

From now on, cmd will always run in elevated mode. I also suggest to make a shortcut of cmd. In Accessories, right click again and either Send to Desktop or Pin to Start Menu or Pin to Taskbar.


1. Understand. That is worth moving
2/3. No, you have to follow onr of those procedures.
4. I do not understand what you mean by: "question about decresing my maximum GB freespace". The freespace is whatever it is. That is the space that is NOT occupied on the disk. It decreases when you or the system put stuff on the disk.
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24 Jan 2010   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

One other thing you can do is eleiminate the hibernation file on disk (assuming that you do not use hibernation - really no need for that). That saves you 2GB and you exercise your newly aquired cmd skills.
Open cmd amd type (or paste)

powercfg.exe -h off and hit Enter (always hit Enter after you typed a command).

That will get rid of the hibernation file. And if you want to have some fun with cmd, try these commands:


Help – gives you a list of all valid commands
Cmd – shows your system version
Assoc – shows all associations in your system
Schtasks – makes a list of all scheduled tasks
Ipconfig /all – displays the IP configuration of your system
Ping – gives you the round trip time of a packet to a webserver – e.g.
Ping 127.0.0.1 (which is your system) or Ping www.yahoo.com
Or let’s try a German newspaper which is further away: Ping www.faz.net

Now you should be busy for a little while - LOL.
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24 Jan 2010   #19
steveseven

Windows 7
 
 

ok, lets try this again.

when i delete a file, it still takes up a small amount of freespace, not enough to be a problem but it still is there. but if i delete a lot of high MB/GB files, will the "leftovers" from those files take away from the overall freespace on my comp?
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24 Jan 2010   #20
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steveseven View Post
ok, lets try this again.

when i delete a file, it still takes up a small amount of freespace, not enough to be a problem but it still is there. but if i delete a lot of high MB/GB files, will the "leftovers" from those files take away from the overall freespace on my comp?
No,,, when you delete data it is not really there,,, when you delete the data the space is marked as free, no space is taken by deleted data.

The information is there and can be recovered up untill the block is over-written with new data.

Deleted data creates free space. End of Story.
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