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BBC (Befuddled By Computer)
« on: April 14, 2017, 05:24:19 pm »
I have a general computer question that Iíd bet a bundle of other Nauvoodles could answer. It probably sounds dumb, but it has me baffled. ::)

On all versions of Windows, you can check your hard drive (or solid state drive, now) capacity by right-clicking the drive & selecting Properties. A box opens up showing Used Space, Free Space, & a Disk Cleanup button. When you select that button, the HD is scanned for temporary files, delivery optimization files, thumbnails, & other unneeded stuff that you can choose to delete to clear more HD space. I do this now & then, I guess the same way we sweep the floor now & then. My current laptop is a cheapie that I bought when I needed a quick replacement & it has only 30 GB, & much of that is occupied by programs & apps, so I try to be conscious of how much space I have.

My question is: Over time, I notice significant variation in the amount of free space on the HD, even if I am not doing anything that would seem to need much space. I may go for days without creating & saving anything big, but the free space can vary a half to even a whole GB, maybe more. More than once Iíve seen a sudden rise or drop of up to 25-30% from one boot to the next. Also, after I do a disk cleanup, I may end up with less free space than before. :-\

So Iím wondering if the very act of just using the computer, starting a draft that I never save, accessing the internet, etc. eats up that much HD space, & is there a remedy? (No, I donít want to reformat if I donít need to).
 

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Re: BBC (Befuddled By Computer)
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 05:53:54 pm »
It's probably the page file.  Windows uses virtual memory in order to run applications in their own memory "space," which gives a lot of advantages to operating stability.  Commonly-used functions operate in RAM, which is super fast.  Windows moves lesser-used functions to the page file, which is space on your hard drive.  Unless you set a specific size and partition for the page file, Windows manages it dynamically.  If you have a limited amount of RAM, Windows shuffles more functions to the page file, where it reads and writes to the hard drive.  As your computing activities change, so does the size of the page file.

I hope that helps.  You can also google "page file."
 
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Re: BBC (Befuddled By Computer)
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 06:36:47 pm »
So Iím wondering if the very act of just using the computer, starting a draft that I never save, accessing the internet, etc. eats up that much HD space, & is there a remedy? (No, I donít want to reformat if I donít need to).
The answer is yes, countless things can eat up that much space, and yes, there is a remedy.

The remedy is to get over it and move on with life.  Disk space is no longer a premium, and hasn't been for a decade or more.

Look - a one Terabyte hard drive for fifty bucks: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Cache-Desktop-Drive-WD10EZEX/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1492209142&sr=1-3&keywords=hard+drive

That's, what, five cents a gig?  Yep - it's time to move on and join the current century and just let windows eat it's gig here and there.  It's not the '90's any more, and life is good, computer-wise.
"Somebody should have set a match to this place long ago."
 

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Re: BBC (Befuddled By Computer)
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 07:02:22 pm »
My perspective is a bit different.  If I have something (like a cell phone, a computer, a TV, or even a pick 'em up truck) that does what I want, then I don't need to replace it.  My wife doesn't like it when I use that approach to clothes, specifically with garments.  She's been "prompting" me to order new ones for a few months, now.  I should probably do that.
 

 

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