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Aryan King

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I have an older Dell Inspiron 1100 with (I think-256 MB)/30 GB Hard drive?

1st-noticing it had slowed way way down,I downloaded a Charter Security System Program (which is huge),thinking it could fine and identify any "bugs" in the system slowing it down.It found no bugs.

2nd- I tried the clean disk system and eliminated what I could.Still slow

3rd- I tried to delete several large and even small programs-but have been receiving a warning that I do not have enough space to preform this activity.

4th-Computer will not now go onto the INTERNET,as apparently there isn't enough space available for that.

5th-I contacted my cable/INTERNET provider and was advised that the disk was full and that programs apparently could not be deleted without more space.Internet provider said that I had to "get someone" to clean the disk,which meant I would certainly loose all the stuff on the disk;and that I should have them reprogram the computer,which can cost hundreds of dollars,and that I should consider getting and or replacing more memory on the computer for future use.

6th-Can I copy and transfer any of the stuff on the computer,before I get wiped clean,and if so how.Is there some method I can do to "clean" off some of the programs myself,and if so how;or has this thing just become a large paper weight?


Edited by Aryan King, 25 August 2010 - 07:57 AM.

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Maybe this could help. Try booting using a Linux Live cd. This will allow access to your data without actually using the installed OS.
Then copy files like Videos, Movies, Music to a external source like a CD, Flash drive or another hd like a external hd.
You need to have about 4.5 to 6 gigs free for the system to run correctly.
After that is done then we can continue with getting rid of temp files and defrag using Auslogics Defrag.
Try the below steps and see if it will assist you in your issue.

Get Puppy Linux from my signature below...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd
if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get Burncdcc from my signature...it is a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....

put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all your data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...

quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..

after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working

[b]Thanks to happyrock

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Aryan King

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I got the CD made after downloading the info and put it in the lap top,but it doesn't open.When I click on the Boot file;it just says :This is an invalid file for use as the following.Security Catalog.When I click on the other files they say:Windows can not open this file.There are eight files on the CD.I checked the remaining capacity and believe it is just 4.5GB.I tried the disk clean and multiple times the program deletes but neither seem to work to acquire enough space.I have the Windows XP disk if I can get the disk clean.
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When you download the file.
Unzip it once
Then using the program in the instructions burn the disk per the instructions. If you burn it any other way it will not work.
After it is done then reboot the system with the cd in the cdrom drive.
Make sure you have set the cdrom as the first boot device in the bios.
If you haven't done that let me know and I will post instructions on how to do that.
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