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LondonLad

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Dear Friends

Thank for reading this post and my request for assistance.

My computer in the past 6 weeks keeps displaying a "Low Disk Space" message and shows
that there is barely any available space left on the comp. This is incorrect as I track all the
space I use on the comp and know that I had a great deal of space left, even after deleting software - the message keeps coming up and refuses to run certain programs - now due to low memory and full disk.

I've recently wiped the comp and used restore disks. Everything was fine for a couple of weeks and again this message pops up and restricts what I can use on the comp. The computer has a 14GB hard-drive and this time around I know I am only using about 6-8GB. So I'm not sure what to do.

I have a firewall, 3 spyware and anti-virus - nothing has shown up at all. I've run Scandisk and Disk-Defrag - again no problems have shown up.

Comp stats: WinME, E-machine brand, 14GB, 64MB SyncDRAM.

Any help and assistance greatly appreciated

Warm regards

LondonLad
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peterm

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Hi LondonLad
Have you got the system restore turned on ?
With ME this can use quite a lot of space without you knowing it.
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You may have an error in your boot sector. You can run scandisk, run disk cleanup first, sometimes that will find the problem.
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Hello PeterM and Tyger

Thank you both for your replies - sorry that I take a while to respond but I actually live in the
States - time difference and all.

here's an update: last nite my computer froze up - it thinks that since there's no space that there is no memory either. So I could'nt even open up wordpad. I had to wipe and restore the whole computer - luckily I back up files. But before this happened I did run my Ace Utilities program and guess what - it showed in the disk analysis that over 9GB were were stored in Restore!! (everything is else is well below) so Peter your're right.

But the prob was I could find anyway to adjust it or turn it off and then the system froze. Now that I've restored the system - it shows again that Restore holds the most GB over everything else. So Peter my question is how do I turn it off - I've tried using disk-cleanup and the help files but nothing works.

Also Peter - I come it holds so much info! before the freeze-up I noticed that the 9GB in Restore had files from a couple of years ago. I did'nt realise that deleting stuff was not keeping if off the system.

Thanks again for all your help - much appreciated.

LondonLad
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loxs

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Here ya' go LondonLad,
To minimize or disable system restore.
Start
Settings
Control panel
System
performance
click on 'file system'
slide "sys. restore disk space use" to min.
*Or click "trouble shooting" tab and check "disable sys. restore"

Deleting files does nothing except remove them from your sight, they are still there. Not even a format will erase them completely. Eventually deleted files get overwritten by new files but this takes some time. There used to be a little programme floating around on google that would erase your hard drive and when it was done, you had nothing but zeros.

loxs

Edited by loxs, 09 November 2005 - 01:15 PM.

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