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Hard Drive Near Full = Computer Acting Weird?  
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

Hi all...

Lately Ive been getting the blue screen of death on my computer a lot (never had it before until about 3 days ago, and Ive had this computer nearly 2 years), and so I went and checked how much room I had in my hard drive and was shocked to see that it was less than 1 GB (my hard drive is about 40 GB or so)...is this why my computer's been so fussy lately?

Greg


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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

Probably. Do you have a way to perform system cleanup?

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Well I just went through and deleted off about 8 GB worth of crap...so that's a start...


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User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

Only 40GB? That is oldskool.  Wink

If you have room in your case, just buy another hard drive, they are really cheap these days. Or, you could delete all that porn, either way would work. Big grin


User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Under 1GB should not cause the Blue Screen of Death. There is no logic behind that, anything that would cause it should not be triggered by under 1 GB being available, as far as I know.

Regards



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 2):
Well I just went through and deleted off about 8 GB worth of crap...so that's a start...

Very good.
Hard drives USUALLY want at LEAST 10% of their space to be 'free'.

If you have a USB 2.0 port please buy yourself an external hard drive for your MP3's, a.net photos, FL350.com vids, and airviolence/grouchymedia clips  Smile

As usual, your best info is @ www.tomshardware.com


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

Quoting F9Widebody (Reply 4):
Under 1GB should not cause the Blue Screen of Death. There is no logic behind that, anything that would cause it should not be triggered by under 1 GB being available, as far as I know.

Do you not know what a page file is?


User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

Quoting F9Widebody (Reply 4):
There is no logic behind that

There's no logic behind Windows either  Wink

Windows = Crap = Endless computer troubles.



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 7):
Windows = Crap = Endless computer troubles.

And your alternative is? MacCrack..looks Like It Will Be A "...ux" World.. (by TedTAce Jun 17 2005 in Non Aviation)


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

probably wants to be deshaged, I mean defragged as well.

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

You should install a new hard drive of much larger size if have the space in the case while still retaining the original, and transfer some or all of the data to the new one. You could find an 80GB drive for well less than $ 70 at CompUSA, Staples, other stores - watch for ads, rebate deals. 120/160 GB drives are maybe $100-125? Go to computer sites for info on how to do that (PCWorld.com, other sites) or their shopping helper connections for who might have a real good deal on drives.

User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 6):
Do you not know what a page file is?

Since you mentioned it, I did some reading on it. Interesting to learn about, but correct me if I am wrong, while low HD space could cause a decrease in performance, it still should not cause a Blue Screen of death, which is often a substantially more serious issue than simply running low on RAM.

Regards



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 10):
You should install a new hard drive of much larger size if have the space in the case while still retaining the original, and transfer some or all of the data to the new one. You could find an 80GB drive for well less than $ 70 at CompUSA, Staples, other stores - watch for ads, rebate deals. 120/160 GB drives are maybe $100-125? Go to computer sites for info on how to do that (PCWorld.com, other sites) or their shopping helper connections for who might have a real good deal on drives.

It's a laptop, does that affect things regarding the above?

Greg



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Sorry, didn't know it was a laptop. Then the best bet is to get an external hard drive. Just checked a Circuit City ad for this week and they have a Western Digital External 120GB USB2.0 Dual Option Backup hard Drive - $69.99 after $60 in 2 mail in rebates.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
Sorry, didn't know it was a laptop.

Totally my fault, I should have mentioned that earlier  banghead 



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User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

Get rid of your porn, that will free up about half.

Signed,
TheCoz


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Oh yes it can.

Believe it or not, my mother's computer at home still has the classic Qantum Fireball 3.2GB HD, and it causes problems from being full, even though the D: drive has 700-800 MB free, because C: is choked up.


User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

Well to start, download a Adware remover like Ad-Aware or Spybot and run that. That should certainly speed your computer up.
Then run a scan disk, then Disk Cleanup, then Disk Defragmenter. After all this download Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird as replacements for Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.
Your problems should be solved for quite some time.
What type processor is in your laptop and how much RAM do you have?


User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 734 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1892 times:

Hello,

Blue Screens are usually caused when the operating system is corrupt or there is a hardware issue (RAM). There might be a clue in the blue screen as to what the error could be if you decipher the "error number".

Nick


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

UnInstall Unwanted Stuff.[What worth of 39GB you've got there]
Get a Bigger HDD or an Additional one.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21470 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Resource starvation is always the toughest test of any system especially when the system is running out of memory.

And when there´s not enough space on disk to expand virtual memory (the ominous "page files") the system may get into trouble. Even MacOS X doesn´t like that very much and can get more bitchy than it should.

It is very demanding to make a modern multitasking system handle memory starvation gracefully; And a minor problem in a single obscure mechanism anywhere in the depths of the system can be enough to give you trouble.

So it´s generally a good idea to keep several gigabytes of disk space available on your swap partition (which is usually your startup disk on most systems) for situations where the OS may need to expand virtual memory.

Many mechanisms and applications also use temporary files and may not appreciate a lack of space to create those as well. In most cases, they will also use the startup disk.

There is no actual "percentage" of free space to be observed, and the harddisk itself couldn´t care less if it´s filled to the brim. It´s also not a problem for disks or partitions used for data storage only.

How much space you need to keep free depends on the maximum amount of virtual memory you´ll need (check your system resource usage during a "big session" with multiple applications open etc.) and on the size of temporary files that may be generated during use.


User currently offlinePepef From Finland, joined Oct 2002, 440 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

The Recycle bin is usually set up to reserve 10% of the hard drive space. Right click on it and choose properties. Change the setting to 2%.

Temporary Internet Explorer files usually reside on the C: drive. Go to Tools/ Internet Options/Temporary Internet files/settings and change them to the other hard drive (if your laptop has another hard drive).

And so on.

-pepef-


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

When we bought this computer about 2 years ago and got a 120Gb hard drive, noone could believe us. The sales person was shocked, and when I bought a tv card for it and was asking about recording on it, he said that i needed at least a 40Gb drive for that. I said I had 120Gb and he went, ok, that will do, and laughed.

Last month, we bought an additional 250Gb drive for it. This is the media drive, so that we have space for other things on the c:drive. But it was cheap, 100 bucks or something. And we also have 2 USB drives, 40Gb and 80Gb just incase we need a boost at any time, but these are mainly used with the laptop.

DOes anyone know what utility I need to run to give breakup of what is on the disk, ie 40% is program files, 3% is word, 4% excel, etc. I ran it before on another computer and cannot remember what it is.


User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 734 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

Quoting Wunala (Reply 22):
DOes anyone know what utility I need to run to give breakup of what is on the disk, ie 40% is program files, 3% is word, 4% excel, etc. I ran it before on another computer and cannot remember what it is.

Partition Magic

Nick


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Thanks Nick, I'll try it.

Cheers


25 Beowulf : @Wunala Maybe I misunderstood you. Partition Magic can create different partitions. Upon re-reading your post it seems as if you are looking for a pro
26 Wunala : I did wonder, but I was waiting until my residential techy returned from the UK. I am running Spacemonger at the minute. I'll let u know what happens.
27 TedTAce : Well it's not just a ram issue if the hard drive is almost full now isn't it? BSOD means the OS tried to tell the hardware to do something and the ha
28 Type-Rated : A bit touchy, aren't we today? I was trying to be helpful and offered an orderly method to try to resolve some of these problems. Many people do abso
29 CaptOveur : TedTAce further proves why companies are more than happy to outsource their tech support... The techs are grouchy jerks.
30 TedTAce : For the impression you SEEMED to be making I guessed wrong, for that I am HONESTLY sorry I jumped on you for that... Let's see what transpired before
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