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Old 10-03-2003, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a 120 gig external hard drive due a full 40 gig internal hard drive.
My intention is to transfer all my stored docs. and images that I use on a every day basis to the external, and save only the stuff that I am using short term or to be written to disk on the internal drive. I have transfered all the files that need to be transfered and deleted the files from my internal drive then emptied the recycle bin and I still have a full hard drive. Are there other places that might large amounts of info stored that I need to delete.
If anyone can help I'd be greatfull. Email gmff@adelphia.net
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Re: Hard drive problems
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Temporary internet files and unused applications. Other than that, photos are just plain big [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Re: Hard drive problems
Old 10-03-2003, 02:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You need to go to that drive in windows explorer and check the size of all your files and folders. You must have a folder that is huge. Also make sure you only have programs that you need on there. Right click on each folder and go to it's properties and see how big it is for each folder..

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Re: Hard drive problems
Old 10-03-2003, 04:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You should run scandisk. If this does not find errors and fix them you will need Norton Utilities, use disk doctor first, this should fix it (You may have to load it on your external drive if windows is still reporting the internal drive as full). Also you should defrag your drive (I prefer Norton for this too).

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Re: Hard drive problems
Old 10-03-2003, 04:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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run a search on your c: drive for files larger than 10mbs and that should list the folders that have BIG ONES in it. A few of the files may turn up in a temp folder, they also be photoshop temp files left there if u have ever crashed in while using photoshop.

In any case careful what you delete.

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Under my "local setting" there are about 2800 .tmp are these somthing that I can delete? In the property section under the temp file it's showing 29.5 gigs.
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Old 10-03-2003, 05:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Even though you didn't say, and no one asked, I'm going to assume you're on a PC, right? Well, yes, you can delete all those TMP files, which your system should be deleting on its own, but Norton will help get rid of that stuff. In addition it will find orphan files and after running scandisk and defrag, create more space on your disk. Its more technical than I can remember how to explain, but fragmented files use more disk space than the same size files that are not fragemented. You might also have previous versions of applications that you no longer use, and you can run Windows Uninstall to get rid of those (THEN you run scandisk and defrag). You might also consider partitioning your drives to make them run faster by not allowing fragments of files to be spread over the entire disk. My 40gb drives are each split into two 20gb partitions, and I also just bought a 120gb drive which I will split into at least four. BTW, one small (10gb)partition on the "C" drive will be dedicated to Photoshop's swap file.

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Old 10-03-2003, 10:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Windows does that without Norton's help. Run the disk cleanup utility (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup). Norton may provide more automation than the windows utility though.

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Old 10-03-2003, 11:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Andy,

I really dont think you need to partion your drive for a 10gb dedicated swap file for your photoshop. Today's drives are so fast and large, any increase in speed IHMO will be insignificant vs the aggravation of sometimes stopping to think and remember which drive is which and what is on what.
It just seems an extra complexity. Also the best swap file is more RAM.

I have a 40gb primary drive and I threw in a 120gig for storage space and a quasi backup.

My 120 is just one partition. I got enough drives considering I have a zip drive, a burner, compact flash drive and smartmedia listed in "my computer"


My future plan is to synchronize two machines with each having more than 120gigs of hd space.


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Old 10-03-2003, 11:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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For setting up a partition as a swap file in PS, you don't have to remember anything. In PS you designate where PS should look for more swap space (beyond RAM), I simply designate that partition (on my current system, 7gb) as the place. Doesn't mean I can't piggy back on that space if I need to (which I do at the moment) its just that PS works faster if the swap space is one contigous area. And I do have 1gb/RAM, which is great, but I sometimes work with 60-75mb files, and every layer in PS mutiplies that.

I like the partitions if for no other reason that organizing my life. On the non-apps drive, I have one partition for documents and business files, another for images only, another for graphics, web pages, video and music, and the last was the PS swap file. When I do the upgrade to the 120gb drive (as a second drive) I will proabably put the PS swap space on the primary drive and still keep the 4 (or more) partitions on the 120gb drive. The photos and multimedia just eat up the space.

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