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Computer Question: About Recycle Bin, Restore, and Free Space on Drive - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
March 6th, 2006
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Computer Question: About Recycle Bin, Restore, and Free Space on Drive
Was in the dentist's office today, and saw an article in PC Magazine about improving the performance of your PC. Two things it suggested was that you could gain more free space on your drive by reducing the spaces allotted for your Recycle Bin (10% of drive!) and your Restore capability (another 10%) to 3% each (or about a Gig each on a 30 Gig computer). Wow! That's 14% of your drive back, or about 5 Gig! I could really use that!

So I did as they said - used Properties in each to reduce them - and then check for my new extra free space - nothing. Damn. Okay, did a disk cleanup - no help. Restarted the computer. Nothing. Turned computer off and on. Nothing! Doublechecked that the changes from 10% to 3% were saved correctly - yep.

So... where is all this free space I was supposed to get? *pouts* Anybody know?

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From:zanne68
Date:March 7th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
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Did you defragment your hard drive? That always seems to free up some space for me.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 7th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
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Well... that's a Catch-22. They want you to have 15% free when you do that... and I usually have, oh... 1 Gig out of 37 free? *G*

But what I did should have freed up enough to GIVE me that 15%, dammit!
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From:ninquelosse
Date:March 7th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
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I don't know which utility you'd use for a PC, but I just freed up 1.5 gigs on my iBook by deleting all my non-English help files and manuals. I used Monolingual.
Try Lifehacker's article on freeing up space. They're a really good resource.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 7th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Well... I do want to free up space, but what's bugging me now is that this is probably the simplest way of doing it and with a huge return (14% of a 37 Gig disk is, what, at least 5 Gig!) - but it's as if nothing happened. I can't figure out why.
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 7th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
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Do you have Norton or any other utilities that have any kind of restore function? Because they will hang onto files.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 7th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm... I don't think so.

But even so, if I reduced both of these - why isn't my space increasing?
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 7th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Because Norton holds the files for a set period of time - you'd have to tell NORTON to release them as well
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 7th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Strange! Now I understand what you're saying - thanks.

I'll see if I do have that!
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 7th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I used to get that all the time when I had Norton (which I finally got rid of last year). Because it tries to be "idiot proof", it holds onto files you deleted in case you change your mind. That's great if you DO change your mind, but if you needed the space - it's annoying. There's also a compromise measure you can take, if you do use Norton or another program like it, which is to change its settings to a shorter timeframe - maybe a day or two rather than a week or two.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 8th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
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Found this - http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/printthread.php?t=373223 - which agrees with what you're saying.

Only problem is, I don't understand how to "get into Norton". The only "Norton" I have is the anti-virus; it's 2004. When I double click on the icon, nothing happens. So now do I do what I need to do?
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 8th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
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If you seriously only have antivirus and not Norton Utilities - it's not that. Antivirus has nothing to do with the Norton Recycle Bin function.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 8th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
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Darn... your explanation and theirs fits perfectly, otherwise!

Thanks, though!
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 8th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
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I assume you DID do a defrag/scan disk? I once had a problem that only cleared up that way
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 8th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
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Well, you should have 15% free to do it... and.. I have 3%.

Of course, if the space had freed up as it should, I would have at least 15% free...

Catch-22. *G*
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 8th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
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At least do a scandisk. Sometimes there's a directory problem and that will catch it
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 8th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to keep sounding like an idiot... where's that? Thanks!
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 8th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
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If you have XP, it's a lot harder than it used to be. There's a whole process you can go through to run what they call chkdsk, but you might just try - from MY COMPUTER - right-clicking on the drive letter, go into properties, tools, and then check for errors.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 8th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
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You are a gem... doing it now!
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 8th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm not terribly hopeful that will find it, based on what you've said, but it's always worth checking. The few times I've found errors on my drive have all been after crashes or other problems, but one time it DID involve a pretty big chunk of space being released.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 9th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
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Darn... no, it went through it all, but no change. Guess I'll never know! But I really appreciate the suggestions!
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From:lilithlotr
Date:March 9th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
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The "answer" probably is that all those changes you made just didn't affect you that much, which is sometimes the case. Everyone's usage is different
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