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Advice please....
« on: March 05, 2009, 05:52:23 PM »
...in simple, words-of-one-syllable, language.
My "C" drive constantly fills up. I know about "temporary Internet Files", "cache", but what about "temp"?? Can they be deleted? Where does all this shit come from. Using PaintShop causes space shortage, even though it is on another partition. I tried to move several programs, but they strongly resisted the move. What's a simple solution?
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2009, 12:11:08 AM »
What's a simple solution?

Don't use the computer.
You have to care for it to matter.
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2009, 04:38:01 AM »
 bibibibibi Never thought of that!
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2009, 05:49:23 AM »
...in simple, words-of-one-syllable, language.
My "C" drive constantly fills up. I know about "temporary Internet Files", "cache", but what about "temp"?? Can they be deleted? Where does all this shit come from. Using PaintShop causes space shortage, even though it is on another partition. I tried to move several programs, but they strongly resisted the move. What's a simple solution?

How big is your C drive?  How much RAM do you have?  ("Constantly fills up" sounds like swap files--programs using the hard disk like a scratch pad--this is normal, WinXP does it by nature, but it does require space.  And less RAM means bigger swap files.)

Paintshop converts files to work with them, doesn't it?  Temporarily turns them into easier, bigger graphics formats, or something like that?  Somewhere in the program options, there'll be a setting for where to put the temporary files.  Change it to a different drive letter.

Also, I don't know all the possible uses for "temp" files, but they are meant to be temporary, and if they're hanging around after you've finished using programs, they're just taking up space.  Delete em all!

What about all those graphics files and mp3z and all that porn?  Stored on C?  Move em.

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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2009, 05:50:38 AM »
Windows likes to grab a lot of drive space as "temporary memory" and other functions. It might be possible to reset some things in Windows to limit this. I recommend having a real local IT person do this for you; I've seen you try to use pencil sharpeners and I'm not encouraged.  bibibibibi

Running Drive Cleanup often might help a little.

You may also have to consider the possibility of getting a bigger hard drive...
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2009, 06:56:54 AM »
Lotsa things to think about!
"C" drive is 8 GB...free space currently is 754 MB Dunno about RAM. Where do I check that?
Can't find any options in Photoshop to change anything.
Deleted all the "Temp" files and gained about 20MB. Thanks Calach.
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2009, 07:37:35 AM »
basically, your C drive is too small to accomodate everything you need on it, especially when running a memory hog like photoshop.

you could try and increase its size using a program called "partition magic" but it's been known to mess up once every blue moon.

to check how much RAM you got, go to:

Start > Control Panel > system

a window will pop up with info about your computer.

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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2009, 07:41:37 AM »
And...

oh, hey, what do you know, I just checked and I have Adobe Photoshop CS2 on my computer.

You want Edit > Preferences > Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks

You'll get a window that includes a list of four scratch disks.  Change any and all of them to something other than C:


Basically, if you're running WinXP out of an 8Gb C: drive, you'd better do some file management.  Whatever programs you're using need to NOT use the C drive for their temporary stuff.

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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2009, 08:06:40 AM »
HMMM this could be the problem..only 512MB RAM. Sorry, I have Paintshop, not Photoshop bibibibibi, but I have changed the temp file locations to another drive, so we will see whhat happens.
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2009, 08:15:57 AM »
Try downloading and running ccleaner, it clears your internet cache, and temp files. You can also use it to clean your registry:D
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2009, 08:38:43 AM »
Yeah, I've got one of them. Now I've fucked everything up, fiddling! Fucking pencil sharpeners!! llllllllll llllllllll llllllllll
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2009, 09:32:15 AM »
George, invest about 100RMb and bring your PC up to at least 1GB RAM. You'll find a great deal of comfort after that fact. While you're at it, invest in an external hard drive and save information on that. That should free up space, speed things up and have you running happy. I also recommend investing 100 RMB on a decent bottle of imported Scotch, and sipping it as you do all of this. :alcoholic:
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2009, 09:48:50 AM »
...But as noles said, 8G for the Windows drive is way too small. Windows needs a lot of acreage. Find Partition Magic if you can (DL or at the local e-market). Read the instructions carefully, but if you follow them, you can enlarge your C partition to maybe 15-20G without having to reformat or erase current files. Best solution is to buy a Mac, but that's just MHO.
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2009, 09:50:35 AM »
Yeah. One day. One day I will switch to Ubuntu, clean the whole bloody mess, etc, etc....play merry hell with a big stick! I've got all my artwork and photos on an external hard drive.
Maybe a Mac might be nice, but so would a Nikon!
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Re: Advice please....
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2009, 11:48:36 AM »
Sorry, didn't mean to turn your thread into a Mac chant. My main point was that on your Windows machine, you need more elbow room for Windows to flex. 8G is pretty tight. Partition Magic can do it, but you gotta follow it's instructions carefully.
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