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Buying extra hardware for my Dell laptop

My 2 sons have 'taken over' my laptop with their i-pods and their i-music and downloads. The space left on my hardware is 25%. I do not want to buy them a new computer (or myself). What advice can you give me regarding buying extra hardware for the laptop to store all their music and downloads on and free up space so my computer works more efficiently again?
Many thanks

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Re: hard disk full

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Only YOU can see how much space is being used by files you don't want to throw away. We've seen posts here of cases wher 50 Gb apparently is lost in Vista's system recovery and volume shadow copy. If such is the case with you, that's the solution. And cleaning using the disc cleanup wizard or ccleaner helps also. And maybe half of their downloads can be thrown away by now?

If you REALLY need more diskspace, the two solutions are:
- buy an external hard disk (don't forget about BACKUP)
- replace it by a bigger one and clone the current one


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Hard disk full advice

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Many thanks Kees, I will use all your advice!

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External drives are

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real cheap right now. I've seen 1 terabyte drives for 130.00. You can get 250 or 320 drives for around 50.00.

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