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by hpinvent / August 13, 2005 6:09 AM PDT

i have a hp computer using microsoft windows xp. Just a few details AMd Athlon Xp 3000/ 2.10GHz 448 MB of RAM. Its says HP PAVILION DRIVE C and it say used space 14.8 GB and Free space 54.1GB. 1. Is that a good number? On Hp Recovery it says Used space 4.81GB and free space 776 mb. 2. Is their alot of memory on Drive C and D? One more question on the task manager under processes it says different numbers like 20,540K , 3,312K. Do it pose to be like that? And is that memory im wasting? Please help somebody.

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The question really is about unused hard drive space.
by Ray Harinec / August 13, 2005 7:53 AM PDT
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Most people will think that you are talking a RAM memory.

The amount of Drive C unused space is fine. Of course if you start saving a lot of music, photos, and video, you could eat that space up fairly fast. Just keep an eye on it. Learn to burn your photos, video, and sonfgs to CD's so that you can remove them from the drive if you need space.

What is the HP recovery? I think that it may be the partition [drive] that HP creates for recovery. If that is so, don't worry about that, HP established the size of that partition soley for their data. There is likely no way that you could change it. Best to not play with that partition.

Just a note. A partition is a separate logical drive placed on the single drive that you actually have. Windows treats a partition exactly as if it really were a separate hard drive.

Have you taken the time to buy a recovery CD, or burn one from that partition in accordance with instructions from HP's website?? If not, do so immediately, and make two just to be doubly safe. Also Clearly mark it and save them somewhere that they won't be lost just when you need it.

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All's well...
by John.Wilkinson / August 13, 2005 8:52 AM PDT
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The "C:\ drive" (first partition) has plenty of space for normal activities and should take you some time to fill it up. When you run down to about 10GB of free space, then you should start thinking about purchasing a new hard drive (as a primary or secondary). Until then, don't worry about it, but make sure you continue to delete any old files/programs you no longer need. It will help keep free space on your computer and help in overall performance.
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The HP Recovery partition is installed by default, and contains a backup of the original installation in case you ever need to restore a file/program, or reinstall Windows entirely. The partition is "protected" against changes, preventing you from editing the contents, adding your personal files, changing the size, etc...since you have no control over it, it's best not to worry about it.

Like Ray said, if you haven't done so already, burn a set of System recovery disks (usually 2 DVDs, but can be broken up into 8 CDs). You will need these already burned if anything should happen to your computer. (Otherwise you'll have to buy them from HP and wait for them to be mailed.) Unfortunately, HP only lets you burn one set of the disks...it prohibits the creation of backups, which could be given away illegally. Thus, it's best to keep the disks in a safe place where they won't be lost or damaged.

In case you're curious, there is "free space" remaining because it can update itself, to some degree, with any major downloads/updates to your system. Then, during minor problems, you can recover certain files/programs by using that partition instead of your disks. However, if a (rare) major problem happens (like Windows becomes completely corrupted), you'll need the disks (though they lack all of the updates) to restore part, if not all, or your OS. Then, afterwards, you'll have to reinstall all of your programs and files (assuming you've backed them up!), and download any updates that have been offered since you bought your computer.
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Finally, the stats given in the task manager are completely different from the above. While your files, programs, etc take up space on your hard drive, the task manager explains how much RAM is being used. Basically, RAM is used as a place where files are stored in the short term, as they are being accessed/used. Each time you open another program, it deminishes the amount of free RAM you have, and at a certain point, you'll lack the amount of free RAM needed to open certain programs or perform simple tasks. That's why it's good to prevent a lot of excess programs from running. (If you're not using a program, close it down to improve overall system performance and speed.) For more information about RAM, click here.

Hope this helps,
John

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