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XP system restore and HD space

by mrmotta / December 17, 2004 9:36 AM PST

How can I save space on my HD? XP system restore uses too much of it! Does anybody know how to solve this problem?

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Get a bigger drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2004 9:38 AM PST

You can try turning it off and back on if your system is working, but some try to run XP on very small drives. The lesson here is that you may have the wrong OS for the hardware you have?


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by roddy32 / December 17, 2004 10:33 AM PST

until you DO solve the space problem, if you do a disc cleanup, after XP checks to see how much space you will gain and the window comes up showing the "files", click on the "more options" tab and there is one there to clear all but the last restore point.

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XP System Restore
by rwils51 / December 17, 2004 11:27 AM PST

You can slide the usage of system restore to 1% of your drive. That will free up space. You can also check the recycle bin change the default 4% to 1% drive usage.
This is often over looked.
On your Local Disk go to tools>folder options> click the tab for offline files.
Disable offline files. The default is 10% of your drive space.

If you still have space problems start removing some of the programs you don't use.

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XP system restore and HD space
by orion123 / December 17, 2004 2:29 PM PST

The XP default for System Restore is 12% of your hard drive. To change the default value go to CONTROL PANEL and click the SYSTEM PROPERTIES icon. Select System Restore Tab and click Settings. Slide pointer to the left to decrease percentage then click OK. If you have a large HD (160 GB or better), then 3% should be plenty. However, if you HD is small, selecting to low a percentage will result in too few restore points available for you use. Remember that when the allocated space is filled, the oldest restore point is erased everytime you or the computer creates a new one. Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the tips!
by mrmotta / December 18, 2004 7:35 PM PST

I'm going to change to a smaller cache on system restore, change the restoration threshold and do a clean up on my HD. Thanks!

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don't turn it off
by glb613 / December 17, 2004 7:29 PM PST

What ever you decide to do, don't turn system restore off. The hard drive space you reclaim is minor compared to the problems you can have without it.

You should be saving or backing up your data on a regular basis. Perhaps you can increase you free hard drive space by removing some of the saved files and other data.

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I'm aware, thanks!
by mrmotta / December 18, 2004 7:40 PM PST
In reply to: don't turn it off

Thanks for the tip. I know how messy you can get when you do such things since the good old "scanreg" on Win 98!

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