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Post A perplexing technical issue
Right, my laptop's made of win nowadays. I've just installed my new RAM module, boosting it to 1.00GB (I'm gonna fix the second one later) and making it faster than hell.

One thing I noticed when I booted up, my hard disk space had vanished. Doesn't seem like a logical side effect of RAM installation.
I had 1.2 GB free, it went down to 112MB.
I've uninstalled iTunes and run CCleaner (which only managed to remove 30 or so MB) to bring it to 300MB.
Still tiny.

Looks like I'm gonna have to get onto eBay and chase up a bigger hard disk.

But in the meantime, any idea why this happened?

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:09 pm
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It's possible that it could be internet cache. But I highly doubt because of the new RAM space.


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No idea why the RAM should affect your hard disc space. O.o Run chkdsk and defragment the hard drive to see if there's any more space you can push out. Then search folders to see where the problematic 700mb may have occurred.

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Post Re: A perplexing technical issue
Even if you can recover the missing space, I'd get a bigger HDD anyway. Running any OS with less then 2 or 3 GB of free space is going to make it much slower then it should be. You'll probably notice another speed increase with a new HDD. B)

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Post Re: A perplexing technical issue
Abstract wrote:
Even if you can recover the missing space, I'd get a bigger HDD anyway. Running any OS with less then 2 or 3 GB of free space is going to make it much slower then it should be. You'll probably notice another speed increase with a new HDD. B)
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Agreed with Abstract, but make sure you didn't save anything huge recently, or someone dumped large files onto the system without your notification. Simple ways of checking are by rightclicking possible areas (such as my documents) and checking the folder size. If it looks abnormally large, look into further folders.

I'm gonna buy a new one soon.
As soon as I confirm that its compatible with my laptop, I'm gonna order it.

Also, one thing that's odd...
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It hibernates fine. >_>

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Abstract wrote:
Even if you can recover the missing space, I'd get a bigger HDD anyway. Running any OS with less then 2 or 3 GB of free space is going to make it much slower then it should be. You'll probably notice another speed increase with a new HDD. B)
mario64mario wrote:
Agreed with Abstract, but make sure you didn't save anything huge recently, or someone dumped large files onto the system without your notification. Simple ways of checking are by rightclicking possible areas (such as my documents) and checking the folder size. If it looks abnormally large, look into further folders.

I'm gonna buy a new one soon.
As soon as I confirm that its compatible with my laptop, I'm gonna order it.

Also, one thing that's odd...
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It hibernates fine. >_>

This is why I said to check your disc for errors. ;) Try right clicking your C:\ drive and selecting "Properties." look in those tabs for error checking, which should be in the same spot as the disc defragmentor.

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This is why I said to check your disc for errors. ;) Try right clicking your C:\ drive and selecting "Properties." look in those tabs for error checking, which should be in the same spot as the disc defragmentor.

Windows wrote:
Windows is unable to complete the disk check.

Dammit. O.o

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thomash31 wrote:
DaKing9 wrote:
This is why I said to check your disc for errors. ;) Try right clicking your C:\ drive and selecting "Properties." look in those tabs for error checking, which should be in the same spot as the disc defragmentor.

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Windows is unable to complete the disk check.

Dammit. O.o

Then schedule one for your next reboot. ^_^ Can't recall how to go about doing that, though. Google is your friend.

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Then schedule one for your next reboot. ^_^ Can't recall how to go about doing that, though. Google is your friend.

I've scheduled CHKDSK to run in "Fix the Disk" mode when I boot, next time.

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Depends on OS. XP is easy: in Command prompt, write chkdsk/f then type y. Restart. That'll schedule a disk check upon loading Windows.

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