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    The case of the mysteriously shrinking drive

    LANGALIST PLUS

    The case of the mysteriously shrinking drive


    By Fred Langa

    Losing unused space on a hard drive is normal and generally expected; but unanticipated changes in total drive capacity could signify major trouble. Plus: More snags running the Win10 Preview in a virtual PC, and a reader asks for clarification on IP address leases and renewals.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/the-case-of-the-mysteriously-shrinking-drive/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Langa View Post
    System Restore: This Windows component normally runs automatically, at least once a day.
    Not since Vista:

    System Restore in Windows 7 creates a scheduled restore point only if no other restore points have been created in the last 7 days.

    Scheduled restore points

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    Re: refreshing an IP address, I'm not at all sure of this, but would using a service like OpenDNS help with his issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barc777 View Post
    Re: refreshing an IP address, I'm not at all sure of this, but would using a service like OpenDNS help with his issue?
    Nope. OpenDNS allows you too use alternate DNS servers for finding web sites faster, etc. They also reduce tracking that may be done by your ISPs DNS servers, etc.

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    I experimented a little with my IP after the first article. It soon became apparent that my cable IP is on a long lease. In fact, the IP has not changed in a couple of years. Disconnecting my router would not change it, according to my ISP.

    I use a small regional ISP with "last mile" connection by a national cable supplier. I suspect it makes it much simpler in the arrangement for treating the IP as pretty much "fixed".

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    IP addresses are usually 7 days or less, but every time you renew you get the same address back - unless your ISP made a major change that causes all leases to change.
    You can see your IP lease by doing the following:
    Open a Command Prompt window (Start > Run, cmd).
    Type: ipconfig /all
    Look for the "lease obtained" and "lease expires" entries.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    IP addresses are usually 7 days or less, but every time you renew you get the same address back - unless your ISP made a major change that causes all leases to change.
    You can see your IP lease by doing the following:
    Open a Command Prompt window (Start > Run, cmd).
    Type: ipconfig /all
    Look for the "lease obtained" and "lease expires" entries.

    cheers, Paul
    mmmm nope
    If he is NATed behind a router this would normally activate the router DHCP and reset his local IP address.
    David

    Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.

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    Hmm, yes, what was I thinking?!?!

    cheers, Paul

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