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    partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    Hope someone can advise me on this one...

    I've set up my hard drive (40gb) with PartitionMagic as follows: C drive (OS + Programs); F Drive (Temporary Internet Files); G Drive (Temp/Tmp files); H Drive (Downloads).

    When I try to print a page off the web, the printer won't print the actual text, it will only print the footer line with a strange http address;

    Also, is this the most optimal best configuration I can have for my drive?

    Are there any tweaks I can/should make with this configuration?

    I'm kinda going at this blindly, so any suggestions you have, thanks in advance.

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    Re: partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    Dave, there ain't no one perfect answer for everyone, but here's something you might think about. Since you want your "temporary" stuff to go on the F: and G: drive, you need to make sure that places in your system, like the Autoexec.Bat, Internet Explorer and maybe others, all point their settings to the correct drives. By default, Windows sets environment variables that point to C:WINDOWSTEMP. I don't know if that's why you're having the printing problem - that could be something else entirely.

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    Re: partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    You will find that with Windows XP, EACH account has their own subfolder for these items.

    They can be found at "Cocuments and Settingsuser accountLocal SettingsTemp" and "Cocuments and Settingsuser accountLocal SettingsTemporary Internet Files".

    So your plans may not be what you think you are going to have.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    Oops, you're right Dave! But, although there will be more work involved in doing it once for each user account, he should be able (for example) to go into Control Panel, Internet Settings and set the location of temporary internet files to some other location, wouldn't you think? I don't do it, so I'm not sure.

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    Re: partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    Hi guys... Thanks for working with me on this issue.

    Dave, I only have one account on my XP. So, I don't need to fiddle around trying to change any other accounts.

    Al, is there anything I need to do to change the environmental variables? I don't like messing with these because I'm afraid my computers going to blow up or something. <img src=/S/meltdown.gif border=0 alt=meltdown width=15 height=15>

    Any further suggestions/advice would be appreciated!

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    Re: partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    Open Control Panel, System, Advanced tab, on the attachment. Point it to a new folder/drive.
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    Re: partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    Al, that's originally what I did. But I'm still having the same problem with printing from Internet Explorer. Do you think it might have something to do with the fact that the Temporary Internet Files are on a seperate partition?

    Thanks again for the assistance!

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    Re: partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    I've gotta be honest, Dave and say I just don't know. Did you reboot after you changed the environment variables? I hope someone else will jump in and help us, 'cause I don't know what else it could be.

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    Re: partitioning hard drive (XP Pro)

    Dave, the actual location of Temporary Internet Files shouldn't have anything to do with your printing problems. Do you have printing problems in any other application? If you're not having printing problems from any other application, it's a safe bet that it has something to do with Internet Explorer. The first thing I would check is to make sure the cache size isn't larger than the partition you have assigned it to - for example, if IE is allowed to cache say, 300MB of temporary files, and the partition is 250MB - you're gonna have problems. And the sad thing is that it won't tell you, won't give an error, nothing - it will just act stupid. Quite the oversight if you ask me.

    Make sure that you have some free space on each partition. If the partition is nearly full, it will cause problems, because there is no working room for your applications, whatever they may be - some create temporary files in their own directories, some use the temp directories, and others follow a different plan entirely. Consistency would be nice, but it isn't a fact of life.

    Take a look at those things and let us know what you find. The more details you can provide, the better - including free space on each partition.
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