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    bloated folders (SP2)

    i actually have a few questions. First, my problem is that my C: partition is only 20 gb and it's really filled up, and slowed down. I'm trying to clear out some files & folders, and i found that my documents & settings folder has 5.5gb of stuff in it. The two biggest folders are "My Documents" w/ 2.5GB (understandably), and "Local Settings" which is 3.0 GB!! What is this folder for, and can i clean it out? Or just outright delete it? that would free up a considerable amount of space for now (a temporary fix).

    my second question is, if i were to upgrade my hard drive to a larger sized hard drive... will this affect my XP license? what would the process be to do this? would i have problems transferring stuff from my current hard drive?
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    Re: bloated folders (SP2)

    First, do NOT delete Local Settings. Look at the contents with Windows Explorer. There will be a Temp folder which you can empty. There will also be Temporary Internet Files. With IE check the size of your TIF. If you are running broadband 30 - 50 MB is plenty. Last, consider running something like CCleaner.com.

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    Re: bloated folders (SP2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Argus on 03-Nov-06 05:03. Added comment about partitions.)</P>Local Settings folder contains files and settings specific for the PC and large or temporary files (as opposed to the Application Data folder on the same level that is application-specific).

    The Idea behind this is that Local Settings is local, they don't roam with the profile, they are not copied to a network server at logoff (or from).

    As to its subfolders:
    <UL><LI>Temp, well, that's your profiles temp folder. You can empty it when you like.
    <LI>Temporary Internet Files, IE cache. Set its size and empty it from IE>Tools>Internet Options (or CP).
    <LI>History, IE browsing history, not big, will be recreated.
    <LI>Application data, subfolders depend on what you have installed. But in Microsoft folder you will find "CD Burning". A folder that will cache a copy when you burn something to a CD with Windows. After, its content should be deleted by Windows, so normally empty. If you have Firefox installed it will store its browser cache in a subfolder to Application Data (since version 1.5, I think). Adobe Reader will store search cache. There are also folders for Windows Media Player, it stores its "Media Library database" there. Windows Movie Maker also stores a database file over your collections. Of course, Outlook Express has to store the mails somwhere: "... Local SettingsApplication DataIdentities*identity number*MicrosoftOutlook Express". People who use OE would NOT like to delete this folder. At the moment I don't have MS Outlook installed, and don't remember, but guess it stores its mail folder here (Local SettingsApplication Data) also. So you don't want to delete that.[/list]So, I would NOT delete the folder or any subfolders, but use the "tools" I have to clean some of its subfolders with temporary files; empty cache (TIF & Firefox), manually remove temp files, check so no CD burning cache is left. Then as you probably know, you can set some size limits, you can maybe chose to move OE mail storage to another partition/drive etc, of course many of the folders can be moved.

    "... if i were to upgrade my hard drive to a larger sized hard drive... will this affect my XP license?"

    No. But I guess your question is, if a new HD will trigger an activation; again probably no. Changing one single device (among the 10 WPA looks at) will not trigger WPA.

    Added:
    Not to get into a discussion about how big a separate partition should be, or if one should use several partitions, but:
    You mentioned that your "C: partition is only 20 gb", does this mean you have other partitions on that HD? If you have other partitions maybe you could move your "My Documents".

    My system partition for OS and programs is 20 GB, "My Documents" is on another larger partition, works OK. If it really is necessary one can also move Temp, TIF, CD Burning, mail folders etc.

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    Re: bloated folders (SP2)

    I make this suggestion often, so pardon the repitition if you've heard it before. There are two kinds of tools that a "serious" computer user should keep in his/her kit - a backup/imaging program AND and disk management program. The two that it seems many Loungers use currently are:

    Hard disk drive cloning and image backup software (TrueImage)
    Hard disk drive management software (Disk Director)

    Willingness to install a new or replacement hard drive says the user isn't afraid to "take the covers off," so a suggestion would be to use a program like TrueImage to "clone" the old drive to the new. The old can then be removed or the two drives can switch positions.

    Having done that (or not) Disk Director allows you to create, modify, repair, etc. partitions "on the fly" without loss of data. Of course as most of us would advise, it's ALWAYS a good idea to make a backup FIRST and then monkey around with partitions, just in case.

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    Re: bloated folders (SP2)

    Joe, I used CCleaner and it cleared out over 3.0 GB <img src=/S/shocked.gif border=0 alt=shocked width=15 height=15> that was almost all temporary internet files. i actually remember when i set that up that i never set a size limit - i didn't think it would ever get so bloated.

    Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to use that one again in the future <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: bloated folders (SP2)

    My Hard drive set up is very odd. I had many issues way back when trying to install windows onto a 20GB 10,000 RPM SATA drive. I had a hell of a time trying to get it installed, and I eventually gave up on it as the Si3112 drivers would not install correctly and the installation disk couldn't see the drive... which led me to eventually install XP on a partition of a 150GB drive that has a 20GB partition & a 130GB partition. Then i used the SATA drive to hold all my games and program files that required faster hard drive access time & transfer rates (it ended up working out well since i used up that 20GB with programs pretty quickly).

    With my current setup, and after freeing up 5GB of space on my C: drive, I think that I'll just continue to keep the same space until my next upgrade. I'll probably build something new a while after vista/quad core come out <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    thanks for the help!
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    Re: bloated folders (SP2)

    Yes, you've made that suggestion to me a couple of times now, i think <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> But, i appreciate it and I will probably adopt your back up methods on my next rig. I don't have the motivation to do it with my current setup, so i'll just stick to the occasional CD backup of pictures and what not since thats all I really care about on my computer at the moment.
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    Re: bloated folders (SP2)

    Sorry 'bout that, John. I don't keep up with who the "victims" of my soap-box rantings are. <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19> I say something similar every time the opportunity arises, figuring that newbies searching The Lounge... well, you get the idea I hope.

    In this case, I was thinking mostly about Disk Director so that you could "borrow" a little space from the adjoining partition. Since you've already worked around it, the question is moot. Good luck with it and hang in there!

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