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Beginners Guides: Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death

Beginners Guides: Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death - PCSTATS
Abstract: While your PC may be doing nothing, all of a sudden you notice the hard drives are trashing around like the entire drive is being copied. Never fear, PCSTATS is here to help you stop Windows Vista from excessive hard drive usage, and show you how to free up some disk space too!
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External Mfg. Website: Microsoft Mar 11 2008   Mike Dowler  
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Reclaiming lost drive space in Windows Vista

Now that we've cut down on Vista's hard drive thrashing, let's look at some ways to reclaim some of the drive space that Windows Vista consumes with its default settings.

Reduce recycle bin size to save drive space

As you may or may not know, deleted files that end up in the recycle bin are not deleted, but merely moved to an area of the disk reserved for the purpose. Depending on your settings, they remain there for an indefinite amount of time, until restored or deleted. Windows Vista dynamically reserves a portion of the free space on each physical hard disk in your computer for the recycle bin. By default, this portion is 10%. Seems like a bit much? PCSTATS thinks so too. As a side note, did you know that you can bypass the recycle bin entirely when deleting files if you hold down the SHIFT button as you delete them? It's a great way of quickly removing file you know you are not going to need again.

By reducing the amount of space the recycle bin takes up, you can save yourself drive space for future usage, and avoid large deleted files like zips and ISOs sitting around in your recycle bin eating up precious drive space. To exercise this option, right click on the recycle bin icon on your desktop and click 'properties'.

Now click on the 'global settings' button at the bottom if present.

Select the 'custom size' option and enter in a more reasonable size value. PCSTATS suggests a maximum of 1-2 GB, unless you periodically delete large files which you think you might occasionally need to recover. Click 'ok' when you are finished.

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Contents of Article: Microsoft Vista
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
 Pg 2.  Windows Vista file Indexing Con't
 Pg 3.  Windows Vista Hard Drive Defragmentation Process
 Pg 4.  Superfetch, the grand-daddy of (disk)thrash
 Pg 5.  Optimizing the page file to reduce disk activity
 Pg 6.  — Reclaiming lost drive space in Windows Vista
 Pg 7.  Disable or edit system restore to save hard disk space
 Pg 8.  Alter the amount of space Restore takes up
 Pg 9.  Advanced Disk Cleanup Utility

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