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System maintenance, any tips?

By Richardw9
Aug 30, 2008
  1. Richardw9

    Richardw9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 137

    Firefox clears all temporary files when i close the window and i can easily clear internet explorers history and what not.

    Norton 360 has also done a clear out recently aswell as speedupmy pc and registry booster.

    My hard drive is 160gb 53 used 90gb free, i moved about 60 gb onto an external hard drive and did a defrag then a couple of days ago. Do i need to do another one ?

    How would i go about makeing a larger page file?
    Is it safe?
    And What should i set it to?
     
  2. Richardw9

    Richardw9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 137

    Oh P.S i think the guy who made our pc knew what he was doing, might he have set it low for a reason?
     
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,374   +167

    There shouldn’t be any problem re-allocating your pagefile. But nothing ever seems to be 100% safe with computers. Best maintenance you can do are backups. Especially using a product that not just file/folder backup but images the hard drive (so you just restore a hard drive image if you want to.. not just recover files/folders). You can even get Acronis True Image (I use and recommend) for 15day trial and $10 off for $40.

    A good temp/junk file cleaner that does it all in one CCleaner. Look at the Windows and Application check boxes when you run it as there are some things you may not want it to delete (e.g. all your Cookies)

    For deleting old files. Good tools to try and use 'em to find the BIG files on your disk are JDiskReport and use ExplorerXP. With ExplorerXP
    • is a file explorer (like Windows Explorer) but dynamically displays folder sizes (not just file sizes)
    • you may have to wait a few seconds for sizes to appear as the tool starts first and then it starts calculating sizes
    • You can go to folders and click the Size column to sort by size. Makes it easy to "drill down" and see where the big files are (and if you need em)

    As to page file settings.
    - I’d say you should have a minimum of 1500MB. A maximum of 2000MB is probably the max you’d ever need.

    So for virtual memory set min = max = 2000 and reboot (Since you have plenty of extra disk space give 2GB upfront to the pagefile is no big deal.

    Then shutdown and run PageDefrag

    as to whoever built them.... maybe they used default settings or i don't know. The web site CCT offered in the earlier post is an excellent tutorial/guide about virtual memory you should read for yourself. and i wouldn't know any reason (given your "lotsa space" hard drive) to start small unless they just left it at default values
     
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,374   +167

    and to bomberman
    keep meaning to say Hi! and glad you find all this useful. Look forward to seeing you in the forums.
     
  5. Richardw9

    Richardw9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 137

    Ok i think we have covered that area, now what about physical memory how do i view the usage of that?
     
  6. Richardw9

    Richardw9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 137

    Should i make a new thread? this one is geting a bit big
     
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,374   +167

    download/install Process Explorer (it's Task Manager on major steroids!)

    Click System Information for various information. Digging thru all the info available through this tool should keep you busy awhile :D

    /*********** Edit *****************/
    Should have said "Click View -> System Information
     
  8. Richardw9

    Richardw9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 137

    Well prepare to be asked what a load of words meen lol


    (nah ill just Google lol)
     
  9. Richardw9

    Richardw9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 137

    Google sucks- What does commit history mean?

    Could you just tell me what im looking for to find out the ram useage?
     
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,374   +167

    The System Info Display

    Commit History = a graph of the Commit Charge over time (see it detailed in the numbers below)

    google "process explorer" "commit charge" - use the quotes to search for the string "process explorer" rather when without quotes its just two separte words

    You'll find its a snap shot of your Virtual Memory (i.e pagefile)

    Your RAM usage is also in window with graphs as Physical Memory (e.g. Total amount, how much available) Can search that too and review the Help info availble by clicking Help in the tool
     
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,374   +167

     
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