Portable storage question

By momsgonelooney
Aug 5, 2008
  1. i'm looking to free up some memory on my comp. i was told i could put some of my programs that i use occasionally on a usb drive. my thing is last time i did that i screwed it all up. so if some1 could possibly guide me through it i would appreciate it. ty
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I started typing a response, but I'd like to ask you a few questions first.

    My first question might be, how much free space do you have?

    The next one is, what is taking up so much space? Do you have lots of photos? Maybe tons of music and/or videos? For most people, the programs aren't what take up the most space.. It is their personal data. Here's an interesting program that gives you a visual representation of where the most data resides.

    And my third question would be, what version of Windows are you using? XP? Vista? Something else?

    Lastly (a comment), I'd like you to steer clear of installing or moving programs to an external drive, if at all possible. It's a messy solution and I think we can come up with something that will work better for you... Maybe something as simple as some computer house cleaning will solve your storage issue.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    cleanup old temps using Disk Cleanup.

    another technique is to stop taking System Restore Points ,
    resize the quota to 4-5% and then
    reenable System Restore Points.

    This will toss the old ones, trim the amount of data that can be retained and
    return a large amount of free space.

    Good idea to defrag the HD after this is all completed :)
  4. momsgonelooney

    momsgonelooney TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 124

    i was actually looking to upgrade my system if any1 has some suggestions. i'm posting a few specs.

    Field Value
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
    DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)

    CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2300 MHz (11 x 209)
    Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-K8NS Pro (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
    Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce3 250, AMD Hammer
    System Memory 512 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award Modular (05/04/05)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 (256 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
    Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB]

    Audio Adapter nVIDIA MCP2-S - Audio Codec Interface

    IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce3 250 Parallel ATA Controller
    IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce3 250 Serial ATA Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller Silicon Image SiI 3512 SATALink Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive ST3160021A (160 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
    Optical Drive Optiarc DVD RW AD-7190A
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    C: (NTFS) 152617 MB (121109 MB free)

    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse

    Network Adapter Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (
    Modem Motorola SM56 Speakerphone Modem

    Printer Microsoft XPS Document Writer
    Printer Send To OneNote 2007
    USB1 Controller nVIDIA MCP2-S - OHCI USB 1.1 Controller
    USB1 Controller nVIDIA MCP2-S - OHCI USB 1.1 Controller
    USB2 Controller nVIDIA MCP2-S - EHCI USB 2.0 Controller
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