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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

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    ...if you bought a brand new computer from the store with only 32 GB of storage, that is not good ~
    Just had a look as Red Dave is posting from the UK. There are computers being sold with 32GB hard discs but they are sold as internet machines. Worst case scenario - some of these machines might even have the hard disc soldered on as they are pretty cheap at around Ģ150 so possibly not even user serviceable in the slightest.

    Could he hook up and run his laptop from a large external hard disk?
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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    Just had a look as Red Dave is posting from the UK. There are computers being sold with 32GB hard discs but they are sold as internet machines. Worst case scenario - some of these machines might even have the hard disc soldered on as they are pretty cheap at around Ģ150 so possibly not even user serviceable in the slightest.

    Could he hook up and run his laptop from a large external hard disk?
    I'm not familiar with the machines of which you speak, so I do not know if they will allow booting from an external device. Additionally, if the machine is that inexpensive, it may be that it does not have enough or the correct ports to run a USB device (much less any other kind of port). Finally, running an entire computer over USB (especially USB 2.0) would likely be fairly slow in terms of performance.

    So the answer is "I don't know, but my guess is he would not want to even if he could".

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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyfox696 View Post
    I'm not familiar with the machines of which you speak, so I do not know if they will allow booting from an external device. Additionally, if the machine is that inexpensive, it may be that it does not have enough or the correct ports to run a USB device (much less any other kind of port). Finally, running an entire computer over USB (especially USB 2.0) would likely be fairly slow in terms of performance.

    So the answer is "I don't know, but my guess is he would not want to even if he could".
    It would be so much easier if Red Dave posted the machine specs here and we could help. Personally, I think it's an internet machine only, not meant for any other software other than browser based applications.
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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    This is a nuclear option. I stopped updating my Windows system except for the virus scan program because it takes many hours and heats up the CPU. My laptop is still working fine.

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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    My Raspberry Pi which costs about $90 with all the accessories has more storage than that.

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    No it came from a store. It say i have 27.8 GB of which there is only 134 mb left

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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    Just had a look as Red Dave is posting from the UK. There are computers being sold with 32GB hard discs but they are sold as internet machines. Worst case scenario - some of these machines might even have the hard disc soldered on as they are pretty cheap at around Ģ150 so possibly not even user serviceable in the slightest.

    Could he hook up and run his laptop from a large external hard disk?
    I got the computer in Peru where Iīm living at present. When it was sold they were very clear that it was just for the internet and a couple of other things. Thatīs fine as I donīt use it for anything besides the internet and open office (and the latter has been removed as i can do most of what I need to in google docs). The only think that bothers me is the updates, though this would raise the question of whether I really need them, or whether I could just stop getting them as Third Term suggested.

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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Dave View Post
    I got the computer in Peru where Iīm living at present. When it was sold they were very clear that it was just for the internet and a couple of other things. Thatīs fine as I donīt use it for anything besides the internet and open office (and the latter has been removed as i can do most of what I need to in google docs). The only think that bothers me is the updates, though this would raise the question of whether I really need them, or whether I could just stop getting them as Third Term suggested.
    Unless you have some way to upgrade the hard drive, I would say you have little choice besides ignoring the updates (unless you want to install a Linux distro to replace Windows, which I do no think would be advisable for you).

    Do you need them? Well, the updates are there to patch security holes which could leave your system vulnerable. So, it's a good idea to have them. But, ultimately, you don't NEED them in order for your system to work.

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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    If it is what I think it is .. machine wise, then you should be able to add an SD card to it. Then you move your personal files to that drive and that should free up quite a bit.

    This link has a lot of good hints of what to do.

    Nr 9 can do quite a bit, but will take time on your machine.

    As I stated above, nr 6 is a good one, especially the saving of future files on an SD card.

    I have maintained a few of these low space devices, and doing the above saves quite a bit, so you will have at least a few GB if not 10 GB free on the main drive. But it is critical you get an SD card install if it is possible, else you will run into the same problem again eventually.

    And dont stop updates, it is dangerous and stupid. Saying that, what you can do to avoid feature updates, is to download the latest windows onto an USB and then update the machine.. saves space. But not even sure Microsoft pushes feature updates to low space machines anymore... seem to remember reading about that some where.
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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Dave View Post
    The only think that bothers me is the updates, though this would raise the question of whether I really need them, or whether I could just stop getting them as Third Term suggested.
    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    ~ And dont stop updates ~ download the latest windows onto an USB and then update the machine..
    that’s the way to go. Don’t stop updates. Windows otherwise keeps both copies on the HD and takes all space up.
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    Re: Laptop disk space woes

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    that’s the way to go. Don’t stop updates. Windows otherwise keeps both copies on the HD and takes all space up.
    Correct. Updates (critical and feature) often get downloaded regardless and fill up space. Also when you feature upgrade Windows, it keeps the "old version" in Windows.old. That can be removed via the disc clean up utility.
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