Cleaning up and Speeding up my MK1 CF-19

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  1. thewanderlustking

    thewanderlustking Notebook Consultant

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    So while I am tackling the issues with my MK5, might be time to give some thought to my MK1 too. First problem, what on earth is eating up all my HDD space?! I have a 100gb (well 91gb according to Windows) drive and only about 14gb left on it. But I can't account for the "space eaters" looking at individual folder sizes like "Programs", "Windows" and the like.

    Space: In OSX I use a program called Disk Inventory X. It goes through and gives a graphical depiction with little boxes of every file on the machine. Big boxes mean big file size. Is there something along these lines (and also free) you guys can recommend for Windows?

    Speed: This MK1 is near unusable. But it does what its needed for pretty well, other than super poor boot up times. I am looking for some ideas for near free solutions to this. I have some mpcie adapters that plug into the WWAN card slot. I have proven this idea works good and allows me to turn the card on/off in bios. The nice thing about this is I could boot up into linux and I think even get my most important software I need for tuning, installed. This also lets me do a hidden, or seamless dual boot and leave the existing drive unmolested and alone. This machine is NOT easy to get running properly on W7.

    Another option is to actually put a small SSD drive into it. But to do that, I have to clean up whatever is stealing all my space. And ideally I need to do this without risking the data and setup on the existing drive....

    Minimal time, effort, risk, and expense will be the ultimate winners for this plan. Any ideas?!
     
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    BaRRmaley Notebook Deity

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    format c:
     
  3. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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  4. thewanderlustking

    thewanderlustking Notebook Consultant

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    Lol um I do actually need to save what is on there!!! Burning that drive and starting fresh would take MUCH more motivation than I have...

    WinDirStat 1.1.2.80 actually looks just like DiskInventoryX, so I just finished installing that on the MK1. It is even slower on this pc than it is on my MacBook. Not sure it was worth the effort though and still a little uncertain of the data its telling me.

    According to it, I only have 41gb of data used on the C: drive.

    I will give those programs a shot Shawn!
     
  5. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    Program called spacesniffer, you will find it is a Windows glitch that is writing temp files and filling up the drive.
    http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/

    And the only thing that will make it run any better is a small SSD, that's what I do on Mk2's and it really makes a difference. I also did a ssd on a core solo 1.2 Motion Computing tablet, it was pretty much unusable with the 4200rpm zif drive but it was NIB so, yep.
     
  6. toughasnails

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    Did you go into "my computer" and right click on C drive, properties, disk clean up ? That should free up some space. Also do you have a folder called "Window old". Think that's what it's called.
     
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  7. thewanderlustking

    thewanderlustking Notebook Consultant

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    I am going to try out all three of the above program suggestions here shortly!

    Disk Cleanup is sure taking a LONG time for only 201mb.... Weird, it ran, then it found 1.2gb more (and I didn't tell it to run again). Pretty sure Windows is actually a virus we have been (mostly) convinced is useful.

    I am now doing a disk defrag too and seeing if that makes a difference. It has been a while since I did one. It's scheduled for 1am on Wednesdays, but I almost never leave it on or plugged in.

    Well if I can get the installed junk down to a reasonable amount, say 40-50gb, then a 64gb SSD might be manageable and affordable solution for this. I wonder if I can use the express card slots for some extra space? Yep! Sure can! And there are cheap SanDisk "flashback" adapters available. What other cool goodies can I put in these slots? They never get utilized... USB 3.0 might be useful. My primary backup drive is 3.0.
     
  8. thewanderlustking

    thewanderlustking Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks guys for the direction, SUPER helpful so far!

    Okay the culprit is "System Volume Information." It is running rampart and has eaten up 48gb of space!!!! Seems deleting it outright is a bad idea though. I need a "safe" solution for dumping most of this. Windows is only taking up 19gb, and users 11gb.

    EDIT: Nevermind that was easy enough. I finally used the right magic Google search combo!

    So any basic guidelines for how much space I should set the slider for? I put it at 10% so it can't exceed 9.32gb.

    I also noticed almost 5gb in my pictures folder. Funny, cause I can't even remember the last time pictures were stored on this beyond some basic ones for backgrounds!!! So seems I need to dig through those and delete or relocate. And a couple programs I can eliminate like Adobe Lightroom. Although oddly that doesn't show up in my "uninstall programs" list.
     
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  9. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    That is the temp files, it usually writes them at 100mb each and never stops, it is a glitch I found a month ago on a customers laptop, 500gb of temp files.
     
  10. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    If you go with a 64GB SSD... You will hate yourself later when you get to 50GB+ and you have to start picking and choosing what you want to keep. The cost difference are negligible between the 64GB and the 120GB or 128GB drives. I would get at least a 120GB SSD!
     
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