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I have a space problem on this computer.  I would like to free up some space on the "D" drive in this case because it only has 205MB of free space.  Would purchasing lets say 256MB of a memory stick help free up some more space to install a program or two?  I know that memory is used to enhance performance.  
The OS is Win XP Pro.  The total physical memory is 256 although it is 248.  The available physical memory is 91.4MB. The total virtual memory is 854.09MB with available virtual memory 560.91MB on a 449Mhz system.  Also, would using some of this virtual memory, to free up space, be advisable?  
I would purchase a bigger harddrive except the affordability right now.  
Thank you any help would be appreciated.  
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Hi webdziner,

You don't understand the difference between RAM and harddisk storage.
What you're looking for is harddisk storage, not a memmory upgrade. You can free harddisk space by deleting some programs/documents, or you could consider buying another harddisk.

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LucF
david,

its a lot cheaper to buy a harddrive....you can get a 40GIG drive for like 60$ and if you have money get a stick of 256k that would improve windows xp performance

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so what the problem?

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To answer your questions in order:
1) Purchasing a 256MB memory stick would not help free up any space for installing any programs. The memory stick that you are referring to is RAM.  Upgrading RAM in general is to allow you to have more programs running at once.  What you would want to upgrade is your Hard Drive.  Upgrading your hard drive will allow you to have more programs installed at once.

2) Lowering the amount of virtual memory would not be advisable.  If you lower the amount of virtual memory available you could run into problems when running multiple programs at once.

How much free space is available on your C drive?  It appears that you have at least 2 hard drives already on the system. (typically the first hard drive is C, the second is D)  If you have plenty of space available on your C drive then there is no need to add a new hard drive, just start installing to your C drive instead of your D drive.

For what it appears you are wanting, upgrading your RAM would not help you any.  Upgrading your hard drive (if necessary) is your only option.  You should watch ads for Best Buy/Circuit City/Fry's/Whatever computer retailers are called where you are for deals on hard drives.  Wait until you find one with a cost per Gigabyte of $1 or less (i.e. a 160GB hard drive for $160 or less) and then buy one.

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To the experts:   Thank you for your help.  Would purchasing a memory stick help free up some space to add a program or two?  Would it be advisable to use virtual memory to free up space?  The affordablity of purchasing a new harddrive is difficult.  
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If you can't purchase a hard drive right now (though a 20GB has to be cheaper than 256MB RAM, unless you're getting it free), more RAM will help run more programs simultaneously, but not provide you with disk space to install new ones.  I don't advise changing the virtual disk space, but would advise getting rid of old, unused programs (or archiving them to cd) to free up disk space.
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nrduncan:  There is 353MB of free space on the "C" drive.  The reason for the second drive "C" is so I can install most of the programs that I have which can only run under Win 98SE.  

Thank you for your thorough answer.
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer
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>>Thank you for your help.  Would purchasing a memory stick help free up some space to add a program or two?
No

>>Would it be advisable to use virtual memory to free up space?
No

>>The affordablity of purchasing a new harddrive is difficult.
I can understand that, so you'll have to find some workaround, like uninstalling programs you don't need, saving some documents on cd-rom instead of on the harddisk. Moving some files to another disk (as you have two). Whatever.

jfyi, buying a small harddisk (let's say 40GB) is in most cases a lot cheaper than buying a memmory stick, so you really should consider that an option.

LucF

p.s. You should really understand that RAM isn't the same as Harddisk space.

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If you cannot afford a new hard drive, you're going to need to uninstall some programs and/or delete data files or back them up on a different medium (CD for example).  I'm not sure of your knowledge level of software and files or the composition of your hard drive so I am unable to help with what specifically you need to delete/uninstall.

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Another thought...do you have both Windows XP and Windows 98 installed on this computer?  I know there are some windows 98 programs that will not run on XP but most will.  Have you tried all of the programs you must have in windows XP (yes I know hard drive space is an issue).  Have you contacted the manufacturers of the programs in question to see if they will run on XP?  If all your 98 software is compatabile with XP then you can just delete your windows 98 stuff and reinstall the programs for XP (be sure to save any Data files though...word documents etc)

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nrduncan: Yes I have both Win XP and Win 98SE installed on this computer.  I have not tried all of the programs that I have for Win 98 to see if they are compatible with Win XP.

Thank you for the thought.

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if you are able to install all of your programs on windows XP and then clean off the drive that you have all of your 98 stuff on it should give you alot more space.
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