Performance And Disk Space

Posted on 2004-10-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I am using a company computer.
I can log in as admin to the computer since I was given the password to develop.

The problem I am having is that C:\ drive has very little space left on it.
E:\ drive (which is a partition), has 15 gig free.

My question is that if I free up more space on the C:\ drive, will I get better performance?

Can I not just alter where Windows stores its temp files, and make the performance better that way?

Can I tell windows to store all temporary files and do all work required for the o.s. on the E:\ drive, including virtual memory,etc.?

How do I do that?

What other than virtual memory do I need to change?  Where and how do I make these changes? (I need some directions...  click on control panel... then click on system ... etc...)

Thanks a bunch!
Question by:kamleshmistry

    Author Comment


    Alternative would be to transfer space from E: to C:,
    but I don't know how to do that either, and even if I did, I am afraid it might mess something up, and I might get in trouble...  so that is why I am looking for the route I described above...
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    Accepted Solution

    I don't recall the exact steps on a 2000 machine - it's similar but a little different from an XP machine - have a look here for a graphical explanation of how to adjust pagefile settings/locations in XP (remembering it's similar but different in 2000).

    In addition, adjust the Temporary Internet Files parameters for your REGULAR user account - Windows often uses something like 2-3% of the disk space - if you're on a high-speed internet connection, this is tremendously wasteful providing little if any speed benefit.  Go to the Control Panels, Internet Control Panel, under the General Tab, note the "Temporary Internet Files" Section - Click the Settings button and change the amount of disk space to use to be 1 MB.

    That will help, but ultimately you may have several Temporary Internet Files folders worth of junk there that you want to get rid of.  Try saving this script to a file ending in .cmd and running it when you are logged in normally:

    @echo off
    cd %userprofile%\local settings\temporary internet files\content.ie5
    For /f "tokens=1" %%a in ('dir /ad /b') Do (
    cd %%a
    Del *.* /q
    cd ..

    Lastly, if you have an HP Deskjet printer, look in your C:\WINDOWS directory as well as C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 directory for hp*.spl files - these are typically failed print jobs and can sometimes each hundreds of meg of disk space.
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    I'll Tell you What I would do to Free Up space ,

     Move the Swapfile to the e:\ Drive,

       Then delete the Current Swapfile on the C:\ Drive,

      If you have alot of memory Windows will allocate accordingly a LARGE Swapfile on the C-Drive.



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