troubleshooting Question

Large paging file

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Norma PosyFlag for United States of America asked on
Windows XP
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My computer came with a 6 GB hard drive.  I have installed an external 300 GB hard drive.  I have moved as much stuff as I can over to the external drive, NtUninstall folders, old java upgrades, etc.  Every morning, first thing, I run "Crap Cleaner", then defragment with "Diskeeper".  I've benn running the internal drive with 26% free space or so.

Today, in the middle of some emailing, a message box popped up telling me that I had insufficient "virtual memory", an that XP was going to expand my "paging file".  That took a while.

Now I am down to 20% free space on the internal drive.  Explorer reports that the pagefile.sys is 680 MB.

What is the best thing I can do to free up space on the internal drive?  I've deleted unwanted stuff, but there is a lot in there about which I have idea at all what it is.  And I'm afraid to mess with folders I know nothing about.

- - Norma Posy

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