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Blam
09-02-2009, 07:51 PM
I have a friend who is starting to run out of space on her eee 901 with a 12gb eee. I've disabled system restore, the paging file and ran ccleaner.

Anything else I can delete to trim it down?
I also have an eee 901, but mines running a tiny nlite version:p

Thanks
Blam

Speedy Gonzales
09-02-2009, 07:58 PM
Uninstall MSN explorer, and the games in add/remove programs

Not much you can do unless you reformatted and installed an Nlite install

Disable hibernation

Blam
09-02-2009, 08:00 PM
I've already disabled hibernate. I'll remove MSN explorer and games now.

She can't do an nlite install, as she doesn't have an XP disc, I have one, but I'm only remotely fixing her eee, I can't remote install XP!

ronyville
09-02-2009, 08:05 PM
I suggest if she has loads of music on her eee pc than she might have to get rid of some and also women turn to have a load of pictures as well on their pcs. She might need to get an external drive as well.

Blam
09-02-2009, 08:07 PM
She has almost nothing except documents on her netbook. She is a principal.
And she may get an external soon. But she doesn't like carrying too much around.

thanks anyway,
Blam

Edit: Damn I love this forum....2 replies in 14mins:p

ronyville
09-02-2009, 08:16 PM
But she doesn't like carrying too much around.


An 8GB flash drive ain't that big or heavy to carry around :p provided she doesn't end up losing it with sensitive documents on it. Maybe she can make a backup of some of her stuff that she doesnt need and remove it from my documents, that should free up some space for her.

Blam
09-02-2009, 08:39 PM
She might do that...I suggested it but she was....less enthusiastic

Sweep
09-02-2009, 09:44 PM
She has almost nothing except documents on her netbook. She is a principal.
And she may get an external soon. But she doesn't like carrying too much around.

thanks anyway,
Blam

Edit: Damn I love this forum....2 replies in 14mins:p

I presume there are no applications under the O/S to create useful documents. That may make it more heavy.

Chilling_Silence
09-02-2009, 10:40 PM
There's a whole section on the EeeUser.com Wiki:
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/optimizingwinxp

I would also recommend here:
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/#windows_xp

Also, IIRC there's this one thread on the forums somewhere and its got a list of around 50 things that you can do to clean stuff up :)

Why not get an 8GB SDHC card, the one I got almost a year ago now was only $55 at the time, and it was brilliant! :)

pcuser42
10-02-2009, 08:28 AM
Clean out the C:\Windows\Web folder (wallpapers), \Windows\SoftwareDistribution (don't delete the folder, but delete what you can in it - this is where updates are downloaded to) and \Windows\$hf_mig$. I've done this on my Eee. Also, disable the Recycle Bin. :)

Chilling_Silence
10-02-2009, 08:36 AM
AFAIK you shouldnt delete $hf_mig$ as it contains Windows Update information, however all the $NtUninstallKB***$ folders in c:\Windows are fine to delete :)

pcuser42
10-02-2009, 08:39 AM
I haven't deleted the actual folder, just the folders in it. :)

pctek
10-02-2009, 09:51 AM
Add/Remove Programs. WIndows Components. Take out everything she doesn't need.
And
3rd party apps are often smaller.
Adobe vs Foxit for instance.
WMP vs VLC.
IMGBurn vs Nero.
And so on.
Get all small apps, ditch the big ones.

Blam
10-02-2009, 11:20 AM
Already have done that pctek.

And Alex-doesn't ccleaner remove that stuff automatically anyways?

pcuser42
10-02-2009, 04:10 PM
I don't think it does. Even though it's more thorough than Windows Disk Cleanup, it still doesn't get everything.

Blam
10-02-2009, 04:44 PM
Okey dokey:D

pctek
10-02-2009, 07:23 PM
Thats probably all you can do then, short of getting a bigger flash drive or using a different O/S.

Blam
10-02-2009, 07:24 PM
I may mod in a flash drive into the eee when I see her

Chilling_Silence
10-02-2009, 10:13 PM
Why not just an 8GB SDHC card, they're super-cheap and sit completely flush with the case so if you're real clever about how / when you insert it, she'll never know! ;)

Blam
10-02-2009, 10:20 PM
She already has a 16gb card plugged in.

Chilling_Silence
10-02-2009, 11:51 PM
So she's got the 4 for the OS, the 12GB Flashdrive internally, and a 16GB SDHC Card?

Thats 32GB, and shes worried about a few MB here or there saved by trimming down XP :p

Less movies / music methinks ;)

Blam
11-02-2009, 12:23 AM
Funny you say that! Cause she has 24gb of only documents.

Its for a whole school...so that may be why

Chilling_Silence
11-02-2009, 08:15 AM
I think its time to invest in a 3.5" USB HDD then :D

Plug it in when she needs the docs, dont plug it in when she doesnt, plus its fully USB-powered, so no external power-brick!

pcuser42
11-02-2009, 05:40 PM
2.5"? ;)

Blam
12-02-2009, 09:47 AM
Most probably:p

sroby
12-02-2009, 10:42 AM
I think its time to invest in a 3.5" USB HDD then :D



PLUS she will need another USB HD for backups. Tell her unless she doesnt mind
possibly loosing everything (theft,hardware failure), she needs 2 copies, one HD kept in a safe place.
You would be wise not to touch that thing untill you know that everything is backed up. If anything goes wrong, you may get the blame.
In hindsight, perhaps the EEEEEEE may not be the best option given the 24G of Doc's. There are some nice micro laptops with HD's now.