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Just a Hard Disk Space Saving Tip From Me.

Ever wondered where a large chunk of your hard drive disappeared to? If you run XP (this may apply to ME) when you have included in the OS a Restore feature.

This feature takes a snapshot of your system and stores it allowing you to revert back to that time should something go amiss.  Here's the catch. Microsoft allocates, by default, up to 12% of you hard drive for these files.

To regain this wasted space and still keep more than enough restore points do the following.

Before you do this make sure your system is stable as this process will delete any current restore points.

Access the System Restore Wizard, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.

Choose the "System Restore Setting" item and Under the System Restore tab check the "Turn Off System Restore" box and reboot.

Repeat the above but this time "Turn On System Restore" and move the slider to the left to reduce the amount of space reserved. Anywhere between 200-400 mb will give you up to 30 restore points (depending on your system).

Close the dialog box and in the main area create a new restore point.

Reboot and just look how much extra available disk space you have.

I saved 4 gigs on a small 20 gig drive.

One note you must log on as an Administrator or have Administrator rights.

Caution:  If you are one who uses System Restore quite often do not use this Tip.  As stated above this deletes all of your Restore Points and starts over creating new ones.

            
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