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Low disc space can cause troubles?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by CDMC, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. CDMC

    CDMC Master Guru

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    Can low disk space cause PC to freeze/lockups?

    i searched in google for info
    but also want to know what do you have to say about this:)
     
  2. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    It is generally recommended to keep at least 20% of the system partition available for Windows to prevent random lockups or slow-downs.

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    dcx_badass Ancient Guru

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    20% seems very excessive given todays drive sizes. 40GB, 20% is 8GB, fair enough. But 1TB, 20% is 200GB, seems very excessive. I'd say 25GB is enough tbh.
     
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    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    Ye, but that recommendation was made in 2005 so I guess has to be updated lol, so I'd say somewhere around 10%.

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  5. CDMC

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    deltatux as always first :D

    thanks for info guys! :)

    i had this question because i was running my rig stable for quite some time now and it crashed when i was playing a game (i know its not over heating... let me finish)

    i though ok its ram... pulled out 4GB but then it freezed/crashed after some time of use on desktop...

    i checked disk space and it was less than 900MB

    i deleted much junk from my drive, added back those 4GB of ram and now it ~40GB free space left, running stable again
     
  6. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    You need to leave enough room for the page file (equal to installed memory size)...plus room for defrag software to cache if you use such software
     
  7. CDMC

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    that's what i thought.

    when i saw 900mb of free space i thought wait, where is the page file junk will be cached?...

    i always run very low on disk space, maybe that's the problem of my pc instability..

    i was thinking about new additional HDD for a long time just never have the time to get one
     
  8. deltatux

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    Ye, 900 MB is barely any more room for the system, you definitely need to either delete stuff or get a new drive.

    deltatux
     
  9. CDMC

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    yea that seems right. i just changed page file size to 400mb so now i got extra 7-16GB free space. i know i can turn it off completely but then i feel that pc is running kinda strange with some programs, so i will left a bit of page file.

    Thanks all for info/help!
    Ill keep that in mind that low space can cause instability
     
  10. peanutmanak47

    peanutmanak47 Master Guru

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    You definitely should invest in some another HDD lol. They are dirt cheap these days. 500gb for $40.
     

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    Or another option would be to get an SSD (80gig are fairly cheap nowadays) for your OS and maybe a few goodies and keep the HDD for all the rest. :)
     
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    I'm using a 1TB HDD with only 5GB free with no problems or slowdowns.
     
  13. Peter Buxu

    Peter Buxu Master Guru

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    Well I currently have 2 HDDs installed into my rig:

    WD Caviar Green 64MB Cache 7200rpm with 1TB of storage,
    WD (Don't remember the exact edition) 16MB Cache 7200rpm with 320GB of storage

    I have the OS installed onto the 1TB & PC is very smooth (touch wood lool!! :p)........last time I calculated with a software the time for the system to boot & it only took 55seconds, which is pretty good for a mechanical HDD!! :rock:
     
  14. nvlddmkm

    nvlddmkm Banned

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    Well, that is terrifically awesome! Congratulations!!!!! What technical information do you have to offer besides increasing your post count to tell everyone that "I have deh awesomez!"?
     
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    nvm.....
     
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    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    I would back the SAMSUNG F3 1 TB if the OP wants a cheap and effective drive for his system to replace his current drive or add on top.

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  17. CDMC

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    i'm thinking of buying a 1TB HDD :)

    can you suggest from what manufacture i should buy? or there's no difference?
    i'm looking only at 7200rpm drives :)

    Hitachi
    Samsung
    Seagate
    or
    WD

    Thanks :)
     
  18. Poison

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    get the samsung F3 1tb, i got it for cheap and its fast.
     
  19. CDMC

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    Thanks!
    Found it at my local store

    its "SMG F3 1TB 3.5" SATA2 7200RPM 32MB"
    its about 49$
     
  20. Chillin

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    Dude, chill out.

    I was only pointing out that you can run with very little disk space with no problems. I think you need to take a breather.
     

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