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Low Memory on PC running Vista

submitted on May 7, 2010 by jack69darin in "Member's Lounge"
I keep getting a warning that my memory is low, and that I need to free up space. I'm guessing that I need a backup hard drive....any ideas. Where is Tarun, lol..I have no idea when it comes to memory!

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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on May 7, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Do you have Windows? It looks like you are running low on disk memory. Try freeing up some by
    1) emptying your 'Recycle Bin' (right click on the bin and then select 'Empty Recycle Bin')
    2) removing unnecessary files from the system drive (that would usually be 'C')
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    jack69darin
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    Posted by jack69darin on May 7, 2010
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    Yan, thank you for responding. Yes it is Windows Vista, I dumped recycle bin, and temp interenet files. It will work without a warning foa 1 day or 2. Then I keep getting auto clear your files now to free up space, which I do, but I guess it doesn't work
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on May 7, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    How much free disk memory do you have? Right click on C drive at your file explorer and click on 'Properties'. It should show your available space. If anything less than 2-3GB then you should dump some more files into a separate storage (e.g. external drive).
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    jack69darin
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    Posted by jack69darin on May 7, 2010
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    Yan yes it says I have I have less then yet, and I dumped all files that I don't need. Any suggestions on an ex drive?
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on May 7, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Just bookmark this link and check it every now and then: http://www.buxr.com/tag/Media_.....Hard_Drive
    Pablos (and other members) post some great deals there! Smile

    Don't get anything smaller than 1TB. I bought a Western Digital from Dell (around $100) some time back and I am very happy.
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    jack69darin
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    Posted by jack69darin on May 7, 2010
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    I looked at them, and cheapest I found was $75 for a 500. I just bought this comp 2 yearss ago. Should I just buy a better one, or do ex drive?
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on May 7, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    How big is your hard drive? I am sure there is some stuff there that you don't need and can delete; or don't use very often and can dump (e.g. to a recordable DVD)...
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on May 7, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Windows uses your hard drive for virtual memory (virtual RAM) and it would be wise to keep the drive where Windows resides as free as possible and very well defragmented. I would recommend uninstalling any unnecessary programs and perhaps look into stopping any start up applications from running when Windows starts (i.e. all those little icons in your notification area next to the clock -how many do you have?) as they may be using up valuable resources and contributing to your low memory problem. You can run msconfig from your run window and click the services and startup tab to uncheck programs/services to disable them from running at startup. But be careful as to which ones you remove if you're not sure what it does (research it on the internet if necessary (processlibrary.com) and also be sure to check the "Hide All Microsoft Services" when you're on the Services tab.

    What type of antivirus/anti-malware apps are you running? Having too many of these apps running all the time can seriously bog your computer down. I just cleaned up a friend's Gateway laptop running Vista and he had McAfee running (which I removed because it is one hell of a hog on resources) and two other antispyware apps, one of which included its own antivirus as well. I removed the other anti-spyware apps and solely installed AVG antivirus and Spybot Search & Destroy.

    I do also recommend backing up your data to CD/ DVD media even if you plan on backing up to an external hard drive. I made the mistake about a year ago of using only an external to keep backups and almost lost a lot of data, but was luckily able to recover after hours of work.
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on May 7, 2010
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    Its sounds to me like your having two separate issues.

    1. Low Storage (Hard Drive)
    2. Low Memory (RAM)

    Yan's suggestions will help with the first issue.
    Pablos's suggestions will help with the second.

    Are you able to expand your you RAM/Memory any further, and what is it at now?

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