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4.5. Should your hard drive be partitioned and how might this be done? The choice rests between having a single partition containing all files or a partition containing only system and programme files with data files on a second partition. An advantage of a single partition is easy backing up and easier routine maintenance. Separation into partitions results in smaller volumes which take less time to back up. However, setting up automatic backing up and routine maintenance becomes more involved.

4.6. The pagefile can contribute significantly to folder, file and free space fragmentation. A fixed minimum equal’s maximum setting, created when the system is set up, will eliminate the pagefile as a cause of fragmentation. Where a partition is already more than 40% populated, changing from a fixed size pagefile may not be easily accomplished. How to tackle the complexities of changing a windows managed pagefile to a fixed pagefile will be explained in a further article to be added to this web site later.

4.7. The tool provided within Windows to remove unwanted temporary files is Disk CleanUp. To access this tool select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk CleanUp to empty your Recycle Bin, remove Temporary Internet Files and other selected options. Select by checking the boxes before items in the list. Use the scroll to the right of the Iist to see the complete list.  I recommend you click on the More Options tab, System Restore and remove all but the latest System Restore point. You should then run Disk Defragmenter.

4.8. Using the System Restore option is most appropriate when your system is running slow and you need to increase free disk space on your C partition. If you have errors which might be resolved using System Restore to put your system settings back to before the error first occurred, do not use this option.

4.9. The Windows Update Cleanup option was made available to be added to Disk CleanUp as a Hotfix  in October 2013 for users with the Windows 7 SP1 update installed. More information about the hotfix is provided here:

The option is only available when you log on with administrator permissions. You need to change existing settings to take advantage of the new function. Type Disk CleanUp in the Search Box above the Start Button and press the ENTER key. Click on OK and after the space calculation you will see a window with a list of Files to delete. Use the scroll bar to the right of the window to see hidden entries further down the list. Check the boxes before Service Pack BackUp Files and Windows Update CleanUp and click on OK. If you do not see these options
select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, right click on Disk CleanUp, click Run as Administrator on drop the drop down menu and you should see the Windows Update Cleanup option.

4.10. The first time Windows Update CleanUp is run the recovery of disk space can be very significant. You will see savings every time after Windows has been updated but they are not as significant when it is run after the first time. When Disk CleanUp has finished you need to restart the computer to complete the process. The Windows Update Cleanup option is not available in cCleaner.

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