|Received a warning that I was close to filling up
my C: drive. Will have to delete files or just hang it up with
Windows Me and go back to Windows 98.
Next Day: Somewhere in my zest to remove files
from the C: drive I removed something I shouldn't have. So now I
need to restore or re-install Windows Me.
I have been trying to restore Windows Me. Every time I remove
some files from the C: drive Windows Me Install states I need to
find X more MBs of disk space. The weird thing about this is
that every time I removed X amount of MBs from the C: drive the
Windows Me Install tells me I need to remove more. The
more I removed the more I needed to remove. Really weird. I later
find out that my FAT table is corrupted and I needed to run the
more complete scandisk than the one that Windows Me Install
uses. Still no matter what I do I never have enough space
to satisfy Windows Me Install. note: Windows Me knew it
was only doing a re-install and wouldn't need as much space as a full
install but it appears not to take this into consideration.
I give up. It is now time to restore Windows 98. This is
an option because I backed up the older system (Windows 98)
during the original install of Windows Me. But when I tried to
restore Windows 98 it failed. This could have been my
problem. I just don't know and I really don't care. I just want
to get back to my various projects including this site.
So now I am going to completely wipe out everything on the C:
drive by doing a format and starting from a blank slate. Well
almost. More on that later.
The Real Reason My C: Drive Got Stuffed
In a word: newsgroups. I had been going to several
newsgroups trying to get a feel for what other users were
experiencing with Windows Me and also to find some
technical information on Windows Me Shutdown Hibernation
option. This is on top of about one years worth of additional newsgroups
information. So when the system reported that I was low on disk
space on the C: drive I didn't know about Outlook Express
and it's storing of everything from mail and newsgroups.
If I had unsubscribed to Outlook Express newsgroups I
would have saved myself much misery.
What To Do
Now I export whatever information that I find important in a
newsgroup and then unsubscribe to all newsgroups.
Close Outlook Express.
The storage folder for
Outlook Express is located at: c:\windows\application
Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express. If you have more than one
user logging on to the workstation then the Outlook Express
folder with be at: c:\windows\Profiles\username\Application
Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express. username is a unique folder
for each user.
the *.mdx files is where the mail for each Outlook
Express mail folder is kept.
With mail you need to delete
a file but also use notepad to create another (empty) file to
replace the one you deleted. Examine the size of the deleted
items.mdx. This will probably be the biggest file there.
Delete it and create another of the same name using notepad. Now
go to the mail folder. You may find the same mail files
that were in the Outlook Express folder. If you do repeat
the delete and replace with a new and empty file.