Thursday, 17 August 2017

Cleaning Up is Hard to Do

When I say cleaning up here I don't mean physically, but that can be a chore in and of itself. It's also something else I need to get done soon. When I'm not trapped under an ocean of work. Rather, I mean cleaning up electronically; as in cleaning my hard drive.

I recently found myself in a situation where I had only around 100GB of hard drive space left. See, the funny thing about computers is that they have all this space but they punish you for using it. You should keep at least 15% of your hard disk space free. I didn't, and my computer ended up moving slower than a snail.

Thankfully I do have an external hard drive but the computer was moving so slowly that even my attempts to clean it up by moving stuff on to the hard drive slowed it down even more. It's almost a miracle I was able to get my work done in that situation.

It really doesn't help that I'm a hoarder, especially when it comes to digital data. My external hard drive - and indeed my internal one - is filled with things I'll never access again but like to keep for some reason. Even after clearing out the things I no longer need and the things I didn't want right now I still only cleaned up around 200GB of space. I have no idea what is eating up around 500GB of space on my computer (the OS eats up a lot).

I remember one of the first computers I ever owned. It was back before anyone even knew what a gigabit was. The hard drive was so small I could only have one game installed on it at once, and I couldn't consider ripping CDs on to it. I was one of those people that laughed at the idea of needing more space, and told myself I'd have more space than I knew what to do with.

Then, you know, I find myself in a situation with an almost full hard drive.

Keep your computers clean people! It worked much better after the cleanup operation.


  1. Good and necessary advice, but such a pain to do!

  2. The stupid thing about technology getting better access to more resources is that people then decide "oh, it doesn't matter if my simple note-taking app is two gigs, we got plenty of space these days!" Sadly, this is unlikely to ever change.

  3. You could store all those files you can't bear to part with on google drive... though i'm sure you knew about that already.


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