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Answer: Why it can take Disk Cleanup so long

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    That must of been the Automatic Maintenance(one of the best features of windows 8.1 other than File Explorer) cleaning out the language packs that won't be needed and the installers...etc. I keep telling people "let windows take care of windows, and you'll have less problems".
    That's it, all those other "cleaners" can make a mess.

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    Hi Cliff, your clarifications on prolonged Disk Cleanup task is convincing. However, I am not sure if it should take over 4 hours that it for my system today. Moreover, I am going to replace my HDD on my HP 15-r063tu Notebook soon, as the HGST 500Gb HDD inside is failing (Short DST fails, and Windows seems to hang of n on, despite reinstalling OS thru Recovery Media a few days back). Some forum members have suggested that I get an SSD (Samsung 850 EVO 250Gb mostly suggested), instead of a regular HDD. I am keen to upgrade RAM from 4Gb to 8Gb as well.
    My query is, that I noticed the last time I reinstalled Windows 8.1 64-bit through Recovery Media/Partition, it listed over 100 Critical Updates for Windows and another 120+ "Recommended Updates". In a hurry, I updated all, which was over 2Gb and took many hours to finish. So, when I replace my HDD, and reinstall Win'8.1 afresh, should I just install the Critical Updates for Windows, or should I also update all the Recommended Updates ?
    My assumption is that the more Windows Updates I install, the longer it will take whenever I run Disk Clean-up (including System Files Clean-up). And as per your earlier posts, having an SSD instead of a HDD won't speed up this process much.
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    You could just install Macrium Reflect and make a system image, then reimage to the new disk, and be up & running in no time, and not need to update anything or reinstall programs:
    New Macrium update
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    just throwing this out there.. but I just ran extended disk cleaner and I hadn't run it in a long long time.. if ever, and It took like 4 minutes? maybe 5.. so what is this all about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Napkins333 View Post
    just throwing this out there.. but I just ran extended disk cleaner and I hadn't run it in a long long time.. if ever, and It took like 4 minutes? maybe 5.. so what is this all about?
    Your specs: Hard Drives Samsung Evo SSD
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  6. #16


    right and??? so it would be faster on an SSD.. and slower on a spinning hard drive..

    yes.. ? perhaps I mis-read this posting in general..



    ok here is why I said what i said!

    And as per your earlier posts, having an SSD instead of a HDD won't speed up this process much.
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    Thanks @Cliff. I have got the RAM upgraded from 4Gb to 8Gb by adding a Corsair 4Gb one of same specs. Has improved speed of opening apps, but not noticeable in booting or shutdown. Of course the Task Manager used to show RAM usage of over 90% when all three web browsers were open - IE. FF, and Chrome. Now thats dropped to about 40% or so. So, switching between programs is much smoother now.
    Next, is to replace my failing HGST HDD with a new HDD or SSD. SSDs are much more costly so yet to decide. Compared with a 500Gb 5400rpm 6Mb cache laptop HDD, how much faster would a Samsung 850 EVO SSD with 250Gb capacity would be ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Napkins333 View Post
    right and??? so it would be faster on an SSD.. and slower on a spinning hard drive..

    yes.. ? perhaps I mis-read this posting in general..



    ok here is why I said what i said!

    And as per your earlier posts, having an SSD instead of a HDD won't speed up this process much.
    Sorry I misunderstood, It could be auto-maintenance already to care of it in the mean time.
    Quote Originally Posted by rameshiyer View Post
    Thanks @Cliff. I have got the RAM upgraded from 4Gb to 8Gb by adding a Corsair 4Gb one of same specs. Has improved speed of opening apps, but not noticeable in booting or shutdown. Of course the Task Manager used to show RAM usage of over 90% when all three web browsers were open - IE. FF, and Chrome. Now thats dropped to about 40% or so. So, switching between programs is much smoother now.
    Next, is to replace my failing HGST HDD with a new HDD or SSD. SSDs are much more costly so yet to decide. Compared with a 500Gb 5400rpm 6Mb cache laptop HDD, how much faster would a Samsung 850 EVO SSD with 250Gb capacity would be ?
    Good to here the additional RAM is helping. an SSD would definitely be better if you could wait and save up.
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    Thanks Cliff. Sure, am saving up for an SSD, which I understand is "much faster" than a regular HDD, though it would help if someone can share a comparison chart of the same :-)
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    Average SSD (One of mine)
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    Western digital Green 750GB HDD (one of mine )

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    To say nothing about access time which is about 1000 times faster with SSD.
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