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Hi,While we seem to be talking a lot about performance tweaks, I was reminded of one just the other day.There I was, booting up FSX and flying along, and I noticed that my framerates were dipping to nearly half what I normally get. I couldn't figure out why. I hadn't changed anything.Well, later on I was trying to move some files around, and I noticed my disk drive (150 GB 10K Raptor) was nearly full. Oops!Cleared up about 20 GB of space off the disk and, poof, my FSX performance was right back again.Sometimes it's just the little things. (or my stupidity)Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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I remember when 6GB HDD's just came out (1999 maybe?) and we all said "You'll NEVER use that much space" LOLI currently have a 320 GB hard drive and I think I have about 140 GB's left. I believe FS (and associated files) take up nearly 40 GB's.

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I remember working on $60,000 Silicon Graphics workstations with I think 128 MB of memory and being SOOOO happy to get a 2GB disk for it. Remember that flight simulator?Yeah, this disk has both FS9 and FSX on it, and I think they are something like 30GB and 40-50GB each, maybe more. Plus this stupid Avsim addiction I have. I know all you freeware designers are out to get me. In league with the payware guys, aren't you?Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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I just know that this is going to be regarded as a dumb question but I have to ask because I can't get my head round it.If I download a file of say 10MB which is in zip form and then extract it do I then have ANOTHER 10MB on my hard drive making 20 in total?? Richard

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When I had my new rig built a few months back I had them put in a 250GB main C: HD and an 80GB D: HD just for FS9. Now FS9 is out and I have FSX in there. I put all my DLs and payware files in C: and nothing but FSX and the installed add-ons go into the D: drive. I defrag after each new add-on or uninstall. There's nothing in D: except "working" FSX files. Makes it real easy to keep clean.Now with all the add-ons, I think within a few months I'm going to have to get a 120+ HD put in and move FSX there.

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>I just know that this is going to be regarded as a dumb>question but I have to ask because I can't get my head round>it.>If I download a file of say 10MB which is in zip form and then>extract it do I then have ANOTHER 10MB on my hard drive making>20 in total?? >>RichardYou're on the right track with your question and actually you'll have more than 20MB total in that scenario. The file you download is Zipped (compressed) to make it much smaller than it would be when uncompressed and installed. So, when you extract the file(s) from the downloaded version, the extracted contents will be much larger than 10MB....figure 20MB as a rule of thumb (the ratio varies according to content type). So the 10MB compressed download and the 20MB decompressed install would yield 30MB, for instance. Unless you are removing the compressed download file after installation...

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Thanks guys,helpful and polite replies.SO in order to give myself a bit more space on my hard drive [i only have an 80GB]I need to delete all my UNcompressed files?There is a lot.RegardsRichard

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I think it's always a good idea to:1. write down (or rather type into a file - I don't write anything anymore) what you installed, the file name of the source (the zip file), and where the source came from. Recording even the process you used to install can be helpful. Not everything comes with complete directions and it's easy to forget what you did.2. Store all your zip files in one place, I then organize them by type in directories (aircraft, scenery, etc., I'll even break it down further than that).3. Back up the zip files to a CD or other large repository someplace. Then it's ok to remove them.You never know when your installation is going to go south. In fact, sometimes it's a good idea just to wipe it clean anyway and start over. I hate doing that, but I have done it before.And absolutely don't EVER lose your key files and installation files for your payware items you've purchased. Flight1.com is very good about helping you retrieve things you've lost, but other publishers are not so accomodating (Just one of the many reasons I try to make all my purchases through Flight1.com. Some people may disagree, but I have NEVER had a problem with a purchase I've made with them, and I've made a lot. I'm sure the Avsim store is just as accomodating.).It's always a good idea to keep you disks as junk free as possible for many reasons.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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I have just downloaded the F14 Tomcat and Carrier package [FSX] from the Perfect Flight website. The zip file is about 85MB BUT the UNzipped file is 222MB so the advice is sound.Yes I think the idea to back up on a DVD is good,I am sure that will free me up a lot os space.

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>I remember working on $60,000 Silicon Graphics workstations>with I think 128 MB of memory and being SOOOO happy to get a>2GB disk for it. Remember that flight simulator?>>Yeah, this disk has both FS9 and FSX on it, and I think they>are something like 30GB and 40-50GB each, maybe more. Plus>this stupid Avsim addiction I have. I know all you freeware>designers are out to get me. In league with the payware guys,>aren't you?>>Thomas>>[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com]>http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]>>I like using VC's :-)>N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180I remember working with an NCR 315 Rod memory computer. It had 6K of memory. Yup, that's right, 6K. Sorts used to run all weekend. lol

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