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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Step 2—Check Free Disk Space

Hard disks with capacities measured in the tens of gigabytes are commonplace nowadays, so disk space is much less of a problem than it used to be. Still, you need to keep track of how much free space you have on your disk drives, particularly the Windows XP system drive, which usually stores the virtual memory page file.

One way to check disk free space is to view My Computer using the Details view, which includes columns for Total Size and Free Space, as shown in Figure 12-2. Alternatively, right-click the drive in Windows Explorer and then select Properties. The disk’s total capacity as well as its current used and free space appear on the General tab of the disk’s property sheet.

Figure 12-2. Display My Computer in ...

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