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Chapter 27. Smooth System Sailing: Wield... > The Three Hard Disk Musketeers: Some... - Pg. 314

Smooth System Sailing: Wielding the System Tools 314 · Recycle Bin--These are the files that you've deleted recently. Windows XP stores them in the Recycle Bin for a while just in case you delete a file accidentally. If you're sure you don't need to recover a file, you can clean out the Recycle Bin and recover the disk space. Windows Wisdom How do you know when your hard disk is getting low on disk space? It depends. If it's the disk where Windows XP is stored, then you should never let that disk get much below 200MB of free space. If it's some other disk that you use to store programs and files, start getting worried when the free space drops to around 100MB. · System Restore: Obsolete data stores--These files are created by the System Restore program (which I discuss in the next chapter) and are used to help you recover from problems. However, some older files can no longer be used (because, for example, you reinstalled Windows XP), so they can be safely deleted. · Setup Log Files--These are files that Windows XP created while it was installing itself on your computer. If your computer is running well, then you won't ever need to refer to these logs, so you can toss them. · Temporary files--These are "scratch pad" files that some programs use to doodle on while they're up and running. Most programs are courteous enough to toss out these files, but a pro- gram or computer crash could prevent that from happening. You can delete these files at will. See Also I talked about offline Web pages in Chapter 19, "The Savvy Surfer: More Internet Explorer Fun." See the section titled "Offline Surfing: Reading Pages When You're Not Connected." · WebClient/Publisher temporary files--These are copies of existing files that Windows XP stores to improve the performance of the WebClient/Publisher service. It's perfectly okay to delete these copies. · Temporary offline files--These are copies of network files that Windows XP saves on your hard disk temporarily. It's pretty safe to delete these files.