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Getting the Most Space from Your Hard Disk

Since the introduction of PCs in 1981, the amount of disk storage space available to the average user has increased steadily. The original PCs used cassette tapes for mass storage and offered, as an option, floppy disks with only 160KB of storage space. Today, many PCs are sold with hard disks that are thousands of times larger, usually 10GB and higher. It is important to discuss other options, though, because many older PCs that are still running are quite capable of running DOS, but they have only 100MB to 500MB hard drives. Upgrading these machines is not cost effective, so other ways to increase space are needed.

A decade ago, few software vendors wrote software that required several megabytes of disk storage because they knew that few of their potential customers' systems had that kind of storage capability. Now vendors rarely think twice about releasing software that requires more than 40MB of disk storage; they expect that most people have that much space to spare. Some newer programs, especially games, can require up to 400MB of space to load completely.


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