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Hard Drive Cleaning

It may seem that after getting your hard drives set up and configured to your liking that all of your work is done. Nothing could be further from the truth, unfortunately. Over time, as I'm sure you know, Windows systems do accumulate hundreds and possibly thousands of unnecessary files and folders on your hard drives. Not only do these files and folders waste valuable space, they can slowly degrade system performance. In this section, I am going to blow the top off of some of Windows's secrets and show you how to keep your hard drives slim and trim.

Teporary Files—To Be Eliminated at Any Cost

Windows XP likes to store its temporary files in three places, more often than not. That is not to say that some rogue program will not deposit some temporary files in another location; just that in most cases you can look in three places to find the dead wood you've been collecting on your system. These three places are


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