So over the years, since 1997 specifically.. I have done exclusionary deletes. Weeding through stuff I felt I didn't need anymore. This time I did an inclusionary backup. I took exactly the data I wanted to keep, copied it to another drive (my old 80g), then wiped my new 160 clean and did a fresh install of XP Pro with SP2.
Everything ran faster. It actually booted up with some zest to it. Then I stumbled across this site:
At first I was skeptical, fearing that it was suggesting that I download various programs that would be spyware or who knows. But after reading it and carefully plugging away at it's methodical tips .. I started to like all it's suggestions. Some were ones I already knew, others were new (lots in fact). Usually I don't go in excess downloading and installing utility programs. Don't fix what isn't broken. Well ... I figured what the hell. Lets do it all.
Once the memory has been checked and my HD initialized, it NOW takes exactly 7 seconds to boot. 7 seconds is when I have my background up and everything is done loading to the point where I can click on things and there is no delay. Holy shit!!
For those that care: AMD 2700XP+, 2G PC3200, 6800 Ultra AGP, Shuttle SN41G2, 160G WD.
This is the most major data upgrade I have done and I still have some files from 1997, including every email I have sent and received (over a gig).
Unfortunately.. I forgot to backup my bookmarks. Sometimes the most obvious is the easiest to overlook. Whoops. All of them. Gone. :P Ehwell..