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10-16-2008, 11:39 AM
How big is your WoW folder?

then reason i ask is because i have a 33G hard drive on my laptop, with about 31G used after downloading the patch... i then get told that i need at least 6.5G of free space to implement the patch...

i trimmed down my used disk space by deleting some unused programs, and it's pretty evident that i'm going to have to get a bigger hard drive and reload my computer with everything (ugh) when the expac is released, but im at least trying to get this patch...

my wow folder takes up about 7.3G of space with addons... does that seem high? A friend that offered to help me out (when he gets back form vacation) says that once a patch is downloaded and implemented into the program, it's no longer needed, but i have no idea what to look for...


10-16-2008, 01:59 PM
According to my Add/Remove programs entry Wow consumes close to 9G of disk space! Wouldn't be surprised if that was a bit lower than the true amount it consumes given I have a copy of every patch since BC on my machine. Can I delete the old patch files??

10-16-2008, 02:38 PM
that's what im trying to figure out... it seems that even if i were to delete all the old files i could, i'd just be delaying the inevitability of buying a new hard drive... i priced out a couple hard drives from a reliable computer store in my area, and they're charging $80 for a 100 gig hard drive and $90 to copy my hard drive onto the new one... i have the go-ahead from my wife, but $170 smackers to keep playing WoW (which doesn't even include the price of the expansion) is a little difficult to swallow...

now im weighing out the cost-effectiveness vs time spent reloading all my old crap onto the new hard drive (if i can even find the recovery disks from the original purchase). I have to admit that i'd rather shove bamboo shoots into the quicks of my fingers than spend hours downloading all the WoW patches from the start...

10-16-2008, 03:25 PM
Come Annikk's howse. I have spare drives. I can copy your stuff for you. Also have sum [Sungrass] ^_^

Personally, if you're going to have to spend money on computer equipment, I would say just go the whole way and buy a new computer. 33gig really is a very small amount these days, I don't think you can even buy hard drives that small anymore.. What are the other parts of your laptop like?

How are you on computer hardware? Ever assembled your own PC? If you have and you feel confident to assemble one, I can help you pick out parts for it that will perform well without breaking the bank. You can probably build a whole PC for about $600 - $700 these days.. Alternatively if you just wanted to get a pre-assembled one, I can help you to choose a good one :> I dunno, maybe spending that much isn't an option for you, but if you can possibly afford it then go for it imo - a computer is useful for a lot more than just playing games :>


10-16-2008, 03:59 PM
Drives are cheap now, you can hardly find anything smaller than 100GB. I just got a 100GB drive for my friends laptop for $60 US.

If you routinely save your log files make sure you delete those.

y WoW folder is 22 GB LOL!!!

Ok, after cleaning up some backup folders it's a more reasonable 14GB >.>

10-16-2008, 04:29 PM
thanks guys

and yea, building a new computer is definitely in my future, but down the road a little ways, when we have space for a computer desk. I appreciate your input, annikk, and when the time comes to build or buy a desktop, you're input would be very appreciated.

10-16-2008, 05:20 PM
You can delete old patches. When I get home I'll find the folder info for it... they can be in your WoW folder, but I think they changed patches to download somewhere inside your user profile not too long ago.

10-16-2008, 06:19 PM
Try looking in the following spots:

XP: Your WoW folder
Vista: Your WoW folder,
C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\(your WoW folder),
or C:\Users\Public\Documents\Blizzard Entertainment\World of Warcraft

It's been a while since I've used XP, so I'm not sure if it could save in any other places for XP.

10-16-2008, 06:56 PM
thanks for looking, Yrys! and yea, i run XP

yea, i deleted a lot of stuff from (username) folder, then WoW forced me to re-download everything that i deleted, and i wound up back at square one...

it appears i'll just bite the bullet and shell out $170 to have my hard drive copied onto a brand spankin new 120G hard drive... if i even managed to shoe-horn the patch into my hard drive, come expansion i'll have the same problem all over again

10-16-2008, 10:13 PM
Oh yeah, new expansion defintely won't be helping on the size. New HD will probably help a lot. :)

10-17-2008, 03:58 AM
Skwid, curious about your video card. If your comp is old enough to have a 33 gig hd, your video might be pretty marginal, too. My framerate has dropped a ton since the patch, and from what I understand the xpac will be even more demanding on video hardware. I'd hate to see you drop $170 on a new hd so you can play WoW only to be shut down in less than a month because your video card can't handle it...

For reference, I'm running an Nvidia 8500GT in a desktop.

10-17-2008, 11:53 AM
There should be a bunch of patch files that are like 2.4 to 3.02 or something similar (at work at the moment) you should be able to delete those without causing problems, there is no reason to hold on to those old patch files.

10-17-2008, 12:27 PM
my video card is an ATI Mobility Radeon X300

is that a decent one?

10-18-2008, 10:34 AM
bit the bullet last night, went to the computer store and got the hard drive... i made sure to ask about my video card before getting the hard drive, and the guy there says that it's better than the video card he has, (he plays on the warsong realm) and that i shouldnt have any problems...

got home last night, downloaded the patches, checked stuff out, chose my spec, and proceeded to get pwnt in BG's...

... but that's a whole 'nother thread...

10-18-2008, 12:06 PM
Ahh, good news Skwid, glad to hear it.

Yeah, it doesn't seem like the outlook for feral druids has improved in pvp at 70. Maybe at 80 things will be better...