[nmglug] new laptop

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Tue Jul 30 06:12:43 PDT 2019

ncdu is probably the answer you're looking for. Or the du -h piped to a 
file might be a more detailed view of all the files.

When I wanted to use a GUI application, I've always used QDirStat. 
Usually I can apt install it on recent Ubuntu releases. And never had an 
issue with inaccuracy.

If you see any inaccuracies, you really should file a bug report. I am 
curious to know which program you were using...

I'm also curious to know if the Wine bottles are in-fact that large. I 
could add more information to the write up I did on installing and using 

I looked at the expandability of that laptop. It looks like you can add 
a 2.5" 7mm height hard drives. So any 2 TB spinning disk should fit. And 
the NVMe drive should be upgrade-able to either an Intel 660p or a 
Crucial P1. The 1 TB models are around $100 on Amazon. However, 
upgrading the NVMe drive and RAM is *not* the easiest in world. The 2.5" 
drive would a bit easier to upgrade, since you don't have to lift the 
board. If you plan on doing any hardware upgrades to the NVMe drive, you 
should consider upgrading the single SO-DIMM stick to a 16 GB DDR4 
SO-DIMM at the same time.

Here is a video of a teardown to that model: 



On 7/29/19 6:27 PM, Brian O'Keefe wrote:
> Howdy all,
> I bought a on-sale laptop. It's an: ASUS VivoBook 15.6" FHD Laptop, 
> Quad-Core Ryzen 5 2500U Processor (up to 3.6 GHz) with Radeon Vega 8 
> Graphics, 8 GB DDR4, 256 GB M.2 SSD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi - F505ZA-DH51. 
> It's a race car for me at least. I downloaded Ubunu 19.04 and made a 
> bootable USB drive and installed. Boy is it good looking! I can't wait 
> to get all of my data migrated but I am. As you see the SSD is not so 
> large as the 1TB I have on my old ACER. I thought that I was using 
> about 45% disk space and was not, of course, worried because the drive 
> is so large capacity. I never finished migrating all of my data from 
> my previous and hosed 500GBSSD that Mark helped, or actually did, save 
> so I have some scattered data on the ACER and on the 500SSD. In 
> prepping to start moving stuff around I used the GUI Disk Analyzer and 
> very much to my surprise I found files of up to 49GB!! I have 5 or 6 
> WINE programs I run and that shows up as a 39GB folder. Now that makes 
> no sense at all, as is the case with several other folders. I have a 
> folder for my activism stuff and that's 29GB which is outlandishly 
> wrong. So the Disk analyzer is wrong or somehow these folders have 
> been growing on their own, bloating like a president's ego. My Q is, 
> what console tool would give me the disk usage in a tree-like format 
> (I know not like a GUI but a list from highest to lowest size of 
> folders). Is this possible?
> It appears that if the GUI Disk Analyzer is correct then I can lose a 
> few items, like the wine programs, VMs and other unnecessaries and 
> have plenty of space on the new drive. I had planned to use the 1TB 
> drive as a storage device for my 10,000+ photos, etc. This would work 
> but I don't trust the GUI and don't want to start some weird event and 
> lose data nor do I want to transfer mostly useless data that is 
> actually  a couple Gigs and not the tens of GB I am seeing.
> I'll check out the forums for a console command but i thought I'd go 
> to the best first.
> Cheers
> Brian
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