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16 Jan 2013   #841
PCG

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

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With a 'normal' set of programs installed (not games), you should easily stay below 25GB. First thing to do is to get rid of the hiberfile (unless you use hibernation). Next is to reduce the pagefile to 2GB. If you have e.g. 8GB of RAM, that saves you 14GB right there - with 4GB of RAM that would save 6GB.
Thanks for those tips... by reducing my pagefile, I was able to get down to 26.78GB... that's probably going to be my number or the approximate range that I will stay in unless I start uninstalling apps from C: and reinstalling on other drives/partitions. Don't think I'll go there, I'm pretty happy with 27GB.

Disabling hibernation using the powercfg -h off command eliminates the hiberfile, right? I have already done that.




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16 Jan 2013   #842
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yup running powercfg -h off removes the hiberfil and if you check the shutdown options, Hibernate is now gone.
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16 Jan 2013   #843
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The hiberfile thing is easy to check. If you press Start, hibernation should no more be an option where you have Sleep, Shut down, Restart, etc.
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18 Jan 2013   #844
PCG

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

whs, I've managed to get down to 23.25GB and that's with all of my apps installed on to C:!

Question: I noticed that after being booted-up and logged on for while, that number actually goes up in to the 25GB range; would those 2 added GB be a result of the pagefile, or is there something else going on in the background that I just don't know about?

Also, in your previous response you suggested changing the pagefile to 2GB, which I did... what do you set the "Initial Size (MB)" to? At first I set both to 2GB, but later read in another article that it's good to set a range, i.e. between 1-2GB; so that's what I ended up doing (see snip). What's your preference on "Initial Size" setting?

Regardless, I believe my system is as optimized as it's gonna get, and I'm ready to start using Macrium on a regular basis.


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18 Jan 2013   #845
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. The additional space usage may be from restore points. Open an elevated Command Prompt and run his command: vssadmin list shadowstorage - then look for the Allocated number. See whether that accounts for the missing space. Watch what the Maximum is. If it is too big for your taste, we'll reduce it.

2. I never set a from-to. Just 2GB in both cases.

3. 23.25GB is probably as good as it gets. Now you have space to run e.g. a virtual machine - I sometimes ran 2 virtual machines (Windows 8 and Ubuntu) with 10GBs left as freespace. Have a look how fast my Windows 8 booted from the virtual partition (this is real time): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAJeKCeXlUU
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18 Jan 2013   #846
PCG

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I have my restore points turned-off and plan on using my system image if I ever have a problem; I've got the whole process down to 6-7 minutes for a system restore.

Regarding Allocated Shadow Storage space, what would 2.982GB be considered: high, low or some where in between?


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18 Jan 2013   #847
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The current 2.9 allocated is not a problem. But your maximum is high. I would reduce it to 10%. Here is the command:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=10%
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18 Jan 2013   #848
PCG

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
3. 23.25GB is probably as good as it gets. Now you have space to run e.g. a virtual machine - I sometimes ran 2 virtual machines (Windows 8 and Ubuntu) with 10GBs left as freespace. Have a look how fast my Windows 8 booted from the virtual partition (this is real time): Start Win8 in vBox1.wmv - YouTube

That's a nice video, whs. There seems to be a natural progression here... I went from not really paying attention to any of this stuff to where I'm at now looking in to virtual machines (which I still only have an inkling of understanding) and maybe adding a Windows 8 OS to play around on...
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18 Jan 2013   #849
PCG

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The current 2.9 allocated is not a problem. But your maximum is high. I would reduce it to 10%. Here is the command:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=10%
Okay... I'm going to do a little more research before I make that change. I want to have a better understanding of what exactly will be impacted.
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18 Jan 2013   #850
PCG

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I'm back... digging in to this a little deeper, I discovered this Shadow Copy Storage information is for my M: drive, not C:

This is a 500GB System Imaging partition on a second internal HDD. I believe (I could be wrong about this), that since I have turned-off System Protection, I do not show any Shadow Copy Storage space for C:

Any way, is there any benefit in keeping this on and at 30% on this second drive? As far as I can tell, there is no impact on my C: drive.
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