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Windows 7: (C:) Drive losing space on its own.

20 Nov 2010   #1
keopera91

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
(C:) Drive losing space on its own.

About 1 week from today, I installed my copy of Windows 7. I had 92.7 GB free of 123 GB by the end of the day after downloading/installing all of the programs I needed. (I'm ocd so I keep track of how much space I have in my (C) Drive after every download/install.

So the next morning I turn my laptop on. What?! I suddenly have 90.8 GB free of 123 GB on my (C) Drive?!

Now I'm sitting here a week later down to 88.9 GB free of 123 GB in my (C) Drive.

Besides downloading/installing the things I needed, I also did Disk Cleanups where I got rid of of my Windows.old files (XP and Vista). I've also deleted all of my System Restore and Shadow Copies in the More Options tab. Could that be the reason why?

Is it normal for space in your (C) drive to drop all on its own when you haven't installed or downloaded anything for the past week?


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20 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

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20 Nov 2010   #3
keopera91

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks! So far I've managed to get back up to 90.6 GB free. Will it be possible to get back to 92.7 GB free or should I do a clean install again and then do all of these procedures?

Sorry I'm really ocd about little things like this. xD
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20 Nov 2010   #4
richc46

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Be careful
Space is not the most important thing. I have helped MANY who tried to save a lot of space. Then they come to the Forum and say help. I say, its easy, just use System Restore and the answer...you guessed it. I cant, I deleted my System Restore points.
May I suggest, download and use CCleaner. From an adminstrator acccount, you can delete all but one restore point and clean up a lot of other crap.
Just learn how to use first and dont check any of the registry cleaners.

Why would you install, the system is working the way it should.
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20 Nov 2010   #5
esha

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

In XP there was an option to limit the number of backups. E.g. it would keep the 3 most recent backups and drop the older ones one by one. Is there anything like that in Win 7?
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20 Nov 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You can download and use Ccleaner, from an adminitrator account you can easily delete System Restore except for the last one made.
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20 Nov 2010   #7
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Do you have hibernation enabled? If so the hiberfil.sys file will continue to grow. If you don't use hibernation, you can disable it and this will delete the hiberfil.sys file:

Hibernate - Enable or Disable

Also, you can use a free program called WinDirStat to tell you what is using space on your drive.

WinDirStat

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21 Nov 2010   #8
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Do you have hibernation enabled? If so the hiberfil.sys file will continue to grow. If you don't use hibernation, you can disable it and this will delete the hiberfil.sys file:

Hibernate - Enable or Disable

Also, you can use a free program called WinDirStat to tell you what is using space on your drive.

WinDirStat

A Guy
The hibernation file will never grow larger than the amount of system RAM you have.
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21 Nov 2010   #9
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Instead of disabling features and possibly putting yourself in a bad situation where you can't use System Restore, if hard drive space is such an issue, invest in a larger drive.
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