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Windows 7: How to get around space requirement on SP install?

15 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
How to get around space requirement on SP install?

I'm trying to install SP1 for Windows 7, the beta, and it says I need 9 gig free to install. I only have 6. Is there a way to bypass this at all?


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15 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Actually you could move some files and folders to another place to free up hard drive space. If you don't have a spare hard drive you can use DVD/CD, thumb drive, or an external drive.

Other than that, no you can't get around the space requirements. I would also say that if you're that low on space, perhaps it's time to upgrade to a bigger hard drive.
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15 Jan 2011   #3
whs
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If you could post a snip of your Disk Management, we could have a look what options you have.
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15 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7
 
 

My Windows 7 is on a 30gig SSD. I have 2 other HD's on the computer, I guess I can move stuff over, to another drive.
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15 Jan 2011   #5
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gizbug View Post
My Windows 7 is on a 30gig SSD. I have 2 other HD's on the computer, I guess I can move stuff over, to another drive.
Sure, you could move the user folders, if you have not done that yet. 30GB for an OS disk is usually OK without the user data.
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15 Jan 2011   #6

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gizbug View Post
I'm trying to install SP1 for Windows 7, the beta, and it says I need 9 gig free to install. I only have 6. Is there a way to bypass this at all?
Hi Gizbug - A silly suggestion - but you could move your page file over to one of the other hard drives pretty quickly - Give you a few more GB
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15 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Seems rather crazy that a service pack wasn't 9GB of free space. Seriously, 9GB. How big could this really be?
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17 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7
 
 

I have page file turned off with my SSD. Ill look at moving user folder. Thanks
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17 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gizbug View Post
I have page file turned off with my SSD. Ill look at moving user folder. Thanks
I wouldn't necessarily move the "user" folder but maybe some some folders within - Documents, Pictures, Music.

My two cents.
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17 Jan 2011   #10
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gizbug View Post
I have page file turned off with my SSD. Ill look at moving user folder. Thanks
I wouldn't necessarily move the "user" folder but maybe some some folders within - Documents, Pictures, Music.

My two cents.
I don't know sygnus. Moving the user folders off the OS partition has a lot of advantages for safe keeping your data. Also, when you restore the OS partition from a previous image, you do not lose any data/files you created since that last image was taken. That is, however, different with a Windows 7 system restore which does not touch user data.

There is though the possibility to create a master folder for e.g. Documents, Music, etc. on another partition/drive and then include those master folders in the appropriate libraries (just right ckick on the master folders in the other partition/drive). The advantage of this scenario is (especially for Documents) that all the various programs that like to store their stuff in the main Documents folder will end up on the C Documents folder and not in your own Documents folder.
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