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Windows 7: 60 gig Hdd.............nearly gone!!


07 Mar 2011   #1

Home Premium 64bit
 
 
60 gig Hdd.............nearly gone!!

I have a Dell laptop loaded with Windows 7 32 bit with all updates. I haven't got much loaded on it, because only use this lappy every now & then and holidays, also boot it it up every two weeks to download updates for avast, malwarebytes, CCleaner, Firefox & Thunderbird.
I have (according to add & remove) 18 applications, but alas on my 60 gig Hdd (56.70gig really) it is showing 1.7 gig free!!!!, these applications are M$ Office, Snaggit, Revo Uninstaller, WinRAR, as you can see quite small apps. I don't understand how O/S and 18 programmes come to over 54 gig, any ideas?
Your thoughts as always most appreciated.


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07 Mar 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

My guess would be that the space is being eaten up by System Restore. You can restrict its appetite by the slider in the SR configuration.

You can also regain more space by turning off hibernation if you don't use it.
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07 Mar 2011   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome
Not good to guess donwload windirstat and see exactly what is taking the space.
http://windirstat.info/

System restore takes up a lot of hard drive space.
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07 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Use something like WinDirStat (as suggested above) or TreeSizeFree to see exactly what folders are taking up space. Sometimes utilities like these put a spotlight on a folder with large log files or something else you might be totally unaware of.
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07 Mar 2011   #5

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Thanks for the swift response. Also failed to mention the laptop is Dell Inspiron 1300 (quite old in this day & age) it is also loaded with Ubuntu 10.10 (643 Mb) also 2 gig memory. will download the above a bit later after dinner (nearly 6pm here) will post later.
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07 Mar 2011   #6

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

You could also just try using the disk clean utility in windows.

just go to the start bar search box and type disk cleanup and hit enter.
follow the instructions provided.
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07 Mar 2011   #7

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Disk clean only found 13.3 Mb.
I have installed Windirstat, and has come up with my biggest drain on the Hdd 19.6 gig (38.5%) it is (windows.old) what is that, three months ago I done a clean install over WinXP with Win 7 (32 bit only) because I could. Is this safe to delete?
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07 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, it's safe to delete. It's the backup of all of your old files when it did the upgrade. As long as you aren't missing anything that you might need on your upgraded system, feel free to delete and get that space back.
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07 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by peter4076 View Post
Disk clean only found 13.3 Mb.
I have installed Windirstat, and has come up with my biggest drain on the Hdd 19.6 gig (38.5%) it is (windows.old) what is that, three months ago I done a clean install over WinXP with Win 7 (32 bit only) because I could. Is this safe to delete?
Even though you said you did a clean install, becuase you have this file makes me think that you actually did an upgrade. Check out the folder and save anything important and then delete!
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07 Mar 2011   #10

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I couldn't do an upgrade over WinXP, I had to go the whole hog. I'm doing a 19 gig delete as I type on this desktop computer, will be great to see some space.
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