Quote: Originally Posted by DalekOverSeer
[COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][B]there is a article i ran across awhile for moving the winsxs folder. i had a 36 gig wd raptor at that time and with everything i was using and wanted i needed to free up a large chunk of space. the procedure works, but it is not for a novice.
For arguments sake, I'm going to have to disagree that such a procedure exists unless you can produce this article because of the fact that the WinSXS is simply a collection of hardlinks to files that are contained within other areas on the hard drive. Getting rid of that folder, would not free up the space on the C drive, as the actual files themselves are stored elsewhere and simply referenced in C:\windows\winsxs.
If you look at the link that I posted before, I took a 200MB hard drive and created a WinSXS folder on it. Then copied in a single 13MB file. Then I linked to that same 13MB file 20 times. Windows explorer reported that my WINSXS folder was about 270MB in size...even though my entire hard drive was only 200MB. But if you went to a command prompt and typed "dir D:\", it would show the 187MB free...since technically the only "real" file that existed was the original 13MB file. But Windows explorer, windirstat, and treesize free all claimed that D:\winsxs was 270MB in size. Moving everything out of D:\winSXS would not have freed 270MB on my 200MB drive. It would have freed up 13MB and removed 20 hardlinks.