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Windows 7: C dive (GB)


16 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
C dive (GB)

I put in a SSD drive about a week ago and I have no data on it. So I highlighted the root directory and I have 26 GB then I right mouse click the C drive and it says I used up 34 GB and I have 10 GB which make up my win.sxs. I have a 60 GB drive so I'm getting nervous about using up too much space and I think your good until you reach 90% but it's been a long time since I was a tech.

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16 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Check out this Microsoft article, which offers suggestions on reducing the size of the WinSxS folder.

How to Alleviate Disk Space Pressure Caused By a Large Windows Component Store (WinSxS) Directory
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16 Jan 2012   #3
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is nothing you can do about the winsxs - DO NOT TOUCH IT. What you can do is to get rid of the hiberfile. The command is powercfg -h off. You can also reduce the pagefile to 1GB or 2GBs - you probably have 4GBs of RAM (at least).

Then of course you want to move the user files to the HDD. The system alone should not take more than 25 to 30GBs - and that is with a LOT of programs installed (no games though because they can be big. They should go on the HDD).
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16 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Wolfgang, I can understand your concern, but if you read the article I linked to it isn't suggesting messing with what is in that folder, but it does offer suggestions on reducing drive usage such as Disk Cleanup.

The wording in my initial reply probably isn't too clever when I suggested the link was offering ways to reduce the WinSxS folder size, when in fact it's offering ways of alleviating the problem.

My bad and sorry for any confusion.
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16 Jan 2012   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lostsoul62 View Post
I have a 60 GB drive so I'm getting nervous about using up too much space
I have Windows and 50 applications installed on C---total space occupied is 29 GB.

So it's very manageable if you do proper maintenance.

In addition to what Seavixen and WHS have said, you should also investigate how much space is devoted to System Restore.
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16 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Check out this excellent tutorial too: Optimize Windows 7
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16 Jan 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Wolfgang, I can understand your concern, but if you read the article I linked to it isn't suggesting messing with what is in that folder, but it does offer suggestions on reducing drive usage such as Disk Cleanup.

The wording in my initial reply probably isn't too clever when I suggested the link was offering ways to reduce the WinSxS folder size, when in fact it's offering ways of alleviating the problem.

My bad and sorry for any confusion.
Andrew, I don't think we made contradicting posts. I just wanted to add another possibility how to save disk space.

Maybe you remember the thread where the guy was writing a program to reduce the size of winsxs - a safe way to destroy your system. That is why I am now always warning not to mess with it.
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16 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Wolfgang, no, I hadn't seen it, so it's just as well you flagged up your concerns.

Thanks for the clarification.
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16 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 

My original post is: On my 60 GB SSD drive what should I believe I have 26 GB or 34 GB because that's 8 GB different which is a lot on a 60 GB SSD drive?
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16 Jan 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

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If you really want to know what is on it, you have to run WinDirStat for the files and vssadmin list shadowstorage in elevated command prompt for the restore points. Looking at the root of C is only half of the story.
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