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Windows 7: Help Switching Boot Drive from SSD to HDD

07 Feb 2012   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Run WinDirStat. That will tell you what is on the SSD.

And the samll fluctuations are because sometimes automatic cleanup programs run in the background. You can check with the schtasks in cmd. It will tell you which tasks can run and at what time.


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07 Feb 2012   #22
Espadon

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Run WinDirStat. That will tell you what is on the SSD.

And the samll fluctuations are because sometimes automatic cleanup programs run in the background. You can check with the schtasks in cmd. It will tell you which tasks can run and at what time.
do i download this?

also what is the hibernate thing?
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07 Feb 2012   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Download and install WinDirStat. Then start it and highlight your C partition and say OK.

The hiberfile is used for hibernation that most people do not use. That why we usually get rid of it because it takes as much space (GBs) on the disk as you have RAM . The easy command to get rid of it is powercfg -h off.
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07 Feb 2012   #24
gregrocker

 

Hibernate is a valuable feature which has been perfected in Win7. You can think of it as a deeper sleep.

When your computer sleeps it keeps power to memory so it can store what's running on the desktop to RAM then reduce its power state.

If you have it Hibernate after another interval, it will write the memory to the HD then shut down so that the next time you start up it Resumes - a much faster startup that restores everything left on the desktop and running back as it was.

I like the ability to walk away from my computers for a day or a week and come back to have my work where I left it when it resumes from hibernation. I set Sleep to 30 minutes and Hibernate to an hour on each machine.
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08 Feb 2012   #25
Espadon

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Download and install WinDirStat. Then start it and highlight your C partition and say OK.

The hiberfile is used for hibernation that most people do not use. That why we usually get rid of it because it takes as much space (GBs) on the disk as you have RAM . The easy command to get rid of it is powercfg -h off.
I cant figure out whther or not the command did something. and i think the hibernating is what was doing it. I left it for a bit and the screen was black when i returned and then it shook the mouse, it popped back on, and i lost .2 gig

EDIT: I redid the shadow storage command.... and i got back ~5 gigabytes.... what? why didnt that happen before. is there anything i can check to make sure i didnt kill my computer
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08 Feb 2012   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Those commands, when properly executed, do not kill anything. They do straight forward operations. The vssadmin command reduces the shadowstorage and the powercfg command deletes the hiberfile. If you ever want it back, you can do that with powercfg -h on
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08 Feb 2012   #27
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Realise also that the system folders will grow some for a few days/weeks after an install as you install programs (even to other HDDs) and as indexing builds it's indexes, you install hardware drivers etc. After a few days when you are done with all your setup and installing and the system itself settles, the growth should slow considerably and likely stop altogether.
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08 Feb 2012   #28
Cancerous

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Program files are where all your applications and games are stored. I wouldn't bother moving them.

In the future, when you install a program, make sure the install directory is on the HDD, not the SSD. Any big programs (graphics intensive programs like photoshop or flash, modern games) will perform best if on the SSD, but that's up to you.
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