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Windows 7: Windows Drive(C:) shows Low disk space error while its not actually

02 Apr 2012   #1
dhru2010

Windows 7
 
 
Windows Drive(C:) shows Low disk space error while its not actually

Hello everyone,

From last few days I am suffering from Low Disk Space error for my C drive where windows is installed. I tried disk clean up...its works for few mins and again my disk gets full.

My total Hard drive space is 640 GB(I am using Lenovo Z570 laptop) where C drive is with 97.5 GB...I know its there is no more than 16-17 gb data in my C drive but still it shows this error and I am unable to download data, stream videos and so on.

I've attached screenshot of what error I am getting...what is my disk space(97.5 GB) and what is total size occupied(16.3 GB) by my data in C drive(I select all folders in C drive and calculate total size actually occupied).


Error




Disk Size Status



Actual Size


Can anyone help me regarding this? How can I fix this issue.

Thanks in advance


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02 Apr 2012   #2
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhru2010 View Post
Hello everyone,

From last few days I am suffering from Low Disk Space error for my C drive where windows is installed. I tried disk clean up...its works for few mins and again my disk gets full.

My total Hard drive space is 640 GB(I am using Lenovo Z570 laptop) where C drive is with 97.5 GB...I know its there is no more than 16-17 gb data in my C drive but still it shows this error and I am unable to download data, stream videos and so on.

I've attached screenshot of what error I am getting...what is my disk space(97.5 GB) and what is total size occupied(16.3 GB) by my data in C drive(I select all folders in C drive and calculate total size actually occupied).


Error




Disk Size Status



Actual Size


Can anyone help me regarding this? How can I fix this issue.

Thanks in advance
Do you have any hidden files/folders?
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02 Apr 2012   #3
dhru2010

Windows 7
 
 

No according to my information I've not placed any hidden file or folder in my C drive.
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02 Apr 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

How much disk space is allocated to shadow storage and system restore?
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02 Apr 2012   #5
dhru2010

Windows 7
 
 

@seavixen32 Sorry but how to check that? I've no idea how to check "How much disk space is allocated to shadow storage and system restore"...
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02 Apr 2012   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Press the Win+Pause key combo to open the System window then click System Protection.

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You can also run Disk Cleanup, as explained here: Disk Cleanup - Open and Use


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02 Apr 2012   #7
dhru2010

Windows 7
 
 

Ok thanks for your guidance... disk space allocated is 21%(20.49 GB)...let me know.
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02 Apr 2012   #8
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhru2010 View Post
No according to my information I've not placed any hidden file or folder in my C drive.
I am not sure if we are on the same page. See the screen shot and be sure you have "Show hidden file, folders and drives" selected.
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02 Apr 2012   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhru2010 View Post
Ok thanks for your guidance... disk space allocated is 21%(20.49 GB)...let me know.
Windows 7's default for shadow storage is 10% of the drive space, but if you're not too concerned with how many restore points you need you could easily drop the setting to 5%.

If you intend creating regular system image backups you could in fact dispense with system restore altogether and regain all the drive space it's currently taking up.

The choice is entirely up to you, just remember that if you are using system restore, the oldest restore point gets deleted when all the allocated space is used up.
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03 Apr 2012   #10
dhru2010

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhru2010 View Post
No according to my information I've not placed any hidden file or folder in my C drive.
I am not sure if we are on the same page. See the screen shot and be sure you have "Show hidden file, folders and drives" selected.
Attachment 205465
Hidden files and folders are already viewable as you can see my screenshot...where I've selected all folders in my C drive you can see some hidden folders are also selected.

Thanks
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