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Windows 7: Why did I suddenly go from 2GB free space to 30GB free space??

17 May 2014   #1
orlando1974

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Why did I suddenly go from 2GB free space to 30GB free space??

Hi, for months my C: (120 SSD) had only 2GB left of free space. So I finally purchased a 250GB SSD to replace it with. I received the drive last week and the box has been sitting on my desk. This morning I noticed that all of a sudden my C: drive is no longer in the red... I now have 30GB of free space. How can this be? I didnt uninstall any programs! All that occured on my PC is a windows update the other night...

Possible explanations?


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17 May 2014   #2
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There is the system maintenance troubleshooter that runs at 1am.


Issues it looks for:
-Troubleshooting history is taking up disk space
-Broken shortcuts
-System time is set incorrectly
-There are icons on the desktop that haven't been used in 3 months.
-Disk volume errors
-Error reports are taking up disk space

Could be disk cleanup, you could also try running that as well. It now has the new mode windows update cleanup which removed older updates that have been unnecessary as new ones replaced it. That will save you even more space.

Maybe a program updated as well.

With all these combinations it can be possible you received a good chunk of free space. However, since you stated you have not run disk cleanup or have done anything, windows might have went nutz and has been wrong about your disk usage and just now got it right.(I am thinking this is the case.)

Or you have not restarted in awhile, and this is when disk information is updated.
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17 May 2014   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

What method or programs are you observing free space?
Have you use any cleaners of any kind?
It would be one heck of a clean job to remove 28 gb with out you know anything about it being done.
Windows Updates do not remove things from the computer.
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17 May 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

We posted at the same time Andrew.

What is this system maintenance troubleshooter that runs at 1am.
I have never heard or seen such a thing.
But I'm sure like to learn about it.
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17 May 2014   #5
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You can find it under action center, Troubleshooting-change settings-under computer maintenance.

This thread has more info:

Show Us Your WEI [4]
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17 May 2014   #6
orlando1974

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thx Andrew... I guess it could have been that... as I have no other explanations. Regardless, I'll still upgrade the SSD on my PC since I already bought it, and I'll keep the 120GB SSD for a future laptop.
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17 May 2014   #7
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Glad to help
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17 May 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Great find andrew thanks.
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17 May 2014   #9
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Great find andrew thanks.

No problem
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18 May 2014   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I do wonder how this auto Schedule at 1am cleaned out 28 gigs.
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