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Windows 7: SSD space is disappearing. Troublshooted almost everything already.

07 Sep 2011   #71
pooch

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok I am officially stumped on this one, the only things I can think of is to make an image and transfer it to a HDD to see if the shrinkage continues, if it does you will know it is not the SSD and I personally do not believe it is. You could then factory reset the SSD and then try again with a new install.
I have toyed with the idea of doing a Repair Install as this appears to be a windows problem but if that does not work you are just wasting time I will leave that decision to you. added to this if the problem does turn out to be a virus you are just keeping it on the drive.


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07 Sep 2011   #72
SNsCPU

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pooch View Post
Ok I am officially stumped on this one, the only things I can think of is to make an image and transfer it to a HDD to see if the shrinkage continues, if it does you will know it is not the SSD and I personally do not believe it is. You could then factory reset the SSD and then try again with a new install.
I have toyed with the idea of doing a Repair Install as this appears to be a windows problem but if that does not work you are just wasting time I will leave that decision to you. added to this if the problem does turn out to be a virus you are just keeping it on the drive.
I'll give this a few more days and then I'm throwing in the towel. I'll format and start over from square one.

I really appreciate all the help everyone!
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07 Sep 2011   #73
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I haven't abandoned you by the way. I am watching. I thought pooch had it with trim/garbage collecting. I am stumped as well, it is completely odd to say the least. A Guy
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07 Sep 2011   #74
SNsCPU

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
I haven't abandoned you by the way. I am watching. I thought pooch had it with trim/garbage collecting. I am stumped as well, it is completely odd to say the least. A Guy
Thanks for the help!
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07 Sep 2011   #75
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

A Guy, do you think it could help if he made an image of his drive with a program like Macrium, then mounted the backup image, he could go through it and see if he can find or change something that will solve the problem?
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07 Sep 2011   #76
SNsCPU

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

This is probably something better to be asked for later, but what do you guys think the chances are that this is something hardware related? If I format it and see the same thing happening, then what? Warranty? RMA will take forever and I sure as heck don't want to be without an ssd for a month! Then again, if that's the last resort, I suppose there's no choice eh?
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07 Sep 2011   #77
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

If he made an image, or even started to, and left the compression off, it should show him what the size of the backup will be. If it is the same as the used space he has. I'd say make an image, then restore it to the boot drive. That "should" leave him with all his free space back.

If however the imaging program tells him the size of backup will be everything but his current free space!!! I believe this is a good idea. He would need a 2nd hard drive to back up to, but by restoring that image to his SSD, it should then just be the correct used space. Then monitor to see if it starts growing again

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07 Sep 2011   #78
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I'll leave that part up to you and Pooch. I was just thinking about the image. I;m almost convinced it is not a hardware problem. If it were, he should see the total size of the SSD shrink. That is not happening. I happen to have 2 of the same SSDs he has. And have seen no issues with mine. Some imaging programs or anti virus programs do things like build files in different locations. I had an issue once with Acronis that did some things simiar. Some AV programs do also. I am also not totally convinced that it is not a virus. You and Pooch know more about this stuff than me, but i have tried to go over all the things that can cause this. The SSD out of alignment would, trim not enabled would, A software program would, or a virus would. I have never seen Windows do anything similar to this. i have installed Windows 7 at least 100 times, and never seen this issue. But a hardware issue I do not believe would do this. The typical hardware issue on an SSD is you lose total size of the disk space, not free space. Something is taking over that disk. If you reinstall, I would recommend a secure erase and a clean install. those are just my thoughts.
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08 Sep 2011   #79
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Here is a program you may find useful in our situation. WinDir Stat if you have not used it already.
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08 Sep 2011   #80
SNsCPU

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Here is a program you may find useful in our situation. WinDir Stat if you have not used it already.
Been using it since page 1 .
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