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Windows 7: Hard Drive Space

05 Mar 2014   #1
abn505

windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 
Hard Drive Space

Hi,

I have a WD 500GB black hard drive. I only have windows 7 installed, 2 games, Battelfield 4 and Assassins Creed 4. I also transferred maybe 10 GB from my old computer. It shows 77% full and 107GB left. This makes no sense to me. Is it possible it is showing backwards?


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05 Mar 2014   #2
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

depending on the size of the 2 games you installed; yes it is quite possible for there to be that much used. . I highly doubt it is a issue with windows reporting it incorrectly.
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05 Mar 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You must have a lot of restore points. Run this command in an elevated Command Prompt (run as admin):

vssadmin list shadowstorage
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06 Mar 2014   #4
abn505

windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Hi WHS,

Thanks that was it!!!! I don't know how it got set so high. What do you think an adequate amount of space I should set it at?
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06 Mar 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abn505 View Post
Hi WHS,
What do you think an adequate amount of space I should set it at?
Opinions differ. It's a matter of personal preference.

My system is set to allow about 8 GB worth of restore points. Right now, I'm using 7.6 GB of that for 9 restore points dating back a month.

If you think you might some day have to restore to March of 2013 or March of 2012, then you'd need to devote more space. Personally, I've never had any need to restore farther back than a few days.

Generally, I think you can get more than 1 restore point per GB devoted to System Restore. I'm getting 9 restore points on less than 8 GB.
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06 Mar 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by abn505 View Post
Hi WHS,

Thanks that was it!!!! I don't know how it got set so high. What do you think an adequate amount of space I should set it at?
It depends how many restore points you want to keep. Figure between 500MB to 1GB per restore point. So if you have 10GBs, that should be good for appr. 12 to 15 restore points which I think is adequate. The command to set is to this amount is:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=10GB
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