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Windows 7: no hard drive space left after clean install of windows 7

27 Dec 2011   #1

windows 7 professional 32 bit
 
 
no hard drive space left after clean install of windows 7

Hello I have a 250gb hard drive on my computer...I had windows vista and just did a clean install of windows 7 professional...after completing the installation it shows that i only have 80 gb of space left on my hard drive??..I thought i would have well over 200gb left...I did a backup to an external hard drive...any possible answers would be appreciated...thanks in advance

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27 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Look for a folder named Windows.old (Desktop? C: Drive?)

In it you'll find most of the files that were on the drive before you upgraded... Delete everything in it that you don't need.
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27 Dec 2011   #3

windows 7 professional 32 bit
 
 

I did look for that file in the search option in the start menu and nothing came up.
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27 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by razman99 View Post
I did look for that file in the search option in the start menu and nothing came up.
Sorry for the misinformation then... It does that when I reinstall Windows 7 so I guessed it would do it for Vista too... I would open explorer and start checking the folder sizes until I see what is using up all the space...
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27 Dec 2011   #5

windows 7 professional 32 bit
 
 

Ok thanks....I will give that a try...thanks again for your help.
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27 Dec 2011   #6
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Boot the Windows 7 installer, select Custom Install, then Drive Options, delete all partitions, create new ones as you wish, then format before installing Windows 7 to first partition.

Or you can use the Drive Options to delete all partitions and just click Next and the installer will auto-create and format one large partition and begin install.

Illustrated steps here: Clean Install Windows 7
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29 Dec 2011   #7

windows 7 professional 32 bit
 
 

Thank you for the response but I was hoping to avoid re-installing windows 7 again seeing that I just got everything back up and running on my computer...I am limited on time to work on this plus my wife needs the network up and running in my house for her job...If nothing else works then I will eventually do what you suggested...thanks again
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29 Dec 2011   #8
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29 Dec 2011   #9
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Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk management drive map, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu: Screen Shots
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30 Dec 2011   #10

windows 7 professional 32 bit
 
 

Hey guys thank you for your help...I searched for the windows.old files again and found them this time...not sure why they weren't there the first time...103gb in there...wow...also deleted the old system restore files and got another 30gb there...everything is good to go now...just want to thank you and let you know this a great site and you guys were a big help.
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