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Windows 7: HDD nearly full after system restore.


15 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
HDD nearly full after system restore.

I have done a fresh system restore recently and have had to re-install my software and download all my windows updates. For some reason though my hard drive has now got 80 GB more space used than before I performed the restore, and I haven't even got any HD movies on my laptop.

Is there anyway I can see what programs are using disk space and then I can decide whether to keep or delete them.

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15 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello again BomberAF,

There are two programs that will do it for you:-

Windirstat

WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

TreeSizeFree

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

Hope that helps.
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15 Jul 2012   #3

7 x64
 
 

What is more then likely using the extra disk space it your original install. What you did was restore and never got ride of the original install. Look for a folder called Windows Old or something similar.
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15 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7
 
 

That will probably be it, it will be the back-up that was created. Where will that folder be located?
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15 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwar View Post
What is more then likely using the extra disk space it your original install. What you did was restore and never got ride of the original install. Look for a folder called Windows Old or something similar.
I have found the folder on my C drive, but it has a padlock on it, and I am unable to delete the file, even after I have taken ownership of the folder.

How do I go about deleting the folder?
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15 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post

I have found the folder on my C drive, but it has a padlock on it, and I am unable to delete the file, even after I have taken ownership of the folder.

How do I go about deleting the folder?
Use Disk Cleanup from Windows to delete that folder:-

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

EDIT:-

Windows.old Folder - Delete
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15 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post

I have found the folder on my C drive, but it has a padlock on it, and I am unable to delete the file, even after I have taken ownership of the folder.

How do I go about deleting the folder?
Use Disk Cleanup from Windows to delete that folder:-

Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

EDIT:-

Windows.old Folder - Delete
It isn't a windows file, and I tried that and it doesn't appear when I use disk clean up. I need a to actually go into the C: drive and delete it manually, but it wont allow me.
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15 Jul 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

You might want to start over to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Always boot an OS installer, delete all partitions and repartition as you like, format before install.
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15 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

BomberAF, I use a program called CCleaner. It is freeware from Piriform . Not sure if it can delete read-only files however.
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15 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Just realised that the folder that I was looking at was the System restore folder, so I have altered the size of the system restore and that has saved some space.

What I have found out though is when I performed the original restore a partition was created that is eating up my disk space, is there anyway I can get that space back?
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