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Windows 7: Massive drive usage throughout day


02 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Massive drive usage throughout day

I have a 64GB SSD for my main drive.. so space is fairly critical..

Anyway.. ive noticed as I use it lately (2-3 months).. I will have 16-17gb free.. then muck around in firefox, maybe photoshop,3ds max,dreamweaver (and sometimes NOT).. play a few games etc.. and suddenly I have 100-200 MEG left !..
I try using crap cleaner etc.. doesnít work.. system reset doesnít work.. clear out individual application temp files/directories manually etc doesnít work

Then all of a sudden 6 hours later I notice 16 gig free !

Any clues on how to track down how my space is filling and clearing so fastÖ I donít know what apps/games are doing it.. (donít think itís a game)


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02 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Install Treesize Free from JAM Software. It will show you exactly where the space is being used.
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03 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks.. it turned out to be the pagefile.. 16.3 gig atm !
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03 Jun 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The pagefile should be set to 2GB. The hiberfile should be deleted with the powercfg -h off command. And you should also look whether system restore points (shadows) take any space. Run the vssadmin list shadowstorage command.

For small SSDs it is preferable (and much more reliable) to work with images rather than restore points. I keep no restore points on my SSDs and make an image 3 times per week.
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03 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

Setting pagefile to 2GB is a bad idea considering he uses memory intensive software (3DS Max). If a 2nd drive is available, I suggest moving the pagefile to that disk and setting Windows to manage the size. See this guide

Move your Windows 7 Pagefile to a New Location | Worldstart's Tech Tips Newsletter
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03 Jun 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3D Jed View Post
Setting pagefile to 2GB is a bad idea considering he uses memory intensive software (3DS Max). If a 2nd drive is available, I suggest moving the pagefile to that disk and setting Windows to manage the size. See this guide

Move your Windows 7 Pagefile to a New Location | Worldstart's Tech Tips Newsletter
With his size RAM he will probably never need the pagefile regardless which programs he is using.
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03 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

The poster said his pagefile was 16GB. Lets agree to differ.
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03 Jun 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3D Jed View Post
The poster said his pagefile was 16GB. Lets agree to differ.
Right, that probably means he has 16GB of RAM - 8GB minimum.
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03 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

I was just going by the OP's system specs showing 6GB ram + him saying pagefile 16GB

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