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Windows 7: reclaiming space


16 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 
reclaiming space

Hi, lm just wondering if there are any good tutorials on reclaiming hard drive space.

basically lve only got like 22GB left and lve looked into all the usual suspects like checking on programs l can uninstall, disabling hobernate, moving the pagefile and disk cleanup/ccleaner. but lm unable to find much else l could uninstall so lm wondering if there are any more tweaks l could do.

l have heard l could tweak the winsxs folder but l dont think l should touch it without opinions of those with more knowledge than l have as l dont want to mess anything up.

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16 Sep 2013   #2

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I wouldn't mess with winsxs.
You can use a program like WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
It can help find where large amounts of space is being used.
If you store your User Data (documents, videos, music, pictures, etc.) on the C partition, you could move that data to a different HD/partition.
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16 Sep 2013   #3
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16 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

thanks gregrocker, managed to reclaim 2gb by removing service pack backups, but l guess there isnt a whole lot more l can do.. just wish l had money for a bigger SSD 60gb doesnt seem to be enough any more :/

heres to hoping santa brings me one for christmas lol.

thanks as well david, l had already used windirstat most of my space seems to be used in the windows folder.. over 80% seems to be linked winsxs, tho l did read up a little about the folder and the general consensus was pretty much as you said along with a few ppl saying other things.
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16 Sep 2013   #5
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Another way is to offload User folders to a HD, which doesn't compromise SSD speed all that much.

The easiest way is to gradually move your active User folders to the HD using this method: User Folders - Change Default Location.

You can wait to move each one until you need the space it takes up, this way trying the method out first to compare speed or performance changes.
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16 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

l only have little over 100meg on my desktop. l stored my old desktop on another drive and l seem to clutter it allot less since lol, that being said l assume that the whole user folder and everything in it would move to where ever l put it? it would free up 2gb
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16 Sep 2013   #7
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I think I'd move the Desktop last since the speed with which the Desktop icons render may depend somewhat on the SSD speed. So focus first on Documents, Pictures, Music, Downloads, etc.
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16 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

l dont actually use those folders.. the AppData folder pretty much has 99% of the space (2.4GB) taken up by my profile in it. in fact between AppData and Desktop the space used is 99% and 0.7% with the exception of the 0.1% in My Docs, but theres nothing stored in there that l care about.
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16 Sep 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

I see. If at all possible I'd try to learn to sort your files into the User folders so they don't all have to open on the Desktop which slows Windows 7 starting. It takes some reorientation to think of the Desktop as for files you are actually working on at the time, then file them away. This is the same reason why some people keep a messy desk. Not saying who, just sayin
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16 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
 
 

l guess its useful my old desktop is on another hard drive then

only thing l have on mine now is a few program icons and maybe several text files with random important stuff in them lol, boot time wise lve kept a pretty consistent 20/30secs since installing the ssd the only thing that lets it down is the fact l wish l had waited for one over 100gb.
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