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Windows 7: Freeing up space on main HD

16 Aug 2014   #1
onioining

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Freeing up space on main HD

I have two Crucial 60 GB SSIDs and one conventional 1TB HD. I try to keep only the essentials on the C drive, but I still sit near capacity. By my count the OS takes up about 20GB, and I can account for about 20 more GBs, meaning there's 20 GB that I can't figure out what they're used for. I also can't figure out if/how I can move some of the other programs (like Microsoft Office).

I suppose my questions are:

Can I move Office and other applications to other drives without re-installing? My Gigabyte motherboard folder? My graphics card folder? My Intel processor folder? I'd like to use this drive just to optimize OS operations, and the second SSID to optimize other programs operations, while using the third large drive to store data.

Is there any way I can get a good look at where all that storage space is going? Right now I just click on "properties" of individual folders and look for big stuff I can manually move.

I've moved "my documents" to the conventional drive. Any other simple folders I can move to free up space? Can I move my recylcling bin? Can I set my download folder to a different drive?

Any tips or tricks I can do to keep non-essential data from being stored on my C drive?

Should I just bite the bullet and purchase a larger SSID drive to use for my OS? Is 60GB not really enough for a primary drive?

For reference, I'm showing 1.8 GB free on my C drive, ~10GB free on G, and over 700 GB free on H. I also have an F drive which is very small (1GB) and I believe is dedicated to the OS. I keep all music, pictures, videos, and audio files (except those I'm actively working on, which sit in the G drive) on the big drive, as well as all my backups. I have games on G, as well as any application I had the option of installing on another drive.

I am, of course, happy to provide any information I have missed. Any help is appreciated.


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16 Aug 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Do you use hibernation?

Do you know how much space is allotted to your page file?

Have you recently run Disk Cleanup (the Windows built in tool) and told it to clean up system files?

How large is C\users\your user name\appdata?

You can download and run Treesize Free from jam-software.com to tell you where the space on your hard drive is being used.

http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/

I have Windows 7 and about 55 applications on an 80 GB SSD. Total occupied space is 35 GB after over 3 years.
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16 Aug 2014   #3
onioining

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Do you use hibernation?
As in sleep settings? Yes. I generally have the display turn off after half an hour, and the system sleep after two hours.

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Do you know how much space is allotted to your page file?
Hm. 16347 MB, but I only see it for all drives. Perhaps that's mostly or entirely on the C drive and I can move it?

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Have you recently run Disk Cleanup (the Windows built in tool) and told it to clean up system files?
Yes, regularly. I have to just to have a bit of space available to keep things running. That said, you reminded me that I hadn't done so today. That was 6 GB it had built up, probably in a few weeks. Well, kinda. When I look at the drive itself, it only shows an increase of about 2 GB. When I cleaned the drive, it told me I deleted 6 GB.

Is there perhaps an ongoing process that I can move where it stores it's data to another drive? What's filling up this temp data? Chrome?

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How large is C\users\your user name\appdata?
It doesn't seem to exist. I have 2.08 GBs in my user folder. Doesn't seem to come from any one folder in particular.

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You can download and run Treesize Free from jam-software.com to tell you where the space on your hard drive is being used.

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
Will do.

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I have Windows 7 and about 55 applications on an 80 GB SSD. Total occupied space is 35 GB after over 3 years.
Sweet. So, I'm doing something wrong, but I can fix that expending time rather than money. I figured this should be working fine. For the most part I don't ask much of my system, and my hardware should be more than adequate. Good to know there's light at the end of this tunnel.
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16 Aug 2014   #4
onioining

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

You can download and run Treesize Free from jam-software.com to tell you where the space on your hard drive is being used.

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
So... The scan shows 28 GBs used (20 by windows) on the drive. Under Properties of the C drive, it shows 55+ GB being used. That's a lot of missing bytes.
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16 Aug 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

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Your system specs say you have 116 GB of RAM.

I assume you mean 16 GB.

Your hibernation file is taking up 16 GB of space.

You can get rid of the hibernation file entirely and get back that 16 GB.

I'm not positive, but I think maybe you can reduce the size of it, but continue to use hibernation if you have to use it.

Your appdata folder is likely hidden. You'd have to set your viewing options under tools in explorer to be able to see it, but if the entire user folder is only 2 GB, it's probably not worth pursuing at the moment.

You could change your page file to something like 1 GB minimum and 2 GB maximum also.

I'll see if I can find out if hibernation file can be reduced in size.

You might want to post a screen shot of what Tree Size found.
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16 Aug 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Reduce Hibernation file size to the minimum (50% of RAM size):

Type cmd in start search menu

Right click cmd.exe (Command Prompt) and choose Run as administrator

Type: powercfg.exe -H -Size 50 and press enter

Another thing: how much space have you allotted to System Restore? That can be adjusted or turned off entirely if you don't use it. It's a good tool, so I wouldn't get rid of it entirely.
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16 Aug 2014   #7
onioining

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Your system specs say you have 116 GB of RAM.

I assume you mean 16 GB.
Hah. Indeed. Fixed.

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Your hibernation file is taking up 16 GB of space.

You can get rid of the hibernation file entirely and get back that 16 GB.
Well, there I go. Time to learn what the devil a hibernation file does.

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You might want to post a screen shot of what Tree Size found.
Done.


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16 Aug 2014   #8
onioining

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Reduce Hibernation file size to the minimum (50% of RAM size):

Type cmd in start search menu

Right click cmd.exe (Command Prompt) and choose Run as administrator

Type: powercfg.exe -H -Size 50 and press enter
That helped a ton. I'm up to over 7 GB available.

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Another thing: how much space have you allotted to System Restore? That can be adjusted or turned off entirely if you don't use it. It's a good tool, so I wouldn't get rid of it entirely.
I had none of the C drive allocated. I thought I'd set it to use the H drive to store points, but now that I look again, it seems like that isn't working properly. I had set the slider to have plenty of space dedicated, but had the "turn oiff system protection" selected. If I try to set it to be set to "restore system settings and previous versions of files" it gives me a warning about deleting shadow files faster.

Can I use a different drive to save restore points?
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16 Aug 2014   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by onioining View Post
So... The scan shows 28 GBs used (20 by windows) on the drive. Under Properties of the C drive, it shows 55+ GB being used. That's a lot of missing bytes.
Looks to me like the scan shows about 60 used:

28 gb in 8 unknown files; expand it on the left to see what they are

20 gb in Windows

4 in programs

2 in NVidia

etc.

See my post above about System Restore and reducing hibernation without eliminating it.

If you want to eliminate it entirely, don't type in that portion about size 50. If you do that, you can't hibernate at all.
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16 Aug 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by onioining View Post

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Another thing: how much space have you allotted to System Restore? That can be adjusted or turned off entirely if you don't use it. It's a good tool, so I wouldn't get rid of it entirely.
I had none of the C drive allocated. I thought I'd set it to use the H drive to store points, but now that I look again, it seems like that isn't working properly. I had set the slider to have plenty of space dedicated, but had the "turn oiff system protection" selected. If I try to set it to be set to "restore system settings and previous versions of files" it gives me a warning about deleting shadow files faster.

Can I use a different drive to save restore points?
I don't know if you can put restore points on another drive.

Mine is set to use about 7 GB; that's good for 8 or 10 restore points, dating back a month or so on average.

You could delete all current restore points and then re-set System Restore to whatever you want and keep your eyes on it.

What about your page file?
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