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Windows 7: SSD free up space !

18 Aug 2014   #1
redkoatz

win764
 
 
SSD free up space !

I have been trying to investigate ways to free up space on my ssd drive, which is obviously much more limited in capacity compared to my regular hard drives.
So far I have tried tweaking the registry to alter the default installation path of applications, as I am sure you are aware, some applications do not allow you to change the installation folder, so by default will move to the windows directory.

Tweaking the registry seemed to work (to a point) and some applications would be installed on my bulk drive (not ssd) but other applications still seem to contain most of their data on my ssd drive.
I have investigated how to move the app data folder onto my bulk drive, but it said something like "userclass" was in use, so thefore that was out of the question.

Next I found out about "symbolic links" and wanted to test it out by moving an application that normally refuses to give me an option to change installation directory, in this case Skype.
I ran a test on the mklink command and it worked fine, when creating a folder called "a" on the ssd drive and creating a link to "a" on my bulk drive.. however when I entered this into command prompt "E:\Users\username>mklink /D C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype E:\Program Files (x86)\S
kype"
it doesn't work.. apparently the "syntax" is wrong : / hmm ok.

At this point can someone tell me:
1. How I have entered that command wrong.
2. do I need a junction, symbolic link or hard link
3. Is there an application with a UI to do this easier, faster.
4.Will creating symbolic links (or whatever link is best) put any wear and tear on the performance of my ssd drive.

thanks x
kype"


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18 Aug 2014   #2
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Not sure on the other thing, but Disk cleanup with the newly added windows update cleanup feature makes disk cleanup now worth running.

That should free a lot of space. Run it and see what happens. You might also try ccleaner.


CCleaner - Delete Junk Files
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19 Aug 2014   #3
redkoatz

win764
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Not sure on the other thing, but Disk cleanup with the newly added windows update cleanup feature makes disk cleanup now worth running.

That should free a lot of space. Run it and see what happens. You might also try ccleaner.


CCleaner - Delete Junk Files
turns out the most amout of space was the pagefil.sys (which i reduced from 8 gig to 512 mb because i have 8 gig ram) and hiberfilsys.. which as i understand it, contains restore points. I would prefer to delete this and have it save that file to a different location but it doesn't seem possible. The other significant amount of data is in application data folder and some installed programs that do not give the option of installing on a specific drive. in which case. 1.do you know how i can move the app data folder and hiberfile to another location. 2. how to move installed programs. i dont understand junctions.
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19 Aug 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Here is a option. A tutorial by Brink.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable
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19 Aug 2014   #5
redkoatz

win764
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Here is a option. A tutorial by Brink.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable
That's useful.. However I want to have the hibernate feature on. It's very useful as I do a lot of things on the computer and like the way hibernate saves all my open tasks as I left it, for me to continue later. The problem is that you have no choice where to save the hibernate file, you merely turn it on or off on specific drives and the saved location is on the same drive. Microsoft needs to realise that because of the increasing use of SSD drives, which are both expensive and smaller in capacity, we need to be able to configure the destination of large files to a drive of our choosing. In this case I have 160 ssd, with a lot of games and a big bulk raid 0 array of 4 terrabytes. So why is it in this day and age, I am forced to have to save a 6 gigabyte file onto a 160 gig drive, instead of a massive 4 terrabyte drive thats 80% free ?? Also if anyone can tell me how to create "junction files" so I can moved installed apps to my bulk drive, but just have the junction files pointing to them on my SSD drive that would be great. thanks.
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19 Aug 2014   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The hiberfil.sys is used for hibernation. For technical reasons it MUST be stored in the Windows partition. The file is accessed very early in the boot process when the system has no knowledge of other drives, let alone the ability to access them. There is no way around this.

Restore points are stored in the "System Volume Information" folder which will exist in the root of each protected volume. Restore points consist of backups of system files and a portion of the registry. The folder protecting the system files MUST be in the Windows volume. There is no way to redirect this.
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19 Aug 2014   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redkoatz View Post
However I want to have the hibernate feature on.
You can reduce the space allotted to the hibernation file without totally eliminating it.
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21 Aug 2014   #8
redkoatz

win764
 
 

ok so nobody knows about junction files??
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25 Aug 2014   #9
redkoatz

win764
 
 

bump?
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25 Aug 2014   #10
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Try with quotes around each path: mklink /D "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype" "E:\Program Files (x86)\Skype"

I use Sleep instead of Hibernate Sleep and hibernation: frequently asked questions
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