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Windows 7: Clear out c: drive

30 Jan 2015   #1
lucasbuck

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Clear out c: drive

I've got a 150GB SSD for my c: and I'm up to 20GB free. I'm not sure what an average should be, I try not to install anything at all to c:. I have steam installed on another drive, but the saves still get stuck on c: in my documents. I thought about just junctioning it but didn't know if I'd end up with problems.
I've checked temp of course but if anyone has any suggestions on where to look or if the usage is normal.

Virtual memory is set to 11031mb (I don't know enough about virtual memory to know if it's being used or too much)

But thanks for any tips.


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30 Jan 2015   #2
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I like to use https://windirstat.info/ to see what may be around that can be cleaned up. Also, running the diskclean up as an administrator offers more options for deletion
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30 Jan 2015   #3
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lucasbuck View Post
I've got a 150GB SSD for my c: and I'm up to 20GB free. I'm not sure what an average should be, I try not to install anything at all to c:. I have steam installed on another drive, but the saves still get stuck on c: in my documents. I thought about just junctioning it but didn't know if I'd end up with problems.
I've checked temp of course but if anyone has any suggestions on where to look or if the usage is normal.

Virtual memory is set to 11031mb (I don't know enough about virtual memory to know if it's being used or too much)

But thanks for any tips.
Also, not sure if this will help but https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...7418-YUBN-8129
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30 Jan 2015   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I'd first look at WinDirStat to see if it shows where space is used.
Here is a tutorial by Brink you can work through, it includes WinDirStat info:
Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover
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30 Jan 2015   #5
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Could you move the folder itself? right click on my documents and move the actual location to a separate drive, I believe that is what a buddy of mine does (not a steam user myself so I can't confirm)


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30 Jan 2015   #6
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Especially with your relatively small SSD, I would do a "spring cleaning", backup your personal files to an external drive, then reinstall and while reinstalling, permanently move the whole Users folder with everything in it (temp folders, AppData, user profile folders, absolutely everything) to another drive as told in this tutorial: User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation.

Moving Documents folder alone is not a big help because the Temp and the hidden C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData folders remain on C:.

Kari
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30 Jan 2015   #7
gregrocker

 

You'd want all programs on the SSD and OS on the SSD to benefit most from the speed, but you can move User folders to HD by merely copying them there then link them to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums setting that folder as default using Library - Set Save Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums.

This avoid problems which can crop up from moving shell User folders which are System files, although many prefer to do that using User Folders - Change Default Location.

A great way to organize you files is sort them into these User folders before moving them off the SSD, then run CCleaner
to clean up temporary files and other unneeded junk.
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30 Jan 2015   #8
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This avoid problems which can crop up from moving shell User folders which are System files,
Once again: What problems?

@Lucasbuck:

The tutorial I linked in my previous post is about a 100% safe, valid and working procedure. The method is done using built-in Windows tool Sysprep, changing the native Windows environment variables in a way designed and created by Microsoft. It involves zero risk and is failsafe. It relocates the complete Users main folder, with each and every of its subfolders with one simple procedure. In the future, whenever a new user account is created, it will automatically be created on this new location, away from C:, for example X:\Users\New_User instead of C:\Users\New_User.

Tutorial was published almost 4.5 years ago and the method have been used by thousands of Windows 7 users, the tutorial has over 400,000 views. In over 900 replies in the tutorial thread you will find zero issues which were not caused by user error. Yes, you'll find a few issues when browsing the thread but really, they have always been due user misreading the instructions or other similar errors caused by user. Never the method itself.

Kari
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30 Jan 2015   #9
gregrocker

 

I noticed Shawn who wrote the original tutorials on moving User Account and User Folders has been encouraging Libraries.

I personally move User folders into my OneDrive folder, but have spent many hours resetting to Defaults to get them sorted out. Now I like this kind of stuff, but not sure most consumers would.


From User Folders - Change Default Location:

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30 Jan 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Run this command in elevated command prompt (run as admin), take a snip of the result and post it here.

vssadmin list shadowstorage
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