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Windows 7: 12 GB Missing Drive Space on C Drive?

28 Nov 2012   #1
Prado

Win7 Pro X64
 
 
12 GB Missing Drive Space on C Drive?

A SATA drive is partitioned with 60 GB in the primary partition for the C Drive.

The C Drive reported about 48 GB used and 12 GB free.

Recently got 'low disk space warning' and saw it now reports 100 MB free.

Went and checked properties on all C:\ folders and files and came up with summed total used space of 48 GB.

Is something hidden or is something misreporting?

How do I investigate?

Thank you.

Prado


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28 Nov 2012   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Your pagefile. Your hybernation file.

But if 12 GBs just vanished and you didn`t add anything to the drive, then something is not right.
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28 Nov 2012   #3
kradangel

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Check by going to Computer Management, under Storage, click Disk Management, from there you'll know what is wrong.
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28 Nov 2012   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Install TreeSize Free.

Open Control Panel, Folder Options.
Click on the View tab.
Select or unselect choices as necessary so it looks like this:
Click Apply then OK.

Start TreeSize Free. Click on Scan and select the drive you want to look at.
TreeSize Free will show you where all the space is being used.
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28 Nov 2012   #5
Prado

Win7 Pro X64
 
 

I think I see the page file in the C directory ... it's about 1.2GB, and I included it in my sum.

I don't think I've ever activated hybernation. Wouldn't that file also be 'naked' in the C root directory?

So I guess, something else is wrong.

Prado
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28 Nov 2012   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I forgot windows update backups.
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28 Nov 2012   #7
Prado

Win7 Pro X64
 
 
Thanks for the help.

Thanks for all the help. I found a large file in Windows\ Temp that i deleted.

BTW, my Win 7 install still seems pretty bloated at 17+ GB. What all can be deleted or removed to make it as lean as possible (not counting the Program Files, App Data and Documents, of course!).

Do I really need all those 'Installers?'
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28 Nov 2012   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

15, 16, 17 Gbs is about normal for a NEW install with updates.

What installers ?


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29 Nov 2012   #9
Prado

Win7 Pro X64
 
 

Thanks ... Inside the Windows folder is an Installer Folder ... it's about 1.2 GB on my system. I've searched since I posted, and apparently, it's best to leave it alone. Windows uses it when updating installed programs or to uninstall.
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