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Windows 7: Upgrade to 7 from Vista....HD space has disappeared

27 Oct 2009   #1
stirling

Windows 7
 
 
Upgrade to 7 from Vista....HD space has disappeared

I upgraded yesterday from Vista to 7. All seems to be working great, except that I noticed my HD now only has about 51G available (out of 160G). That was a huge jump.

I have not been able to locate any "windows.old" folder, but am sure there are some remnants of the Vista install somewhere.

Any ideas on how I can get my space back?


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27 Oct 2009   #2
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Have you ran a Disk Cleanup?
Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

Also check to see if System Restore got a little *jumpy* with the backups
Open Start->Right-Click Computer->Properties->System Protection (In the left panel)->Configure
Post back the amount of Disk Space is being used
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27 Oct 2009   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Suggest you run WinDirStat ( WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics ) to see what is on the disk. Note: that will not show the shadowstorage. For that you have to go into elevated Command Prpmpt and type: VSSADMIN LIST SHADOWSTORAGE.

PS: I would be interested what you find out. Your numbers are kind of unusual.
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27 Oct 2009   #4
stirling

Windows 7
 
 

Well....I just ran the Disk Cleanup utility and found for the first time any Windows files discarded by installation. Once removed, those files, combined with a few others, freed up about 7.5G. I also removed all previous shadowpoints (though I never really created any). Disk usage is about 950MB. Now my C:\ storage is at 73.3 free out of 147 available.
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27 Oct 2009   #5
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stirling View Post
Well....I just ran the Disk Cleanup utility and found for the first time any Windows files discarded by installation. Once removed, those files, combined with a few others, freed up about 7.5G. I also removed all previous shadowpoints (though I never really created any). Disk usage is about 950MB. Now my C:\ storage is at 73.3 free out of 147 available.
Was that about normal or less with Vista?
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27 Oct 2009   #6
stirling

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stirling View Post
Well....I just ran the Disk Cleanup utility and found for the first time any Windows files discarded by installation. Once removed, those files, combined with a few others, freed up about 7.5G. I also removed all previous shadowpoints (though I never really created any). Disk usage is about 950MB. Now my C:\ storage is at 73.3 free out of 147 available.
Was that about normal or less with Vista?
If I remember correctly, I had over 100G available....but I didn't think to check before I began the upgrade.

Windirstat data on the way....
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27 Oct 2009   #7
stirling

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stirling View Post
Well....I just ran the Disk Cleanup utility and found for the first time any Windows files discarded by installation. Once removed, those files, combined with a few others, freed up about 7.5G. I also removed all previous shadowpoints (though I never really created any). Disk usage is about 950MB. Now my C:\ storage is at 73.3 free out of 147 available.
Was that about normal or less with Vista?
If I remember correctly, I had over 100G available....but I didn't think to check before I began the upgrade.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2009   #8
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stirling View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stirling View Post
Well....I just ran the Disk Cleanup utility and found for the first time any Windows files discarded by installation. Once removed, those files, combined with a few others, freed up about 7.5G. I also removed all previous shadowpoints (though I never really created any). Disk usage is about 950MB. Now my C:\ storage is at 73.3 free out of 147 available.
Was that about normal or less with Vista?
If I remember correctly, I had over 100G available....but I didn't think to check before I began the upgrade.

Windirstat data on the way....
Alrighty...you have already recovered ~8GB in space...lets see if anything else is eating space
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27 Oct 2009   #9
stirling

Windows 7
 
 

After reviewing the WinDirStat report, it seems that more than half the space is taken up by the User account (me)...with 20G of music and about 8G of video downloads. Other docs and whatnot make up the 42.5G used space.

Windows takes up about 10.5g

Thanks for the help, guys. I guess I'll just have to utilize my xHD a little more for music.
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27 Oct 2009   #10
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stirling View Post
After reviewing the WinDirStat report, it seems that more than half the space is taken up by the User account (me)...with 20G of music and about 8G of video downloads. Other docs and whatnot make up the 42.5G used space.

Windows takes up about 10.5g

Thanks for the help, guys. I guess I'll just have to utilize my xHD a little more for music.
Glad we could be of assistance!
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