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Windows 7: Puzzled by the amount of space Win 7 is using on my SSD

07 Nov 2014   #1
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 
Puzzled by the amount of space Win 7 is using on my SSD

[QUOTE] Recently installed 7 on my new 240GB SSD. I went in to Computer Management to shrink the partition holding 7. I was amazed to see that the install is taking up 137GB+/-of space leaving me with a paltry 30GB or so out of 240! I did extend the partition a bit to make it the 193GB you see in the screenshot.

This makes no sense to me because on my mechanical drive where I had a triple boot, the Win 7 partition was 75GB and hardly half of it was used by the OS and all my programs! So if it was only taking up 35GB to 37GB on the old drive why is it now being such a hog??

Makes no sense to me what is taking up all the space. The install was only done about a week ago and I have 2 more programs to install then I am done. I even let 7 make that System Reserved Partition fwiw, I never had that before either.

I was so tempted to use a 3rd party program to resize that partition to 75GB.....but I was sure there was a reason 7 wouldn't let me do it so I never tried another program.

Very disappointed with the results is all I can say, I am mystified what is taking up all the bleeding space!

Thanks to all in advance!

J T




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07 Nov 2014   #2
caperjack

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

hi, when you go to file manager and right click on the drives icon and go properties what does it show as used space
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07 Nov 2014   #3
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Download Treesize --- TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

You will probably see "Windows Old" -- Move it to a different HDD.


Click Scan for your SSD and see results.
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07 Nov 2014   #4
caperjack

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

why would windows old be on a fresh install of win7 on a new hdd
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07 Nov 2014   #5
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

When I have done a fresh install, on my SSD, Windows Old was included.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/228884/keep_win_old.html
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08 Nov 2014   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Why would you post a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image about losing size on SSD and leave out the most important columns we must see to help you? Do it over please following all steps given.

WinDirStat will also give you a graphic picture of the content. It won't be Windows.old if there was no previous install, unless you did it over and didn't delete the partition first.
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08 Nov 2014   #7
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why would you post a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image about losing size on SSD and leave out the most important columns we must see to help you? Do it over please following all steps given.

WinDirStat will also give you a graphic picture of the content. It won't be Windows.old if there was no previous install, unless you did it over and didn't delete the partition first.
First off I chose the wrong screenshot to send with my post, I agree that one doesn't show the info needed.

I have replaced the original post with a capture done today, and it bears out what I said initially, that on the old drive, Windows and all programs was using about 35-37GB actually if you do the math it's a bit more than that but there is a huge amount of space left, as well there should be. WinDirStat agrees with the Computer Management with approx. 42.35GB used and lots of space left over.

That brings me to my original question as to why I couldn't shrink the C partition to a size lower than 131.75GB? I wanted to make it 75GB but there was no way I could do it. If there is 151GB +/- left why can't I shrink that drive safely?



Thanks for your indulgence and my mistake in posting.


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08 Nov 2014   #8
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
 
 

Some files are unmovable while Windows is running.
That is why you can't shrink the [C] partition as much as you want to using Computer Management.

You can use free Partition Wizard Bootable CD to shrink the Windows [C] partition.
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
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08 Nov 2014   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Concur.
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08 Nov 2014   #10
Tinsby

Dual boot Win7 Pro 64 & Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela"
 
 

Fine thank you both, but will this program allow me to accidentally remove necessary data from the partition? Or does it 'self protect' as Win 7 Management is doing? I don't want to cause damage to a newly built system, I think you both can appreciate that.

Cheers
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