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Windows 7: Where is my free space?

18 Jun 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The only way to find out is to search systematically.

1. Run WinDirStat as already advised. That will give you the total number of bytes used by the operating system and user files. There you can also explore all folders for details. It does not, however, not show the shadowstorage

2. for that, open an elevated Command Prompt and type (or paste) vssadmin list shadowstorage. That will show you all the space used by restore points.

The results of 1 and 2 together should add to the 42.3GBs. There are no "mystery files" to look for.


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18 Jun 2010   #12
RichTJ99

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Here it is.


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18 Jun 2010   #13
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Turn off hibernation to save 1x system ram in space. WHich can be 4, 8 or 12 gig!

Also move your virtual memory over to a secondary drive with will save you 0.5 to 1x your ram.

If you have 12 gig of ram you will instantly get back 16 gig of space on your C drive.

Search forums for tutorials on each of those options.
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18 Jun 2010   #14
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RichTJ99 View Post
Here it is.
And what is the total C of WinDirStat?
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18 Jun 2010   #15
RichTJ99

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

I guess its the 12gig pagefile?


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18 Jun 2010   #16
RichTJ99

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Turn off hibernation to save 1x system ram in space. WHich can be 4, 8 or 12 gig!

Also move your virtual memory over to a secondary drive with will save you 0.5 to 1x your ram.

If you have 12 gig of ram you will instantly get back 16 gig of space on your C drive.

Search forums for tutorials on each of those options.
Is there a downside to moving the virtual memory off the root drive? Should I just turn it off or down?

I dont really ever use more than 5-6 gigs of ram. I actually accidentally ordered an extra 6gig pack from newegg when I built this & I figured I would just keep it.
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19 Jun 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Your best bet is to reduce the page file to 1 or 2GBs. Chances are it will never be used anyhow. I would not move it to another drive.
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