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Windows 7: Why does my C drive fluctuate with storage?

12 Aug 2010   #21
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

OK so I took a screenshot of the current usage of C Drives - do you think I should turn off the system protection - will that free up the C Drive?

Also, i think I ought to delete restore points? That ought to have the same effect?

Thanks!




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12 Aug 2010   #22
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

It looks to me that this is already a 160gb HD in a laptop, correct ?
with 4 partitions & the 100mb reserve partition for boot backup.
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12 Aug 2010   #23
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Y0u could do that. But that means that literally thousands of potential problems that can be easily fixed with system restore will be made unfixable, or will need to be fixed with a much more difficult method.
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12 Aug 2010   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
OK so I took a screenshot of the current usage of C Drives - do you think I should turn off the system protection - will that free up the C Drive?

Also, i think I ought to delete restore points? That ought to have the same effect?

Thanks!
It looks like it is turned off because there are zero bytes used. With the current size of your C, I would not turn it on (although I would generally favor turning it on). You just do not have enough space on C. I suggest you do imaging to an external disk instead: Imaging with free Macrium
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12 Aug 2010   #25
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If it was me, I'd get PartedMagic, and delete those middle two partitions that don't have letters assigned to them. Then, I'd expand the C partition out to use that free unallocated space. The would nearly double your total C drive space. As I suspected near the beginning of this thread, the drive partitioning is done incorrectly.
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12 Aug 2010   #26
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

The drive without a letter assigned houses linux ubuntu whilst the 2.20 gig I am not sure what this is....

I have uploaded the new screenshot to explain


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13 Aug 2010   #27
Curzon

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
I would still advise a bigger hard drive. They are not that expensive right now. an 80G IDE HDD would cost about 25-30 bucks.

I am not sure what your system is compatible with though.

Big time agree.
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13 Aug 2010   #28
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Curzon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
I would still advise a bigger hard drive. They are not that expensive right now. an 80G IDE HDD would cost about 25-30 bucks.

I am not sure what your system is compatible with though.

Big time agree.
Actually, this is a Panasonic Toughbook laptop - good luck finding a larger 2.5" HDD for less than $200.
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13 Aug 2010   #29
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

He has a 160GB HDD if you read the 22nd post in thread. I read his initial post and thought the drive was 20GB total
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14 Aug 2010   #30
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

OK thanks so much everyone for the really helpful replies.

Here is my plan - can u guys confirm if this is possible and do-able with ease?

So I take an image of the C and D Drives - reformat the entire machine, re-make the partitions and then reinstall the images of C and D?

That sound ok and do-able with minor headaches?

Surely replacing the hard-drive would have the same above effect no?

Thanks very much !
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