Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Unable to free space on my SSD

17 Dec 2016   #1

Windows 7 (64-bit)
Unable to free space on my SSD

I have Windows 7 Pro 64-bit with a 128gig SSD (C: drive) and 2TB hard drive (D: drive).

Before buying the SSD I made sure it had enough room for the OS and all the installed applications.
I calculated the required space as being 60-70 gig.

But after over a year of use the \Users profiles became huge. Now I have only 130 MB or so free on
the SSD and I am scared about installing any new software, including upgrades to existing

Following your instructions I was able to move the profile from one of my user accounts to
the D 2TB drive. That profile previously had 33 gigabytes, now has 20 Megabytes.

BUT the free space on the SSD is still only about 120 megabytes. I have emptied the Recycle bin
and also erased the restore point, disabled system protection. No increase in available

Does anyone have any idea what is going wrong?

Thanks in advance,

Michael Bate

P.S. The directory C:\ProgramData\VS\ has 17 gigabytes. Not sure what that is, unless VS refers to
Visual Studio.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2016   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hello Michael mate now I don't want to frighten you but I would be backing up all the important data on that drive ASAP because I have an old Toshiba laptop that (some time ago) I was unaware that the hard drive was getting really full until I found I could do nothing with it - whenever I went to delete folders and files - even whole libraries of Music and Documents (after backing them up) I got a message to the effect that Windows does not have enough space to do that - delete stuff etc etc.

Of course this ended up in me backing up what data I could - and doing a complete reinstall. Now I keep a close eye on all my hard drives to check how full they are because I don't want to go through that again.
Now there might be someone who knows of a better way to go about what you want to do - I stand to be corrected of course.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2016   #3

Windows 7 HP 64

Run disk clean up. %windir%\system32\cleanmgr.exe
Delete old files and folders under C:\Windows\Temp (some are in use - skip)
Delete old files and folders under C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.
Delete all files under \Users\<name>\AppData\Local\Temp (some are in use - skip)

Move your virtual memory to D: and set it (Max and min) to 2x memory size.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 Dec 2016   #4

Windows 7 x64

Hi MichaelBate

You need to do some organizing &or housekeeping on your computers.

Do move data, pictures, video, documents to the 2 TB HDD, as it is a waste if not fully using it.

For the C:\ with only 120 GB then just leave all the program and application only.

As Megahertz07 mentioned, pagefile can move to HDD as this will release plenty of space.
And do regular housekeeping to remove temp files & folders, for the new temp files & folders to occupy.

As ICIT2LOL the need to do backup not only for the data.

So, as what ICIT2LOL mentioned, i would suggest you to do the backup on the OS system, regular to prevent crash and other unfortunate incidents.

If not, you may have to re-install not only the System, and those other program and application.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2016   #5

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

AND as an extra
Do not use hibernation/sleep if you turn your comp of regularly.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2016   #6

Windows 7 HP 64

I have a 128 G SSD with 83G to Win7 and 35G to Linux and it's plenty of space as I moved \Users to D: during installation.
You should use Kari tutorial to move C:\Users folder to D:\Users folder. It's very easy when installing Win 7 but it can be done after installation (see Relocate W8). It moves all folder and sub folder.
The Kari tutorial was written to Win 8 but also apply to win 7.
READ the tutorial carefully.
Modify the cmd's to your needs. When you're ready to use, take out the txt sufix.

Attached Files
File Type: txt Sysprep.cmd.txt (143 Bytes, 1 views)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2016   #7

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

AND as an extra
Do not use hibernation/sleep if you turn your comp of regularly.
Yep I agree with Roy I never leave my machines running 24/7 anyway if only because of worrying about fire risks and risk being hit with a power surge. My machines all fire up pretty quick in any case so I only bother with the sleep mode - if I think to
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Unable to free space on my SSD

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to shift all free space on hard disk to get contigous free space?
My NTFS non-system partition is now almost well defragmented. However this applies only to small and medium sized files. There are still approx 40 big files (> 1 GB) which cannot be defragmented because there is no free single (!) space slot where they fit in. So I need a way to shift all...
Performance & Maintenance
Unable to Delete 'Free Space' in Disk Management
Hello to everyone who might see this. I had a problem when I decided to remove Ubuntu from a dual-boot system. When I removed GRUB and deleted the blank named partitions that were in Disk Management, the equivalent space of those two was shown as 'Free Space'. I proceeded to delete it, but the...
Performance & Maintenance
Why did I suddenly go from 2GB free space to 30GB free space??
Hi, for months my C: (120 SSD) had only 2GB left of free space. So I finally purchased a 250GB SSD to replace it with. I received the drive last week and the box has been sitting on my desk. This morning I noticed that all of a sudden my C: drive is no longer in the red... I now have 30GB of free...
General Discussion
Unable to increase free space on Recovery Disk "E"
I got the warning msg that my drive "E" (system restore) was almost full. I did a disk cleanup, and a delete all restore points (including system...). After deleting approx 25 restore points and I've deleted down to 2 currently (new ones) and the only way I could get them to go was with CCleaner,...
General Discussion
Unable to Format a free partition space in WIN 7...
Hi... im having this prob where a total of 40GB of space out of 160Gb in my HD cant be formatted. I were using Windows Vista before upgrading it into Win 7.... I had 3 partitions ( c:, d:, & N:)... All 3 of it works perfectly. The only problem im facing here is with this 40GB of free space which i...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:49.
Twitter Facebook Google+