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Windows 7: Windows 7: Disk Cleanup fails for small capacity hard drives

30 Apr 2018   #1
GuglyBu

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Windows 7: Disk Cleanup fails for small capacity hard drives

I have a followup question to this thread, that to my understanding is not answered since the thread is marked as solved:

My problem is that disk cleanup does not delete "Windows update cleanup", even though it says it can delete more than 7GB of data (disk cleanup terminated during the progress bar). I read in the thread that it may happen due to low available space in the hard drive, and I'm pretty sure that this is my problem (as I only have 4.5GB available on the drive, and I canceled out any other causes I could find online and in the spoken thread). However, my problem is that my hard drive is of very small capacity - only 102GB, so I cannot free enough space for the disk cleanup to work, as most of the space is taken by Windows itself (I uninstalled every program I had installed, deleted all my files, canceled hibernate and freed as much space as I could).

How can I make disk cleanup delete those files, assuming I cannot free enough space? Is there a way of deleting these files manually?

(Also, buying a new hard drive is not an option)

Thanks a lot.


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30 Apr 2018   #2
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

You might want to consider getting some free online storage to move all of your documents, pictures, MP3 files, and other personal data to, in order to clean up the drive some more.

Another option would be to get as big of a name-brand flash drive as you can afford, and connect that to your computer. You can move some stuff onto there.

This may free up enough space in order that Disk Cleanup will run successfully.

Then after it runs, move your stuff back onto your hard drive.
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30 Apr 2018   #3
GuglyBu

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
You might want to consider getting some free online storage to move all of your documents, pictures, MP3 files, and other personal data to, in order to clean up the drive some more.

Another option would be to get as big of a name-brand flash drive as you can afford, and connect that to your computer. You can move some stuff onto there.

This may free up enough space in order that Disk Cleanup will run successfully.

Then after it runs, move your stuff back onto your hard drive.
Thanks for the reply.
I have moved all my personal data, uninstalled everything etc. That did not free enough space for Disk cleanup to run successfully.
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30 Apr 2018   #4
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

GuglyBu. When you uninstalled those programs & disabled Hibernate, did you reboot the computer. After uninstalling programs etc. it is necessary to reboot so the uninstall completes.
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30 Apr 2018   #5
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi GuglyBu,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GuglyBu View Post
I have moved all my personal data, uninstalled everything etc. That did not free enough space for Disk cleanup to run successfully.
I know this might sound strange but try defragging the hard drive. Then reboot the computer.

I hope this helps!
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30 Apr 2018   #6
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

How much free space do you have on your HDD? Windows 7 x64 only requires 20GB of drive space.
Something doesn't sound right here, how much free space do you have?

Disk Cleanup many times will not complete unless you reboot.
Here is a nice little tutorial by Bare Foot Kid.
Disk Cleanup : Extended
Another one by Brink.
Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
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02 May 2018   #7
GuglyBu

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you all for your replies.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
GuglyBu. When you uninstalled those programs & disabled Hibernate, did you reboot the computer. After uninstalling programs etc. it is necessary to reboot so the uninstall completes.
I rebooted my computer. Still didn't help.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi GuglyBu,



I know this might sound strange but try defragging the hard drive. Then reboot the computer.

I hope this helps!
I did not try defragging my hard drive, but since it is an SSD I am reluctant to, as for my best knowledge defragging is harmful for SSD.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
How much free space do you have on your HDD? Windows 7 x64 only requires 20GB of drive space.
Something doesn't sound right here, how much free space do you have?

Disk Cleanup many times will not complete unless you reboot.
Here is a nice little tutorial by Bare Foot Kid.
Disk Cleanup : Extended
Another one by Brink.
Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
This is interesting. Windows folder (on C:/) takes 79.1GB, and with all the Toshiba (my laptop's brand) programs and drivers I couldn't free more than ~10GB (could be a bit more, but Disk cleanup still failed).
I am interested as for why my Windows folder takes almost 80GB when you say it should take 20GB. Unfortunately, I do not know what takes most of the space and what is safe to delete.

Moreover, I followed the guides you had posted but they didn't help, as I encountered the very same problem.

Thanks a lot!
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02 May 2018   #8
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi GuglyBu,

These will show you how your files are distributed on your HDD and what they are:

WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

Antibody Software - WizTree finds the files and folders using the most disk space on your hard drive

I hope this helps!
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02 May 2018   #9
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi GuglyBu,

I did not realise that you had an SSD!

It might be beneficial for you to fill in your system specs so that we have a better idea of what you are running and therefore be able to give you the correct advice!

SevenForums tutorial link for How to See Your System Specs with System Info.
It will also fill out your system specs for you:

System Info - See Your System Specs.

I hope this helps!
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02 May 2018   #10
GuglyBu

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi GuglyBu,

These will show you how your files are distributed on your HDD and what they are:

WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

Antibody Software - WizTree finds the files and folders using the most disk space on your hard drive

I hope this helps!
Thanks! This actually helped me analyze my windows folder. I now know what folders inside Windows folder take most of the space (see screenshot), but from a quick search on the web I couldn't find a safe way of deleting some of the files in them.

If I uninstall all the programs I installed, delete all my personal files etc. I can free roughly ~12-13GB, which is still not enough for Disk cleanup to run successfully.

I really do appreciate your help guys, thanks!


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