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Win8 taking up too much drive space.

  1. #11


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    Quick thought have you got a windows old folder mine was 18GB following an upgrade before I got rid of it.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7 Ultimate


    Quote Originally Posted by besb View Post
    Quick thought have you got a windows old folder mine was 18GB following an upgrade before I got rid of it.
    yes i do have one.. but its empty. I installed win8 on a fresh partition.. thanks anyway. (••)
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  3. #13


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    How much RAM do you have? Your pagefile may be a bit on the large side. While I don't normally suggest that it is manually set, if you are concerned about space, you may want to adjust it.
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  4. #14


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    Another place you can clean up is under C:/windows/softwareDistribution/download, this is where Windows Update stores all its updates, it is safe to remove after updates.

    I also have both windows 7 & 8 on 2 separate drives and install the same number of apps in both, they are both occupy the same amount of space. And looking at the list you have apps installed, I have a lot more installed and they are only 36 GB.

    What about Windows dump files ? these files can occupy a lot of space too.

    Here is a shortcut for cleanup extended, I bet you can free up some more space after running it.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7 Ultimate


    hey guys, thanks for your time even though this is an old thread. i finally did an analysis on disk space usage. I only learned about it a few mins ago.

    so here's the culprit..
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    backup files.. now i dont know how to deal with this. any thoughts? thanks

    *** and by the way, i went to file history and found out that it was disabled. recovery was also disabled, i guess it automatically disabled because there wasn't enough space anymore? also went to windows 7 file recovery and that too wasn't set up. ***

    so is it okay to delete this file and then set up file history/recovery? if so, how do i delete it?
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  6. #16


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    The Backup folder is not part of Windows, so just right click and delete it.
    I guess at one point you did set up the backup & schedule,
    Usually you set up so that it backup to another HD or an external HD. What happens if you cannot boot Windows
    and how you gonna recover your data ?
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  7. #17


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7 Ultimate


    yeah I guess I did. I remember checking it out a while back and I forgot that I haven't set it up properly. thanks dude.
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7 Ultimate


    well what the hell?? I'm actually using less than 12Gb and all the rest was just taken because of that backup mistake.

    and that ends it.. thanks everyone.. to @boyans if only I did what you suggested back then and learned about disk space analysis it wouldn't have gotten this far..

    again thanks everyone..
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