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Win8 taking up too much drive space.

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    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7 Ultimate

    Win8 taking up too much drive space.


    I've been using Win8 CP for about 3 months now, and I'm a bit shocked that my 100Gb partition is almost full. Take note that I have a separate partition for multimedia files other than for OS. I'm also running Win7 on a separate drive and so far it has only taken up around 40+Gb in a span of a little over a year. So I wonder, does Win8 really take up that much space really fast? is it normal? I've already done cleaning up the disk, deleted unused update files, deleted as much trash files I could find.. But still, all I could free is <10gb of space.

    Is there any other way I could free more space? Is there something wrong with my Win8? Or is it really normal that it takes up space that fast? I don't really know much about these things that's why I'm here and I'd appreciate for anyone's thought about this.
    I found a partition tool which allows you to allot free space from one partition to another, but I'm not yet sure whether to use it or not. I guess I just need to hear other people's opinion first.

    Thanks for future responses.

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    What software do you have installed? Do you have your %Users% folder on a separate hard drive?
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  3. #3


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Is it possible that you have plenty of restore points ?

    1. Windows key + Pause/Break key
    2. Click on System Protection and then select C: drive and then click "Configure" - how many GB are reported ?

    You can always clean up all restore points (if system is running OK) and create a new "fresh" restore point.


    There are also free tools to scan and analyze disk space by folders - check to see where disk space is consumed most.
    Last edited by boyans; 09 Jul 2012 at 03:22. Reason: Added scan/analyze disk space usage
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    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7 Ultimate


    @constantG:

    What do you mean "What software... ?" As I've mentioned above I'm running dual boot of Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I have Users folder on both drives. If you were referring to apps, I haven't installed that much. here's a list of what I've installed in Win8 as of now..

    Adobe Flash
    Amd Catalyst
    Chrome
    internet tv wmc
    java
    k-lite
    MediaPlayerClassic hc
    visual c++ 2005 & 2010
    Realtek Hd audio
    Veetle
    Vuze
    Y! messenger

    This is a complete list of my installed programs. Windows auto-aupdate is turned on.
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    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7 Ultimate


    @boyans:

    Now that you've mentioned it, I find it odd.

    System protection is ON
    Current usage: 0 kb
    Max usage: pointed at 0%

    I don't have a restore point. But I remember about three weeks ago when my display was having issues I was able to use system restore at Boot level. I think I might have cleaned it up while I was freeing some space. Well I know its best to have one. Which I hope won't take up that much space..
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  6. #6


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    You can always put a limit on how much space can be consumed by restore - say 2-3 GB is enough.
    Older restore points will be overwritten by new ones when space limit is reached.

    Analyze disk space usage by folders to see where space is consumed most...
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  7. #7


    Posts : 25
    Windows 7


    Turn hibernation off:
    How to turn hibernate completely off?
    Jim
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  8. #8


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7 Ultimate


    @otisdog:

    Thanks man. I freed huge space with this.

    @boyans:

    Right. I created a restore point which occupied around 29Mb. Max Limit is now set to 1.15Gb. I'll see about the disk analyzer. I think I'll try Disk space fan. Thanks.
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    That was my next port of call otisdog
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  10. #10


    Posts : 25
    Windows 7


    It's amazing how much space hibernation can tie-up.
    Jim
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