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how much space does windows 8 take??

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    how much space does windows 8 take??


    Hello Brink and all of you!
    Third time with you (Seven, Vista and now Eight)
    I just got a new PC with W8 (bought by me) installed. Machine made on my design, so without branded software such as HP, Compaq, etc.. It.s a "monster PC"
    Looking at the C drive (128GB SSD) I was shocked:
    Used space: 76.8 GB
    Free space: 34.5 GB
    Capacity: 111 GB
    How is it possible that the operating system only occupies 77 GB?
    please give me a hand.
    Thanks in advance

    Lio

    PS sorry for my bad english....

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    Hello Lio, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Did you do a clean install?

    Double check to see if you may have a C:\Windows.old folder. If so, you could delete it to free up a nice amount of space.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Hi Shawn, nice to meet you again
    The computer is completely new assembled, so it's impossible to have any old version.
    I'm writing from my old computer with W7 now because the new one is still without any antivirus or connection.
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    It's good to see you again as well.

    Go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window to see if anything may standout as using space.

    In the meantime, you might see if the tutorial below may be able to help ID what's using up your hard drive space.

    Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    It's good to see you again as well.

    Go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window to see if anything may standout as using space.

    In the meantime, you might see if the tutorial below may be able to help ID what's using up your hard drive space.

    Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover - Windows 7 Help Forums
    I think I have figured out where the problem might be.
    Having 64 GB of Ram could be the pagefile and hiberfil.sys.
    So I have to move the paging file on a different drive, but before I need to move the whole OS from this drive to another one.
    The store have mistakenly installed 8 on the 120GB SSD when it should be on the 256 GB SSD for a chance to even put 7 in a second partition on the same SSD.
    According to you, considering that the PC has just arrived and nothing has been installed over W8, can I move it in that way? with True image?
    Do you have some suggestions for me?

    Thanks
    Lio
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    Yep, with 64 GB of RAM, that would make a very large page file. You might consider reducing the size of the page file instead of moving it though.

    If you like, you could also do a clean install of your upgrade Windows 8 to where you wanted it instead.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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    Acronis True Image would work though. I've done it several times, moving from a spinner to my 128GB SSD.
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    Was a long time user of Acronis and found out what it does according to this: Leftover Drivers? | Knowledge Base. I no longer use it,

    Have been using a free version of Macrium and very happy with it: Macrium Reflect Free - CNET Download.com. It is very easy to use, nice interface and faster than Acronis.
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    Hi there
    Faster is "relative" -- also you have to take into account that Free Macrium runs from a boot disk so don't forget to add the time shutting down and then starting up your system again (unless of course you are doing an OS rather than a data disk restore).

    You also need to shut down the OS when backing it up -- Acronis can back up while you are still working.

    I did have trouble with W8 Enterprise x-64 and Macrium -- whether they've fixed it or not I don't know. As far as Acronis is concerned - yes the OLD interface such as in Acronis TI 9 was far far better than the modern interface -- that seems to be the trend these day though -- take the W8 Metro GUI itself for example - ATH 2012 was a complete and utter disaster from beginning to end but ATH 2013 seems to work reliably again (still prefer the old clean interface of TI 9 though).

    Remember also the Free Macrium edition doesn't backup data / folders - while backing up the OS IS important you shouldn't forget your DATA files too -- OK these can be backed up in groups / over a period but it should be done and macrium can only backup the entire disk and it doesn't work with SPANNED VOLUMES -- I have several volumes spanned that Windows sees as a single volume.

    I find it's easier to handle large music libraries / multi-media data using spanned volumes -- most music playing apps seem to come unstuck if your libraries are larger than a single volume - and I have loads of 500 / 750 GB spinners on my server so spanning for me makes sense. These music apps like windows treat "spanned Volumes" as a single volume so you could get up to a volume containing nearly 1PB ( 1000 X 1 TB) if you were mad enough to want it. !!

    To the OP - I have a load of applications including Photoshop CS6 and Ms office with VISIO and PROJECT as well as other applications on my system and the entire Windows system only takes around 55 GB on my 128 GB SSD. I can't see even a HUGE installation needing 60 GB or more.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Faster is "relative" -- also you have to take into account that Free Macrium runs from a boot disk so don't forget to add the time shutting down and then starting up your system again (unless of course you are doing an OS rather than a data disk restore).
    1. Not true, Free Macrium can do a complete system backup online without using boot disk.
    2. Since I don't have the Enterprise Edition so I can not make any comment on that but most people in this forum are using Windows 8 Pro.
    3. To restore Windows OS. You need to boot from the boot disk whether using Acronis or Macrium so what is the difference ? but one thing I know booting from Macrium Boot disk is faster than booting from Acronis Boot disk.
    4. If you are willing to pay for full version of Macrium like you did for Acronis then you can backup your data/folder however way you want. It would not be fair to compare between free and paid.
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