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System Restore Took 20 Gigs of Hard Drive Space

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    Windows 8.1

    System Restore Took 20 Gigs of Hard Drive Space


    I just installed Windows 8.1 on my system (from Windows 8) and had to restore to an earlier time (to one from earlier today). The issue is that my solid state hard drive was reduced by about 20 Gigs! I even deleted the other restore points and rebooted, but my hard drive has about 136 gigs of space. Before the restore, it was 156.

    Does windows restore really eat up this much hard drive space? Is there a way to get it back?

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    Hi there and welcome to eightforums,I dont think a restoration would "cost" you 20 Gigs,was there a big game installed while you made that restore point?You could always install TreeSize and see where all of your disk consumption goes.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by proudtobegreek View Post
    Hi there and welcome to eightforums,I dont think a restoration would "cost" you 20 Gigs,was there a big game installed while you made that restore point?You could always install TreeSize and see where all of your disk consumption goes.
    Hi, Thanks for your response. No, I didn't install any additional games or anything. My SSD size went from 156 to 135 right after the restore. I used tree size and it shows that I have a massive pagefile.sys file (32 gigs) that's even bigger than the hiberfil.sys file (25.6 gigs).

    Can doing one restore enlarge both files by a total of 20 gigs?
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    As far as i know it should have not but it did as stated.Shrink your pagefile according to your total RAM (that's where filling out system specs would help) and reclaim your Gig's.Hopefully problem solved.If you do not hibernate your system,check out our admin's Power Options Menu - Add or Remove Sleep or Hibernate in Windows 8 and get 25 additional giga's back.Cheers!
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by proudtobegreek View Post
    As far as i know it should have not but it did as stated.Shrink your pagefile according to your total RAM (that's where filling out system specs would help) and reclaim your Gig's.Hopefully problem solved.If you do not hibernate your system,check out our admin's Power Options Menu - Add or Remove Sleep or Hibernate in Windows 8 and get 25 additional giga's back.Cheers!
    Hi, thanks so much again. Yes, I have 32 gigs of memory, and that's the exact size of my pagefile size, although I didn't change the settings for it. Maybe system restore has to use a large portion of this pagefile memory, and that's why the hard drive size was reduced by about 20 gigs? Just wondering.
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    Or you "had" it on,lets say system managed,tweaked it afterwards and by restoring,it "turned back" at default.Anyway,i havent used system restore since the XP ages,but certainly do not recall any twenty gig's of use by simply restoring.Something triggered that misuse,i think you got your precious SSD-space back,way to expansive (still) to let it be used simply for swapping.I personally have 8 giga RAM nad gave it another two,just to have an even number in task manager.
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