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  1. #21


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    Here it is Shawn. Please see the screenshots attached (hope the figures will be visible). There's actually quite some discrepancy in the used space on both C: and D: drive.
    WinDirStat puts the amount of used space at 36.5GB for C: and 34.2GB for D: drive.
    According to File Explorer, however, the used space is 46GB for C: and 67GB for D: drive. I'm wondering why that is.
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  2. #22


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    Tomas,

    As a test, set Windows to show you hidden system files to see if you may be able to spot what's using the space afterwards. The hidden files will be faded.

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  3. #23


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    Apparently WinDirStat shows nearly the same numbers after I made the hidden files visible. Or should I look elsewhere for the information as to what takes up that extra space?
    Just as a note, the PC is a few weeks old and has been used sparingly so far, but at any rate it seems to me that the amount of the occupied space is growing disproportionately.

    In File Explorer, I've now specifically checked the size of the previously hidden files, and there's absolutely nothing that could explain the large discrepancies between the numbers above. What a mystery this is.
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  4. #24


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    I must admit that I'm not sure where the missing space is at.
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  5. #25


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    Windows 8.1


    Thank you for your effort anyway. :-( I might be a little naive, but is there any way I could get somebody from Microsoft to look into what's going on, obviously free of charge via some sort of remote assistance?

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    I must admit that I'm not sure where the missing space is at.
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  6. #26


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    Nar, their support isn't free.
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  7. #27


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    So I ran TreeSize Free and found what WinDirStat hadn't been able to find before. The RECYCLE.BIN on D: drive contained some 30GB (i.e. the windows image backup folder that I'd deleted before), so I right-clicked on the folder and deleted it. It has zero GB now and the unaccounted-for space was found.

    However, another culprit is this SYSTEM VOLUME INFORMATION file which keeps growing at a massive pace. How do I fix this? I'm coming across conflicting information as to whether I can simply delete it or alternatively at least reduce its size.
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  8. #28


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    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Check your System Protection (System Restore) see what size it's allowing for restore points.

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  9. #29


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    Good news so far Tomas.

    A corrupted Recycle Bin accounts for the old WindowsImageBackup folder then.

    As Ronster posted above, System Volume Information would be for restore points.
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  10. #30


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    Windows 8.1


    Strangely enough, the system protection was turned off by default for the D: drive, yet the system volume information on that drive contained several GBs of data. This is based on an assumption that system protection and system volume information are related. Or am I missing something here and the two things are unrelated? At any rate, I've removed the restore points for the D: drive and the system volume information folder on the D: drive is at zero GB.

    What size in percentage terms should I allow for the restore points (for C: drive and if applicable also for D: drive)? One should probably require only one restore point as more than one would likely be an overkill, right?

    Thank you!
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