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I have a 30gb OCZ SSD and a 500gb HDD. My SDD is getting uncomfortably full. When I first installed Windows 7 and a couple of everyday programs that I use on it I had about 7GB of space left on it. over the past few months it has been eaten up without me (knowingly) putting anything on it. Yesterday after a windows update (which included Microsoft.NET Framework 4 client profile KB2533523 which i uninstalled to try and restore space) it went from 3.5gb of free space down to 2.6gb of free space and the C drive graph turned red. So I went looking for ways to free up space and found that I could disable hibernate and I did. After doing so my free space went up to 8.7gb, but today it installed the same update from yesterday that I uninstalled and now I'm down to 1.9gb of free space and that is with me again uninstalling that update. I also went into cmd to make sure the hibernate didnt get turned back on somehow and t did not, in fact now it will not let me turn hibernate on because it is too low on space, so now I have very little space left and I'm wondering what is using up all this space?

Also if I click on My Computer it shows that I am using 27.67GB of the available 29.7, but if I click on the C drive then highlight all the folders in it and click properties it says there is only 24.4GB (size on disk)
Edited by stang3O2 - 12/30/11 at 10:53pm
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Page file = the amount of RAM you have too.

Run CCleaner? Disk clean up?

Look over my optimization guide?
www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds
post #3 of 18
Here are some things I do to free disk space.
1. If you have more tan 8GB of ram turn pagefile off completely or decrease it to minimal levels (500MB - 1GB). Howto
2. Run CCleaner and make sure all web browsers are closed when you do (Task manager > close chrome.exe if it is still running). Temporary internet files can chomp up a good bit of space.
3. Run Windirstat to find where any big files may be residing on your disk, be careful what you delete though. This is a powerful tool; If what you want to delete isn't something you purposefully downloaded at some point, removing the file might screw up system operation.
4. Empty windows update download cache. These files are located here: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
This last step should be unnecessary if windows is updating properly, but if it has downloaded a service pack that has failed to install they might have been left behind in this folder and take up a large amount of disk space.
Good luck, be careful, and happy hunting!
Edited by compmaster - 12/30/11 at 11:10pm
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I had tried the Disk cleanup and CCleaner with no luck in recovering space, I just changed the page files to 0 and gained 8GB of space by doing so. Thanks!
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Does anyone know what would have happened to my space I gained then lost the next day by disabling hibernation? That space is gone now and I can't turn hibernation back on due to too little space

Also this morning I had 10.1GB of free space and now 2 tours later after only web browsing and running CCleaner my free space is down to 9.33GB, no updates or downloads. This makes no sense to me at this pace my SDD will be completely full in a matter of days while not doing anything but web browsing
Edited by stang3O2 - 12/31/11 at 9:30am
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Use WindirStat to find large files. It will sort everything by size and directory so you can see what's eating your space.
http://windirstat.info/
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Thanks for the suggestion, I downloaded it and this is what it gave me, does this look normal to you?

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It does look right, you are using a 30GB SSD so there's not really a lot of room there frown.gif
The only suggestion is to go to add/remove windows features and remove some items you don't use. But in all honesty, you're not going to free up a bunch. 30gb is 30gb and Windows doesn't exactly have a small footprint.
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Thanks, I just noticed something. I just downloaded Tweetdeck to the SSD before I downloaded it I had 9.25GB left, after the download it had 8.75GB CNET said the download size was 13.39MB so it should not have used that much space, but then I uninstalled it and it only went up to 8.79GB, this is just like the updates that i uninstalled where it would take a bunch of space when it downloaded it but when i uninstalled it, it barley gained a fraction of the space back. Shouldn't I get all the space back if I uninstall it?
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Thanks, I just noticed something. I just downloaded Tweetdeck to the SSD before I downloaded it I had 9.25GB left, after the download it had 8.75GB CNET said the download size was 13.39MB so it should not have used that much space, but then I uninstalled it and it only went up to 8.79GB, this is just like the updates that i uninstalled where it would take a bunch of space when it downloaded it but when i uninstalled it, it barley gained a fraction of the space back. Shouldn't I get all the space back if I uninstall it?

It may have left some items behind, or other programs might be taking up space. For example the temporary files from your internet browser. Download and run CCleaner, which will scan and remove all these unnecessary files. We use it at work everyday and I've seen it free up 16GB off some old XP boxes. Worth a shot:
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard
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