so your saying its not xpress recovery2 that has taken up so much space? I did not do a clean install I simply moved my ssd over from old rig, and had twice as much free space before I moved over. I can't think of any thing else that could have taken up that much space. I installed acronis true image 2013 but it does the back up to an external drive, so I'm baffled. I have run cccleaner and deleted all temp files and such. would perhaps xpress recovery2 create a "hidden" file on C? I ask as reading about it, it says it ONLY backs up the main partition and it places the backup at the end of said partition, but I do not see it.