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How to free up space on your SSD without deleting anything

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Here are two tips that could free up a large amount of space on your SSD (basically depending on how much memory you have installed).

Step 1) Decrease the size of the Windows page file. This will free up disk space usually equal to the size of your total memory (if you leave it at default settings).

  1. Right click Computer and then select Properties
  2. In the left pane select Advanced system settings
  3. In the window that opens click the Settings button under the Performance box and then select the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Change button and select the drive where your page file currently is (typically defaults C:)
  5. Select Custom size and fill the initial as well as the maximum size of your page file to be 1024MB which is more than plenty if you have more than 4GB of RAM
  6. When ready click Set and then Ok (it will ask you to restart to confirm changes, then you will get your space back after restart).


Step 2) Disable hibernation - will free up disk space exactly the size of your total amount of memory (this one takes effect instantly)

  1. Click the Start button and type "cmd"
  2. Right click on cmd and select "Run as administrator"
  3. In the opened command prompt window type the following "powercfg –h off" (without quotes) and then press Enter

I was able to go from 60GB free to 90GB using these tips previously, thus allowing me to install two large games + DLC on my 240GB SSD that also has a Windows install, programs and applications

Technically you don't need a large page file if you have more than 4GB of memory, since most people have 8-16GB these days. It's pretty much not a necessity. Some people say you can even disable the page file completely but there are certain programs that require it so it's best to allocate a small amount of memory to it instead. Also, you don't need hibernation enabled because it's mostly a feature for laptops.

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Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 7/30/16 at 9:33pm
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Nothing new here, but there are certainly some newer SSD users who don't already know these things because they didn't go through the days of tiny SSDs like my old 30GB OCZ Vertex, where these were absolutely necessary parts of SSD ownership.

Another tip would be to enable NTFS compression on the Windows Installer repository, and other things that you need to keep on the system, but that really don't need high performance. Makes a substantial difference, especially on older installs of Windows.

It is also a good idea to make a backup system image that is just a clean install with any customization and configuration already completed, and any data/software that you know you will basically always need. That way you can always reload that image to get back to a nice clean and usable state with very little effort or downtime. Not only is this a good idea in general, but old updates, uninstalled software, etc can all leave junk behind that bloat up your hard drive, which can be particularly meaningful on a small SSD. Returning to that clean image will clear out all that bloat while still retaining the stuff you actually need.

Stripping out unnecessary windows components is also useful, although that does involve deleting things, so isn't quite strictly on topic.
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Nothing new here, but there are certainly some newer SSD users who don't already know these things because they didn't go through the days of tiny SSDs like my old 30GB OCZ Vertex, where these were absolutely necessary parts of SSD ownership.

Another tip would be to enable NTFS compression on the Windows Installer repository, and other things that you need to keep on the system, but that really don't need high performance. Makes a substantial difference, especially on older installs of Windows.

It is also a good idea to make a backup system image that is just a clean install with any customization and configuration already completed, and any data/software that you know you will basically always need. That way you can always reload that image to get back to a nice clean and usable state with very little effort or downtime. Not only is this a good idea in general, but old updates, uninstalled software, etc can all leave junk behind that bloat up your hard drive, which can be particularly meaningful on a small SSD. Returning to that clean image will clear out all that bloat while still retaining the stuff you actually need.

Stripping out unnecessary windows components is also useful, although that does involve deleting things, so isn't quite strictly on topic.

Yeah I know it's not exactly new, as I made a similar thread on another forum a few years back but never made one here so figured I would go ahead and do that for anyone who doesn't know these tips.

But appreciate your additions to the thread.
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i use this

net user administrator /active:yes

powercfg -h off


secpol.msc in the Start Menu

Local Policies
Security Options.
User Account Control:
Run all administrators in Admin approval mode.
disabled


REMOVE METRO APPS
POWERSHELL:

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online

fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify

DisableDeleteNotify = 1 (Windows TRIM commands are disabled)
DisableDeleteNotify = 0 (Windows TRIM commands are enabled)






COMPACT.EXE /CompactOS:always

Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /SPSuperseded
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