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hello all. just pieced my new system together.. after first intalling windows, it appeared to take up about 20gb. my 40gb ssd has about 37.5 actualgb, and it had about 17 free right after the install, but now that its done a few updates, and a few days have gone by, i now only have 8 free gb. i am POSITIVE nothing besides windows 7 is on this drive..

so anyone have any suggestions for me next week when its completely full?? im using ultimate, would the home edition take up less space? or is there a setting i can adjust that would help me??
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Sounds like restore points. Mine did something similar till I followed this guide.

Did you make sure that you disabled all things that are useless to have on an SSD?

Link to a guide.
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Indeed, disable system restore, disable hibernation and downsize your pagefile a little and you should be good.
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just switched over to AHCI mode and now it BSODs every time it tries going into windows. i switched it back to IDE and all is fine now. should i have made that swtich before installing windows?? i have no problems with starting all over again.....
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Indeed, disable system restore, disable hibernation and downsize your pagefile a little and you should be good.
+1. I have my pagefile down to just 1GB instead of the default RAM * 1.5 that Windows usually allocates. If all programs could function without the pagefile, I would have disabled it. Alas, there are those that would crash without it.

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just switched over to AHCI mode and now it BSODs every time it tries going into windows. i switched it back to IDE and all is fine now. should i have made that swtich before installing windows?? i have no problems with starting all over again.....
You need to enable MSAHCI drivers in regedit before you switch the SATA ports to AHCI mode in BIOS. Forgot the actual steps to enable it but a Google search should easily bring up the instructions.
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Jakegday View Post
hello all. just pieced my new system together.. after first intalling windows, it appeared to take up about 20gb. my 40gb ssd has about 37.5 actualgb, and it had about 17 free right after the install, but now that its done a few updates, and a few days have gone by, i now only have 8 free gb. i am POSITIVE nothing besides windows 7 is on this drive..

so anyone have any suggestions for me next week when its completely full?? im using ultimate, would the home edition take up less space? or is there a setting i can adjust that would help me??
follow this guide and you'll free up some gb's on that ssd.

http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/o...ation-guide-2/

And, if you want to keep that space free, you can move your users directory to your secondary drive.

http://lifehacker.com/#!5467758/move...y-in-windows-7
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just switched over to AHCI mode and now it BSODs every time it tries going into windows. i switched it back to IDE and all is fine now. should i have made that swtich before installing windows?? i have no problems with starting all over again.....
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WARNING: Double check that you have AHCI in your mobo BIOS before changing. You will NOT be able to boot into IDE mode after changing this setting. This site claims no responsibility for any modifications made as a result of advise afforded herein.
I'm assuming that also goes for the reverse. If it was installed as IDE you cannot swap it back to AHCI without a reinstall.

If it's not too much of a problem I'd suggest reinstalling it. Since it's claimed that AHCI will net a decent amount more performance over IDE.
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post
You need to enable MSAHCI drivers in regedit before you switch the SATA ports to AHCI mode in BIOS. Forgot the actual steps to enable it but a Google search should easily bring up the instructions.
thank you. i googled that, then did that, and now its working fine, in AHCI mode. however you guys still have me wondering if i would still benefit from a clean install?
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8gb sounds about right for having restore points and users folders...My 40gb SSD has 10.2gb free.

You can also designate the amount of space to be used for restore points since they can come in handy for the occasional bad update or bad setting.

In the Start menu, right click "computer" > select "Properties" > click "System Protection" > select your SSD and click "Configure"
     
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I'm assuming that also goes for the reverse. If it was installed as IDE you cannot swap it back to AHCI without a reinstall.
Not true, at least not for Windows 7. I've been switching back and forth between those two modes yesterday when I flashed my SSD's firmware with no issues. Just had to restart it whenever I changed the SATA mode.
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