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#1 Sike1

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 12:32 AM

And i figured it would reformat, and give me a fresh install, with nothing but windows 7 on it.

It did not
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All i have on this computer right now is avira antivir, ad aware, spyware blaster, comodo and spybot S&D. When i hit properties on my c drive, it says im using 78.4 GB of HD space.

How is this so?

I did a disk cleanup, once i realised that it didnt really fresh install, and i removed "windows.old" folder, which was 47GB.

Where is all of my space?

Thanks :huh:

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:30 AM

It sounds like you did a free upgrade to Windows 7. That is very different from a clean install. An upgrade keeps all your programs, files, settings, etc...but updates the operating system. The "windows.old" folder is what is left over after an upgrade. You can safely delete it to regain some drive space.

Open up Programs and Features from the Control Panel and give the list it has (to see whether or not you did a clean install).

To find out what is using all the space, open up your C: drive and right click each folder (one at a time) and look at the Properties. This will tell you what main parts of your computer all taking up all the space (Windows, Program Files, User files, etc...). My User files are the largest at 19.0GB (I have a lot of pictures and videos), next is Windows at 11.0 GB, and finally Program Files with 4.27GB. I'm using a total of 41.3GB (not counting my virtual machines which are on a separate partition).

78.4GB - 47GB = 31.4GB which sounds like normal usage after an upgrade (a clean install would be less, but that doesn't sound like what you did). It is possible to do a clean install off of an upgrade disk if you want.

I need to do a clean install myself (but I'll need a new $100 copy of Office :huh: ).

Hope that helps. :huh:
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:24 PM

I had already removed windows.old though. :huh:

Each folder in the C Drive, Name, Size as follows....

"$HPW7UA$" = 528 MB
"blocks" = 0 KB
"f747addc29b2288a01143847686e73b9" = 1.98 MB
"i386" = 8 KB
"intel" = 28 KB
"perflogs" = 0 kB
"program files" = 490 MB
"program files (x86) = 248 MB
"users" - 680MB
"windows" = 11.1 GB

Thats my entire C drive.

I dunno where all the HD space went.

Do you have any otrher ideas?

I didnt defragment when i deleted the "windows.old" folder, think that could be the culprit?

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:36 PM

You may want to start by running chkdsk /f

Restart your computer.

Download Ccleaner (by Piriform) and run the cleaner.

See if that helps.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:56 PM

You may want to start by running chkdsk /f

Restart your computer.

Download Ccleaner (by Piriform) and run the cleaner.

See if that helps.



Did both of those before i even posted this.

I just wish i knew where all that HD space went.

Edited by Sike1, 06 January 2010 - 01:56 PM.


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Posted 06 January 2010 - 02:01 PM

So what's your question or problem? Does the space used plus the space free equal the expected capacity of the drive?

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 02:13 PM

So what's your question or problem? Does the space used plus the space free equal the expected capacity of the drive?



No no, its that i installed windows 7 over vista, deleted "windows.old", and still for some reason have 78 GB of space being used, but i odnt know what is using it.

Nothing in my C drive even amounts to 15 GB, so its a bleep ton of space, practically lost in limbo.

I just wanna free it up somehow.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:05 PM

Try using WinDirStat to find out what's using your space. http://windirstat.sourceforge.net/

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:38 PM

Biggest ones are "windows" folder = 10.6 GB, and "files" 7.0 GB

Rest is all Mb's and KB's

This is really confusing.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:40 PM

I FIGURED IT OUT!!!!!!!

I had to delete the system restore point with vista on it. Its down to 25 GB now.

Thanks for all your help guys! :huh:

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:48 PM

10 gig is the right size for your windows folder -- we want to leave that alone anyway.

The <files> entry is the root of C: It should be about the same size as your page file (virtual memory). If you expand that the <files> "folder," how big is your pagefile.sys? If it's 7 gig-ish, you can reduce the size of your virtual memory to 2 gig and free up 5 gig. Otherwise, look for a big file under <files> and try to figure out why it's there.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:49 PM

Also, i seemed to have somehow "lost" the ability to hover over the Internet explorer icon on the bottom left, and be able to see the actual pages that are open. It now looks like a bunch of links.

Any idea how to make those come back?

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:49 PM

Good deal! Thanks for posting the solution.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:52 PM

Aero was somehow turned off. Go to Control Panel, Personalization and switch from a basic theme to an Aero theme.

Edited by Bolsterplate, 06 January 2010 - 03:53 PM.





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