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C drive nearly full, WinDirStat issues


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#1 unrecreational

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 12:09 AM

Hi,

Bear with me, for I'm a layman in terms of computers for the most part.

I have a Dell Optiplex 980. When I right-click my C drive, it says that I have 780 mb free out of 109 gb. However, when I run WinDirStat, it says that my C drive is only 44gb in size (whereas My Computer reports 109gb). I then ran Treesize (free version), which also reported 44gb. To make sure there weren't any errors, I ran a disk check and Chkdsk (following http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html). Everything was still the same. Basically, I am trying to find a way to cut down the current memory consumption. C drive was almost completely full since the beginning (fairly new computer).


The computer is relatively new and was given to me by my brother, who had created an account before, then deleted it. Perhaps his files are still somehow around--any way to check this? I've run CC Cleaner, WinDirStat, and Treesize free. Can't get good insight on problem.

I'd really appreciate some help on this. I don't know what's wrong and why my C drive is so full (I have very little installed currently, and even my programs don't take up that much space).

Also, WinDirStat reports hiberfil.sys as taking up around 9-10gb. If I don't use the hibernate feature at all, would you recommend deleting it? How about pagefil.sys?

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 02:25 AM

Couple suggestions:

How to Use the Extended Disk Cleanup Feature in Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/76383-disk-cleanup-extended.html?filter

How to Change the System Protection Disk Space Usage in Window 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/335-system-protection-change-disk-space-usage.html

Information By default, Windows 7 will allocate 10% of your total C: drive/partition size to be used to store system restore points in this allocated disk space. This allocated space will no longer be available as free space.

This will show you how to adjust the maximum disk space used for system protection in Windows 7.

>>>hiberfil.sys as taking up around 9-10gb. If I don't use...would you recommend deleting it?<<<

IMO, Yes. How to Enable or Disable Hibernate in Windows 7 http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/819-hibernate-enable-disable.html (Option two)

NOTE: This option will disable hibernation, delete the hiberfil.sys file, and remove the Allow hybrid sleep and Hibernate after Power Options under Sleep.

How to Free Up and Recover Hard Drive Space in Windows 7 http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/129976-hard-disk-space-free-up-recover.html

Follow all/some steps as you see fit (some already mentioned above) This one addresses your question re: pagefile.

OPTION 14 Move the Page File

For better performance, it is always recommend to have the virtual memory page file managed by the system and to not turn it off. By default, the page file is stored on your system drive (Windows 7 drive).

If your system drive is low on free space, then you could move the page file to be stored and managed on another internal hard disk instead to free the allocted space used by the page file on the system drive.

Frankly, I dunno if any of these address the deleted user profile question.

Hope this helps.
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Edited by Union_Thug, 06 July 2011 - 02:29 AM.


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Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:23 AM

Right click on your user folder, and select properties. If you have 60+ GB of data in there, its probably time to upgrade.

New Hard Drives are cheap, and so is Acronis True Home Image.

Install Acronis, and make a backup of your drive and then restore that image onto a larger drive.

Its easy and pain free. You may have to move some of the current data on to an external device temporarily to install Acronis.




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