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#1 Shadowdance

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 12:55 PM

Hey everybody, I own a laptop (see specs on my signature) with my HDD partitioned in two halfs.
My OS is running smoothly, but my C:\ is full of crap still after my CCleaner scan, and manual uninstall of things.

Now I have 4GB free on my C:\, I need some more though, can I do it without a clean install???

Do you recommend any software? (I can pay for one, so go ahead and recommend ANY)


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Posted 22 November 2011 - 01:27 PM

You can use the following tool...to see what files/folders need to be moved from the Winmdows partition.

You cannot move programs or system files...but you need to move video/graphics/music files from the Windows partition.

WinDirStat - http://download.cnet.com/WinDirStat/3000-2248_4-10614593.html

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 01:51 PM

Thank you Louis, wasnt aware of this program!

I see my System Volume Information is occuping 11+GB at least on my C:\ drive.
Is it safe to delete it?
I have my System Restore on for some safety and I know that many useless info is going in there.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:00 PM

You cannot delete it...it's a system folder and Windows won't allow deletion.

It is related to the Windows System Restore feature...if you use SR, then there will always be something in those folders.

Although you cannot delete the System Volume folders...you can empty them periodically by just temporarily disabling SR in Windows. There should be a tab for it when you right-click on My Computer and click Properties.

There should be a box for turning off SR on all drives.

Do that and it will empty folder contents.

If you use System Restore, you can re-enable SR and it will start over.

I don't use SR, so mine is always one of the first things I disable...I rely upon backups that I periodically make and don't need SR as a safety net.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:52 AM

http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-227398

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 09:59 AM

You could also reduce the amount of hard drive space allocated to System Restore. That way would have a few points to fall back on.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/reduce-system-restores-disk-usage-in-vista/

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 06:37 PM

Thank you all for the fast replies, they have gained me back 11GB!

I wonder though, is there anything else that windows might occupy space like SR?

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:11 PM

You could disable hibernation...and save anywhere from 1 to 3 GB of hard drive space.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920730

Although someone will undoubtedly suggest disabling various services...I suggest that you leave services alone.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 09:18 PM

http://w3.win.tue.nl/nl/onderzoek/onderzoek_informatica/visualization/sequoiaview//




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