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Nearly no free space on 28.3GB SSD


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#1 jlwm

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 01:40 PM

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I'm experiencing nearly no free space on a Toshiba Satellite CL-45C notebook with Windows 10. It has a 28.3GB SSD and there's nearly no space free on it. I've run CCleaner which temporarily bought me some free space (almost 5GB), but within a few minutes, free space went back to nearly zero Sometimes, it'll go to zero and then drop back to something like 1.28GB free space. I've run WinDirStat and it shows that the Windows folder is taking up approximately 56.5% of space on the SSD. I'm not sure what to make of that. I've deleted files and downloads, run disc cleaner and all of that good stuff, but I don't know what the next step is. I know one issue is that System Restore can create backups which in turn fill up the drive, but System Restore isn't on. What's my next step in trying to resolve this?

 

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 08:44 AM

Windows 8.1 32-bit tales up 16GB of hdd ssd space, Windows 8.1 64-bit takes up 20GB of ssd space.  A ssd with only 28.3GB of space doesn't leave much room after installing operating system and the updates that will follow.

 

Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download.

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 01:02 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/OF2UYUa4HOzjsOSz2vXejFd



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 12:08 PM

You have the 64-bit version installed.  This means that that 20GB of the original 29GB has been used in just the installation.  The Speccy shows that you have used 27.9GB of the drives capacity, this leave you with 477MB of free space which is 2% of the whole drive.  A drive of this size should have at least 15% free space.  29GB is really way to small for this application.  The prices on SSD have come down to the point that you can purchase a current version of a 240GB SSD for $90.


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 02:55 PM

You have the 64-bit version installed.  This means that that 20GB of the original 29GB has been used in just the installation.  The Speccy shows that you have used 27.9GB of the drives capacity, this leave you with 477MB of free space which is 2% of the whole drive.  A drive of this size should have at least 15% free space.  29GB is really way to small for this application.  The prices on SSD have come down to the point that you can purchase a current version of a 240GB SSD for $90.

I don't know if it's even worth upgrading this little notebook. I looked for upgrade options and didn't see anything available. I really need to know why the free space decreased so quickly and what I can remove to get the space back. I used to use this notebook for school, but had to stop because the HD was filling up. An external HD helps, but I can't do updates because of a lack of HD space. I deleted documents and downloads and uninstalled programs I didn't use but that didn't make much difference. What's my next step? According to WinDirStat, pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys are taking up quite a bit of space at 1.5GB and 774MB respectively, but that won't get me near at least 15% free space. There's also a bulk of stuff in the WinSxS folder according to WinDirStat. Is there anything in there I can clean up?


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 03:51 PM

Effectively your only real option is to get a disc drive, whether solid state or conventional, that is quite a bit larger than the one you have - at least if you wish to continue running Windows 10.

 

Less than 30 GB for a disc drive is minuscule these days.  I have microSD cards that have way more capacity than that.

 

If you're not using this machine for any "high powered" computing that requires really rapid read and write access in order to function you could acquire a much, much larger conventional laptop hard disc drive for a song, clone your SSD to it, then reconfigure the partitions to take advantage of the new space whether by creating an additional logical drive or just making the main partition bigger to use the space available.


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