And of course I get into all sorts of hardware incompatibility problems with Vista. So I want to make it a dual-install Vista/XP (and maybe stick Ubuntu in there as well). Obviously, I have to repartition first.
Now here's the problem: even though the computer is new and barely had anything on it, it started by saying that 40~50 GB was already occupied. After looking around, it turned out that Lenovo computers do 30 GB back-ups for some reason, and I wasn't the only one experiencing this. So I turn off that particular back-up.
Now, however, it seems that my hard drive looks like this:
- maybe 10 GB of content at the beginning of the disk
- 20-30 GB of blank space in the middle
- and maybe 10 GB more after that
I had tried defragmenting to group everything together, but it turned out that all the programs I've tried don't even bother because apparently the empty space is actually good for system performance.
And Vista now only allows me to shrink by 10 - 15 GB. I would Rather shrink it by 30 GB.
Any clues as to how to get around this? Thanks!
Edit: I've been looking around, and I'm obviously not the only one with this sort of problem. Some people have said that it's a problem of Vista creating snapshots and datafiles left and right. Does this mean that it Is some sort of pseudo-defrag problem? (with the snapshots etc taking space where they don't belong?) Or does it have nothing to do with defrag, and is simply because those snapshots etc somehow manage to occupy the entire tens of GB on everybody's computers?
Edited by kaltv, 22 June 2007 - 05:52 AM.