Where is my Hard drive space going?

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  1. Ron-e-g

    Ron-e-g New Member

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    I seem to be loosing a lot of SSD HD space. For instance, yesterday I had roughly 64 GB free of 238 today it's only 48.4. I can't see where I would have lost that much. No big downloads I'm aware of. I did a reg clean and utilized the Tweaking.com windows repair program (in safe mode) also I backed-up the reg prior, and created a restore point . This is my OS HD and I try to keep it minimized for the Music recording I do on My system. I also have a 120GB SSD, And 1TB HDD installed to carry the load. Any suggestions where to look for the unexplained lost drive space?
    Sorry maybe this should be moved to the beginners category?
    Thanks,
    Ron
     
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    System restore working in the background I might guess... I never use backup and restore with SSDs.
     
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    Hum..My Backups are always done to a separate Drive..Never the OS Drive. This is the drive in question...The OS drive. It's also where I keep all my Music recording and Mixing programs. SSD, Toonetrack, Guitar Rig, Gear Box, POD Farm, and the like.
     
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    In Windows, System restore takes up space on the drive it's enabled.

    How big is your C:\Windows\winsxs folder?
    What about C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution fodler?

    Have you run Disk Cleanup?
     
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    Hey OnlyRick, winsxs is greater than 13.4 GB, SoftwareDistribution is 1.14 GB Disk cleanup on that drive is minimal space savings unless I select some items that I'm not too sure about.
    Side note, I was getting a warning window just prior to running the Tweaking.com windows repair program. Fact is that is what prompted me to run the program. It was warning that Window was running low on memory! I have never seen that before on this machine.
    Ron
     
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    Ahhhh... I've never worried about Disk Cleanup getting rid of stuff I need. At home and at work I always click the shield 'Clean up system files' button, and always tick all the boxes. (The biggest thing you risk is losing the ability to uninstall Windows Updates and that thumbnails will need to be regenerated.)

    I would certainly trust the Windows Cleanup much more than any 3rd party disk cleanup apps.

    I've certainly deleted the Software Distribution folder a few times and I think I've deleted the WinSXS previously.

    (Note that the old adage that empty hard drives run faster is true for old mechanical drives, it's not true for SSDs.)
     
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    OK I will delete them. Any idea why the windows low memory alert Rick? Update: When I try to delete the Winsxs File I get this; What is this.JPG When I try to delete the software distribution folder I'm not allowed as it is in use.
     
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    To delete the SoftwareDistribution folder you need to stop a couple of services from running. Instructions are here: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/software-distribution-folder-in-windows

    The WinSXS folder instructions are here: http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/clean-winsxs-folder-to-save-space

    Low disk space means your C: drive is running low, and the links above will help with that.

    BUT: If you're getting a 'low memory message', that means your PC thinks it's running out of RAM - and that's an entirely different fix that's needed. To fix that you need to have fewer applications starting automatically at startup, and running in general. Or, you can install more RAM.
     
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    Thanks for the link. I'll be reading that. As for The apps. in start I try to keep them slim. I have most disabled. This PC has 24 GB of ram.
     
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    Cool app. Thanks

    Ron
     

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