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March 17, 2013 2:25:47 PM

I have an intel 330m 120gb SSD. It's my boot drive and I have 1-2 games on it normally. Recently i noticed that I had used 80% of the space on it, so I took off all my games and what i consider non-essential apps. Now it says that 60.4gb are free of 111gb. However if i go into the drive, select all the files/folders in C:/ and check the properties, it says 25gb disk space used (which seems alot more accurate). Any ideas whats going on? this is my first SSD, I'm not hugely familial with them. Thanks.
a b G Storage
March 17, 2013 2:35:05 PM

how much ram do you have?

the more ram the bigger the page file and hyberfil.sys file will be
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a b G Storage
March 17, 2013 2:35:59 PM

When you go into drive select all files and see properties you see 25GB used because......
Theres some hidden files that you cannot see or select !
To view thwm you have to go control panel and then folder option than view - and than select show hidden files folder. Now go to drive again and you will see some semi visible files and some files that were not visible before. This is because windows hide system files and also some files can get installed as hidden. :) 
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March 17, 2013 2:36:49 PM

AlphaRaveNZ said:
I have an intel 330m 120gb SSD. It's my boot drive and I have 1-2 games on it normally. Recently i noticed that I had used 80% of the space on it, so I took off all my games and what i consider non-essential apps. Now it says that 60.4gb are free of 111gb. However if i go into the drive, select all the files/folders in C:/ and check the properties, it says 25gb disk space used (which seems alot more accurate). Any ideas whats going on? this is my first SSD, I'm not hugely familial with them. Thanks.


It is probably very normal as your operating system has a lot of hidden files and folders taking up the room you see "missing". I recommend downloading a program called CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner and run it's analysis and clean up the garbage it collects.
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March 17, 2013 2:38:18 PM

imomun said:
When you go into drive select all files and see properties you see 25GB used because......
Theres some hidden files that you cannot see or select !
To view thwm you have to go control panel and then folder option than view - and than select show hidden files folder. Now go to drive again and you will see some semi visible files and some files that were not visible before. This is because windows hide system files and also some files can get installed as hidden. :) 


Hi, thanks for your reply, I already had the hidden files 'unhidden' however.
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March 17, 2013 2:40:00 PM

timinator said:
AlphaRaveNZ said:
I have an intel 330m 120gb SSD. It's my boot drive and I have 1-2 games on it normally. Recently i noticed that I had used 80% of the space on it, so I took off all my games and what i consider non-essential apps. Now it says that 60.4gb are free of 111gb. However if i go into the drive, select all the files/folders in C:/ and check the properties, it says 25gb disk space used (which seems alot more accurate). Any ideas whats going on? this is my first SSD, I'm not hugely familial with them. Thanks.


It is probably very normal as your operating system has a lot of hidden files and folders taking up the room you see "missing". I recommend downloading a program called CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner and run it's analysis and clean up the garbage it collects.


Hi, thanks for your answer, I do have a 1tb hdd for all my other files, and I have run a disk clean up on the ssd so there are no 'junk' files. Also I have hidden files enabled as I replyed to the other answer refering to hidden files. They where all selected in the mentioned 25gbs. Again, Thanks for your answer!
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March 17, 2013 2:50:41 PM

Have you done any Windows ssd tweaks? Have you changed the Windows page file and a few other files to prevent them from using up ssd space?
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March 17, 2013 2:57:53 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
Have you done any Windows ssd tweaks? Have you changed the Windows page file and a few other files to prevent them from using up ssd space?


I have relocated my user file to my HDD, havent touched the page file.
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March 17, 2013 2:58:56 PM

AlphaRaveNZ said:
timinator said:
AlphaRaveNZ said:
I have an intel 330m 120gb SSD. It's my boot drive and I have 1-2 games on it normally. Recently i noticed that I had used 80% of the space on it, so I took off all my games and what i consider non-essential apps. Now it says that 60.4gb are free of 111gb. However if i go into the drive, select all the files/folders in C:/ and check the properties, it says 25gb disk space used (which seems alot more accurate). Any ideas whats going on? this is my first SSD, I'm not hugely familial with them. Thanks.


It is probably very normal as your operating system has a lot of hidden files and folders taking up the room you see "missing". I recommend downloading a program called CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner and run it's analysis and clean up the garbage it collects.


Hi, thanks for your answer, I do have a 1tb hdd for all my other files, and I have run a disk clean up on the ssd so there are no 'junk' files. Also I have hidden files enabled as I replyed to the other answer refering to hidden files. They where all selected in the mentioned 25gbs. Again, Thanks for your answer!


Even though you may have hidden files viewable, many operating systems (in this case, I assume Windows) there are files and folders that are system reserved and not viewable with the built in file explorer, such as System Restore points. Also, Windows likes to stockpile backups from doing online updates as well. You should run disk cleanup and select the "Clean up System Files" option as well if you haven't. It may clear up some of those space hogging files as well.
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a b G Storage
March 17, 2013 3:01:55 PM

you still didnt say how much ram you have

if you have 16gb ram that would account for all the missing space
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March 17, 2013 3:03:30 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
you still didnt say how much ram you have

if you have 16gb ram that would account for all the missing space


I do have 16gb ram, I cant seem to find the hiberfil.sys file though. And yes as i've said I have hidden files unhidden.
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March 17, 2013 3:04:47 PM

timinator said:
AlphaRaveNZ said:
timinator said:
AlphaRaveNZ said:
I have an intel 330m 120gb SSD. It's my boot drive and I have 1-2 games on it normally. Recently i noticed that I had used 80% of the space on it, so I took off all my games and what i consider non-essential apps. Now it says that 60.4gb are free of 111gb. However if i go into the drive, select all the files/folders in C:/ and check the properties, it says 25gb disk space used (which seems alot more accurate). Any ideas whats going on? this is my first SSD, I'm not hugely familial with them. Thanks.


It is probably very normal as your operating system has a lot of hidden files and folders taking up the room you see "missing". I recommend downloading a program called CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner and run it's analysis and clean up the garbage it collects.


Hi, thanks for your answer, I do have a 1tb hdd for all my other files, and I have run a disk clean up on the ssd so there are no 'junk' files. Also I have hidden files enabled as I replyed to the other answer refering to hidden files. They where all selected in the mentioned 25gbs. Again, Thanks for your answer!


Even though you may have hidden files viewable, many operating systems (in this case, I assume Windows) there are files and folders that are system reserved and not viewable with the built in file explorer, such as System Restore points. Also, Windows likes to stockpile backups from doing online updates as well. You should run disk cleanup and select the "Clean up System Files" option as well if you haven't. It may clear up some of those space hogging files as well.


I do a disk clean up every few days and my restore points are saved on my HDD not my SSD.
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a b G Storage
March 17, 2013 3:04:48 PM

the 16gb of ram is your problem

lower your page file or move it to your 2nd hard drive and delete hyberfil.sys

and all your space will be back
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March 17, 2013 3:06:04 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
the 16gb of ram is your problem

lower your page file or move it to your 2nd hard drive and delete hyberfil.sys

and all your space will be back


Sounds like a good plan, I cant find the hiderfil.sys file. Can you tell me the path for windows 7? I've had a look myself, cant find it. Thanks
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a b G Storage
March 17, 2013 3:06:42 PM
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March 17, 2013 3:09:40 PM

be aware this will stop you using hibernate

but can still use sleep ok
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