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March 31, 2013 5:54:25 PM

I have a 60gb SSD from Mushkin. In Windows it shows that it only has about 2.5gb of space left, even though it should have around 25gb of space. Does my SSD only have 2.5gb of space left or is there some sort of issue with what is being displayed?

Here is a link to an image of what I see:
http://i.imgur.com/9R4bUbe.jpg

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a b G Storage
March 31, 2013 6:06:47 PM

you have ~29Gb's in 6 files on the c drive taking up space, you may need to move or delete them.
a c 140 G Storage
March 31, 2013 6:54:35 PM

Looks like you may have left hibernate on and not reduced your page file.

This means you are loosing close to 2 x your computers memory(ram not hard drive or ssd) space from the SSD.

If you do not use hibernate disable it and open the command prompt and type "powercfg -h off" to remove that file. Then you can see if that helps. You can also reduce the page file size.
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March 31, 2013 7:03:14 PM

bignastyid said:
you have ~29Gb's in 6 files on the c drive taking up space, you may need to move or delete them.


When I oped up my drives files I do not see the 6 files, even though in TreeSize it says that they are there. Are they hidden somehow or something?
a c 140 G Storage
March 31, 2013 7:05:35 PM

Chances are you are dealing with hidden system files(pagefile.sys and hiberfile.sys would be 2 of them almost sure).
March 31, 2013 7:05:56 PM

nukemaster said:
Looks like you may have left hibernate on and not reduced your page file.

This means you are loosing close to 2 x your computers memory(ram not hard drive or ssd) space from the SSD.

If you do not use hibernate disable it and open the command prompt and type "powercfg -h off" to remove that file. Then you can see if that helps. You can also reduce the page file size.


I did "powercfg -h off" in the command prompt and that made my drive have 13.8 gb of space but how do I reduce the page file size?

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a c 140 G Storage
March 31, 2013 7:13:48 PM
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type advanced settings in start and select settings if needed(defaults searches for programs).

Look for "View advanced system settings" . Sorry not on Win8 ATM, but should be similar to that.

Hit the Settings button under Performance
Select the Advanced tab
Select Change and set what you want.
Use Custom and set the min and max to the same. I personally and using 4096, but less should(1024 or 2048) work as well. You can also just move the page file over to the hard drive if you wish, but SSDs work well with the page file because they are fast at small random writes and reads compared to hard drives.

Windows 8 has some other features that used ssd space, But i never needed to switch them off.

Please not that with the powercfg -h off setting, Your fast boot(Log off + hibernate as shut down) will be turned off for Windows 8. A trade off I think is well worth it for SSD users. Should have mentioned it earlier, but did not see you on Win8
March 31, 2013 7:23:43 PM

nukemaster said:
type advanced settings in start and select settings if needed(defaults searches for programs).

Look for "View advanced system settings" . Sorry not on Win8 ATM, but should be similar to that.

Hit the Settings button under Performance
Select the Advanced tab
Select Change and set what you want.
Use Custom and set the min and max to the same. I personally and using 4096, but less should(1024 or 2048) work as well. You can also just move the page file over to the hard drive if you wish, but SSDs work well with the page file because they are fast at small random writes and reads compared to hard drives.

Windows 8 has some other features that used ssd space, But i never needed to switch them off.

Please not that with the powercfg -h off setting, Your fast boot(Log off + hibernate as shut down) will be turned off for Windows 8. A trade off I think is well worth it for SSD users. Should have mentioned it earlier, but did not see you on Win8


Thanks! Now I have 25.8gb of space. Problem solved!

a c 140 G Storage
March 31, 2013 7:30:20 PM

I had the same thing when i was running the Win8 developer preview on a 64gigabyte ssd.

Glad you got it all solved and the extra space will let the ssd manage empty blocks better.
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