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Out of space on 32GB SSD - Tried everything

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May 20, 2013 9:09:59 AM

I have used windows cleaner, deleted the index files, disabled hibernation and the pagefile. But my SSD still says it has 0 bytes left. I am thinking about getting a 120GB SSD but I cant afford it right now. I used WinDirStat to see what was taking up the most amount of space and found out that my WinSxS folder is taking up 10GB, so I don't know if that's normal or not. It seems every time I free up space on my boot drive it will fill up again in a matter of hours.

If anyone could help me with my dilemma, then it would be greatly appreciated.

Edit:
I forgot to mention that I am using a 750GB HDD as my D: drive. And that I am using Windows 8. My laptop is a Lenovo y580.

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a c 883 G Storage
May 20, 2013 9:14:15 AM

32GB really is too small for the OS drive, especially if it is the only drive.

Uninstall something (or several somethings).
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a b G Storage
May 20, 2013 9:24:42 AM

Removed things like service pack uninstalls, KB update uninstalls? Use NTFS compression on files that haven't been accessed in 14 days or longer?
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May 20, 2013 9:30:04 AM

And you never want to run an SSD near full capacity.
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May 20, 2013 9:31:02 AM

I thought 64GB was the smallest SSD available. You should definitely get a 120GB one when you can afford. I'm struggling with that one and planning to get 256GB :p 

Can't really say much to help free space but using CCleaner clean all the unnecessary files and you might free up few gigas.
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May 20, 2013 9:31:22 AM

USAFRet said:
And you never want to run an SSD near full capacity.


I know, that's why I'm desperately trying to reclaim space.
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May 20, 2013 9:36:52 AM

That tool is similar. I think it's time to bite the bullet and upgrade to a bigger SSD. USAFRet is right. When I get to about 60% I start cleaning house.
Can you move your user profiles to that secondary HDD? You can remap your docs, pics, downloads etc..
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May 20, 2013 9:39:37 AM

Colin Sivak said:
found out that my WinSxS folder is taking up 10GB, so I don't know if that's normal or not.


That's pretty normal actually. 32 GB is just too small for Windows 7 or 8. Even 60 GB is too small for Windows 7 or 8. I run a 60 GB SSD for Linux, and a 120 GB SSD for Windows.

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May 20, 2013 9:41:12 AM

Mr5oh said:
Colin Sivak said:
found out that my WinSxS folder is taking up 10GB, so I don't know if that's normal or not.


That's pretty normal actually. 32 GB is just too small for Windows 7 or 8. Even 60 GB is too small for Windows 7 or 8. I run a 60 GB SSD for Linux, and a 120 GB SSD for Windows.



Thanks, my SSD came with my laptop, so I wasn't sure.

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a b G Storage
May 20, 2013 10:38:31 AM

just a hint to OP.
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a b G Storage
May 20, 2013 11:05:11 AM

Colin Sivak said:


Thanks, my SSD came with my laptop, so I wasn't sure.


If your laptop came with a 32GB SSD and a 750GB HDD, then it was supposed to be set up as a cache drive using Intel SRT. You need to install Windows on the 750GB drive in RAID mode, then use the Intel toolbox to enable SSD drive caching on the SSD.
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May 20, 2013 11:05:49 AM

cotydlux said:
That tool is similar. I think it's time to bite the bullet and upgrade to a bigger SSD. USAFRet is right. When I get to about 60% I start cleaning house.
Can you move your user profiles to that secondary HDD? You can remap your docs, pics, downloads etc..


I was looking into that, but couldn't find a straight answer as how to do that.
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May 20, 2013 11:09:50 AM

rwpritchett said:
Colin Sivak said:


Thanks, my SSD came with my laptop, so I wasn't sure.


If your laptop came with a 32GB SSD and a 750GB HDD, then it was supposed to be set up as a cache drive using Intel SRT. You need to install Windows on the 750GB drive in RAID mode, then use the Intel toolbox to enable SSD drive caching on the SSD.


Oh really? I had no idea! Thanks so much!
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May 20, 2013 11:54:01 AM

Colin Sivak said:
cotydlux said:
That tool is similar. I think it's time to bite the bullet and upgrade to a bigger SSD. USAFRet is right. When I get to about 60% I start cleaning house.
Can you move your user profiles to that secondary HDD? You can remap your docs, pics, downloads etc..


I was looking into that, but couldn't find a straight answer as how to do that.


Go to C:\Users\username
Then copy all of the folders.
Next go to D:\ drive and create this directory- D:\Users\username
Paste all of the folders from C:\Users\username into the D-username directory.

After that go to each folder from the user profile on "C" and right click > Properties > Location then paste the path that you have saved on the D drive. follow onscreen prompts.

After you are done with that you should be able to click Start- right click your folder (my pictures for instance) and in the properties you will see two locations. uncheck the location on "C". do that for all folders under that user profile.
***Important*** Check that all of your files are redirected to the new location before you clean then off of the SSD. After that you should have more space available.

There are several ways to accomplish this task but this is the way I do it.
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