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November 10, 2013 8:05:40 PM

I would like to if I can move a program that is on my boot drive (SSD) to my HHD? Example: Mozilla Firefox (48.9MB) on my C drive moved to my D drive. Both drives have the "Program Files (x86) folder. Once Firefox is on my D drive can I remove Firefox from my C drive and the Program still operate? If so, how do I do this? If not, what can I do to save space on my C drive. It's almost full.

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a c 901 G Storage
November 10, 2013 8:29:58 PM

joedap said:
I would like to if I can move a program that is on my boot drive (SSD) to my HHD? Example: Mozilla Firefox (48.9MB) on my C drive moved to my D drive. Both drives have the "Program Files (x86) folder. Once Firefox is on my D drive can I remove Firefox from my C drive and the Program still operate? If so, how do I do this? If not, what can I do to save space on my C drive. It's almost full.


How large is your SSD? What do you have installed on it?
See this tutorial about moving things elsewhere
http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...
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November 11, 2013 6:03:10 AM

My SSD has 232Gb. Windows7, Program Files(3.21Gb), Program files(x86) has 1.89Gb, Temp(12.1Mb), Users(2.94Gb), Windows(22.4GB),Backup, Intel, Perf Log and Script folders(760Kb).

I'm just lost and confused. Obviously this only adds up to about 50Gb. Last night, My SSD had approx 5Gb free space. I figured I would take out Microsoft Office 2013 to give me a little more space. I made sure nothing was in my trash,etc. After Office was uninstalled, my free space is now 1.2Gb !!! How? Why?
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November 11, 2013 6:32:18 AM

OK...you have something else going on here. As you say, your OS and applications should only be around 50GB.
For comparison, my 128GB SSD is right at about 50GB used. Win8 Pro, and all applications (incl Office 2013).

So - we need to find out what is hogging all that space.

Hibernation - turn it off. That will free up several GB (equal to the amount of RAM you have).
Page file - reduce it to a minimum level. I use 1024MB min and max
Restore points - these can take up a lot of space
Windows Updates - likewise

An application such as WinDirStat can help visualize where your missing drive space is.

And of course a full virus and malware scan would be in order.

For an SSD, you really need to keep around 10-15% free space, to allow TRIM to do its thing. For your drive, that would be 25-35GB.


To your actual problem - the OS and applications aren't taking up all that space. Something else is.
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November 11, 2013 10:32:00 AM

I found the problem with help from an online repair company. My Kaspersky AV was using 192Gb in hidden files. Once we found it, we found many files dated Oct 2013 that were some form of history(HST) files. We also found 2 of the same type files dated Nov 2013. We left those 2 files and deleted the files for October 2013.
After that, My free space on my SSD was 189Gb. Needless to say, I'm not very pleased with Kaspersky for not letting me be aware of such files.
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