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Why did my hard drive go down so much?

  • Windows 7
  • Clean Install
  • Hard Drives
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
March 16, 2012 3:25:18 AM

So I did a clean install from Windows XP to Windows 7, the thing is I have a 320 gig hard drive, with a 7 gig partition for back up. What I dont get is I did a clean install, nothing on my computer now but Windows 7, but it now only shows my hdd as having 32 gig left. any ideas, where the rest of my hdd is? when I go into system it shows most of the hard drive taken up but not by what.

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a b $ Windows 7
March 16, 2012 6:55:58 AM

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

There's been a flaw in that installation. Download the free version of Spacemonger from this site and see what it shows up. You may find a folder named c:\windows\winsxs is oversized but that usually only happens when the system has been running for a while.

a c 255 $ Windows 7
March 16, 2012 10:57:26 AM

If you didn't remove xp before installing 7, you may now have a folder called windows.old. This is your old XP install. You can freely copy any files you may need from there. I believe disk cleanup has the option to remove old installs. if not, it should be safe to delete the windows.old folder manually.