First I want to apologize if a related issue like this has already been answered elsewhere, but I am in a hurry and need to post this question quickly.
I reformatted an old 80 gig hard drive that previously had windows xp on it. I then put windows 8 on it, but decided I didnt like it so I put windows 7pro on it without reformatting. Windows 7 works quite well with only one issue. I only have 9 gigs of free space left.
This is what I noticed.
After I reformatted the drive and put windows 8pro on it I opened up windows explorer to view the disk usage, and it showed that I was using 50 gigs. I found that this was rather odd since it was reformatted, and it was a frewsh copy of windows 8 pro. I am pretty certain that it does not use that much space.
I then installed windows 7pro without reformatting. After booting into windows 7 I checked my disk usage again and it said I only had 3 gigs left. I then deleted the windows.old file completely, but that only freed up 6 gigs for a totoal of 9 gigs free.
I ran disk cleanup(deleted old system files), disk defrag, disk doctor, and about a dozen other things. I also tried to explore my hard disk drive (drive C: ) and all the files combined only equal about 15 gigs, so if you add the 9 gigs of free space that brings the total to about 24 gigs.
Where are the other 56 gigs of space?
Thank you for any help in advance, and I am sorry that this post was kind of long. I just wanted to make sure that I conveyed my issue as clearly as I could in as short of a time as possible.
Thanks edgarrary, but I have solved the problem. I don't know enough about these forums to know how to mark this thread as solved, or if that is even something I can do on my end. I thank you for taking the time to put in your input though