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Why is my 60GB Windows SSD almost full?

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September 6, 2012 12:17:16 PM

I have a 60GB Intel SSD that I use as a Windows 7 Home Premium boot drive.

I have done my best to keep everything off of this drive except Windows. I have 1 or 2 applications on it; nothing massive at all. In fact, the biggest App is 500mb.

However, my drive has somehow accumulated 52GB of data on it.

I click the properties of the Windows drive and it say its 14GB in size.

I have gone through and looked at the properties of every single folder on the first level of C and nothing is more than 500Mb

Why is this happening? 40GB of information is a lot of data to just be unaccounted for.

I have done all of the basic "Clean up" methods, emptied the Trash, etc.

I literally use this computer for gaming only, nothing else except maybe a quick internet search.

There is no anti-virus installed, only games and hardware drivers.

Anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

Thanks in advance.




Here are my system specs...

Intel 2600k @ 4.7GHz
x2 GTX 680 SuperClocks @3105Mhz (SLI)
Asus P8Z77-V MOBO (Z77)
Corsair FORCE SSD
Corsair HX850
Corsair 650D (case)
Corsair Vengeance 16GB
Intel 300 Series 60GB SSD
Western Digital 1TB HDD
Koolance Water Cooling (CPU+VGA+VGA)
Windows 7 Home Premium



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a b $ Windows 7
September 6, 2012 12:30:16 PM

Restore points.
Hibernation file.
Page file.
Unemptied Recycle Bins
Archived windows patches/updates.

Everything you install places at least a part of itself on the system volume. You can't prevent that.
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September 6, 2012 12:31:30 PM

Make sure you trim function is enabled for you ssd. Do a search on google on how to check to make sure trim is enabled.
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September 6, 2012 12:40:57 PM

Trim is enabled.

DisableDeleteNotify = 0

I realize files are placed on the C drive but 40GB? Thats a massive amount of data and like I said I only have games installed and all of them are either on my 120GB SSD or the 1TB.

Also, how come I cannot locate any of these files?

Thanks in advance and for the quick responses


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a b $ Windows 7
September 6, 2012 12:41:35 PM

You lose a good amount due to formatting.
Windows Home Premium 64bit is around 20GB on its own.
Pagefile is as large as your physical RAM. May want to move it to a HDD.
If you haven't moved your user files, any downloads will go on the SSD.

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a b $ Windows 7
September 6, 2012 12:48:15 PM

halfblazed said:
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Also, how come I cannot locate any of these files?



Restore points, Recycle Bins (just to name 2) are system owned and therefore hidden from all users except the system.
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September 6, 2012 1:01:32 PM

Best answer selected by halfblazed.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 6, 2012 1:37:03 PM

I'd also suggest the Windows cleanup tool. Found a fair bit for me a few years back.

CCleaner will also clear a lot of temp files.
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September 6, 2012 1:42:36 PM

Configure browser files, temp files and swap drive to a HDD.
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September 6, 2012 2:18:07 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
Restore points.
Hibernation file.
Page file.
Unemptied Recycle Bins
Archived windows patches/updates.

Everything you install places at least a part of itself on the system volume. You can't prevent that.



edit:

Run Disk Cleanup from System Tools -- Click the *More Options* tab ...





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September 6, 2012 3:55:32 PM

If you are happy with your system working well enough ccleaner also has the option to clear out the windows hotfix uninstall files. Think you have most of the bases covered over the thread.
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September 6, 2012 5:16:50 PM


Moving your page file off the SSD will likely slow yah down . . . .

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a b $ Windows 7
September 6, 2012 5:24:15 PM

You don't need a page file with 16GB of memory and you definately don't want it on an SSD f you use one. You also want to exclude your SSD from Defrag because it wears out the drive faster Configure this under Defrag schedule - Select disks. I only have 8GB of memory and my new build runs fine without a page file.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 6, 2012 5:34:29 PM

Follow this guide, it will free up a lot of room: http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/...

Also, creative use of "mklink /d" can free up a good amount of space. Moving your users directory (or the individual libraries) off drive can also free up space and make it easier to manage.
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September 6, 2012 5:39:34 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
Restore points.
Hibernation file.
Page file.
Unemptied Recycle Bins
Archived windows patches/updates.

Everything you install places at least a part of itself on the system volume. You can't prevent that.


Agreed - also might want to scrub your temp files. ccleaner is a fav of mine for that.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 6, 2012 7:10:12 PM

1) With 16 Gigs ram - Set page file max and min to 1024 mbs and leave on SSD.
Windows sets page file to 1.5 x ram - ouch.
2) Disable hibernation. Hibernation is not needed with SSD as boot times are fast.
Hibernation dot sys file is a hidden fill and can be upto size of Ram or 16 gigs - again Ouch
3) Manage or disable restore points. each restor point is about 300 mb and over time can consume a lot of space.
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