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Invisable storage?

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November 16, 2012 10:03:33 PM

Hey guys,

So I a while back I got a 60GB SSD and I figured if all I want to install on it is Windows 7 and one game (BF3) I should have no problem doing so with that amount of space. for some reason I just tried to update BF3 and it told me I dont have enough space. I ask my brother who is running the same configuration ( same drive and space ) and he said that that for him the drive is enough to run two games ( bf3 and StarCraft II) yet for me its not enough to run one.

I had disabled Hibernation mode and I went and looked in the C drive (the SSD) and Windows take 20GB and Program Files takes 23GB. The SSD should have 55GB free but it only shows that i have 3GB free.

If anyone knows whats going on that would be very helpful!

Thanks in advance!

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a b $ Windows 7
November 16, 2012 10:17:11 PM

20GB+23GB=43GB. Assuming you actually get 55GB after formatting that leaves only 12GB free (theoretically). What you're not able to see is the restore points that are stored on the system drive and most folders in other user's profiles which could very well total an additional 9GB, leaving only 3GB free.
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November 16, 2012 10:28:52 PM

That makes sense. Would there be a way for me to get that back?
I am already backing up my computer with an external drive so I would rather have those 9GB more than the restore points.
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a b $ Windows 7
November 16, 2012 10:32:42 PM

Turn system restore off to clear out all restore points. Understand though that you may not gain as much as you think. Run 'disk cleanup' (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>) and clean everything.
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November 16, 2012 11:55:19 PM

I already did a disk cleanup and that didnt get me more than a few megs of space.
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a b $ Windows 7
November 17, 2012 12:01:32 AM

ex_bubblehead said:
Turn system restore off to clear out all restore points. Understand though that you may not gain as much as you think. Run 'disk cleanup' (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>) and clean everything.


Hi :) 

Also set the system restores to save on the NON SSD drive...

All the best Brett :) 
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November 17, 2012 12:32:49 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Also set the system restores to save on the NON SSD drive...

All the best Brett :) 


Thats not a bad idea, thanks!
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November 17, 2012 12:33:20 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Also set the system restores to save on the NON SSD drive...

All the best Brett :) 


Thats not a bad idea, thanks! I'll give it a try and let you guys know how it turns out.
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a b $ Windows 7
November 17, 2012 12:54:19 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Also set the system restores to save on the NON SSD drive...

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Well, yeah, but in all the years system restore has been there I've never had reason to use it, so I simply turn it off and save the disk space. That also leaves one less place for malware to hide.
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November 17, 2012 12:56:46 AM

ex_bubblehead said:
Well, yeah, but in all the years system restore has been there I've never had reason to use it, so I simply turn it off and save the disk space. That also leaves one less place for malware to hide.

Well My uncle uses this computer a lot and he isnt really tech savy so I might wanna leave it on, on this computer. On my computer Im turning it off completely though, thanks.
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November 18, 2012 7:09:55 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
Turn system restore off to clear out all restore points. Understand though that you may not gain as much as you think. Run 'disk cleanup' (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>) and clean everything.


So I tried this but it only saved me 300mb. where else can I look...
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November 18, 2012 7:10:30 PM

Im still missing a lot of memory :( 
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