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# 18352 7-Jan-2008 19:18
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I have a 103Gb hard drive (according to "Computer" in Windows - it's actually about 113,000 Mb or whatever).

I have about 76Gb free.

I was wondering where my free space has gone when I haven't installed any programs (but there is a LOT of manufacturer's bloatware). I have uninstalled everything I didn't need from that long list, and installed/applied a LOT of Windows updates that were about 100Mb total or so to download.

I explored to C: and turned on Folder View to display hidden files/folders as well as protected OS files.

I drag-selected everything in C: and got the Properties.

That totalled about 16Gb (17Gb size on disk).

Where is the missing 10Gb gone??

Windows Vista
120Gb hdd
8Gb partition for system recovery

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  # 103430 7-Jan-2008 20:09
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it went to your system restore (about 12 gig), hibernation and things like that.

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  # 103434 7-Jan-2008 20:12
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Holy schmoly. Any way I can reduce that?

When I clean (as far as possible) reinstalled Windows Vista on a laptop last week, I was able to get everything down to about 90Gb free from a 103Gb hdd, with C:\Windows taking up about 6-7Gb space? So why didn't that laptop "leak" 10Gb?


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  # 103435 7-Jan-2008 20:19
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Let's say you have 2 GB RAM. Then your Hibernate file will have 2 GB to accomodate the memory state.

Then you have the Pagefile, which may be dynamic but may be used a lot.

Then you have restore point. shadow copies. These are automatically created and allow you to restore your system to a previous condition if you find a problem. You can disable this - and you can delete exsting shadow copies by doing a "drive cleanup".

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  # 103436 7-Jan-2008 20:20
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Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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