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problem with computer space and data organizing

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  • Started 1 year ago by trolouce
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trolouce
Posts: 8

probably a simple problem. i have a newish computer got it a year ago, its a gateway FX6860. now the problem is the C: drive and its a 64gb SSD now since its so small and its got all my factory files/program files on it, i never put any data on it, only on the D: drive, a 2tb HDD, but many, almost everything, i install decides to put data on the C: drive even when i designate the installation to a folder on the D: drive, and surely enouph my C: drive is way to full, to the point it wont let me install any programs or games, even when i designate the installation point in the D: drive, which still has 1.53TB free. now to free up space i go through C: drive deleting anything i know i dont need, and thats safe to delete. i also use iolo system mechanic pro and keep my computer quite clean.

now why do files keep putting data in C: drive?, how can i fix this? its kinda dumb how i have 1.5TB free but nothing installs becuase the SSD is too full, EVEN when i designate the install point on D: drive. plz help

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
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Hi trolouce ,

Welcome to HTG ,

I am not an SSD user (there are those on this site that do use them and therefor understand a great deal more about them), but I'm quite sure even they will tell you to ditch System Mechanic it is a useless product and does far more harm than good.

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trolouce
Posts: 8

that doesnt really help my problem at all... now if system mechanic does so much harm, what program would you say actually does good?

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trolouce
Posts: 8

after some more cleaning it, i did a tally of data, and all the files i can see total about 28gb, while the drive states there is only 2.02 of 45.5 gb free where is that other 15.48gb?

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Xhi
Xhi
Posts: 6298

Some perhaps most of it is probably in shadow storage for the system restores, which you should turn off when using a SSD as your primary drive. Turn off System Restore and restart the system. That should free up the space.

Also if you have not you should also turn off automatic defragmentation since it serves no purpose with an SSD.

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trolouce
Posts: 8

hmmm well i'm not sure how to turn off system restore to be honest

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trolouce
Posts: 8

hmm, i think i found it, but it states, 0% is being used for it, so thats not it

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ispalten
ispalten
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I've got an SSD and no problems like you are having? Only a 115GB's model, my DIR

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c:\>dir
Volume in drive C is OS
Volume Serial Number is 1C5C-DD5E

Directory of c:\

05/09/09 04:23 PM <DIR> APCPowerChuteConfig
02/07/12 03:54 PM <DIR> BigFishGamesCache
07/27/11 05:14 PM 422 clean_c_drive.bat
04/27/11 01:12 PM 1,056,768 defltbase.sdb
10/27/09 12:47 PM <DIR> DELL
11/15/10 11:21 AM <DIR> DigitalVideoConverter
02/22/11 07:21 PM 882 Downloads.lnk
10/27/10 08:00 PM <DIR> Emergency
09/15/09 08:58 AM 641,664 hpzids40.dll
05/15/09 02:08 PM <DIR> Inet Downloads
04/26/11 12:55 PM <DIR> inetpub
05/06/09 03:24 PM <DIR> Intel
11/02/09 07:47 PM <DIR> My Download Files
11/04/09 01:56 PM <DIR> My Games
05/30/09 09:09 PM <DIR> OpenCandy
07/13/09 11:20 PM <DIR> PerfLogs
06/26/09 05:39 PM 817 prefs.js
08/04/12 10:37 AM <DIR> Program Files
08/04/12 10:37 AM <DIR> Program Files (x86)
07/13/12 05:08 PM <DIR> qtemp
05/24/07 08:06 PM 614 signature.htm
05/24/07 08:07 PM 604 signature2.htm
04/27/11 12:27 PM <DIR> Users
10/15/11 08:16 AM <DIR> Utilities
09/17/09 05:24 PM <DIR> videodvdmaker
08/04/12 04:34 PM <DIR> Windows
09/01/11 02:31 PM 2,456 {BB9EE6CC-D939-45DF-B7D1-5E1E7E0BB592}
8 File(s) 1,704,227 bytes
19 Dir(s) 53,115,932,672 bytes free
==========

Some are NOT really there, like VIDEODVDMAKER. Although installed elsewhere, the default location for it 'work' area is created on first use. Then I moved them, but it looks like I forgot the initial place created, but there are NO files there. Too lazy to delete the file structure.

I have NO SYSTEM RESTORE either as I have Norton Ghost doing backups for me.

Get a tool like WINDIR or SPACESNIFFER, see were the data actually is and then come back and describe. I suspect you've NOT used CUSTOM on most installs and they will default to C: and one of the PROGRAM folders, which is the real problem you are seeing.

Irv S.

Many of the files on it I 'forced' there. Some I didn't, they didn't default to that drive, there was NO OPTION not to install there.

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trolouce
Posts: 8

yeah, everything i install i out as custom and send it to D: drive, i ran spacesniffer, and it shows a large portion 11.9g used for hiberfil.sys, everything else seems right though, what is hiberfil.sys, why is it hidden, and why does it used almost 12g?

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Run WinDirStat - it will tell you exactly what is on the partition/drive. http://windirstat.info/

And double check the shadowstorage. Run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

To delete the hiberfile, run this command:

powercfg -h off

The hiberfile is used for hibernation. But if you don't use that, it is of no use.

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ispalten
ispalten
Posts: 6259

Hyberfile.sys is the hybernation file. It is the SIZE of all your RAM, physical and pagefile.sys. It is controlled as WHS indicates by your POWER OPTIONS. Do not randomly turn it off. Figure out IF you needed it first.

Irv S.

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