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  • Ok, what do I need to do to resolve a shrinking hard drive capacity. Each time we attempt to fee disk space, the capacity becomes smaller.

    We utilize Vista Basic and have approx. 80gb hard drive. It is currently showing only about 400mb available. Each tiem the computer is rebooted, it changes. Help!

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 6:10 PM

Answers

  • Hi

     

    Besides installing software and creating large files, the biggest culprit that uses disk space is System Restore.

     

    Go to the following website.

     

    Using Disk Clean-up in Windows Vista::
    http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskcleanupv.html

    Follow the instructions for using the Disk Cleanup tool to remove all but the latest System Restore points.

     

    After this is completed, go to the following website.

     

    How to adjust disk space in Windows Vista::
    http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskspacev.html

    This page will give you instructions on how to take complete control of the way that System Restore uses disk space. You can see how much space is being used for SR and adjust the space to a lower value.

     

    For an 80GB hard drive, I would recommend setting the maximum space to about 3GB.

     

    Hope this helps.

     


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the top of this message.

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 1:52 AM
    Moderator
  • Here is my on-going list of things to do to reclaim disk space. Most of them are straightforward but if you feel apprehensive or unsure about running something, just ignore it. Be particularly careful with number 4, here they are:

     

    1. WinDirStat shows where disk space is being used including a nice graphical display. Just let the mouse pointer hover over the coloured areas to identify different file types. It won’t remove anything but it’s a good starting point in identifying the large ‘chunks’ of used space. Download it here http://windirstat.info/

    2. Remove temporary files. Click the Windows Orb (Start) > Run (if the Run command is not there, go to All Programs > Accessories and then click Run), type %temp% and press Enter. All the files that show can be safely deleted, there may be a few obstinate ones that refuse to be deleted.

    3. Delete any temporary files that may be left over from CD and DVD burning. Navigate to the hidden folder C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Temporary Burn Folder and delete all the files.

    4. Run Disk Cleanup. However, read this before running it http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/serious-disk-cleanup-problem-caused-by-broken-registration/ If you have any of the large files mentioned in the article, don’t continue with it but run the Vista Disk Cleanup error bug fix http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/175654-disk-cleanup-windows-error-reporting-bug-fix.html

    Access Disk Cleanup by going to Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools.

    5. If you don't use Hibernation you can save the equivalent in hard drive space as the amount of RAM that is installed by turning it off. In a Run window, type powercfg.exe -h off (note the two spaces) and press Enter. To turn it back on type powercfg.exe -h on and press Enter.

    6. Reduce the amount of space used by system restore. Open an elevated command prompt by clicking the Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then ‘Run as Administrator’. To display the current parameters type (or Copy and mouse right-click > Paste) “vssadmin list shadowstorage” (not the quotes but the two spaces) and press Enter. To reduce (or increase) the disk space allocated, type (or Copy and Paste) “vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=c: /for=c: /maxsize=5GB” (not the quotes but the five spaces) and press Enter. This example assumes changing the space on drive C to 5GB. You may find that all the restore points have been removed after resizing so make sure the computer is behaving itself before reducing the space allocation. Also, make a manual restore point immediately after resizing.

    7. Reduce the space used by the Recycle Bin. Right-click the Bin > Properties > Custom Size and amend as necessary.

    8. The huge, Windows\winsxs (side by side folder) folder has a built-in function which identifies items that have been replaced by newer versions and removes them. Also, there is a ‘run-once’ program in SP1 that will immediately clean up all the components that were replaced in the Winsxs folder when SP1 was installed. NOTE that once you run the program you will no longer be able to remove SP1 should any problems occur, so make absolutely certain your computer is behaving itself before running it. Firstly, check the size of the folder by right-clicking it, choose Properties and make a note of its size and the number of files and folders. To run the program, open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\System32, look for the file VSP1CLN.EXE (the capitals are for clarity only), right-click it, select Run As Administrator then reply Y to the prompt. Now check its size again to see how much disk space you have reclaimed, you will be surprised as it will be quite substantial.

    There is no harm in running the program where SP1 was either included on the DVD or slipstreamed into the DVD before installation. Depending upon what has been installed, you may gain some disk space. The VSP1CLN.EXE program is described here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709655.aspx

    Thursday, November 6, 2008 3:45 PM

All replies

  • Hi

     

    Besides installing software and creating large files, the biggest culprit that uses disk space is System Restore.

     

    Go to the following website.

     

    Using Disk Clean-up in Windows Vista::
    http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskcleanupv.html

    Follow the instructions for using the Disk Cleanup tool to remove all but the latest System Restore points.

     

    After this is completed, go to the following website.

     

    How to adjust disk space in Windows Vista::
    http://bertk.mvps.org/html/diskspacev.html

    This page will give you instructions on how to take complete control of the way that System Restore uses disk space. You can see how much space is being used for SR and adjust the space to a lower value.

     

    For an 80GB hard drive, I would recommend setting the maximum space to about 3GB.

     

    Hope this helps.

     


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the top of this message.

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 1:52 AM
    Moderator
  • Here is my on-going list of things to do to reclaim disk space. Most of them are straightforward but if you feel apprehensive or unsure about running something, just ignore it. Be particularly careful with number 4, here they are:

     

    1. WinDirStat shows where disk space is being used including a nice graphical display. Just let the mouse pointer hover over the coloured areas to identify different file types. It won’t remove anything but it’s a good starting point in identifying the large ‘chunks’ of used space. Download it here http://windirstat.info/

    2. Remove temporary files. Click the Windows Orb (Start) > Run (if the Run command is not there, go to All Programs > Accessories and then click Run), type %temp% and press Enter. All the files that show can be safely deleted, there may be a few obstinate ones that refuse to be deleted.

    3. Delete any temporary files that may be left over from CD and DVD burning. Navigate to the hidden folder C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Burn\Temporary Burn Folder and delete all the files.

    4. Run Disk Cleanup. However, read this before running it http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/serious-disk-cleanup-problem-caused-by-broken-registration/ If you have any of the large files mentioned in the article, don’t continue with it but run the Vista Disk Cleanup error bug fix http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/175654-disk-cleanup-windows-error-reporting-bug-fix.html

    Access Disk Cleanup by going to Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools.

    5. If you don't use Hibernation you can save the equivalent in hard drive space as the amount of RAM that is installed by turning it off. In a Run window, type powercfg.exe -h off (note the two spaces) and press Enter. To turn it back on type powercfg.exe -h on and press Enter.

    6. Reduce the amount of space used by system restore. Open an elevated command prompt by clicking the Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then ‘Run as Administrator’. To display the current parameters type (or Copy and mouse right-click > Paste) “vssadmin list shadowstorage” (not the quotes but the two spaces) and press Enter. To reduce (or increase) the disk space allocated, type (or Copy and Paste) “vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=c: /for=c: /maxsize=5GB” (not the quotes but the five spaces) and press Enter. This example assumes changing the space on drive C to 5GB. You may find that all the restore points have been removed after resizing so make sure the computer is behaving itself before reducing the space allocation. Also, make a manual restore point immediately after resizing.

    7. Reduce the space used by the Recycle Bin. Right-click the Bin > Properties > Custom Size and amend as necessary.

    8. The huge, Windows\winsxs (side by side folder) folder has a built-in function which identifies items that have been replaced by newer versions and removes them. Also, there is a ‘run-once’ program in SP1 that will immediately clean up all the components that were replaced in the Winsxs folder when SP1 was installed. NOTE that once you run the program you will no longer be able to remove SP1 should any problems occur, so make absolutely certain your computer is behaving itself before running it. Firstly, check the size of the folder by right-clicking it, choose Properties and make a note of its size and the number of files and folders. To run the program, open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\System32, look for the file VSP1CLN.EXE (the capitals are for clarity only), right-click it, select Run As Administrator then reply Y to the prompt. Now check its size again to see how much disk space you have reclaimed, you will be surprised as it will be quite substantial.

    There is no harm in running the program where SP1 was either included on the DVD or slipstreamed into the DVD before installation. Depending upon what has been installed, you may gain some disk space. The VSP1CLN.EXE program is described here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709655.aspx

    Thursday, November 6, 2008 3:45 PM