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  • For a while now my Windows 8 has only had at max about 16GB/70GB DS Unused, I went and deleted everything and it remains the same. I bought and downloaded junk file cleaners, it remained the same. So please, tell me how to fix this issue?

    It's gotten to the point that I have to begin deleting things just to store others, because when your a hard gamer, 16GB is nothing. :/


    • Edited by Amedayis Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:41 PM
    Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:39 PM

Answers

  • 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. Here they are:

    1. It may sound strange to install a program when you’re trying to save disk space, but download WinDirStat, which 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 and large ‘chunks’ of used space. Download it here http://windirstat.info/ Uninstall the program after you’ve finished with it.

    2. Reduce the amount of space used by system restore by pressing the Windows Logo key+X (or right-click or press and hold the bottom left corner) and choosing System > System Protection (in the left pane) > System Protection Tab > Configure and change the disk space allocation. Also, if you have a separate hard drive, more space can be released by moving the pagefile to it.

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

    4. Remove any programs that are no longer used, via the Windows Logo key+X (or right-click or press and hold the bottom left corner) and choose Programs and Features. You may also want to turn some Windows features off (in the left pane).

    5. Open Computer (This PC) > Double-click or double-tap the 'C' drive > Manage > Cleanup > Cleanup system files (at the bottom). After the system checks for files that can be removed, tick any other files you want to cleanup and press OK > Delete files.

    6. Now cleanup two other folders by opening a Run window (Windows Logo key+R), type temp and press Enter. Delete everything that appears (there may be a few files that cannot be deleted, just skip them). Repeat the command for the other folder using %temp% in place of temp.

    7. If you don't use Hibernation you can save almost the equivalent in hard drive space as the amount of RAM that is installed by turning it off. In a Run window (Windows Logo key+R), 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.

    8. Examine the contents of the Recycle Bin and delete any unwanted items. Also, reduce the space used by the Recycle Bin by right-click or press and holding the Bin, clicking Properties > Custom Size and amend as necessary.

    9. Remove any other files that you may have overlooked in the past, e.g. old videos, also look in the Downloads folder for unwanted items.


    Ninety-nine per cent of politicians give the rest a bad name.

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Tuesday, August 5, 2014 1:08 AM
    Sunday, July 20, 2014 6:02 PM
  • 1. Buy new HDD if you feel you need it. There are upgrade kits that contain migration software. It pays off.

    2. Do not use 3rd pty disk cleaners. Cleaners may bring you more problems than help.

    3. Delete temp directories and well and browser cache.

    4. From the point of view you will need 15% of disk space free for correct defragmentation.

    5. Try to place your problem in the answers.microsoft.com

    HTH

    Milos

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Tuesday, August 5, 2014 1:08 AM
    Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:53 PM

All replies

  • 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. Here they are:

    1. It may sound strange to install a program when you’re trying to save disk space, but download WinDirStat, which 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 and large ‘chunks’ of used space. Download it here http://windirstat.info/ Uninstall the program after you’ve finished with it.

    2. Reduce the amount of space used by system restore by pressing the Windows Logo key+X (or right-click or press and hold the bottom left corner) and choosing System > System Protection (in the left pane) > System Protection Tab > Configure and change the disk space allocation. Also, if you have a separate hard drive, more space can be released by moving the pagefile to it.

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

    4. Remove any programs that are no longer used, via the Windows Logo key+X (or right-click or press and hold the bottom left corner) and choose Programs and Features. You may also want to turn some Windows features off (in the left pane).

    5. Open Computer (This PC) > Double-click or double-tap the 'C' drive > Manage > Cleanup > Cleanup system files (at the bottom). After the system checks for files that can be removed, tick any other files you want to cleanup and press OK > Delete files.

    6. Now cleanup two other folders by opening a Run window (Windows Logo key+R), type temp and press Enter. Delete everything that appears (there may be a few files that cannot be deleted, just skip them). Repeat the command for the other folder using %temp% in place of temp.

    7. If you don't use Hibernation you can save almost the equivalent in hard drive space as the amount of RAM that is installed by turning it off. In a Run window (Windows Logo key+R), 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.

    8. Examine the contents of the Recycle Bin and delete any unwanted items. Also, reduce the space used by the Recycle Bin by right-click or press and holding the Bin, clicking Properties > Custom Size and amend as necessary.

    9. Remove any other files that you may have overlooked in the past, e.g. old videos, also look in the Downloads folder for unwanted items.


    Ninety-nine per cent of politicians give the rest a bad name.

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Tuesday, August 5, 2014 1:08 AM
    Sunday, July 20, 2014 6:02 PM
  • 1. Buy new HDD if you feel you need it. There are upgrade kits that contain migration software. It pays off.

    2. Do not use 3rd pty disk cleaners. Cleaners may bring you more problems than help.

    3. Delete temp directories and well and browser cache.

    4. From the point of view you will need 15% of disk space free for correct defragmentation.

    5. Try to place your problem in the answers.microsoft.com

    HTH

    Milos

    • Marked as answer by Karen Hu Tuesday, August 5, 2014 1:08 AM
    Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:53 PM