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W8 - Hard disk shown as full but it's not RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I encountered a strange issue on my Windows 8 ultrabook.

    The OS is installed on a 24 Gb SSD, I also have a 1Tb HDD for data and programs.

    When I go to Computer Window, my SSD drive is shown full (250mb free) but when I browse to C:\ and select all folders (also hidden folders), properties only show 16Go used...

    The error already appears on my other computer but was fixed by hisself a few hours later.

    Does anyone encoutners the same issue ? Do you know how to resolve it ?

    Thanks for your answers.

    Sunday, September 30, 2012 12:36 PM

Answers

  • Hello,

    I do not use bitlocker on this device but i'm aware of the issue i can encounter with it.

    My issue was resolved by desabeling the page file.

    Thanks

    Monday, October 8, 2012 10:12 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Your problem is more similar as this thread:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w8itprogeneral/thread/99bde4ed-865e-42ad-b5dc-cd779433c7ec?prof=required

    Furthermore, you can also try to delete system temporary files and IE temporary files to release SSD space for C drive for test.


    Leo Huang

    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012 9:24 AM
  • Hello,

    Thanks a lot for your responses. My issue is not related to disk cleanup, temp files etc... I tried to disable the page file on my SSD drive, as I have 6gb RAM. It works and i'm now able to see more free space.

    Vegan > You adviced me to use my SSD for ReadyBoost. I thought ready boost was not really usefull if you have more than 1gb of RAM. Using it here will not increase my performances. Am I wrong ?

    Thanks

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012 6:27 AM
  • Hi, 

    Are you using Bitlocker? If so, the drive will seem to be full. Read this blog post about it:

    http://www.danielclasson.com/why-bitlocker-allocates-all-your-free-disk-space/


    Blog: www.danielclasson.com/blog | LinkedIn: Daniel Classon | Twitter: @danielclasson

    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, October 8, 2012 2:17 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by ChristopherRuiz Monday, October 8, 2012 10:10 AM
    Friday, October 5, 2012 1:22 PM
  • Hello,

    I do not use bitlocker on this device but i'm aware of the issue i can encounter with it.

    My issue was resolved by desabeling the page file.

    Thanks

    Monday, October 8, 2012 10:12 AM
  • selecting all folders doesn't count hidden files.

    Use TreeSizeFree to see the in detail view of the Space usage:

    http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    • Proposed as answer by GillesNLNL Tuesday, April 23, 2013 7:44 PM
    Monday, October 22, 2012 8:16 AM
    Answerer
  • The suggestion to use TreeSize Free was really helpful. I was having a similar issue, and I discovered that the search index is filling HUGE amounts of space on my drive. Now I have to figure out why.
    Wednesday, December 26, 2012 6:11 AM
  • I discovered that the search index is filling HUGE amounts of space on my drive. Now I have to figure out why.

    There is a known issue with the search index:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w8itprogeneral/thread/b9d897be-7cee-48bf-b06f-27bca627d3ee


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012 9:13 PM
    Answerer
  • This was the golden tip for me. Install this program run as ADMIN !!  and check out the size of the windows.edb file. It was 62 Gb on my 119 GB SSD. I had only 2 Gb free for use and this windows.edb indexing service was crippling my pc! I erased the file after disabling the service. (see: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/disable-windows-8-search-indexing/)

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 7:46 PM
  • This was the golden tip for me. Install this program run as ADMIN !!  and check out the size of the windows.edb file. It was 62 Gb on my 119 GB SSD.

    the exploding edb is a known issue for Windows 8:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/b9d897be-7cee-48bf-b06f-27bca627d3ee/


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013 6:02 AM
    Answerer