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Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing

  1. #1


    k1190 Guest

    Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing

    One day my Local Disk hard drive read the free space as 12gb. A few days
    later it decreased to about 8gb. Today i added a few more files, but instead
    of decreasing as it usually would, it now said i had 9gb. This constantly
    fluctuating hard drive space has been happening a lot to my OS drive, but
    never to my storage drive. Other times it read about 6gb, then later about
    11gb, and i didn't even delete anything. Is this a sign that my hard drive is
    failing? Or has this something to do with Vista?

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  3. #2


    John Bryntze Guest

    RE: Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing

    This could be due to c:\pagefile.sys or c:\hiberfil.sys that can take up
    several GB depending on your size of RAM and other parameters.
    Crash Dumps can take various amount of space too.

    I think it is perfectly normal, but you could run a disk check and a disk
    clean for performance reasons.

    "k1190" wrote:

    > One day my Local Disk hard drive read the free space as 12gb. A few days
    > later it decreased to about 8gb. Today i added a few more files, but instead
    > of decreasing as it usually would, it now said i had 9gb. This constantly
    > fluctuating hard drive space has been happening a lot to my OS drive, but
    > never to my storage drive. Other times it read about 6gb, then later about
    > 11gb, and i didn't even delete anything. Is this a sign that my hard drive is
    > failing? Or has this something to do with Vista?


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  4. #3


    MICHAEL Guest

    Re: Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing



    k1190 wrote:
    > One day my Local Disk hard drive read the free space as 12gb. A few days
    > later it decreased to about 8gb. Today i added a few more files, but instead
    > of decreasing as it usually would, it now said i had 9gb. This constantly
    > fluctuating hard drive space has been happening a lot to my OS drive, but
    > never to my storage drive. Other times it read about 6gb, then later about
    > 11gb, and i didn't even delete anything. Is this a sign that my hard drive is
    > failing? Or has this something to do with Vista?


    More than likely, it's System Restore creating restore points.
    Every time you get a Windows Update, even if it's just an update
    for Windows Defender (those restore points can be stopped) a
    restore point is created. Most of the time, when you install or
    even uninstall a program, a restore point is created. When the
    restore points get to a certain size, some of them are deleted.
    If this is a new installation or new computer and you are setting
    it up, installing software, you are going to see those type of free
    space fluctuations. You can use Disk Cleanup to manually delete all
    but the last restore point.


    -Michael

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  5. #4


    k1190 Guest

    Re: Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing

    Thanks for your help. Can you show me how to stop the windows updates from
    creating restore point. Thanks

    "MICHAEL" wrote:

    >
    >
    > k1190 wrote:
    > > One day my Local Disk hard drive read the free space as 12gb. A few days
    > > later it decreased to about 8gb. Today i added a few more files, but instead
    > > of decreasing as it usually would, it now said i had 9gb. This constantly
    > > fluctuating hard drive space has been happening a lot to my OS drive, but
    > > never to my storage drive. Other times it read about 6gb, then later about
    > > 11gb, and i didn't even delete anything. Is this a sign that my hard drive is
    > > failing? Or has this something to do with Vista?

    >
    > More than likely, it's System Restore creating restore points.
    > Every time you get a Windows Update, even if it's just an update
    > for Windows Defender (those restore points can be stopped) a
    > restore point is created. Most of the time, when you install or
    > even uninstall a program, a restore point is created. When the
    > restore points get to a certain size, some of them are deleted.
    > If this is a new installation or new computer and you are setting
    > it up, installing software, you are going to see those type of free
    > space fluctuations. You can use Disk Cleanup to manually delete all
    > but the last restore point.
    >
    >
    > -Michael
    >


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  6. #5


    MICHAEL Guest

    Re: Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing

    Before disabling any part System Restore, have a look at
    these links. It tells you how to adjust the size
    of System Restore.

    http://jimiz.net/blog/2007/02/15/vis...e-preferences/

    http://weblog.infoworld.com/stratdev...restore_1.html

    http://www.ghacks.net/2007/04/25/cha...-windows-vista



    -Michael


    k1190 wrote:
    > Thanks for your help. Can you show me how to stop the windows updates from
    > creating restore point. Thanks
    >
    > "MICHAEL" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> k1190 wrote:
    >>> One day my Local Disk hard drive read the free space as 12gb. A few days
    >>> later it decreased to about 8gb. Today i added a few more files, but instead
    >>> of decreasing as it usually would, it now said i had 9gb. This constantly
    >>> fluctuating hard drive space has been happening a lot to my OS drive, but
    >>> never to my storage drive. Other times it read about 6gb, then later about
    >>> 11gb, and i didn't even delete anything. Is this a sign that my hard drive is
    >>> failing? Or has this something to do with Vista?

    >> More than likely, it's System Restore creating restore points.
    >> Every time you get a Windows Update, even if it's just an update
    >> for Windows Defender (those restore points can be stopped) a
    >> restore point is created. Most of the time, when you install or
    >> even uninstall a program, a restore point is created. When the
    >> restore points get to a certain size, some of them are deleted.
    >> If this is a new installation or new computer and you are setting
    >> it up, installing software, you are going to see those type of free
    >> space fluctuations. You can use Disk Cleanup to manually delete all
    >> but the last restore point.
    >>
    >>
    >> -Michael
    >>


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  7. #6


    k1190 Guest

    Re: Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing

    Thanks for this. I don't think i will need to turn off system restore anymore.

    "MICHAEL" wrote:

    > Before disabling any part System Restore, have a look at
    > these links. It tells you how to adjust the size
    > of System Restore.
    >
    > http://jimiz.net/blog/2007/02/15/vis...e-preferences/
    >
    > http://weblog.infoworld.com/stratdev...restore_1.html
    >
    > http://www.ghacks.net/2007/04/25/cha...-windows-vista
    >
    >
    >
    > -Michael
    >
    >
    > k1190 wrote:
    > > Thanks for your help. Can you show me how to stop the windows updates from
    > > creating restore point. Thanks
    > >
    > > "MICHAEL" wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >> k1190 wrote:
    > >>> One day my Local Disk hard drive read the free space as 12gb. A few days
    > >>> later it decreased to about 8gb. Today i added a few more files, but instead
    > >>> of decreasing as it usually would, it now said i had 9gb. This constantly
    > >>> fluctuating hard drive space has been happening a lot to my OS drive, but
    > >>> never to my storage drive. Other times it read about 6gb, then later about
    > >>> 11gb, and i didn't even delete anything. Is this a sign that my hard drive is
    > >>> failing? Or has this something to do with Vista?
    > >> More than likely, it's System Restore creating restore points.
    > >> Every time you get a Windows Update, even if it's just an update
    > >> for Windows Defender (those restore points can be stopped) a
    > >> restore point is created. Most of the time, when you install or
    > >> even uninstall a program, a restore point is created. When the
    > >> restore points get to a certain size, some of them are deleted.
    > >> If this is a new installation or new computer and you are setting
    > >> it up, installing software, you are going to see those type of free
    > >> space fluctuations. You can use Disk Cleanup to manually delete all
    > >> but the last restore point.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> -Michael
    > >>

    >


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  8. #7


    MICHAEL Guest

    Re: Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing

    You're welcome.


    Take care,

    Michael

    k1190 wrote:
    > Thanks for this. I don't think i will need to turn off system restore anymore.
    >
    > "MICHAEL" wrote:
    >
    >> Before disabling any part System Restore, have a look at
    >> these links. It tells you how to adjust the size
    >> of System Restore.
    >>
    >> http://jimiz.net/blog/2007/02/15/vis...e-preferences/
    >>
    >> http://weblog.infoworld.com/stratdev...restore_1.html
    >>
    >> http://www.ghacks.net/2007/04/25/cha...-windows-vista
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> -Michael
    >>
    >>
    >> k1190 wrote:
    >>> Thanks for your help. Can you show me how to stop the windows updates from
    >>> creating restore point. Thanks
    >>>
    >>> "MICHAEL" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> k1190 wrote:
    >>>>> One day my Local Disk hard drive read the free space as 12gb. A few days
    >>>>> later it decreased to about 8gb. Today i added a few more files, but instead
    >>>>> of decreasing as it usually would, it now said i had 9gb. This constantly
    >>>>> fluctuating hard drive space has been happening a lot to my OS drive, but
    >>>>> never to my storage drive. Other times it read about 6gb, then later about
    >>>>> 11gb, and i didn't even delete anything. Is this a sign that my hard drive is
    >>>>> failing? Or has this something to do with Vista?
    >>>> More than likely, it's System Restore creating restore points.
    >>>> Every time you get a Windows Update, even if it's just an update
    >>>> for Windows Defender (those restore points can be stopped) a
    >>>> restore point is created. Most of the time, when you install or
    >>>> even uninstall a program, a restore point is created. When the
    >>>> restore points get to a certain size, some of them are deleted.
    >>>> If this is a new installation or new computer and you are setting
    >>>> it up, installing software, you are going to see those type of free
    >>>> space fluctuations. You can use Disk Cleanup to manually delete all
    >>>> but the last restore point.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> -Michael
    >>>>


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