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    Pradeep Guest

    C drive running out of space

    Hi,

    As described in the subject line, i am facing a c drive running out of space
    problem. The following are the details related to the same:

    OS : Windows Vista Home Premium
    SP: Service Pack 1 Installed
    Total hard disk capacity: 100GB
    C Drive: 20 GB
    D Drive: 80 GB

    I thought it could be because of the program files folder that i am facing
    the issue but found that its size is 2.43GB. All the other folders are less
    but windows folder is taking the maximum share i.e. 14 GB. All the programs i
    have installed in the PC, i have taken enough care to specify their
    installation path to drive D. Still i am facing this problem.

    Drive C has about 60 GB free space. Is there any tool using which i could
    delete the partition so that i can get rid of this problem. Any other
    suggestions are also welcome.

    Thanks in Advance.

    Pradeep

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    HappyAndyK Guest

    Re: C drive running out of space


    First of all try to 'free up some disk space '
    (http://www.winvistaclub.com/t73.html)from your C Drive. Next you may
    have to see if you can 'Extend the C partition'
    (http://www.winvistaclub.com/t11.html) using Vista's Disk Management
    utility. You can not merge partitions in Vista with this Utility. Also
    note that you can extend only to the right; if you are desirous of
    extending the partition to the left, you may have to use a 3rd party
    utility, like Acronis.


    Pradeep;64553 Wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > As described in the subject line, i am facing a c drive running out of
    > space
    > problem. The following are the details related to the same:
    >
    > OS : Windows Vista Home Premium
    > SP: Service Pack 1 Installed
    > Total hard disk capacity: 100GB
    > C Drive: 20 GB
    > D Drive: 80 GB
    >
    > I thought it could be because of the program files folder that i am
    > facing
    > the issue but found that its size is 2.43GB. All the other folders are
    > less
    > but windows folder is taking the maximum share i.e. 14 GB. All the
    > programs i
    > have installed in the PC, i have taken enough care to specify their
    > installation path to drive D. Still i am facing this problem.
    >
    > Drive C has about 60 GB free space. Is there any tool using which i
    > could
    > delete the partition so that i can get rid of this problem. Any other
    > suggestions are also welcome.
    >
    > Thanks in Advance.
    >
    > Pradeep

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    Re: C drive running out of space

    Disable system restore. Vista needs 40GB + RAM size. For me it was 56GB, 40GB + 16GB for Paging.

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    Re: C drive running out of space

    How much Ram do you have installed? I have 2 GB Ram and don't run a swap file. The only time I got a "low memory" error msg was because I kept trying to play a bad video file and without realizing it I had 1/2 dozen copies of VLC Media Player running.

    If you must use swap, move it to D:

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    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Re: C drive running out of space

    On Sun, 20 Jul 2008 15:55:12 -0500, MilesAhead
    <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

    >
    > How much Ram do you have installed? I have 2 GB Ram and don't run a
    > swap file.

    It's called the "page" file in Windows XP. Turning it off is a very
    bad thing to do, regardless of how much RAM you have. That's for two
    reasons:

    1. If you don't have a page file, you can't use all the RAM you have.
    That's because Windows preallocates virtual memory in anticipation of
    a possible need for it, even though that allocated virtual memory may
    never be used. Without a page file, that allocation has to be made in
    real memory, thus tying up that memory and preventing it from being
    used for any purpose.

    2. There is never a benefit in not having a page file. If it isn't
    needed, it won't be used. Don't confuse allocated memory with used
    memory.



    > The only time I got a "low memory" error msg was because I
    > kept trying to play a bad video file and without realizing it I had 1/2
    > dozen copies of VLC Media Player running.
    >
    > If you must use swap, move it to D:


    Assuming that D: is a second partition, that's also bad advice.
    Putting the Page File on a second partition is not a good idea, and
    can hurt your performance. What it does is move the page file to a
    location on the hard drive distant from the other frequently-used data
    on the drive. The result is that every time Windows needs to use the
    page file, the time to get to it and back from it is increased.

    Putting the page file on a second *physical* drive is a good idea,
    since it decreases head movement, but not to a second partition on a
    single drive. A good rule of thumb is that the page file should be on
    the most-used partition of the least-used physical drive. For almost
    everyone with a single drive, that's C:.


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    Re: C drive running out of space

    A swap file by any other name is virtual memory. To run out of disc space to support a swap file that isn't needed is insane.

    If you have enough ram you don't need swap. Not everyone runs MS Office apps.

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    Re: C drive running out of space

    I would put 128MB minimum and maximum paging file on C:. Move the rest to D: 2GB minimum and maximum on D: . A small paging file on C: helps with boot up.

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    Re: C drive running out of space


    The issue may be related to an UNBOUNDED Maximum Shadow Copy size. To
    check the Shadow Copy size:
    1. Open a Command Prompt and run as Administrator.
    2. Type vssadmin List ShadowStorage
    3. Check the line Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space to see if it is set
    to UNBOUNDED.
    If it is set to UNBOUNDED, do the following to give it a maximum size:
    4. Type: vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /On=C: /For=C: /MaxSize=5GB
    5. You should see the message: Successfully resized the shadow copy
    storage association.
    6. Perform step 2 again and verify that the Maximum Shadow Copy Storage
    space is set to 5 GB.

    The user should see an immediate return of hard drive space.


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    Re: C drive running out of space

    The issue may be related to an UNBOUNDED Maximum Shadow Copy size. To check the Shadow Copy size:
    1. Open a Command Prompt and run as Administrator.
    2. Type vssadmin List ShadowStorage
    3. Check the line Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space to see if it is set to UNBOUNDED.
    If it is set to UNBOUNDED, do the following to give it a maximum size:
    4. Type: vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /On=C: /For=C: /MaxSize=5GB
    5. You should see the message: Successfully resized the shadow copy storage association.
    6. Perform step 2 again and verify that the Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space is set to 5 GB.

    The user should see an immediate return of hard drive space.

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