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C drive running out of space

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Pradeep

#1
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

#2
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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#3
Disable system restore. Vista needs 40GB + RAM size. For me it was 56GB, 40GB + 16GB for Paging.
 

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MilesAhead

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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

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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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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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    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
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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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  • CPU
    pair of Intel E5430 quad core 2.66 GHz Xeons
    Motherboard
    Supermicro X7DWA-N server board
    Memory
    16GB DDR667
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS 640 MB video card
    Hard Drives
    SAS RAID
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Vulture

#8
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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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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