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Hard Drive Free Space keeps changing

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k1190

#1
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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J

John Bryntze

#2
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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MICHAEL

#3
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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k1190

#4
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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MICHAEL

#5
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/vista-system-restore-preferences/

http://weblog.infoworld.com/stratdev/archives/2007/02/system_restore_1.html

http://www.ghacks.net/2007/04/25/change-the-system-restore-size-in-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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k1190

#6
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/vista-system-restore-preferences/
>
> http://weblog.infoworld.com/stratdev/archives/2007/02/system_restore_1.html
>
> http://www.ghacks.net/2007/04/25/change-the-system-restore-size-in-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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MICHAEL

#7
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/vista-system-restore-preferences/
>>
>> http://weblog.infoworld.com/stratdev/archives/2007/02/system_restore_1.html
>>
>> http://www.ghacks.net/2007/04/25/change-the-system-restore-size-in-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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