Nao

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« on March 12th, 2015, 12:49 PM »
Okay, since most of the talk is unrelated to Wedge these days and devoted to Linux (of which I'm not a big fan......... Not that I'm a fan of any OSes these days), I'm also taking a break off it and trying to get a real project off the ground (by "real", I mean "not as fantastic and ambitious as Wedge, but one that people are actually willing to pay for.")

So I installed Visual Studio Community on my C: drive (because SSD!), which only had 11 GB of free space...
The installer said, "10 GB required". Good. Go ahead, I'm going to bed. This morning, I woke up to a disaster: VS obviously filled my entire C drive, and in the process many programs crashed... Except for the VS installer, which didn't seem to care.

Only, it had filled my entire drive (that is, NOT 10 GB), so I decided to uninstall that piece of crap because I don't like false promises, AND it filled my control panel's Programs tab with dozens of useless programs I didn't want, like their awful SQL Server... Or ASP.Net, etc.

Okay, so I installed VS automatically and ended up with 9.1 free GB, then after installing everything else one by one, I was at 8.8 GB... Yep. Then I rebooted, and was at 8.7. (My page file is fixed sized, so it's not related to that.) I launched the drive cleanup utility from Microsoft, and eliminated 1.5 GB of old backups and 1 GB of 'pending logs' as suggested by it, and after a reboot, I was at 9.1 GB. I'm not kidding you guys... I uninstalled XP Mode (1.1 GB), rebooted, and was at 9.1 GB again. This whole 'uninstall and cleanup' process is very cool, since I apparently got robbed of about 5 GB of disk space by Microsoft since last night.

And don't tell me to go for Linux, quite obviously from reading the other topic, it's even worse! :lol:
Also, when I removed XP Mode, Microsoft 'forgot' to remove the diff drive (8 GB!), so I had to remove it manually. Thankfully, I didn't forget about it myself... Now at that point, I'm at ~20 GB when I should be at 25 or 26, maybe more.

My question is: what the hell is happening with Windows and the C drive..? I never really looked into that one, because I'm mostly dealing with my data drive, but for instance, a few seconds ago I noticed my drive was at 24.6 (!!!!), then I refreshed, and it was at 19.4. Currently at 19.5. There's something fishy in here... And I couldn't find answers about that issue. So, are you aware guys, of anything that could cause these free space fluctuations? Is it Windows? Is it the hard drive? Do I actually have 25+ GB free space, and I just need to try and fill it somehow..?

Still at 19.5... :-/
Posted: March 12th, 2015, 12:44 PM

Also, it hasn't uninstalled ASP.Net since Windows Update is offering an important update for "ASP.NET Web Frameworks - Security Update for Microsoft ASP.NET MVC 4.0", and yes, I don't want to have ASP.NET anywhere near me, AND it's not showing up in the control panel as an installed program...!!

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Re: Windows
« Reply #1, on March 12th, 2015, 02:28 PM »
What does the Disk Cleanup utility tell you about which function hogs most of your space?

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Re: Windows
« Reply #2, on March 12th, 2015, 10:54 PM »
How big is the temp directory (remembering that cleanups only delete files more than a week old)?

I don't have any issues, but I mostly use it for gaming so I am used to space just being eaten (and I have 3TB and Windows 8.1).

PS: Have you tried Linux ;)
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Re: Windows
« Reply #4, on March 12th, 2015, 11:23 PM »
My 3TB hard drive was the best investment I bought.

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Re: Windows
« Reply #5, on April 4th, 2015, 08:10 PM »
For those curious -- I finally got it... The problem was with the (inaccessible) System Volume Information folder. It holds restore points, and can be viewed with several utilities. It's automatically emptied if more space is needed on the HD, but it's really loose on that aspect -- I mean, at one point I only had 1 GB free, and it did nothing for me...
It finally emptied itself (had over 6 GB of data), and that's nice. I can also set it up through control panel -> system -> system protection.

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Re: Windows
« Reply #6, on April 5th, 2015, 03:03 PM »
Ohhh... darn restore points.
In the past it was the first thing to disable in my book. Then I started to forget about them. But for sure, when you need one it's not there. xD