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Old 05-03-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
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Hi,

Just wondering about an observation that I've made over the past few days.

I've got Windows XP SP2 and Vista Home Premium SP1 installed as a dual boot, and I notice that when logging on Vista, I am losing disk space for some reason.

When I'm logged on under the XP partition (C Drive), I see that Vista (D Drive) has 29.1GB of free space. However, if I restart the computer and log on under Vista, somehow a large chunk of that disk space disappears, and when checking the D Drive, it tells me that it has only 20.4GB remaining of disk space.

I've tried running CCleaner when logged on under Vista, but that only finds about 10MB of stuff to clear.

It's no real problem for me, I was just wondering what might be causing this, whether it is just temporary files or not, or maybe something else.

Does anyone here know about this ?

Edit: Just noticed that it actually starts off at 29.1GB free when I log onto Vista, but then it decreases as I use it. Right now, it has lost about 3GB in 30 minutes or so. I can understand that it will decrease due to temporary files, and other usage, but decreasing by this much does seem a bit odd to me...even on Vista.
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install and run ccleaner
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:27 PM   #3
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As mentioned, I've already tried CCleaner, but it doesn't find much to clean, only about 10MB, and I've got all the cleaning options selected
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well i have no idea then....
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Old 05-04-2008, 04:02 AM   #5
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It is probably the auto back up Vista does every week or whatever it is set up, that can be very big.
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That and the incessant logging of every little thing it or you do. I've got some tools that I use to keep vista under control. Pay attention to anything in RED. means it's either dangerous to use or my support has been withdrawn.
Hey looky here, it's another one of them thar clickable links.
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how big is your hard drive???
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Yep, would be helpful to have some specs on your rig.
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he probs got a 60g by the sounds but im intrested also
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he probs got a 60g by the sounds but im intrested also
yeah... that's what i want to know.... have 2 OS's on a small drive... not good really...
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no his xp is on c drive and vista on d drive. read the first post
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It is probably the auto back up Vista does every week or whatever it is set up, that can be very big.
QFT. This is the correct answer. Disable system restore as Vista creates them all the time and never deletes them. Either disable it altogether or limit it to say, 2.5GB. I'm on an XP machine ATM, so I'll tell you how to disable it in Vista when I can.
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QFT. This is the correct answer. Disable system restore as Vista creates them all the time and never deletes them. Either disable it altogether or limit it to say, 2.5GB. I'm on an XP machine ATM, so I'll tell you how to disable it in Vista when I can.
Vista does delete them IF you reach it's limit. In disk cleanup you can delete all but the most recent restore point, that'll free you up some space.
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It's actually an 80GB hard drive with Vista taking up the majority (about 55GB), and XP using the rest

The problem was actually with the system restore. I disabled system restore, and when I refreshed the 'My Computer' page, I found that I had regained 9GB of disk space

Thanks a lot for the help guys, much appreciated
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no his xp is on c drive and vista on d drive. read the first post
Have a look at the last post... (down below)

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It's actually an 80GB hard drive with Vista taking up the majority (about 55GB), and XP using the rest

The problem was actually with the system restore. I disabled system restore, and when I refreshed the 'My Computer' page, I found that I had regained 9GB of disk space

Thanks a lot for the help guys, much appreciated
Well at least the problem is not solved.
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