The amount of computer storage space on devices, such as hard drive, floppy or USB flash drive.

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How can I to free up drive space from the Windows installer folder without killing Windows 8.1?

On my SSD machine, the C:\Windows\Installer folder is massive and takes up about 15% of my total disk space. Is there a way to clean up that folder without killing Windows 8.1? The way Microsoft ...
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Disk drive space inconsistencies when at capacity

I noticed that one of my drives was full after moving some files onto it: I thought it unlikely that copying files of random sizes would result in exactly filling the available space, so I became ...
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Undo Creating Symbolic Links by copying back the original, rename the file and deleting the link

I used a windows 7 utility to delete exact byte per byte duplicate files and replace them with a symbolic link before I knew that the symbolic link type is not allowed in our corporate domain. I need ...
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How to manage space effectively on a small SSD

How do you manage disk space on a small SSD? I bought a new PC that came with a 128GB SSD (local disk) and 1TB internal drive. The OS takes up most of the space on the SSD. From the moment I turned ...
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Missing disk space on SSD despite no paging file or hibernate.sys

I've been completely unable to find an answer as to why my SSD is missing ~20GB of space that doesn't include decreasing the size of the paging file, disabling hibernation or extending the volume in ...
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Windows won't install

I want to install Windows XP, but this shows up and I can not go further. I have one hard disk. It is split up in two partition. One is primary and is full of documents. The other is logical. I ...
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What is taking so much space on my hard drive? [duplicate]

So, today I have realized that free space on my desktop was suspiciously low (I had only about 60 GB free space). I have a 500 GB SSD and a 500 GB regular hard drive for back up. I don't have a ton of ...
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2 additional partitions next to windows 8

so im trying to move my windows to different disk without harming them, and suddenly I found those two partitions in my disk: Can I just delete them or are they something important? from what I ...
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Why does emptying disk space speed up computers?

I have been looking to a bunch of videos and I now understand a bit better how computers work. I understand a bit better as well what is the RAM, the volatile and non-volatile memories or the process ...
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How to prevent Windows 7 from creating system restore files and shadow copies?

I have noticed that my Windows 7 partition loses free space about half a gigabyte every day until there is no space left anymore. I can work around this by going to Disk Cleanup -> More Options -> ...
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Is this an accurate strategy for deleting files from C:\Windows\temp safely?

I read today that if you want to delete files not deleted by disk cleanup on Windows 7 in C:\Windows\temp that you should first restart your computer, and then after logging back in delete only files ...
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Modify a large file, then be able to rollback changes doing it (almost) inplace

I'm recovering data from a damaged 500GB disk drive. I'm copying data (ext4 partition) to a 500GB image file. The process is taking about 3 months of copying in total (yes, months). So I'm using dd ...
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partition managing not allowing to expand

I wanted to dual boot Linux + win7. I got to the disk management program and discovered that I can not extend the win7 partition. (superuser also wont allow me to post images so I cant stick an image ...
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How do I merge two unallocated, non-sequential partitions on the same logical disk?

I'm wondering if I could merge two unallocated spaces as shown in the picture below: I would like to combine the two unallocated spaces into a single space for further partitioning.
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NGEN is eating up all my disk space

For a couple months now I've woken up every couple days to find my C:\ drive out of space. After some digging I found my C:\Windows\Temp folder was full of 3MB log files -- ~40GB worth, numbering in ...
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Why is docker reporting 100% disk usage on a fresh ubuntu image?

I am no longer able to use docker or effectively run new images -- it is reporting that I have 100% disk usage. Here, you can see I am launching a pristine copy of ubuntu, and yet it is telling me I ...
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Adding a disk to an Amazon EC2 instance

I am using Amazon EC2 instance where I have low disk space [root@ip-10-59-143-73 ~]# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/xvde1 5.7G 3.3G 2.3G 60% / none ...
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File system activity history tool?

My home PC (Win 7) fills up drive C, either by itself or as a result of something I do or use. I don't download, I keep track of my clouds sync, but GBs of free space mysteriously disappear (about 20 ...
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“Size on disk” column missing in Windows Explorer?

I decided to use the "compress this drive to save space" option on my backup drive, which simply houses a Windows Server Backup. I learned that when viewing file properies for files on a drive using ...
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Reclaiming disk space on Windows [closed]

A lot of disk space is taken up by a default Windows installation in various temporary and backup data that may never get cleaned up on its own. Eventually you realize that the large multi hundred ...
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How can I disable the low disk space warning on a single drive in Windows 8?

Id like to disable the low disk space warning, ideally for a single drive in Windows 8. My gut feeling is that is it will be an all or nothing change. Any ideas?
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What if I checked the box “Compress this drive to save disk space” on an SSD?

I was wondering how it would effect an SSD if this was checked: I was just curious whether it would save my SSD disk space?
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Linux utility for finding the largest files/directories [closed]

I'm looking for a program to show me which files/directories occupy the most space, something like: 74% music \- 60% music1 \- 14% music2 12% code 13% other I know that it's possible in KDE3, but ...
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Determine what has taken up disk space on a retina MacBook in the last 24-48 hours?

MacBook is out of space again: 20GB free yesterday, now 0. Is there a way to locate what has taken up the disk space in the last 24-48 hours?
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What is the difference between 'physical' and 'logical' size?

I just found out about the mdls command on OS X which prints out the metadata associated with a given file. This command tells me both a 'physical size' ("kMDItemPhysicalSize") and 'logical size' ...
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Smart disk error?

I performed disk tests with DLGDIAG and HDAT2 and none found bad sectors, but there is a !Smart error flag in HDAT2, What does this mean? Here's a screenshot.
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How to clear 217Gb of <Unknown> space on my C drive?

I have a Dell XPS 15 (2013 model L521X - Windows 7) with a capacity of 680.3Gb on the C drive. But WinDirSat says that 217.4Gb of that space is and I can't access it! SpaceSniffer says that 215.8Gb ...
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VMware player disk clean up

I am currently running the free version of VMware player which corresponds to workstation 10. I am trying to figure out how to run the disk clean up utility to free up space on the virtual drive. I am ...
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Missing disk space in Windows XP

On my mother's Lenovo laptop, Windows XP claims that the hard drive is almost full. According to the properties window, 52.7 out of 55.2 GB is in use: By deleting temp files from Internet Explorer, ...
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How to determine available free space on Ubuntu?

I am in a situation where I am getting an error when I try to save a file to my Ubuntu server via ssh. It says there isn't any available space left. I don't know how that can be true. What should I do ...
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Can i remove previous version of Google Chromes on Mac OSX?

The picture was generated from space analysis app named "GrandPerspective". I tried to free more space for my Macbook Air but what i've found in /Applications/Google Chrome/Contents/ folder, As ...
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Checking server space in CentOS 6.5; is it added to a folder or the whole system?

I have a CentOS 6.5 server. This server had an hard disk with “X” GB of space. Then the sysadmin added more space via vSphere. Is this additional space is available in any folder or only in a specific ...
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Why is the free disk space on an external drive varying wildly while copying files on it?

I'm using Windows 8.1 Explorer to copy image files from my Android mounted as media device, onto an SSD connected via a USB 2.0 drive enclosure (NTFS). While the copying goes on, the free disk space ...
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Potentially missing 10GB space on C drive.

I'm using windows 8.1 on my laptop and I's using a 512GB SSD drive as the system drive (C drive). I have recently found out that my C drive is potentially missing almost 10GB space. Please see the ...
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Can I recover my files from a USB hard drive? I don't see any files, but half the disk space is gone.

I have a 500 GB USB drive. Whether I go to Windows Explorer or Finder, the drive shows that about half the drive is free. However, when I open the drive in either Windows 7 or OS X, no files show ...
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Defrag SSD when partioning the drive

I've been wondering if it changed anything to defrag an SSD drive in order to move all the used clusters "in front" and keep the ones "in the back" open for, for example, partioning the hard drive ...
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What process manages disk storage in Windows?

Which Windows process is responsible for determining the low level space management and allocation? For example, that the data goes to this block, this segment etc.
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Is it safe to delete from C:\Windows\Installer?

I've been looking on an XP machine what is using all that diskspace, and it turns out C:\Windows\Installer is high up there on the list of directories that use the most diskspace. It seems to contain ...
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Why do SSDs have weird sizes?

Why do SSDs have sizes like 240 GB or 120 GB rather than the normal 256 GB or 512 GB? Those numbers make much more sense than 240 or 120.
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Almost half of disk space unaccounted for on Windows 7 computer

I'm trying to determine what's eating almost half of disk on my Windows 7 Lenovo laptop but haven't been able to determine what. I read some of the answers on this site but none of the causes seems ...
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How do I back up images with limited disk space?

I'm in a scenario where I have one 500GB hard drive and about 400GB of images I want to tar. I obviously won't have enough disk space, but I don't mind getting rid of the images as they are added to ...
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Compiling the Linux kernel, how much size is needed?

I have downloaded the newest most stable Linux kernel, 2.6.33.2. I thought I would test this using VirtualBox. So I create a dynamically sized harddisk of 4 GB. And installed CentOS 5.3 with just the ...
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How to reduce the size (disk space) of Windows 8

This question is about what things I can do to reduce the size that Windows 8 uses. Background example: At present, and with only one program installed (MS Access 2007), I have used about 15GB of my ...
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Why has my drive space increased by 10GB? [closed]

My hard drive space has mysteriously increased by 10GB. I haven't uninstalled anything. I know of the pagefile but could it account for 10GB? Prior to this, my laptop was off and I had removed the ...
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Is windows 8.1 enterprise supposed to take up 27GB on a fresh install?

Windows 8.1 Enterprise + Visual Studio 2013 pro update 4 is taking 35.7 GB. (mind you I have not installed anything other than Google Chrome) All I want this partition on my mac pros SSD is for ...
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Chrome Using 7.6GB of Disk Space. Has a File 5.9GB that hasn't been Accessed for 92 Days

I just ran WinDirStat and noticed that Google Chrome is using tons of disk space. One file in particular is 5.9GB and hasn't been modified since July 11, 2013, its name is just: 00000001 What is this ...
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How do I get my winsxs folder to be smaller on windows 7, above and beyond all of the standard disk clean up? [duplicate]

I'm running my computer on a small 100GB SSD. I noticed that there was 22GB left on it, and I started to investigate. The biggest culprit on my machine was a 32GB WinSxS folder. I was flabbergasted. ...
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What's using up my disk space?

My Vista 64 installation has drive C, a 150 GB hard drive. I also has a 1.5 TB drive D. My C drive has 12.3 GB free. I don't know what's using up all the space. There's almost 83 GB unaccounted ...
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How to delete lost files in NTFS drive

I faced a problem like the one described here. Basically, after connecting my NTFS external hard drive to my TV, two folders were lost, appearing only as a 0KB file. I have been able to recover the ...
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Wrong disk space displayed

My main SSD shows me that I have 2.51Gb space left. But when I add up everything in C:/ by selecting all (including hidden folders and Windows folder) and looking at properties, it only takes ...