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

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How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows?

How can I visualize which folders and files are taking up all of the space on my hard drive? I'm getting some conflicting reports on the size of hard drive contents. Namely what is and isn't there ...
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Why does the /winsxs folder grow so large, and can it be made smaller?

A Vista virtual machine I use only has a 10 GB virtual hard disk -- and I'm worried about it running out of space over time. I used TreeSize to check for the culprits.. And the primary culprit is ...
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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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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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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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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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Windows 7 - missing free HDD space

I have Windows 7 installed on a 45 GB partition, and every now and then it gets full, and I have to resize that partition. I always thought this was quite normal. But it happened again today and this ...
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Need an app that tells about file & folder sizes

I need an app that tells about file & folder sizes, like what is the biggest file and/or folder on my hard disk, sort this detail from biggest file and/or folder to the smallest & vice versa, ...
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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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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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My Windows folder takes up too much space - how can I reduce it?

In typical PCs the Size of Windows Folder is 6 to 8 GB but in my Case its 25GB. How can I delete the unwanted files from the Windows Folder (which, in turn, will optimize my C Drive size). My system ...
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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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slim down disk space usage windows 7

How can I reduce the amount of hard drive space Windows 7 uses? I've got my Win7 cramped into a 10GB virtual machine, and with Office installed, I’m running out of space. The short answer 'use a ...
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Can I change the path and directory of the “hiberfil.sys” on Windows 8 due to reduce my C:\ disk usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change location of hibernation file in Windows 7? I have a SSD with 32GB and a HDD with 500GB on my notebook and after 3 months using Windows 8 it startd to ...
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Newly formatted (NTFS) external hard drive already has 'Used space'. What determines the used space's amount? Is it correlated to the HD's capacity?

I just bought a new external hard drive (WD Elements - 1 TB). In a PC with Windows 7, I formatted it by Right-clicking the drive > Format (Quick Format - NTFS) before using it and, and then checked ...
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Good program to visualize file system usage on Mac?

Based on this question, I would like to know if there are any good programs to visualize file system usage on OS X? I used to have SpaceMonger when I was using a PC and would love to find some ...
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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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What stuff can safely be deleted/uninstalled from a fresh Windows 7 install?

My Windows 7 install is a bit portly - using well over 6GB. I've tried my usual favourite CCleaner and that didn't come up with much at all. It removed only a couple of megabytes. Any ideas on what ...
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Why is CBS.log file size 20 GB

Two days ago I had full C: drive after which I deleted 8 GB of data. The next day the hard drive was full again, so I continued with deleting another 5 GB, and once again the next day the disk was ...
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16GB winsxs folder on windows vista [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the /winsxs folder grow so large, and can it be made smaller? I know there are lots of posts about the winsxs folder, but I have yet to find any useful ...
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What are some tips on reducing the disk space used by Windows 7?

Does anyone have any tips on reducing the space used by Windows 7? So far I've got: Empty Recycle Bin Run Disk Cleanup Wizard Use 'Programs & Features' control panel to uninstall unneeded ...
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Windows.old folder loaded with Vista - Is it needed?

I have a laptop which is loaded with Windows Vista. There is a folder called Windows.Old in the C: drive which occupies about 2.5 GB of disk space and I badly need the space. Do I really need the ...
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How do I find out how much space a Metro App consumes in Windows 8?

For someone who is short on storage space (like on a Macbook Air -128 GB - Dual partition), each app counts towards storage. And what is the easiest way to find out?
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Why is the folder size (in properties) different from the total file/folder sizes in the folder?

Here's my problem I'm trying to do a cleanup of my hard drive, and I'm constantly seeing this scenario: (1) Aggregate folder size: I check the folder size viewing properties right clicking the ...
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How to find disk usage of folders in Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best program to visualize file system usage on Windows I am looking for a free solution in order to display the disk usage of the folders on my hard drive. I.e. how many ...
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Why does emptying disk space speed up computers?

I have been looking at a bunch of videos and now understand a bit better how computers work. I better understand what RAM is, volatile and non-volatile memory, and the process of swapping. I also ...
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What is a safe way to move AppData\Local to a different drive?

I have a 60GB SSD as my C: where I have my Windows and other essential program installations. I also have a huge non-SSD D:. I repeatedly find myself short of disk space on C:. The main culprits are ...
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Is there a way for Windows 7 to show remaining disk space in the status bar?

This is really driving me nuts. I do a lot of moving media files to and from USB drives, and I am constantly looking to the status bar to see how much remaining space I have on a drive. It's quick, ...
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Windows 8 disk space usage vs Windows 7

The official Microsoft Windows 8 (64 bit) disk space requirements are the same as Windows 7: 20 GB. In actual practice, how does Win8's disk space usage compare to Win7's? Specifically, how does disk ...
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Unexpected free disk space decrease?

On my Windows 7 PC, the free disk space has gone down by 1GB even though I haven't downloaded or installed any new files and I haven't downloaded any updates or other things? What could have made the ...
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Can I delete files from C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download?

I need to free space on Windows XP SP3. Q1) What system folders can be safely delete in case I don't need to have restore points etc? Q2) Can I delete content from ...
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where is my free space

I'm using Pinnacle Studio 12 to edit some videos and as you can guess it uses a lot of resources. The problem is that it eats all my free space from the C drive and after I close the application I ...
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How Much Space Do Empty Files Consume?

Windows reports both, empty files and folders, as taking up 0 bytes. Surely it takes something to store the file name, attributes, date [created/modified/accessed] etc. How is this weighted?
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Downsides of a small allocation unit size

Since I work in web development and bandwidth is always an issue, I make every effort to reduce the size of my files, especially images. As a result I have at least 10,000 files that are all around ...
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Hungry Time Machine

i have Time Machine, enabled on my mac in manual mode. Each day, i making a backup by clicking "Backup Now". Each time, a few Gb are used, to do the backup. The question is - Why so much ? Each day i ...
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How to determine where my disk space went [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to find disk usage of folders in Windows Best program to visualize file system usage on Windows? What’s using up my disk space? Windows 7 - mysteriously missing ...
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Why am I missing space on my hard drive in Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the effective hard drive size lower than the actual size? I have an HP Pavilion DM4 with a 750 GB hard drive. A few days ago, I installed Windows 8 on it, so I am ...
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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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Windows 7 taking more space than Vista?

I've just done an upgrade from Windows Vista Home to Windows 7 Home. I had previously done a backup of all the files i needed to keep ( pics, music, emails,...) on another computer. In all, the ...
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Over 20GB of disk space is gone?

System drive, OS is Windows 7 x64 SP1 Ultimate. Windows Explorer shows 100GB of used space. TreeSizeFree shows 75GB of used space. Total Commander and FAR confirm TreeSizeFree's measurements ...
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Unknown missing space in Windows 7 C:\ drive

I've been checking the internet for answers to missing space in Windows 7 (Professional 32bit) but most are slightly different from mine. My C:\ drive has about 56GB. Current disk space is about ...
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how to tell whats eating my harddrive space? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Best free tool to find largest files and folders on a drive Best program to visualize file system usage on Windows? does anyone know a free software that will graph ...
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iPhone/iPod space usage information on the device

iTunes gives an information (capacity bar) of the device (iPod Touch) when connected, with respect to the amount of space used by each category like Audio, Video, Photos, Apps etc. Is there any ...
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750Gig Hard Drive shows full with only 315Gigs used

I have a Win7 laptop with a 750Gig C: drive. It came partitioned with 714Gig usable from manufacturer. I installed programs, music files, etc up to 285 gigs. As of a few weeks ago it showed 285 ...
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vista winsxs folder eats disk space [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the /winsxs folder grow so large, and can it be made smaller? My machine has been running Vista Ultimate 64-Bit for about two years now. ServicePacks SP1 and ...
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How to analyse disk usage in command line linux?

du and df are nice, but I don't know how to filter the data they provide the way I do with SequoiaView. I would like to know which are the largest folders and the largest files in a glance.
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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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Is there a Windows command-line utility to list largest files exceeding specific size in sub-directories?

Would like to be able to find full paths of files in a directory tree that exceed a specific size (say 10MB). Currently aware of Microsoft's Diruse (part of Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools) ...
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Why does Windows occupy more disk space, compared to Linux? [closed]

Why does a Windows install take so much place compared to most Linux distributions, despite being capable of much less? For example, a standard Ubuntu installation takes about 4 GB and can actually be ...
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155 GB in c drive used up. 50 GB used in minutes. Windows 7

My laptop has Windows 7 home premium. OS is installed on C drive. The C drive has some 155 GB but currently only 1.17 GB is free. I deleted contents of my download folder and moved the contents from ...