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XP hogs disk space 10 years 2 weeks ago #18168

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Hi,

For the first time in years I installed XP Pro to a desktop. I installed to the first partition on the first disk....waited what seems like hours..answered many questions and finally windows (3 hrs later) was working.

Checking the system out I noticed that I only had 3 GB of a 10 Gb partition free! Now I know it has been a while but I couldn't believe that XP had doubled in size.

A quick manual check of all folders confirmed that only 2.5 gb of files were installed.

So why does explorer seem convinced that my partion only has 3 Gb free?

Not using windows muc (prefer linux) I really don't know where to begin!

Help

R

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Re: XP hogs disk space 10 years 2 weeks ago #18169

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Hmmm, interesting.

If you install TreeSize, where does it show that all the space is being taken up ?

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patition 10 years 2 weeks ago #18177

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hi,
what is the file partition type on the primary partition?
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Re: XP hogs disk space 10 years 2 weeks ago #18194

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Hi All,

Solved! booting in to linux allowed me to use konqueror to view the file sizes graphically. This showed that 1.5GB was being taken by the page file (should have guessed as I have a 1 GB RAM and page file is 1.5 x available ram by default).

And another 1.5GB used for system restore points.

So restore points are off, and the pagefile reduced.

And just to satisfy arani's interest: Primary partition is ntfs.

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thanks 10 years 2 weeks ago #18195

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hi ranger,
thanks for the info. i had an impression that this has something to do with the FAT. anyways, now you have literally seen how windows starts hogging free space for it's needs.
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Re: XP hogs disk space 10 years 2 weeks ago #18196

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Cheers Ranger, i did think about the PAge File but with the difference being 4.5Mb i thought the RAM would have to have been 3Gig (suppose it could have been but didn't think that was the case). Forgot all about the restore point :)

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