Windows SSD boot drive practically full


A user has a computer composed of two drives, the boot drive is a 100 GB SSD and the second a 1TB platter drive

What can I move (read relocate) to the second drive in order to increase the C: drive's free storage space ?

Yann ShukorOwnerAsked:
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
Check your %temp% directory and delete anything in there.

You can also move your pagefile to the other drive which will take care a lot of space

I would recommend running a treesize (or something like it) to view what is really using up the space. Sometimes it will be a user profile has a large ISO in the downloads folder. After you run this you'll have a much better idea of what you need to clean up.
RobertSystem AdminCommented:
If you have not already open a command prompt and run "cleanmgr" (which opens the Disk cleanup tool)
Select the drive you want then see what it finds that can be cleaned up. sometimes that can free up some space from things like temp files.

Data files not associated with an app are the easiest to move; things like:
Redirecting the My documents (if not already done so via gpo).
search the C: drive for other items like it (such as music etc)

That said the first step is usually determining what is using the space.
(I use treesizefree) to determine which folders are using up the space.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
You can uninstall any applications installed on the C drive and then re-install them on the 1 TB drive.

TreeSize as mentioned above is a great util.
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
I always found the WINSXS takes up a lot of space. You can usually bring this down in size using the disk cleanup tool. Also check how much data you have stored in your user profile (C:\users). Treesize can help identify where to look within there.
You can run windirstat to see what is the greatest user of space and it's arrange hierarchically so that the biggest users are at the very top. Very often you will find that checkpoints are taking a tremendous amount of space. You can clean out all checkpoints besides your latest one which will clear a lot of space.

How to clear old checkpoints

Only windows files and program files should be on your SSD drive. Everything else should be on your standard drive.

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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
I would recommend you junctions user profiles and all large folders to the 1TB drive with the MKLINK.exe tool
Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
I think SSD drives are not expensive anymore this days so why not to purchase bigger let say 256GB DDS drive and mirror your small drive to new one using AOMEI BACKUPER free ?
I think this will be much smarted decision than deleting data from drive.
Identifying what it is you have on the 100 GB SSD and then determine what can be moved.
It is impossible to state from the outside what consumes the space that can be moved.
Potentially there is a reason for the second 1TB drive, but the user may not have managed the space appropriately to the design.

Look at whether paging file is what consumes a substantial amount of space.
All documents, pictures and non program based downloads can be moved. Check which files are the largest using windirstat and move them.  After removing unnecessary checkpoints and moving these type of files, you should free up a lot of space on the SSD drive.
Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
C:\Windows   26 GB
C:\program files (x86)  30GB
c:\users 10 GB
Check advanced system settings, it seems your paging file is managed by Windows and is using space on the c drive.
Performance, settings, advanced, .......
Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
Paging file is already on the second disk
I have disabled hybrid standby mode (11GB)
Cleaned out Media Cache Files (8GB)
Cleaned out recovery files
Will also move user profile to second drive
Will recommend moving Adobe CS6 and Acrobat Pro to the second drive
please note that you probably will continue having these problems
best option here is to get a bigger sized SSD, as said above - imo
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