Windows 10 Home 64-bit PC with nearly full 32 GB disk - how to free up 1.2 GB or more free space

LeighWardle
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Hi Experts,

I've got an el cheapo laptop with 32 GB disk, running Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

My problem is that Windows Update wants to install a 1.2 GB update and there's not enough free space.

So I need help to identify some large files that I can delete.

I've attached an Excel file that identifies the largest files.

Regards,
Leigh
WizTree_20180822225229.xlsx
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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You can patch it this once, but the problem is going to recur again and again and again, until eventually it can't be patched and then you have to fix it the Right Way.

So you might as well take the bull by the horns now, avoid fiddling around with files that you really don't want to delete (e.g., journaled Update files) and put a new drive into it.  Go to your local computer recycler and get a used working 160 GB, 200GB or 320GB used laptop drive.  This should cost less than $25.  Problem solved, both immediately and for the future.

(32GB isn't big enough for Windows 10 anyway and I can't imagine how the manufacturer managed to cram it all on and make it fit.)

Or splurge and buy an SSD.  120 GB SSDs are now down around $45 online.  It'll provide a very notable performance kick if the 32GB is a hard drive.
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Hi Leigh,
If you can upgrade the SSD as Dr. Klahn suggested, that is definitely the way to go. However, if the drive is "embedded" on the motherboard, such as an eMMC, then it's not upgradeable (and is not a true SSD). With a 32GB capacity, I suspect that you have an eMMC, not an SSD. It's what I have in my HP Stream 11 and the only thing that makes that computer usable is an SDXC card. If your "el cheapo laptop" has an SDXC slot, that's what I recommend. Move whatever you can to the SD card (I even install programs on it) to free up as much as possible on the built-in C drive. For example, here's a 128GB Samsung MicroSD card (with an SD adapter) at Amazon for just 35 bucks:
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-MicroSD-Adapter-MB-ME128GA-AM/dp/B06XWZWYVP

As you can see at that link, you can save money and get 64GB for just $18, or splurge on 256GB for $90. Regards, Joe

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Hi Dr. Klahn,

My laptop is a HP Stream.

Sadly the Installed Storage Type is eMMC.

I believe it is soldered on to the motherboard.

See for example:
https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/2018-Win10-Update-too-big-for-32gb-eMMc-drive-on-Stream-360/td-p/6638282
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Commented:
Sorry Joe,

I only saw your post after submitting my last post.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Commented:
No worries, Leigh, happens to me often. :)
Disabling hibernation should clear 0.8 Gb.  Just type powercfg.exe /hibernate off from a command prompt. This will of course mean that you will not be able to hibernate, but it can be enabled again later.

After that, try running the Disk Cleanup. (Right click the C:, properties, general, disk cleanup). This would almost certainly clear another 0.4 Gb. If you are unsure f the implication of anything that Disk Cleanup suggests, then post again here.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Leigh,
While Mal's suggestions are definitely good ones, I think that trying to "delete/disable" your way to success is going to be a losing battle in the long run. My experience with the 32GB HP Stream 11 is that the only way to make it usable is to move data and programs off the C drive onto the SDXC card (mapped, of course, to a drive letter). Being on the hairy edge of running out of C drive space is not where you want to be with W10 (or even prior versions, for that matter...in fact, my Stream 11 is running W8.1). Just one person's opinion. Regards, Joe

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I agree with Joe and Dr. Klahn that the only long term solution is to increase the storage.

Turns out I had a spare SanDisk 128GB Micro SDXC 100MB/s Ultra SD.

My intention is a make that my boot drive.

I've had success imaging the C:drive my Surface Pro onto a bootable SSD in a USB 3.0 enclosure.
I will do something similar with the SD drive.

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Commented:
Thanks Joe, Dr. Klahn and Mal for your help.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Commented:
> Turns out I had a spare SanDisk 128GB Micro SDXC 100MB/s Ultra SD.

Perfect!

> My intention is a make that my boot drive.

Please post back here to let us know if that works or not. I know that an SSD in a USB enclosure is usually bootable, but I don't know about an SD card (I didn't try it with my Stream 11). Regards, Joe

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