Windows 10: Vanishing SSD Space ... :\

Discus and support Vanishing SSD Space ... :\ in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; What ? About a week ago I had 55 GB free. Now I only have 27. Why ? My downloads folder is clean. So is my trash folder. If I right-click everything... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Marron, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Marron Win User

    Vanishing SSD Space ... :\

    What ? About a week ago I had 55 GB free. Now I only have 27. Why ? My downloads folder is clean. So is my trash folder.
    If I right-click everything (including hidden files) in the C: drive, it says 62 GB. If I right-click the whole drive, it says 84 GB used. It doesn't make sense ! Take a look:
    Screenshot by Lightshot
    (left is everything inside, right is the drive itself)

    Any ideas on where could that space go, and how to get it back ? (not that I necessary need it atm, but I might need it in the future, and in any case, IT'S MY SPACE and I care for it !)

    PS: It's an Intel SSD I'm talking about.
    PS2: Sorry for the attitude. I'm working on it. *Biggrin

    Marron, Mar 21, 2015
  2. WHS
    whs Win User

    Run this command in an elevated command prompt and look for the Allocated number on C:\

    vssadmin list shadowstorage

    This will show you how much space is allocated for the shadows (restore points). Also check the Maximum. Some program (e.g. Avast) can set that to 50%.
  3. Dude Win User
    Try running cleanmgr.exe, paste that in run. Right click windows button, select run

    Edit, try the above post first
  4. adamf Win User

    Vanishing SSD Space ... :\

    Download TreeSize Free and run as administrator - it should help explain what is being used and where.

    In addition to restore points mentioned by whs you will also have your pagefile.sys and swapfile.sys files which will not show up in your total of files.
    adamf, Mar 21, 2015
  5. Marron Win User
    This doesn't seem to be the problem:
    Screenshot by Lightshot
    Marron, Mar 22, 2015
  6. Marron Win User
    If I sum everything in the Disk Cleanup, it won't add up to more than 10 MB.
    Marron, Mar 22, 2015
  7. Dude Win User
    Did you try more options, then system restore

    Vanishing SSD Space ... :\ [​IMG]
  8. Marron Win User

    Vanishing SSD Space ... :\

    There is no "More Options" ...
    Screenshot by Lightshot
    Marron, Mar 22, 2015
  9. Dude Win User
    Try clicking where it shows clean up system files. It should run a minute, then show the ss I posted
  10. Marron Win User
    What the ...
    Screenshot by Lightshot
    Is there any particular reason that those files are so large ? I didn't seem to need them just after I installed windows though.
    Can I get rid of them ? Or should I not ?
    Any purpose for them ? For one, at least a.t.m., I don't see any.

    (yeah... many questions)
    Marron, Mar 22, 2015
  11. Marron Win User
    Not sure if I should do it though ...
    Screenshot by Lightshot

    There are no programs I want to delete, and I dunno if I should delete restore points. It doesn't even tell me how much space it'll free.
    Screenshot by Lightshot
    Marron, Mar 22, 2015
  12. adamf Win User
    Restore points is System Volume Information in your Treesize screen print so you would save 1.3 GB. I wouldn't delete them as having a restore point is always useful. Make the maximum space 3% or something.

    Hiberfil.sys is for hibernation. I never use hibernation and always turn it off with powercfg -h off from elevated command prompt. That would save you 6.3GB

    Your pagefile is 16.7GB which is rather large. You could reduce the size of it to 400MB, reboot, set it to system managed, reboot again and see if it picks a smaller number. If you are running short of space you can reduce it to anything you feel like but don't make it less than 400MB or you will not get crash dumps.

    EDIT: my (system managed) page file is 2.1 GB and I have 8GB RAM, same as you. This is why your having one 8x the size seems large.

    Your picture attached:

    Vanishing SSD Space ... :\ [​IMG]
    adamf, Mar 22, 2015
  13. Marron Win User

    Vanishing SSD Space ... :\

    I'll just leave it as is. 1.3 GB isn't that much.

    I use hibernate, so I'll leave it be. It's worth the space. Good to know though.

    Could you explain how to "reduce the size of it to 400MB" ? Then how to "set it to system managed" ?
    Thanks !
    Marron, Mar 22, 2015
  14. Dude Win User
  15. adamf Win User
    Quicker than me - couldn't find the link *Smile

    The problem with pagefile when it is system managed it is made bigger by windows OK but sometimes it never seems to shrink it again. Therefore resetting it and then putting it back to system managed would be interesting. Like I said mine (system managed) is 2.1GB which is more reasonable than 16GB (generally speaking). I have the same amount of RAM.
    adamf, Mar 22, 2015

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