Win 10 C Drive [SSD] Rapidly running out of space

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    Casillero

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    During the past couple of weeks my C drive [SSD 120 GB] has shown just 8.5 Gb remaining. There seems little I can do to resolve the problem. Others seem to have the same problem which is getting worse. What is happening? What is the remedy?

    Terry [Casillero]
     
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    Tim Locke

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    First run Disk cleanup and then let us know how much space. Are you running File History? Although that limits itself on space. Restore points? Again they self limit spacewise.

    You might also check your downloads directory and TEMP/TMP as well in case they have some big stuff in there.

    FWIW my PC with a 256 Gb SSD tends to sit at about 130Gb used. My Downloads directory has been moved to another drive.


    The final solution would be to replace the 120GB drive with a 256 or 512. This used to be expensive but the prices have dropped a lot this last year. If you do that then I recommend putting the old drive into an external USB container for backups, sneakernet whatever
     
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    Have you tried optimization on you drives might make more space. Sue M
     
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    It's an SSD. Not much optimisation there.

    See if you have a folder called ~Bt.. It sometimes lurks after a large update.

    Download Ccleaner and run it.
    https://www.ccleaner.com/download

    There are some extensive options in the program, which you might like to have a quicky before you run it.
     
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    Run the disk cleanup including the system files. You will be surprised what is all in there. I recently had a ton of "Windows error reports" stored on the SSD which have been deleted after the disk clean up (you have to set the check mark in the list though). That alone saved me about 15GB of space(it showed as 136GB in the list).

    @Tim Locke : on my systems I have only a 120GB SSD as a system drive and I have a dual boot system with Windows 10 and windows 7 on it. All my files are on a seperate drive (like Documents, pictures, movies, downloads etc.) makes it easier to backup...
     
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    Same here. That is the way to go. Keep your system running on the smallest SSD/HD available, and almost else on another device (not another partition)
     
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    Out of the folders such as Documents, Downloads,Music etc. the only one still on my SSD is Documents which grows very slowly. About 1Gb/year. All the big stuff is on another drive.
     
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    Well, my "document" folder has meanwhile reached 12GB in size. That is why I had to move it to another drive. My picture folder alone is 167GB in size (I take a lot of photos :D:D).
    On the SSD is only the system installed. In case of a system crash, i just restore it from an image without the need of touching my personal files.I think that is the biggest advantage. Of course I make regular backups of my files as well (did I mention,I am paranoid in these things? o_O:D:D)
     
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    Hello All,
    Thank you all for your advice; I gradually watched my SSD go down to 4 GB. Some of the advice I was not sure about how to do some of the suggestions, and finished up not doing any of them. Finally yesterday I received a new update from Windows 10.
    This morning, Thursday, I opened Windows, and guess what, my SSD had gone back to 60.8 GB. So I am going to see what happens tomorrow onwards, and leave well alone. Keeping my fingers crossed!
    Terry (Casillero)
     
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