Windows Taking Up 50+ GB After...

Windows Taking Up 50+ GB After Clean Install

Windows Taking Up 50+ GB After Clean Install

Thread started by wAde on Tuesday, 2:43pm December 12th with 4 replies. Views: 895


428 posts

2:43pm Dec 12th 17

After formatting and reinstalling Windows 7 64bit + updates there is 50+ GB of space taking up already on my SSD.

Things I have installed:
- All Updates
- Steam (No Games)
- Teamspeak
- NVIDIA Drivers

Can someone confirm this is normal? I thought a fresh install wouldnt take anymore than 20GB?




501 posts

3:03pm Dec 12th 17

Make sure you haven't got a folder named windows.old. Had the same thing, found that folder, cleared it, and everything was fine


1,429 posts

3:06pm Dec 12th 17

I mean you can answer your own question from those screenshots, you can see Windows folder is 19GB.

The issue you're having is due to memory resource files. First one, pagefile.sys is something like swap on Linux, when your RAM is close to full, it moves the least used data from your memory to that file, and loads it back on when you request it. What you can do with this is measure your RAM peak usage and set this to several more gigs for failsafety.

So if you have 16GB RAM but never use all 16GB, there is no point in having additional 16GB of swap space. In that case try setting your pagefile to 4 or 8GB just in case you load something big in there.

Second file hiberfil.sys is where Windows stores all memory content when you put your PC in hibernation. Sleep makes all data stay in memory, hibernation saves it on disk so you can power it off. If you want to delete that file and gain some more space just disable hibernation from control panel.


428 posts

4:13pm Dec 12th 17

Thank you @myss


1,238 posts

5:25pm Dec 12th 17

There are a lot of tutorials on how to optimize your SSD.