Vista SP Freeing Up Big Disk Space For Some

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cfatmbsc

Well within 2 weeks my freed up HD space is gone back to 139 now. That did'nt take long!   

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debrene

This has to be the best tip ever, I recovered 83GB(!) on a 500Gb WD Drive and Ive noticed a considerable speed boost.

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dcdannyf

I didn't see any change on the laptop that we have. But, I didn't do it on my PC because I can't. (I'm running Windows 7 RC1!) BIG Danny :)

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cfatmbsc

We went from 142G available to 182G on a 320G HD

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MystikNomad

I got 64GB back from my main drive when I finished installing SP2. I wonder why some are getting a little bit of space back like 1-10 gigs or losing some space on their drives. Either way, I'm happy to get a chunk back. Thanks for the 411. =)

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codeen

Just installed SP2 and picked up 65 gigs thwen ran cleanup and picked p another 3.  Thanks for the info.

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Curtai

I got 10GB on my main drive no changes on the others

got 4 GB from disk cleanup too

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sebastiantclark678

i lost 10 GB WITH SP2 and gained 15GB with sp2 whats up with that

 

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DRAGONWEEZEL

System restore points in Vista are HUGE, as it also backs up files and things that xp sys restore didn't do.  It's close to a snapshot.  That's why you gain space (tons at first) then it slowly decays away.  That space is just going to new restore points.

 

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digital demon

I don't use System Restore, so that might explain why I didn't get anything back. But I turned it off on my girlfriend's laptop as soon as she got it and she got back 19 gigs. That's what is not making sense.

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Goolashe

Since I've installed SP2, I've gained at least 150GB of space on my 500GB HDD. 

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Dethgrip69

I installed SP2 yesterday & gained back 18 GB. I found an article about what changes have been made on technet.microsoft.com, & it said:

SP2 also includes a Service Pack Clean-up tool (Compcln.exe) which
helps recover the hard disk space by permanently deleting previous
versions of files (RTM and SP1) that are being serviced by SP2. The
Service Pack Clean up tool can also be run offline while creating
slipstream images to reduce the size of the image.

 I just found that interesting & thought I would share. The full article can be found here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335036.aspx

Deth

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Inglburt

  I got back that 1 gig I've been missing for so long.

EDIT** I ran disk cleanup from windows after and got another 5 gigs.

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zodi

20 GB i gained here.

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SSquirrel

I dunno, I hadn't cleaned out my browsing cache in several months and when I cleared it out I gained back 17GB.  Your computer can develop a lot of junk.  My browsing was super fast w/the amount of sludge that Firefox didnt' have to re-download tho heh

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digital demon

I installed it on my computer and lost 2 gigs.

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comptech08

lol your not the only one.  I am installing SP2 on two computers right now, one just finished up and lost 2 gigs also.   I will post my results on the second computer, when it is done.

 

update-second computer said it gained 33 gigs.

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digital demon

I wonder what the difference is? I keep my computer super clean and junk free...so maybe that's it. I was definitely looking forward to getting back 10 or so gigs, though.

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Rob42o

  I installed on my laptop Vista x64,  Went from 81GB free to 130GB free. And on my Vista x32 desktop 95.6GB Free to 161GB Free.

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digital demon

Double post

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digital demon

Anyone got an idea why the recovered disc space is going away?

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digital demon

I just installed it on my girlfriend's laptop and got back 19GBs.

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PowerJunkie

I installed SP2 last night and didn't check free disk space until just now... I got about 100GB freed up!!  YES!

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Zambuie

Sorry to let everyone down, because Service Pack 1 also gave me more free HD space. However it was all gone within a month. Service Pack 2 install is doing the same thing. I went from 49% free space to 62%. Today, three days after downloading, free space has fallen to 59% with no music, picture or document downloads, only regular surfing and email reading.

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cjoyner66

After running diskclean up I got 3 gigs

 

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KNFrH2O

Bow down to my massive recovery of 2GB.

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GBH

I got 1 gig

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strykyr

I gained 3 gigs or so using the command line.

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biggorilla

I was wondering what was going on with this.  I've been staring at the space available on my laptop and I thought, wow where did all that space come from.

Now I know.  Thanks for the update MPC!

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maniacm0nk3y

I think this has to do with people that don't clean their computer that much...just a guess, nothing serious. I always use CCleaner/Auslogics Disk Defrag almost every day so I wouldn't be able to see anything.

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comptech08

yes i agree with you.  I think it has something to do with that.  I alo think it might have something to do with a programing error.  Because i dont see how a computer could have 90-150 gigs of junk.

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Pentium 0

Doubt it, as I said before, my Win 7 install was neally fresh and gained 90GB somehow.

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Stry8993

Not. Oh well. :D 1TB, its all meh from here on out.

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bingojubes

after running the compcln.exe program, i gained 2GB. tried to run it again for a second try but i guess i could only do it once, cause theres nothing else to clean right now.

still waiting to see if it will clean my monitor for me, as well.

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nightkiller

This subdirectory is notorious for reporting that it occupies a huge amount of space in the Windows directory (even though it doesn't).

Is this part of the "space" recovery? 

 

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Mr.Pooney

Well I did the test and I went from 46.5GB Free to 110GB free

not too dramatic on 500GB but still a welcome surprise!

now to redo my benchmarks!

had anyone seen positive results for themselfs?

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Devo85x

This tempts me, but when I installed SP1 before, i BSODed every hour or so with graphic errors... ended up having to reinstall, maby when I reinstall windows compleatly though

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EDGE4194

I also got about 20 GB free space from installing SP2!

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nekollx

my secod laptop got liek 6 gm from component clean and shadow copies.

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yogurt80

I got a rock.

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emkacsuta

 

I just installed the Vista SP2 tonight and went from 114GB free to 142 GB free, an increase of 28GB...that's pretty significant. Not as much as 130GB but a nice increase. Thanks to those that reported this and included all the comments, this is something worth telling people about.

 Ed Kacsuta

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jwalch.hawk

Heh, I can't remember the last time a Microsoft update to anything served to free up space rather than consume it.  Guess we should mark the date in history.

Nonetheless, I'd have to echo the concerns of a previous commenter...  If it's deleting way too much in the way of shadow copies and restore points, that's a risk.  Yeah, in some (most?) cases there's probably way more redundancy there than necessary, but if that one guy's anecdote about it deleting ALL restore points is true, that's a potentially steep price to pay.  Thankfully most savvy folks back up everything through other means anyway.

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Lueke2006

I just installed SP2 and went from 93.7gb used to 95gb used.

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Chuckles

On my vista laptop, I was continually running out of space, despite deleting stuff.  Under disck cleanup, more options tab I cleaned up the system restore and shadow copies and got...no kidding...40g from a 140g drive.  Now this laptop is backed up on a Windows Home Server system, so I dont know if this effected this or not.  But 40 gigs of shadow copies or restore points is assinine.

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jtrpop

Nice.  1.8gb free on my work laptop.  Thanks for posting this!

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Techrocket9

I got 10 gigs free. It deleted all (yes all, even the one automatically made before the install) of my restore points. I don't consider space saving at the cost of safety a feature.

 

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Pentium 0

I got about 20GBs back at first then I lost 10GBs somewhere. WinDirStat reports only 48.4GB's worth of files but My Computer says I've used 58.5...

I regained a whopping 90GBs on my Win 7 PC my using the Disk clean up utility to delete the old restore points and stuff.  I was perplexed as to how I had used 137GBs on a couple-week-old install. Those 90GBs didnt appear on WinDirStat either. Im sure I'm not the only one right?

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yogurt80

I didn't take actual measurements, but my Win7 is on a 500 GB HD, partitiioned to ~80 for windows, 420 for files.  I noticed I'd suddenly used all but 1GB of space on m C drive, I ran disk cleanup and cleaned up my old restore points, and got back 60GB. 

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Havok

 I'm running '7' also. Ran disk cleanup before on my XP machine, got back a whopping 78 megs of a 250 gig hardrive. This time around, I managed to recover about 10 gigs of my 160 gig 2.5 HDD.

I can't believe this crap actually works this time around. Like what Norm said:

"The first time something cool works, that you expect to work, you realize this is something new and magical....and not windows."

(I'm trying to quote from memory)

 

 

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