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Reduce Graphics Card Storage Size on SSD (AMD)

A while back, I replaced my laptop's hard drive with an SSD and have had storage problems ever since. Below is a screenshot of a breakdown of my storage (via SpaceSniffer), as well as how full my SSD is at the bottom right, having cleared out just about everything I could.

https://ibin.co/3ehlkKEjS38N.png

As you can see in the top left, at least a sixth of my storage is being taken up by my graphics card. This seems a bit overkill, and I'd like to not have to routinely clean my SSD and be extremely conservative about putting new applications/files on my laptop so that it has just enough available memory to function. Therefore, my question is: Is there a way to reduce the amount of internal storage consumed by one's graphics card?

Post was last edited on October 22, 2017 3:27 PM PDT

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That's a very small SSD.

After a clean install of W10 on an 120GB SSD I had 100GB free. Since it's SSD you may want to turn off hibernation since it's considered wear for the SSD and usually not much faster than a cold boot.

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Thanks, that got rid of ~7GB!

That being said, should I assume that the answer to my original question is "no"? I would like to be able to have at least a third of my storage free, rather than be more-or-less scraping by; it seems like the biggest area I have to reduce storage is in my graphics card. (And yes, in hindsight I should've spent the extra ~$30 to buy a bigger SSD.)

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I need some help here.

Can you circle the specific area you want reduced? I didn't find Waldo so can you show me where he's hiding?

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In the top left...

...you can see that there is a huge section in which nearly all the boxes say "amd". This would imply that my graphics card is taking up a sixth of my internal storage - I didn't even know it required storage, let alone this much. My intuition was that this could be reduced, possibly at the sacrifice of graphics processing power, which I'm ok with.

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OK, then remember this is a rabbit hole and you are ready.

That is, you know about backups and are ready.

-> There is a way to dust off the GPU drivers and then install just the driver you want. Since you know your make and model (I can't see it here) you have your video driver at the ready then read about DDU at http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html and other places. DO NOT CLICK ON DRIVER UPDATER OR OPTIMIZER OFFERS.

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Awesome, this is just what I was looking for

Thanks for the help - and the warning. I'll look into this when I have more time.

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Wow! Way too small.

Can't even read that.
Dafydd.
OK. Made it better.

Post was last edited on October 22, 2017 3:28 PM PDT

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I'm guessing you're referring to the screenshot

It's not entirely necessary that you can read every word in the image, but if you really want to all you have to do is right-click --> Open Image in New Tab. The main point is that the stuff in the top left all says "amd" and the bar in the bottom right is almost entirely full and clearly red, all of which you can just about make out even without viewing the image in its full size.

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This is work the OP should do.

Rather than members clicking around to get results.
Dafydd.

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Sorry, I'm not a very experienced member of this site

Thanks for fixing my post

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No problem.

Glad to see Bob sorted it for you.
Dafydd. Grin

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OK. Made it better.

Dafydd.

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OK. I made it better.

Dafydd.

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