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URGENT: Hard drive space seems to get lower and lower...

by jspectre--2008 / March 14, 2007 10:10 AM PDT

Hey guys, I'm having a little problem with my hard drive and I was wondering if someone could help me out with this. Recently, just last night in fact, I have upgraded to Windows Vista from XP Media Centre Edition. The upgrade process went fairly well, and a couple hours later I finally was able to experience Vista. Everything seemed fine, until I noticed that a huge chunk of hard drive space was taken up during the installation.

On XP, I had a good 208 gigs of remaining hard drive space out of a total of 228 gigs; 20 of those gigs taken up because of the operating system and my software. After the installation, my remaining space declined from 208 gigs to 190 gigs. I ran defrag hoping to clean up some of the files chopped up during upgrading, but after I clicked on My Computer to check over things, my hard drive's free space went from 190, to 188. After running disc clean-up I freed up some space giving me 2 gigs and thusly bringing my free space up to 190 again.

That set me on edge since then, and all today I was messing around with the computer making sure everything was in order. However, just a few minutes ago I was looking at my available hard drive space and it has DECLINED once again from 190 to 185, and less than one minute ago it declined to 184 remaining gigs.

Is Vista just that big, or are there some remnants from the old Windows XP? The installation of Vista was by no means a clean install, and I'm starting to wonder if there are some things of XP that were somehow "left over."

My system details are:

Dell XPS 210

Windows Vista Home Premium
2.00 GB RAM
ATI Radeon X1300 Pro
228 Gigabyte Hard Drive
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86 GHz

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by terryparker / March 14, 2007 11:03 AM PDT

Microsoft's OS has always had upgrade problems. I recommend a clean install

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by jspectre--2008 / March 14, 2007 11:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Upgrade

Thanks for your response, TechXpert! I never have performed a clean install before, and I was wondering if you could possibly provide information or instructions on how to do such.

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by terryparker / March 14, 2007 8:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Simply stick in the Vista DVD, boot from the DVD and follow on screen instructions, its very simple. Just make sure you backup your data, but if not make sure NOT to format your hard drive and it will everything you currently have on your hard drive to a folder called Windows.old so you dont lose any data.

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