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Windows 7 hard disk space??

by woshkips / January 6, 2010 10:45 PM PST

Last week I bought a Toshiba M505-S4985-T with 320 GB's of hard disk space and Windows 7. I know that the OS takes a couple of GB's and other programs installed from factory settings. When I started using the computer I had 283gb's, so I installed itunes with 10gb's of music and also like 4gbs of pictures. I cant understand why now I have only 238gbs of free space!!!!!

Where all those gbs went??? Cant understand, can someone help me figure it out??

Thank you.


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Google that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 6, 2010 11:12 PM PST

There are many discussions and there is TREESIZE you can go exploring with. My machine is now hitting about 30GB just for the OS. But I have XP MODE, Virtual PC installed along with the full VS2008 so it will be big.

Again, yours sounds normal and there are lots of discussions about this. Welcome to the new OS.

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by jeff_windows_team / January 7, 2010 3:54 AM PST

The OS continually indexes data for faster retrieval or frequently used files. This is normal and one reason why people like to reformat/reinstall Windows after some time. It's up to you when you do this, but I assume the rate of GB being used up will slow down soon.

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You can also disable indexing...
by John.Wilkinson / January 9, 2010 3:06 AM PST
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Doing so will make most future file searches considerably slower, but it will prevent the reduction of available free space on your hard drive and can offer a very slight increase in overall system performance. Just type Indexing Options into the Start Menu search bar and click on the shortcut to access the respective settings.

Hope this helps,

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