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Old July 1, 2010, 08:15 PM
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Thanks I'll try it on my new Win 7 system to see where the SSD is getting filled up. On my Win XP system I just found the temp file it's referring to. It's not the windows temp file, It's the C:\Documents and settings\My Name\local settings\temp file. Can I delete the contents of this file? It's 6gb's!!
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Old July 1, 2010, 10:33 PM
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Use software like Filetree to see hidden system files and see what exactly is filling it up.

You can use Accessories -> System tools -> disk cleanup for a quick and easy clean up of temp files, old restore points and such.

you can check how much space is being used by system restore by going to CMD and typing "vssadmin List ShadowStorage". This will show you how much space is being used and how much system restore is allowed to use.

I believe it defaults to around 15% of your HD space. My 150GB HD defaulted to 20 GB and it was near full!! Using system tools to remove all but the last restore point brought it down to ~2GB.

As mentioned, disable the hibernation file for sure.
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Old July 2, 2010, 10:02 AM
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good point dustin! it could be a shadow copy.

Without going too far off-course i am curious to see what results GMJim has with spacemonger on his win7 system.
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On my XP system the MS disk clean up got rid of the 6.5 gb of temp files on both the windows temp file and the Documents and Settings temp file. Nice to see that crap gone. I have a 250 gb RAID 0 in that machine so I'm not that concerned.

My new Win 7 machine.
Can anybody tell me what the default setting for Superfetch is? I disabled it a while ago and want to change it to cache boot files only. It was on automatic or automatic delayed start. Can't remember.

Also after I disable hibernate do I need to delete the files? If so how?


Spacemonger reports pagefile.sys 4.3 gb. hiberfil.sys 3.2 gb.

Shadow copy used 3.42 gb Allocated 3.935 gb max Shadow copy 3.722 gb.

What is the winsxs folder? It's up to 6.3 gb?

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I'm almost there! Could someone help me out on these issues.
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Nothing you can do about the WinSXS folder.

But you can turn off Shadow Copy, Hibernate and drop the page file down to like 2gb and don't allow it to change.
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Thanks for the reply. If I shut off the hibernate how do I erase the file or do I? Also how do I limit the pagefile to 2gb or so? I know how to turn of hibernate thanks to the previous replies but don't know what to do with the file afterwards.

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go to Start > Programs > accessories: RIGHT click on command prompt > Choose "Run as administrator"

in the CMD, type: "powercfg -h off"

This will disable hibernation AND delete the hiberfil.sys whereas if you just disabled hibernation with the power options in the control panel, the hiberfil.sys would remain.


To set Page file size:

right click "my computer" choose: system properties > choose the advanced tab > under performance click settings > Click the advanced tab > under virtual memory click change

You will see the "currently allocated" page file size at the bottom.

Uncheck "automatically manage paging file size for all drives" > select radio button "Custom Size" > Set the initial and maximum size to what you want.
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Dustin
Thanks for the reply and the help.
With an 80 Gb SSD what would be a good size for the page file?
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Dustin
Thanks for the reply and the help.
With an 80 Gb SSD what would be a good size for the page file?
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Well, I am not a real "expert" but my understanding of a page file is thus:

The pagefile is basically an extension of your ram. once your ram gets full, then the OS uses the page file as extra ram. Some people say that you can disable the page file altogether, but the thing is, even when you do that, you still see page file use in the task manager... A lot of people run with the page file disabled if they have enough ram, but I am not certain if windows then just uses random hard drive space for page file, or if it uses some section of your ram. Maybe an expert can chime in here?

Another option is to disable the page file on your C drive, and use it on your storage drive. You do not have to have the page file on the same partition or drive as the OS installation. To do this just go to that same "virtual memory" page, select no paging file for C, then set a custom size for storage drive. This way you are not using any extra capacity on your C:/ and you are saving the life of the drive by reducing the writes to it.

Sorry I can't be more help, hopefully someone here is a windows expert and can tell us whether or not disabling the page file ACTUALLY disables it despite the task manager showing page file activity.....
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