Inaccurate C: drive capacity reading/Unable delete winold folders Solved

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  1. Bree's Avatar
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       24 Apr 2018 #11

    tosalet said: View Post
    The System Volume info is shown highlighted - and empty!
    WinDirStat does not show the full picture. TreeSize Free shows everything.
    https://portableapps.com/apps/utilit...-free-portable

    Here they are, side by side, looking at the same C: drive. In particular, look at System Volume Information, highlighted in both. WinDirStat says it's empty, TreeSize shows the files and folders it contains.

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  2.    24 Apr 2018 #12

    Aha! Secret stuff, thank you! Success at last. So my last question is; can I safely delete the biggies?

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  3. Bree's Avatar
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       24 Apr 2018 #13

    tosalet said: View Post
    Aha! Secret stuff, thank you! Success at last. So my last question is; can I safely delete the biggies?
    A very good question - and one I'm afraid I cannot answer for you. I've never seen anything like those particular files. Perhaps @Brink, @zbook, @NavyLCDR or others could shed some light?

    What I would say is that I have recently deleted some AppxStaging folders from under SystemRestore, releasing some 3GB that deleting restore points wouldn't touch. So far there's no ill effects, but I did make a system image to fall back on, just in case.

    BTW: the Chkdsk folder is interesting - I have some report's dating back to 2014 in mine, long before Win10 was installed.


    Edit: creating a restore point manually does create files with similar names to yours, so my guess is that they are leftovers from early restore points that somehow get overlooked when clearing out restore points the 'official' way. But that's just a guess, so make a system image before deleting anything.
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       24 Apr 2018 #14

    The safest way to delete all but the most current restore point is to use the Disk Cleanup option. Option one, step #7, of this tutorial.

    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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       24 Apr 2018 #15

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    The safest way to delete all but the most current restore point is to use the Disk Cleanup option. Option one, step #7, of this tutorial.
    Seems that has already been tried. Post #10 said...
    tosalet said: View Post
    I actually deleted all restore points except a new one before starting this thread.
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  6. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       24 Apr 2018 #16

    Bree said: View Post
    Seems that has already been tried. Post #10 said...
    Ok, didn't say how it was done. 3rd party, MS.....

    Another option would be to set system protection off for all drives temporarily, and take the option to delete all restore points. Turn it back on and create one as a starter.
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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       24 Apr 2018 #17

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Another option would be to set system protection off for all drives temporarily, and take the option to delete all restore points. Turn it back on and create one as a starter.
    Actually, that's what I tried when I saw that my "C:\System Volume Information\SystemRestore\AppxStaging" folder occupied 3GB. Even with system protection turned off it remained there. Turning system protection back on said that no space was being used for restore points, despite the fact that I could see that some 3GB were in use. AppxStaging was created on 20th Oct. 2017 and seemed to contain a copy of everything from my "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" folder. Strange - but deleted now.
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  8. AddRAM's Avatar
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       24 Apr 2018 #18

    Page file ?

    Hiber file ?
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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       24 Apr 2018 #19

    AddRAM said: View Post
    Page file ?
    Hiber file ?
    Post #12 shows that the 'missing' space is to be found in 'C:\System Volume Information' which occupies 44.2GB.
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  10.    24 Apr 2018 #20

    Hi guys, thanks for all your help. Tried to delete from within Treesize but it didn't play ball. Tomcat got it with turning protection off for C: and deleting all restore points worked. All is good now. Great service and thanks again to you all for your time and expertise. :):)
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