App Data question


  1. Posts : 4
    windows 10
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    App Data question


    3 days ago I had 138gb of space on my Drive C. Today I checked it and I was down to 134gb. I use my D drive for as much as I can so I really haven't used the C drive at all. Last week I made a list of most of my folders to see where the problem was. Under appdata, I had gained 3gb. I really don't know how much of this data is necessary. I found that the appdata file that had gained the most was the "Local" I plan on moving my Roaming folder to my D drive but the "Local" folder does not have the "location" tab to move it. I checked in the folder and Microsoft had the biggest folder at almost 4gb. Of that 4gb, most of it was under Edge-user-default. It was about 3.8gb. What would happen if I deleted these files? I go down about 2gb of storage space every month at least. I am using Windows 10 version 1909.
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  2. Posts : 259
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       #2

    Windows 10 has gotten real picky about what it will let you do. In order to change the location of a system folder that doesn't have the location tab can be catastrophic and could result in a clean install of windows. You can try reinstalling the program or programs and if they have an option to choose a different directory for the installation I'd go that route and see how it goes.
    Last edited by smirk24; 07 Jun 2020 at 00:34.
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  3. Posts : 259
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       #3

    Thanks Try3. Yeah location is what I meant.
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  4. Posts : 11,612
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
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    Wayne,

    Whatever you end up doing, I urge you to use Treesize [free] to measure the space taken up by folders. Windows does not give accurate results for many folders, particularly ones within C:\Windows.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  5. Posts : 35,489
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    See:
    Free Up Drive Space in Windows 10

    Note that using the Location tab is fraught with danger. If you use it correctly, fine. Make one mistake and you have a close to unrecoverable mess.

    Personally I'd never take that risk: note the tutorials on using the Location tab urge you to create a disk image first. (And you are strongly advised to use that routinely anyway to give you a second chance and a full backup).

    I found that the appdata file that had gained the most was the "Local" I plan on moving my Roaming folder to my D drive but the "Local" folder does not have the "location" tab to move it
    You can move your whole user profile folder (which includes those) to another disk, but there are risks- this is not straight forward.

    A good strategy is to keep as much personal data off C: as possible.
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  6. Posts : 5,208
    21H1 64 Bit Home
       #6

    Try Ccleaner maybe?

    Use "Analyze" button to see what would be removed. You need File List for that:

    App Data question-ccleaner-3.jpg

    Do a preview clean - "Analayze"


    App Data question-ccleaner-1.jpg

    App Data question-ccleaner-2.jpg

    Also if you've uninstalled software using windows uninstaller instead od a decent uninstaller there might be folders left in appdata for removed software. If you can identify any then you can delete them.





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