Windows 10: Reinstalled Windows 10 - Drive Appears Full

  1.    14 May 2017 #1

    Reinstalled Windows 10 - Drive Appears Full


    So I reinstalled Windows 10 on my computer. Both of my hard drives appeared to still be full but there is really nothing in them.

    Did some research online. I think the Windows.old folder is the key. Was able to remove that folder from my 'main drive'. That freed up space. But my secondary 1TB drive has no such folder.

    Any ideas to free up this bogus space?
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  2.    15 May 2017 #2

    Hi, please post a screenshot of your Disk Management
    (Windows key + X, click Disk Management)
    - and use the Insert Image icon to the left of the video icon above your post. Thanks.
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  3.    15 May 2017 #3

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Is this what you want?
    F Drive is the 1TB I am trying to fix.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       15 May 2017 #4

    Open file explorer:
    On the F drive right click on each of the users then click properties and post the size.
    Do the same for Windows, program files, program files x86 etc.
    In administrative command prompt run chkdsk then copy and paste into the thread.
    When you had reinstalled windows on your drive please indicate how you saved the user profiles and how you restored them.
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    Win 10 Pro 15063.332 (ex-Insider)
       15 May 2017 #5

    Actually, your posted view does not show either drive as full:
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  6.    15 May 2017 #6

    WinDirStat may help you identify what you've got on there.
    WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

    I once had a program with some sort of a leak, and it was creating all kinds of files and taking up all the space of a drive - and I couldn't figure it out (of course, that was in the days of XP...) This program helped me identify it.
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  7.    15 May 2017 #7

    Thanks. When you said
    Both of my hard drives appeared to still be full
    - how did you determine that?
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  •    15 May 2017 #8

    F drive says 193 free out of 931. So its shows to be pretty full when I go to "file explorer" and "this pc".

    I don't know guys.
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  • Posts : 28,566
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17650
       15 May 2017 #9

    Hello Vespuche, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    In addition, you might see if the options in the tutorial below may be able to help you determine what is using the space, and possibly free up some.

    Free Up Drive Space in Windows 10 Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials
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  • Posts : 471
    Win 10 Pro 15063.332 (ex-Insider)
       16 May 2017 #10

    Vespuche said: View Post
    F drive says 193 free out of 931. So its shows to be pretty full when I go to "file explorer" and "this pc".

    I don't know guys.
    Ah, pretty full is quite different than full. Unfortunately, I interpret the wording in posts literally.
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