View Full Version : Win 8 Space Problem

04-27-2012, 01:56 PM
Hi Guys,
My name is Jim - I'm new here.
Anyway, not so much a problem as a confusion. I created a separate partion of 30 gigs and installed the Win 8 Consumer Preview from the ISO I downloaded and burned. To my surprize the install used up about 25 gigs. Everything shown on Win 8 C drive says there's about 14 gigs on there. Any thoughts or ideas on the "lost 10 gigs"?
This is installed alongside Win 7. The install went smooth and everything is working fine. I just can't figure out what might be going on with the space. I have since increased the partition to 100 gigs.

04-27-2012, 03:49 PM
Jim, welcome to our Forum. Please return often.

My install is about 24 GB, but that includes all installed S/W including a full Office 2010 Pro Plus and many other apps.

Have you tried to Defrag the partition. Also was there a OS on the partition before you installed Win 8. If so there might be a windows.old folder that contains the old OS. After you have gotten everything out of this folder it can be deleted. Use this method from MS if so (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/How-do-I-remove-the-Windows-old-folder). If Hibernate is enabled, the hiberfil.sys file can be quite large, 3 to 4 GB. If you disable hibernate this file will go away.

I would also check out this thread (http://www.forumswindows8.com/performance-maintenance/cleaning-up-your-pc-prior-imaging-5354.htm)to clean up the OS prior to the defrag. No sense in defragging a bunch of temp. files, eh.

I think you will find with some simple housekeeping and cleanup, the size will be brought under control a little.

Since you have a nice clean install you might also look into Imaging your HD. I create Image files that include both Win 7 and Win 8 CP. This way I can restore either or both OS's.

Please let us know how you make out with these changes.

The Terminator!

04-27-2012, 04:44 PM
Thank you - I'll check all of the above

04-27-2012, 05:09 PM
Disabling hibernate did the trick. There's about 18 gigs in use now with some of the things I've installed.

04-27-2012, 11:19 PM
Hi Jim, welcome to our forum.

04-28-2012, 03:44 AM
Jim, Great news. Yes Win 8 CP is large, but I think you will see it works pretty well. There are considerable differences. You will want to spend some time reading through the various threads here for tips on using this new OS. There are some really super tips listed to make your job so much easier. We spent hours tearing our hair out so you won't have to. I had to change my avatar because of lack of hair after figuring out how to use this OS. Now it has become easy.

Have fun!

The Terminator!

04-28-2012, 05:02 AM
I have found forums like this to be a great source of "saving the hair".

04-28-2012, 12:11 PM
Greetings and Welcome to the forums Jim.

My windows 8 folder is only 15.3GB atm... I got all the updates and all that is needed for it. Now the disk I installed it on is like 250GB or so because I upgraded it from my Windows 7 Ultimate.

04-28-2012, 12:54 PM
I actually set aside 50 GB for my Win 8 test partition. I am using about 24 GB presently. But like I said, I have a full install of Office as well. I try to keep things cleaned up pretty well and have disabled hibernate.

04-29-2012, 05:51 PM
Put windows 8 on a separate hard drive and you won't have a space problem.

There is NO SUCH thing as an UPGRADE to windows 8. It's a test OS, and when the test ends, you must reformat your drive or partition before installing the next version. Then in the fall, when the REAL version is released, the last TEST versions will go dead and if you still want to run Windows 8, you'll have to BUY it.

So the people who mistakenly think they have found a FREE OS are in for a rude awakening. In just a few months, they will have NO OS at all.

Good Luck,
TechnoMage :cool:

04-29-2012, 08:16 PM
Windows 8 CP will be good until January 15, 2013. If one does nothing else, such as move forward to Windows 8 RP, it will run that long. The information is from a credible source & is here.

How long will windows 8 consumer preview last before it expires and i - Microsoft Answers (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/how-long-will-windows-8-consumer-preview-last/5201bdf3-1b9f-4037-a8be-556a113812a8)

It's yet to be posted how long Windows 8 RP will run, but it probably will follow the same path that Windows 7 did, it's final beta expired in March 2010, 5 months after becoming retail.

As far as space goes, I allocated 50GB for this install of Windows 8 CP, it's only using 19.7GB of it's space, & is loaded with many programs, except Office. Office 2015 is expected to be released for beta around June, & I plan to test that with Windows 8 RP that's due around the same time.

How about that? A beta Windows 8 & Office 2015 AIO package!


04-30-2012, 01:29 AM
The bottom line here is that many of the people posting here think that MS is offering a free OS to replace whatever OS they presently have and they are "Upgrading" to this new "Free" OS. Whether it dies in June, October or January, it will deactivate and die. At that time they will loose everything from this new "Free" OS they "Upgraded" to.

Get the drift? They did not even do the work to install this beta correctly. Instead of doing a proper Clean Install, they just did the Upgrade Install and now wonder why their installation is so buggy. I think many of the driver issues are not really driver issues, they're "buggy install" issues. There are no amount of driver updates that will cure "buggy install" issues. Just as there is no "miracle" app that will cure "buggy install" issues.

People who are in the middle of big projects or have important data they don't want to loose or blah, blah, blah, should not be doing this stuff on Win 8 CP, without a disaster plan. Because there will be a day when disaster does strike you. THIS IS A BETA OS FOR TESTING ONLY, FOR GOD'S SAKE.

Oh heck, End of rant.
People, this is a TIME LIMITED Beta OS that will deactivate and die at some point in time. Backup your data and move your important work off this OS, or do as many of us do. My data is on a separate data partition that is accessed from both my OS's and backed up and Imaged to the hilt so when that bad thing happens, I can get it back in short order. I still have a working, fully functional, Win 7 as well as a working, fully functional, Win 8 CP. My wife has a working fully functional Win 7 and we have a working, fully functional, desktop with Win 7. Get the picture. I did not put Win 8 CP on my only working PC!

04-30-2012, 09:39 AM
Spelling aside, you've only said what we've all been saying since Win-8 was first released, and still "they" don't get it. My level of sympathy is getting lower and lower, day by day with every cry for "HELP!" .

Probably 90% of the posts on this and every forum should not even be posted, because they have been covered over and over again, since day one.

No-One should be testing Win-8 unless they fully understand what TESTING actually entails (means) and how to go about it in a knowledgeable way.

I fault Microsoft for all this mess. They should only have given out Win-8 to qualified software testers, as in the past. Releasing it to the public, that have no idea what TESTING means, was (is) one huge mistake.

TM :cool:

04-30-2012, 09:59 AM

Two days ago, I spent three hours getting a PCI - USB expansion card to work on my PC.
It was just a driver problem, but as with many add-on cards, drivers were almost non-existent. After Google searching till my eyes were bleeding, I finally found a driver that would work with one of my five USB cards.

I said all that to say this:
Once I had the USB card working, I plugged in a brand new SanDisk Cruiser 8 gig Flash Drive. I will leave it there, permanently, as an extra drive to use for backups.
I have a batch file that will back up all my data files to my backup disk. Since it only backs up files that are new or have been changed, my daily backups only take a few seconds. The first backup was a real Lu-Lu, taking over an hour.

I can now back up my 'stuff' to my D: drive, (second partition on my main drive) and to my Flash Drive, all in just a few seconds. It's GREAT to know that all my Stuff, is safe, even in the event of a hard drive crash. (Heaven forbid)

Be safe! (and never sorry)

TechnoMage :cool:

PS: Remember my favorite saying..."The only BAD backup is the one you decided you didn't need to make".

04-30-2012, 01:50 PM
Folks, all we ask is that if you have a legitimate question, please read through some of the other threads to see if your question has already been answered. If you would like to add a response to a thread reaffirming that the suggested fix also solved your problem that would be wonderful. Or if your question is not answered to your satisfaction, please post your question so we can try to assist you with your problem.

You will find a wealth of information in these threads. Some of this information may actually solve some irritations you were not even contemplating until you read the thread.

05-02-2012, 04:49 PM
No new info, OP question was answered.