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Old 20. Jun 2015, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The other day i wanted to shrink C partition to make room for a Linux distro and Windows partition manager listed only 13G available.

Double-checking with WizTree it appears that only 52G of 112G is being used.
What happened to the other 60G?

If i shrink it with GParted will this have an impact on the Windows OS?
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Old 20. Jun 2015, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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to find out what is the disk hog,
you would need something like the Free program WinDirStat
- it's a disk space analyser ..

if you click on the C: drive from within My Computer,
- how much does that say is used up?.

Don't shrink it with Gparted - use the inbuilt Disk-Management in windows - to do that.
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Old 20. Jun 2015, 03:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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24G is being used by Windows
14.6G application data (local and Dropbox included).
13.9G files (whatever that is).
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May be due to accumulated/stored Windows update files which can get very large over time.

I've recently followed the instructions in this tutorial to deal with mine.
(Specifically step (4) of cleaning up system files deals with these).

Here's a related tutorial which is a bit more in-depth/complex.
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Sope, that i did too but very little was found.
Think I'll just restore from a system image i have on hand.
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Old 20. Jun 2015, 11:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think it has to do with disk fragmentation and Windows partition manager's inability to deal with that.
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Old 21. Jun 2015, 11:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It has to do with fragmentation.
Windows disk manager is no different to ALL other disk managers. There is no way you can shrink a partition if it is fragmented.
It may me that some disk tools have built in defragmenters, but I for one prefer to know if that is going to happen and I would prefer to use a tool designed for just that and under my control.
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