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Running a small SSD drive (64 GB) quite well for a long time I found my free space left at 16.7 gig. Reducing prefetch, disabling hibernate and so on I saved a huge amount of space. The usual with SSD's including disabling system restore ( eventually but that's another story). I've left indexing on as I like the library features, even in Win 8.1. So was puzzled where my hard drive space was going. Apparently Windows uses a huge amount of space with... chkdsk?
With hidden files and folders showing but protected operating system files hidden, in File explorer under C:\ I came across it. Only the one. Now all I can think of, as I've not run chkdsk is this happens when I create an image with Paragon. Strange things happen when reinstating from an image, for instance, no history of updates even though up to date, so I'm just guessing here.
Anyway, I was able to right click the folder and delete it. (No, or little, UAC running). On the deleting process I chickened out and skipped the few that gave a warning of system files etc.
Rebooted and all works ok. Checked tiles and desktop programs and security programs. Nothing seem amiss.
Checking my C drive free space and shows 24.4 GB. Gained well over 7GB.
Just thought that information might be useful to some.
After deleting it I checked up on the folder and came across this, link .
bumpkin , is that all you have to say when I found 7.7 extra GB on the drive?
I also tore my fingers to the bone to type that mini book.
All my efforts......wasted. (Violin music).
"After deleting it I checked up on the folder"
You are braver than me ;) Stable door and horse come to mind.
Am just relieved for you that "Rebooted and all works ok. Checked tiles and desktop programs and security programs. Nothing seem amiss"
I always create an image first when I'm playing around with the OS. You must admit it's a heck of a saving of hard drive space. Just puzzled when this chkdsk was run?
Phew, I should have known you would create an image first :)
Bit of a puzzle over the chkdsk though.
Well I never. Lost 2 GB again on my 65GB SSD . Puzzled so used WinDirStat to find the missing space. Low an behold Win 8.1 created an ESD folder. Apparently it's a backup folder used to refresh or completely reinstall the OS. Very important on an OEM system no doubt, but I have a retail system and wouldn't dream of using Windows' half-baked recovery programs. It's just appeared a few days ago. Why now its appeared is a mystery again, unless it is to do with updates.
I use Paragon and create an image at least once a month and since I've been using 8 this has never appeared before.
Microsoft works in mysterious ways and seem adamant to use your HDDs memory.
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