Unzip 7GB file not possible, disk size full!

November 17, 2011 at 10:18:15
Specs: Windows 7
I am trying to unzip a 7gb file in a NTFS drive, and although i have free space, it wont let me unzip it.

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#1
November 17, 2011 at 10:28:37
How much free space do you have? I think you need at least twice the size of the unzipped file.

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#2
November 17, 2011 at 10:46:52
oh well that might be it, the actual size of the file is 7.8gb and my free disc space is 15.4gb

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#3
November 17, 2011 at 10:51:10
I think you might need up to 10x the size free. Since it is probably bigger than RAM it has to be expanded in virtual memory.

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#4
November 17, 2011 at 13:13:00
Might be able to view contents and remove only what you need with 7-zip.

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#5
November 18, 2011 at 04:31:54
You may be able to adjust your system restore from reserving 12% (default) of your disk size to only reserving 8% of your entire C drive. This will only delete any older restore points that will not fit in the new available space (keeping all others) and free up approximately 4GB per 100GB of your C drive (or 20GB on a 500GB drive) and that might be just enough.

You will still have the ultimate problem of running out of disk space (Windows will perform best with 15% free disk space) so that will need to be eventually dealt with. If you do not have a massive amount of files and programs that you can remove from the system, you will have to add more disk space. If this is a desktop, the simplest is to add a second hard drive internal and move your personal files over to the new hard drive, thereby freeing up space for Windows and your programs to run properly. If this is a desktop, you should get an external hard drive and off load files onto it that you want to save but do not need immediately all of the time, OR purchase a larger hard drive and clone the old one onto the new drive and switch them.

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