why is my newly-installed Win 7 to big?

November 22, 2010 at 12:20:38
Specs: Windows 7
I just installed win-7 Ultimate on my pc and the size of it is 33GB, That can not be normal. What can I do to fix it?

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#1
November 22, 2010 at 13:00:46
I'd guess you installed the new OS on your recovery partition.

Use the admin tools computer management storage to see the drive partitions.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
November 22, 2010 at 13:59:15
Thanks for your reply.

But no I didn't, I installed it on the main drive. But I had someone check it for me and he managed to reduce it to 18GB (don't know what he did though) So I will just settle to that, the computer is running a lot faster than before so I'm happy.
will maybe regret loosing the space later though :)


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#3
November 22, 2010 at 15:10:58
He may have deleted the 'Old Windows' folder that your install created. Hard drives are relatively cheap now, if you run low on room, just drop in a second hard drive and you are done. Real easy, 10 minutes plus formatting. Then move your personal files over to the new drive and leave the old one for Windows and programs.

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#4
November 22, 2010 at 15:36:12
Thanks for replyingþ

No he didn't delete the "windows (old)" folder, I had already done that myself.

It's pretty hard to plug in a second hard drive in a laptop which is only made for one ;)


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#5
November 22, 2010 at 21:33:08
Sorry, but you said:
"I just installed win-7 Ultimate on my pc and the size of it is 33GB, That can not be normal. What can I do to fix it?" You did not indicate you were taking about a laptop.
With a laptop I would recommend getting an external hard drive for two purposes. First is to use to back up anything important, and second is to move over files that are not immediately needed, but should be saved. If you also have a desktop, you may be able to back up the external's more important files there for additional protection.

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#6
November 23, 2010 at 00:06:53
Sorry Fingers, I see now that I should have been more specific in my original post, it is a laptop with about 300GB hdd and the size of Win-7 turned out to be 33GB right after installation (after deleting the "windows old" folder.
My single hdd laptop comment was just kind of a joke.

I do have an external drive for important files and backups :)

But I do have and other question. Isn't the original "Recovery drive" on the laptop useless now since I have a new os?
And if so is it safe to delete it? There came a warning that it was in use when I tried to do that.


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