10GB hard drive is completely full?

October 1, 2010 at 11:05:48
Specs: Windows Vista
I have just reinstalled Windows Vista after a serious system failure so have nothing left on my system as everything has been deleted - but after installing updates, it says my 10gb hard drive is completely full. I formatted the drive before installation so I have no idea how the hard drive could possibly be anywhere near full - any suggestions?
I have done all the disc cleanup/cc cleaner stuff but to no avail, and have looked for hidden files etc. but just cannot find where the space has gone to. Also hindered by the fact that due to full capacity cannot download any helpful programmes. Any help would be massively appreciated!!

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October 1, 2010 at 11:44:54
10 gig is incredibly small by today's standards. After you install Vista and have a couple of backups, that would pretty much eat up 10 gigs easily. You wouldn't have any room for other programs. You would be much better off going and buying a larger drive.

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October 2, 2010 at 00:52:17
I believe Vista requires 15Gb for initial set-up so I'm guessing you may have found that a bit tedious.... but 10Gb for the final installation is about right. As your drive must be quite old, it's false economy to rely on it anyway, and hard drives are relatively cheap these days so as THX says, get a bigger drive.

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October 3, 2010 at 17:25:13
If you can't afford a new one maybe someone has a secondhand one cheap or free, there are plenty of of 40 & 80 GB drives around that are not being used anymore sitting in peoples draws. I have 3 x 80, a 160 and 250 GB in my draw doing nothing.
Unfortunatly for you I'm in Australia.

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