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Kap 01-16-2009 11:33 PM

Where oh where have my gigabyte's gone...
Where oh where can they be????

OS= Windows Vista Home.

So last week, I did an OS reinstall. Before I did that it was telling me my c drive only had 60 gigs available of 136.

After the reinstall, it was the same. But I did not do a format. I just did a reinstall.

Last night I got bired and decide toi do the reinstall again, but this time with formatting.

Afterwards, it said I had 120 gigs free of 136.

I had nothing on this computer other than programs. I save everything-pics, vids, docs, external drives.

I started putting my programs back on the machine, and it seems I am losing an inordinate amount of gigs.

After installing itunes, quickbooks, photoshop, Adobe reader, mcafee, office '03 and Firefox, I was down to 105 gigs available.

I did a disk cleanup, and LOST a gig. I went into control panel and UNINSTALLED some crap I didn't need/want and again, LOST 3 gigs.

I did a defrag, and LOST gigs.

WYF is going on? I have yet to save anything on this machine, and after deleting, cleaning up and defragging, I went from 103 available to 98 available.

How do I lose 5 gigs REMOVING stuff?

Kap 01-17-2009 12:02 AM

Found them...

Restore points. Nearly 30 of them.

All gone now.

Except one.

AndrewF 01-17-2009 07:49 AM

Yup. That is one of the "features" of vista....allowing you to go back a point in time. What mosts people don't realize is that every major change(install/reinstall/remove software) results in a new restore point.

Kap 01-17-2009 02:47 PM

I knew it created them. i just wasn't aware of how many it saved and much space it required.

rgsgww 01-17-2009 03:46 PM

I usually delete the partition and reformat.

Yeah...the restore points are annoying sometimes.

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