Managing Space On Your Solid State Drive (SSD)

If you own a Solid State Drive (SSD), chances are you probably bought a small, 64GB drive. If this is the case, you want to absolutely maximize the amount of free space available, as every GB counts. This guide will help you get the most out of a small SSD by following few simple tweaks.
Shortly after installing Windows and a few apps (or just Windows), you start getting error messages that you're Low on Space, or you noticed in the Explorer window that your C drive is colored RED, indicating low space. There are couple tricks you can do to free up as much space possible off your SSD. 

Typical methods include: 

- Moving data to another drive 
- Deleting Page file and Hibernation file 
- Reducing recycle bin allocated percentage 
- Reducing / Disabling space used for system restore 

Moving data to another drive 

If you have another HDD, then it's best to move some data on that and keep the operating system on your SSD. Not all data can be moved the same way. For example you can't simply drag and drop Program Files or Users folder into another location. This procedure will probably fail or cause many errors. When moving data onto another drive, make sure you follow these rules: 

- Raw data such as documents, pictures, videos and others can be simply dragged and dropped into another location 

- Document data such as My Pictures, My Documents and other folders linked to usernames should be moved using the Location function in the folder properties. To access this, right click on the folder of choice, for example My Documents > choose properties > Location tab. Choose where you want the new location to be (second HDD) and you're done. 
Refer to screenshot below for details. 

 

- Installed applications can be tricky to move. Applications usually create registry entries that depend on correct location for correct library references. Should you move some or all of the files, most apps will simply crash or won't even run. Best thing to do with Apps is to use the feature that most of them have during the installation and change the default installation directory from C:\Program Files\ to something else such as D:\Programs, etc. 

- Operating system cannot be moved without re-installation or method of cloning. 

Deleting page file and hibernation file 

Page file is used as additional space for memory once the RAM has been completely used up. To prevent system crashes and instability, system will continue to run albeit slower using disk space as memory storage. However, nowadays page file is not as essential as it was several years ago. Most systems come with 4, 8, 16 or 32 GB of ram. The problem that this creates is Windows is setup to use a rather strange formula to apply page file size, typically 1.5 times the memory. This in return creates a large file that takes up valuable space on your SSD. Although you can turn the page file off completely, you can also set your own custom size, just to be safe. 

To delete page file: 

Start > Right click Computer > Properties > Advanced System settings > Advanced Tab > Performance Settings > Advanced > Change > Select your SSD and choose either No paging file or set a small custom file such as initial 256 max 512 mb. > Click Set and OK, reboot the system. 
If you don’t put your system to hibernate, you can disable this option in power options menu and delete the hibernate file 

To delete hibernate file: 

Start > type in search CMD, right click on CMD result and run as Administrator > in command type powercfg –h off (that’s powercfg SPACE –h SPACE off) and hit enter > reboot the system. 

Reducing recycle bin percentage 

You can reduce the amount of space left for items in Recycle bin per HDD basis: 

Right click on Recycle bin > Properties > Highlight your SSD > Either set smaller size or choose Don’t Move files to recycle bin at all. 

Disabling system restore 

If you already have a method of backup in place, you probably don’t need Windows System Restore 
Start > Right click computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > System protection > Select SSD > either disable or set custom smaller size. 

Conclusion 

Following these steps will likely give you about 10-20% extra space on your SSD. Some of these system functions can be moved and offloaded to another drive, such as paging, system restore, etc. So if you don’t necessarily want to get rid of them, you can always allocate them to different drive(s).
To ensure that your system remains stable, it's best to offload these features onto other drives before attempting to turn them off completely. Some users have reported stability issues when using memory intensive applications if the pagefile has been turned off. If you're a video producer or you perform other tasks with your PC that require a lot of RAM, best thing to do is offload the page file onto a different drive to make sure your system doesn't crash should it ever run out of memory.
As far as hibernation goes, Sleep mode is preferred over hibernation if you wish to conserve energy. Sleep mode uses very little power so it's a good alternative to hibernation after you disable it. If you experience any issues while following the steps in this guide that aren't known, feel free to post and let us know your findings or any error messages you may have encountered.

*Disclaimer: AVADirect and its Staff are not responsible for any damage to software/hardware, loss of data or personal injury by following our How-To guides. These guides are provided only as an aid to help you troubleshoot system problems. If you do not feel comfortable performing these steps its always best to send in your system to a local repair shop or contact an appropriate technical support line for additional assistance.