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01-25-2008
Default Need some extra hard drive space? Click here (Windows Vista)

By default, Windows allocates a good chunk of your hard drive to the system restore. In Windows XP it's 12%, and in Vista it's 15%. That's a lot of space, considering the average hard drive is around 300-500GB these days.

You can adjust that setting however. In Windows XP, simply right click on 'my computer' and go to 'properties'. Click the 'system restore' tab, and there is a slider there. Moving that, you can adjust how much space is allocated to system restore. Adjust it accordingly.

It's a little harder if you have Vista. You'll have to do it in command line. Follow these steps:

Go to your command prompt, right click, and 'run as administrator'.


In the command prompt window, to view how much space you currently have allocated to system restore, type: vssadmin list shadowstorage



I had 52GB myself...far too much. You can change it by typing: vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=[drive letter]: /For=[drive letter]: /Maxsize=[maximum size]

So if you want to change it to 2GB for example, you'd type: vssadmin resize shadowstorage /On=C: /For=C: /Maxsize=2GB




And voila! You'll have opened up a whole bunch of unused HD space.

Hope this helps some people.




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Haha yeah, I just cleaned my old System Restore backups through Disk Cleanup 2 days ago and it cleared 14GB total. Good FAQ though, I'm changing mine now.

EDIT: And I'm done, worked perfectly.

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I free'd up 10 gigs out of my 100 gig HD wow. Thanks for the tut.

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Thank you for posting
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Is this similar to going to "Start>Control panel>System>System protection" Then unchecking your harddrive, clicking apply and ok.

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That's what I do.

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I'm gonna do this right now... : D
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Wow, I just cleared up 55GB on my R:/ and D:/ drives.... Wow.
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This is win.

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Just reinstalled Windows, and used this again, so I thought I'd bump it up.



 

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