Bootcamp: Where'd my HD space go?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by glib, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. glib macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2006
    So I installed windows to run a specific piece of 3D software for school that doesn't have a mac version. I partitioned my disc and installed windows (after a number of headaches that I won't get into now... suffice it to say, it wasn't exactly easy) and installed my software without a problem. Now I need photoshop installed as well, except somehow I'm out of space on my 5GB partition. I thought this was a tad odd for just being windows and one program, so I opened my C drive, made sure there were no files being hidden, selected everything and looked at the properties. Everything on my C drive takes up 2.6GB, yet when I right-click on the drive and go to properties it says 4.5GB have been used.

    Where are these other 2GB being taken up? My recycle bin is empty...
  2. theman5725 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2006
    I think the Windows Installation, combined with all the updates that you'll download, take up that much space. At least, that's from my experience in Boot Camp.
  3. glib thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2006
    But I can't find what is taking up the extra space... all the files on the disc amount to around 2.7GB, so there's another 2GB somewhere that just isn't showing up.

    Windows is 1.7GB.

    Someone else mind testing this for me? Right click on your HD and choose properties, and see how much space is taken. Then double click on the HD, select everything, and go to properties again. This should be the same number, but for me it's not. Bootcamp problem?
  4. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Windows Swap File takes space

    My hidden swap file is 1.99GB. 5GB is too small for Windows if you plan on adding much of anything.

    I wish there was an easy way to resize the Windows partition on the fly. I'd like to shrink mine a bit.
  5. murdoc158 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    West Bend, WI
    You should have at least 10GB set aside to run XP. If you plan on downloading updates for Windows, add another 5GB to be safe. Windows needs at least 5GB free to function properly. I'm surprised you haven't run into problems earlier.

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