total C drive space shrinks

Paul Chou 21 Reputation points
2021-09-09T00:57:59.767+00:00

I have 475GB of C drive space. Now, it is down to 464GB. How can I get it to go back to 475GB of space?

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  1. Docs 15,316 Reputation points
    2021-09-09T02:51:17.407+00:00

    If the computer was recently upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11 the process creates a Windows.old.
    This allows the end user to return to Windows 10.
    After ten days the Windows.old is scheduled to be deleted.
    The deletion can be performed manually as needed to create more drive free space.

    There are multiple other files that can be deleted.

    There are third party software that can be used to see the files and their sizes.

    https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free
    https://windirstat.net/
    https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

    See this link for additional files that can be deleted:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/83441-free-up-drive-space-windows-10-a.html

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/free-up-drive-space-in-windows-85529ccb-c365-490d-b548-831022bc9b32
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/tips-to-free-up-drive-space-on-your-pc-4d97fc4a-0175-8d49-ac2f-bcf27de46d34

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  2. Paul Chou 21 Reputation points
    2021-09-09T03:50:19.46+00:00

    I am talking about the total space, not how many space left. It should be around 475GB. I have 512GB of SSD. The C drive total space is 475GB. I want to regain the lost space.


  3. Docs 15,316 Reputation points
    2021-09-09T04:07:23.273+00:00

    See: (1000 vs 1024)

    https://www.howtogeek.com/123268/windows-hard-drive-wrong-capacity/
    https://tierradatarecovery.co.uk/why-does-my-1tb-hard-drive-offer-only-931gb-of-space
    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/1-tb-931-gb-hard-drive/

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  4. Sam of Simple Samples 5,516 Reputation points
    2021-09-10T02:50:32.587+00:00

    Go to Disk Management. There are many ways to do that and many articles describing it and one of them is How to Open Disk Management in Windows 11 - All Things. What partitions are on the drive and how large is each of them?

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  5. Paul Chou 21 Reputation points
    2021-09-11T00:22:08.477+00:00

    I will send a screenshot later here.

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