Re: shrinking Windows C: drive to make room for Linux

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On Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 8:52 AM Neal Becker <ndbecker2@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I can't recall if I tried [defragmenting the file system].

It's been years since I did this, so don't know how much is still relevant....

1) Disable hibernation, reboot, delete hiberfil.sys
2) Check for "shadow copies" or whatever they're called.  These are
created by Windows Update, backups, etc.  As I recall there were
several leftover that I had to manually remove.
3 Close any open programs.
4) Use "ccleaner" or a similar app to clean up temp files, etc.  Or do
it manually.
5) Use Windows "drive cleanup" or whatever it is called to get rid of
anything it can.
6) Manually delete the contents of the "Temporary Internet Files"
folder - above steps *should* have done this, but I frequently find
things leftover.
7) Reboot
8) Close any open programs.
9) Defragment the file system.  I always found "mydefrag" better at
this than Windows defragmenter.
10) Shrink the file system.
11 Reboot
12) Repeat steps 8 through 11 until you get the desired space or it
won't shrink anymore.

The key points are rebooting after doing some of the steps (so open
files are closed), and having to do multiple defragment/shrink/reboot

When closing open programs don't forget programs that are in the tray.

Probably a good idea to do a chkdsk before starting.

The only other thing I can think of is that *maybe* you do this from a
"safe boot" to minimize open files - I don't recall if I tried that or

Hope this helps.
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