C drive is too big

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Understand something. files take up space on your disk. That is unavoidable, unless you invest in a home network-based NAS / SAN on your premise. Then, they take up space on *other* drives elsewhere. They still take up space. If you use a cloud-based storage to help that, unless you set the application's settings to not keep files locally (and thus only in the cloud) they still take up space on your Hard Drive, and even if you do, any file that you access to look at / edit / email to someone / etc. will be downloaded to your HD and - yep, you guessed it, take up space.

Since you're making CloneZilla backups, good, you probably don't need System Restore. Still, it doesn't hurt to have it on, as a backup to the backup - SR is for maintaining the System itself, versus your data files, while the CloneZilla backups will allow you to maintian both System and your data. Putting all your eggs in one basket is not the best way to go, especially if you have something that is either mission critical or personally critical.

What we're ALL trying to tell you is that you're using 25% of your space - and think it is using too much. That is your incorrect assumption. With a little bit of maintenance your HD won't magically grow from 53 GB used to 153 GB used overnight, unless you install an application that actually uses that much space on the HD (like a large, modern Game).

I teach CompTIA certification classes, and I have numerous Virtual Machines of Operating systems, and for the VM for Windows 10, the disk size is set to 64 GB. It doesn't even have Office installed, just the basic Windows 10 install. So you can see that, unless I start copying a bunch of personal files, like large pictures (or thousands of normal sized ones) and numerous video files, I don't need any more than 64 GB. With your Office install, increase that to ~80 GB - which leaves you with roughly twice that space for all your files - documents, images, videos, music, etc.

Since you've run the decrapifier app already, there isn't a lot more to remove from Windows or Office that will save you much more than a few GB - or, basically, about 2-3% max of you currnt HD partition size.

So, rest assured that you're fine where you are at now.
 

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Thank you for your detailed reply and patience. Thank you all who have answered here. Really appreciated. The directory tree program revealed that there was a Windows.old folder taking up 19gb. Removing that has released 19 GB. I should have been more watchful and watched the folders available and should have deleted this folder rather than posting on the forum. I do understand that files and data take space and am aware of VMs NAS etc and have even worked on them in the days far off as a certified Sun solaris admin who worked with mission critical unix systems. My daily driver is Linux Mint, dual booted with this Windows 10 in my retirement days. I hardly ever boot Windows and am a newbie for Windows.

The original question was about more data than required on C drive which proved to be true. It was never about whether the space on C would be sufficient. I am not a gamer and not bothered about C size . I will be hardly installing anything else onto it.
 

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I should have been more watchful and watched the folders available and should have deleted this folder rather than posting on the forum.
Well, what you really should have done once you discovered windows.old was taking up that space was Google windows.old first. Then you would have learned its purpose and that Windows would have deleted it for you automatically in a few days, as noted above. The only time it is necessary to manually delete it is when you are critically low on free disk space. And you still had close to 200GB free. If your current Windows is working fine, no harm done. But in the future, I recommend just leaving it and let Windows delete it in 30 days.
 

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Well, what you really should have done once you discovered windows.old was taking up that space was Google windows.old first. Then you would have learned its purpose and that Windows would have deleted it for you automatically in a few days, as noted above. The only time it is necessary to manually delete it is when you are critically low on free disk space. And you still had close to 200GB free. If your current Windows is working fine, no harm done. But in the future, I recommend just leaving it and let Windows delete it in 30 days.
I learnt today that there is Windows.old and I was sure that I didn't need it.
That apart using Windows 10 is painful compared to the polished Mint 20.1 Cinnamon I use. Windows updates are very troublesome they are huge compared to Mint and burn lot of band width. For the past 6 years I have faced no problems for Mint.
 

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I'd install Mint and then install Windows in a VM, where it will be more regulated then. I have no qualms about using a different OS from Windows - it's not for everyone, that's for sure.

At least you got it trimmed up. Be sure to read up on Windows.old and understand both why it exists nad what hte time frame is for its deletion. Like I said above, it's good to have a backup for your backup.
 

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I'd install Mint and then install Windows in a VM, where it will be more regulated then. I have no qualms about using a different OS from Windows - it's not for everyone, that's for sure.

At least you got it trimmed up. Be sure to read up on Windows.old and understand both why it exists nad what hte time frame is for its deletion. Like I said above, it's good to have a backup for your backup.
Very true ,backups backup is required. I had lost data when I lost my backup external drive. I had not backed it up.
 

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