In the old days drive space was very expensive. Having 1GB was unheard of; with BBS, FTP, iRC, Newsgroups for me it was easy to fill up with stuff. I became very good at maximizing space, minimizing software bloatware, and burned lots of archive CD’s. Now with TB drives not costing much, space is a cheaper commodity and I haven’t burned an archive CD in years, I didn’t have to worry for quite some time.
However for performance SSD drives are king at the price of disk space. Hmm a Porsche or a mini-van? What to do? My first purchase was 40GB Intel X25 SSD, and I was hooked. I got a great deal on it, and performance was off the charts. The OS had to be on SSD, I kept an old WD Raptor 36 GB as a swap/temp/cache drive. I also kept TB drives for media.
With my SSD having lower capacity meant I had to keep my C drive efficient and uncluttered.
The standard for me was to change system environment variables to the cache drive, along with temp folders & download folders. Changing default locations for Photos, Video, Music to the large drives. All should be well.
However over time Windows & other applications always has a way of screwing it all up. Drive Cleanup is weak and will do easy task and do them half ass. My tools of choice for more in depth analysis are :
CCleaner – for removing temp files and browser files
WinDirStat – Great at visualizing what things take up the most space
TreeSize Free – Somethings that others can’t see, this program can