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I am running Windows 10 on a computer I bought new about 2 years ago.
The OS is on a 220GB SD drive.
System protection for that drive remains at it default state of being off, and I have never turned it on.
In the panel for 'System Protection' for that drive under ‘Disc Space Usage’, the ‘Max Usage’ is at 100% and the ‘Current Usage’ is shown as 42GB.
I don’t know what that 42Gb is, as I’ve never set restore points and, as I said above, system protection has never been on.
I was thinking that I might be able to set ‘Max Usage’ to zero and thus free-up 42Gb of disc space. I am anxious about doing that, however, in case I’ve misunderstood something about the nature and purpose of that 42GB of existing data.
Is it safe to reset ‘Max Usage’ to zero, and will that free-up the 42GB without complication? This assumes that 'system protection' for the drive remains off, so doesn't need the storage.
 
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I am running Windows 10 on a computer I bought new about 2 years ago.
The OS is on a 220GB SD drive.
System protection for that drive remains at it default state of being off, and I have never turned it on.
In the panel for 'System Protection' for that drive under ‘Disc Space Usage’, the ‘Max Usage’ is at 100% and the ‘Current Usage’ is shown as 42GB.
I don’t know what that 42Gb is, as I’ve never set restore points and, as I said above, system protection has never been on.
I was thinking that I might be able to set ‘Max Usage’ to zero and thus free-up 42Gb of disc space. I am anxious about doing that, however, in case I’ve misunderstood something about the nature and purpose of that 42GB of existing data.
Is it safe to reset ‘Max Usage’ to zero, and will that free-up the 42GB without complication? This assumes that 'system protection' for the drive remains off, so doesn't need the storage.
Yes,, you can reclaim unused disk space by altering the maximum amount of usable storage space in System Protection. It should not do any harm to the filesystem. Please see the following links regarding this.
https://www.isunshare.com/windows-1...m-protection-for-hard-disk-in-windows-10.html
https://winaero.com/change-system-protection-storage-size-windows-10/


Also, Disk Protection, if installed and enabled can restore Windows to a Restore Point upon rebooting the system.
Can it be done safely?
Yes, you can safely reclaim disk space in Disk C or the Hard Drive Disk in Disk Protection. Please see the following link on Disk Protection.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/wi...n feature allows,when the server is restarted.
 

SwanMorrison

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Thank you so much. I've never posted a question on a forum before, and I am so impressed by your swift and helpful response. It gave me the confidence to move that slider and, hey presto, I regained that 42 Gb.
This question was part of a larger story, as, two days ago, my 220Gb system drive was nearly full. I discovered how to check storage and found a folder called 'Apple' that must have appeared when either I had ITunes installed (now uninstalled) or when I linked to a friends IPhone to recover some pictures. Anyway that was 25Gb and the deletion of that folder solved the problem with the C drive. I then got to wondering what other unnecessary data was using up memory and came upon the 42Gb associated with the (turned off) System Protection. I've now moved from having a full drive to one with 88Gb free! I don't know much about these things, but I wonder if a (very cautious) storage audit might be useful for many people to check if large quantities of disk space are being occupied by irrelevant legacy folders of one kind or another. I guess this would be particularly critical on systems like mine where the operating system is on a drive where there is not that much space.
Thanks again,
Swan
 
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