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32GB SSD and Windows 10

Discussion in 'Hard Drive - HDD' started by nottonto, May 19, 2017.

  1. nottonto

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    Hi every one
    could someone please help ?
    I have a Dell Inspiron 3162-1035 laptop with a 32 GB SSD and 2GB Ram, I have been trying to update windows 10 but I'm told by microsoft support that I haven't enough HDD space, here's my question.
    can my 32 GB SSD be upgraded or replaced by a bigger one ?
    can I increase my HDD capacity by plugging in a micro SD card ?
    microsoft says I need another 5GB to be able to upgrade windows, I've checked my system and windows is currently taking up 18.94GB, isn't this a lot ?
    any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks nottonto
     
  2. allheart55 (Cindy E)

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    Hello nottonto and welcome to Computer Help Forums.

    Your laptop actually has a 32GB eMMC which is similar to an SSD card.
    It's referred to as flash storage.
    In any case, this particular storage drive cannot be replaced by you.
     
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  3. nottonto

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    Hi allheart55
    thanks very much for your reply
    is it possible to use windows 10 on this laptop with such a small eMMC ?
    Is windows usually nearly 19GB ?
    sorry to be a pain, one final question, can I add extra capacity to upgrade my windows 10 by using a external HDD or a SD card ?

    thanks again for your help, microsoft support wouldn't get involved when they noticed I had a small HDD.

    thanks nottonto
     
  4. allheart55 (Cindy E)

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    I would say that although possible, Windows 10 will probably not run very well.
    Without the appropriate space and more RAM, it will, in all likelihood bog down.
    You can use an SD card for more storage space but you won't be able to upgrade to Windows 10 using an SD card.
    You can't boot from an SD card with this machine.

    This laptop is a starter type computer with very little means to upgrade any of the hardware.
     
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    Windows 10 taking up 19 GB is normal. You can save a a few GB's by deleting the system restore points, then reducing system restore size, then creating a new smaller sized system restore point. Some space can also be saved by disabling hibernation and using sleep mode only. Those two possibilities should clear up a lot more space than disk clean up.

    With that said, it seems like Windows is trying to install a major update, or what was previously known as a "service pack", or your laptop isn't reporting the correct free space. You mentioned the amount of hard drive space used, but didn't post the amount of free space shown. Please post the free space, as other issues may show an incorrect free space.
     
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    In addition to what Seth has stated, you probably have a Dell Recovery partition on your drive which also takes up some necessary space.
    If you can post a screenshot, in Computer Management of your drive space, it would be helpful.
     
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    Holy smokes. I just found out the Anniversary Update requires 16GB of free space .

    My guess is that's the update that's trying to be installed.
     
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    With the guess that it's the anniversary update, I'd first try running the disk clean up tool, restarting, then attempt the update. If that's still not enough space, then I would temporarily, or permanently disable hibernate.
     

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