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Why does Win2k Pro reserve huge amount of system space on clean install?

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Mar 25, 2002
Washington State
Why does Win2k Pro reserve huge amount of HD space on clean install?

I'm doing a clean install of Win2k pro on a small 13 gig hard drive that I re-formatted with the Win2k installer. (remember when hard drives first got to a gig and we all thought that was big?)

Anyhow, when I install diskeeper and defrag after the install, I notice a huge amount (over a Gig is my guess) of disk space that is "reserved system space" or words to that effect. I'm wondering why it's so big and if I can change its size? Anybody know? It's not a big deal at all, but I'm just curious.


repo man11

Dec 28, 2001
Some of the truly hardcore will be able to go into more detail, but I believe that space is for the settings used for the system restore feature that XP and 2K use.


Sep 16, 2001
Rclick on your recycle bin\properties then look at the settings then go to the tab for each drive. You will see the amount of "Reserved system space" Decrease the percentage reserved(default is 10%) and then check.