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Free Several GB on Your System Disk

Free Several GB on Your System Disk By Déclic Vidéo FX - Last updated on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Installation  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Friday, October 4, 2013
Created on Sunday, September 23, 2012 4:11 AM

If you're like me, you have opted for a computer with an SSD drive in order to increase the operating speed of Windows. You opted for a well known expensive brand but are still a bit nervous. And you have decided on a 128GB drive to reduce costs? Now you would like to free up some space, to install Pinnacle Studio over your previous versions of Avid Studio and Studio 17, 16, 15, 14? But you do not have enough free disk space on the C:\ system disk.

This tutorial will teach you how to quickly and easily free up a lot of space on your hard drive . . . . as long as you have another data disk.

Here is the solution, for experts in computer science, I am not responsible for any problems that you may encounter.


Save Several GB of Disk Space Before or After Installing Pinnacle Studio

It's simple, you redirect a folder on C:\ to another drive (other than the system disk), seamlessly to Windows and programs that use it.

You will:

  1. Show hidden files and system files (right click in Windows Explorer, Organize > Folder and Search Option - View tab)
Show system files and hidden files
  1. Locate a directory that contains a large amount of data (which is large in size) - you may have to be patient for this, right click on different folders to check the properties including the size, to find a large directory (you know your system, you know what uses a lot of space, or programs that take up space)
  2. NOTE: this directory should not belong to a program for which you require good performance. Let me explain: if you use a drive other than C:\ for the redirection, you will lose performance for that program. It's useless to have a SSD in this case you might say, and you are right! So choose a directory where slower performance is acceptable.

For me, it was an easy choice, I redirected the iTunes directories that contain music, backup, etc. In total, I gained 40GB of valuable space on my system disk! If you redirect the Pinnacle folder, you save a lot of space, of course, but you lose performance when you're editing with Pinnacle. Maybe you could redirect the directory of another program that you don't use very often. And accept the loss in performance when using this program. Understand?

So how do we do this redirect?

This is simple, we will use the "NTFS Junction Point" for Windows, ie tell Windows what directory it redirects. In my case, I chose to redirect the "backup" folder in iTunes, and here is the procedure:

  1. Close all your active programs.
  2. Create a directory on a drive other than C:\ (in my case, I created D:\iTunes-Backup\)
  3. Move the large directory:  C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\ to D:\iTunes-Backup (replace user-name with the username of your machine). Be sure to move the directory and not to copy it. When done, the original directory should no longer exist (all that should remain is C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\ ).
  4. Open a command prompt (Start Menu and type "Command" as input)
  5. In the command prompt, type the following:
    mklink /J "C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\iTunes-Backup"


You will receive a confirmation message and there you are ... Open iTunes, look, no problem, it does its work as usual. And 40 GB is gained if you do the same with some other iTunes directories (or the whole iTunes directory)....
(you can also use relative paths, and use mklink /J "% appdata% \Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" "D:\iTunes-Backup" instead of what I mentioned above).

If you get an error message indicating that a file could not be created, it is because you have not complied with paragraph 3, and you have kept the original directory (DOS command created the folder by itself).

With that done, I quickly returned to my installation, and there is no need to buy a second SSD! And tomorrow, I will do the same for my folder containing mail archives and a few other programs that I rarely use and, for which I do not need fantastic performance, to gain a few GB more.


Save a Few MB After Installation

Finally, after installing Avid Studio or Pinnacle Studio, you can save space by deleting help files for the languages ​​you do not speak ... Here is a list:


C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 16\Help
C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 16\Manual
C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 16\ReadMe

C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 17\programs\languages
C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 17\ReadMe\languages

C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 18\InstallManager\Studio18\languages
C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 18\LiveScreenCapturing\languages
C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 18\programs\languages
C:\Programmes....\Pinnacle\Studio 18\ReadMe\languages

And probably you want also to clean up some of the files here for PS 16.0 and PS 16.0.075 (only if you are running the latest

C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Avid\Studio                            ->Used by PS 16.0
C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Pinnacle\Studio\2.0                ->Used by the 1st patch PS

Now, PS use C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Pinnacle\Studio\16.0 (don't touch it unless you know what you are doing !!)

Additional Information for Advanced Users

For a list of directories that have NTFS Junction Point, type:
dir /aL /s C:\

NTFS Junction points does not work at boot time, it is not possible to redirect:

  • directories that contain the hiberfile.sys file
  • \Windows
  • \Windows\System32
  • \Windows\Config

However, it is possible to redirect:

  • \Users
  • \Documents and Settings
  • \Program Files
  • \Program Files (x86)

Oh, and to clear/delete your NTFS Junction Point is very simple, because it is a shortcut, delete the shortcut (in our case, the Backup directory that is located in C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\) and you return to the previous state by moving the folder D:\iTunes-Backup\ where it was initially...

Information from CYBORGJEFF to gain some additional space...

You know it, Pinnacle Studio crash sometimes... (That's CyborgJeff who said this !). In this folder, Windows store error reports, included Pinnacle Studio report, which might be quite enormous (I just win 20go space !):


can be done with CCleaner which allow you to clean all Windows errors for example ;)


{Thanks to LooseCannon for the fine tuning}

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TonyP By # TonyP @ Saturday, October 5, 2013 4:13 AM
Great advice. This should be a sticky post in the Pinnacle Forums.

videoman3857 By # videoman3857 @ Saturday, October 5, 2013 7:00 PM
Again I have gained more knowledge with your help.
I did not know this could be done.

Thank you for sharing

Encore une fois, j'ai acquis plus de connaissances grâce à votre aide.
Je ne savais pas que cela pourrait se faire.

Merci pour le partage

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