It's like cleaning and not much fun, and I just forgot to do it for many months
Most of you old timers probably know this, but maybe it can be of interest to new users who suddenly feel a lot of hard drive space has magically disappeared. Actually I first noticed the problem when trying to patch Marvel Powers United - and got an error that I needed 55 GB free space to do that, quite annoying I still had 40 GB free space on that drive
To understand what's happening when patching a game, you just have to look at the Staging folder. When I patch Marvel Power United (55 GB game), then a full copy of the game is made in the staging folder (or similar space =55 GB is reserved), I guess that's what happens when the "optimizing download" is going on. Thus I need 55 GB to patch a 55 GB game
- not sure I like than approach, but it is what it is...
Now, I had several games I tried to patch, but then I changed my mind. I tried to download Raw Data for the free weekend, but then cancelled it after a few MB - but in my Staging folder 9 GB were already reserved for the game. And I've cancelled a Lone Echo patch - resulting in 17 GB wasted space in my Staging folder - and I had a lot more similar cancelled downloads, all taking up massive amounts of gigabytes.
So if you haven't looked and need more space, do check if you're wasting a lot of space in your Staging folder(s).
Personally I think it would be great to have cancelled downloads deleted automatically - I bet many users are unaware of just how much space they may be wasting in their Staging folder(s). 2c.