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Help: I keep on losing disk space even though I'm deleting stuff!

Q: Help: I keep on losing disk space even though I'm deleting stuff!

PC runs on Windows XP Home SP 2, with latest patches and IE 7.0 and Firefox (latest version). Computer is going to be four yrs old next month. Hard disk C (format NTFS) has a total capacity of 27.94 GB, according to right-clicking on hard disk C and according to Disk Defragmenter. Currently, 15.05 GB are occupied (53% of the hard disk). I have been deleting stuff to free up space and haven't been saving anything particular to the disk - but still I lose .01 GB EVERY DAY (day before yesterday, I had 15.07 GB, yesterday .06, and today 05 GB). Why do I keep on losing space in spite of my emptying the caches of both my browsers (Firefox manually, IE via Disk Cleanup), running Disk Defragmenter and properly deleting old files and programs I no longer need via control panel? Has this something to do with the Temp folder (in the WINDOWS folder)? It is currently more than 51 MB in size, most of the files end in .tmp and are indicated in blue. Only few of them have their names written in black. It looks quite full, with something like 2.500 objects in there.
So: why am I losing .01 GB every day although I'm trying to free up stuff?
PS: I am NOT at all well versed in computer lore.

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A: Help: I keep on losing disk space even though I'm deleting stuff!

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using XP SR2 I tossed out bunches of useless files, then did a disc clean up and a defrag
AND I noted that instead of the HD's free space increasing it actually was LESS than before I tossed all those files AND it was not an insignificant loss indeed over 100MB
what gives?
How do I get back my free space??


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Hey, guys. Windows Vista user here and I'm losing free space it seems by DELETING files.

Last week I has 289 GB free of 455 and now I have 304 GB. For some reason this number keeps rising after I empty my recycle bin and run the CCleaner scans. Is this normal? Sorry if it's a stupid question.

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My hard drive has been losing disk space rapidly. I log-in to my account, with almost 39GB free space. Refresh the page a few times, I would lose 1GB of space. This will continue until I can't do anything anymore because it will reach 0bytes in less than an hour. When it reaches 0bytes or when it gets too slow, I restart my laptop. Logging in again, it's back to ~39GB. Hard drive is 122GB in capacity.

I've tried many of the methods I've seen on forums and other threads. Disabled system restore, deleted unnecessary files, performed disk cleanup. All helped gain some more space, but that would be eventually be lost again. I've ran virus scans. Downloaded TreeSize, and scanned several times trying to find the source. I've compared the results from when it has 30+GB space left, to when it has less than 15GB left and can see no significance difference in the folders, and the folder sizes. I have the xps files of the scans, if that would help.

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Solved on my own. Thanks anyway, forum.

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Hi, I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64. I have a 29GB partition for Vista right now.

First it was only 20GB and I had 3.5GB free space, the next day I was down to 230MB so I re sized my partition and increased it to 29GB, it showed I had 6.9GB. This morning, it shows I have 1.3GB left. So in 2 days, I lost about 12GB of space.

From properties it shows I have used 17.5GB. I ran TreeSize and it shows a weird folder in my C drive that has the other 12GB. I can't open the folder, gives me error: C:\ Class not registered. It doesn't even have a folder icon. See photo of TreeSize for what I mean. ">

A:Losing disk space

Hello Corrin,

It may System Restore using this space for restore points. You might check to see what the maximum disk space usage is set at, and adjust if needed.

System Restore - disk space

Hope this helps,

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I had 14.65GB on my C Drive and now only have 2.23GB of free space, this seems to be running down by the day and I can't understand why. Can anyone tell me what is going on, I'm getting desperate. Thanks for anyone that can help me

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Vista SP2
I noticed a few days ago that on my 500g HD I was down to 60g of free space
I did the math and was at a loss to how this was possible
Did virus scan. Found nothing.Defragged. Eliminated programs that I havent used in a while.
Still only 60g of free space
Then I did Check Disk on startup
and that seemed to free up the other 270g of free space my math said I should have.
But, here's the thing
It keeps happening, although it hasnt gotten down to 60g of free space, mostly because I've kept doing the check.
It seems like the longer my PC is on the more free disk space I lose. And then I do check disk and get back what I've lost
Any ideas whats causing this?

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I recently fixed a problem with my Java installation. But after the problem was fixed and I ran all updates (one update failed) for windows I noticed i had lost almost 5 GB of disk space. The updates were only 250 mb. So I ran a disk cleanup a few times and got back like 1 GB back. I cleared out all shadow files and restore points. Then ran an error check and still didn't get much space back. So I ran a full system scan for malware and a full virus scan and everything seems to be clean. So I ran WinDirStat and it shows that $Recycle.Bin is taking up 3.2 GB of space. When I open the folder it's empty. The winsx is also taking up 6.2 GB of space. Can I use the clean up option to clean either of these folders out and free up space? I'm running windows vista home basic.

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Hi this is on winsxs How to address disk space issues that are caused by a large Windows component store (WinSxS) directory
Strategies for freeing disk space
Eye Glazer: Reclaiming disk space in Vista

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Hi all,

I've got a bit of a problem here :(. My C-disk is losing space litterly by the second. In 5 hours I've lost something like 15gigs :S. I've been spending the last few hours looking for a cause...and I founf out that more people have had the same problem...but none could help fix mine.

I have looked in my c-disk and tried to find out where the space was going... first I noticed that my Windows folder was 35 gigs.. wich was normally around 11 I think. Then I digged deeper and I can now say it is is most likely the "sysWOW64" folder dat sucks up all the space...sice that folder had been increasing a lot these last hours.
Now have I been trying to dig deeper and see what file or subfolder is the cause...but strangely... When I select all files and folders in the folder...it says it is only 932Mb:S The option 'view hidden folders' is on

I hope I have given enough information for someone to help me..

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I think I might have fixed it myself... I just took the risk of deleting the whole folder...hoping it was not a critical one.. just backupping the 932Mb of files.. Now it is back to normal... Also I am now able to install Symantec antivirus (couldnt before because I needed space on C)... I'll report back here to inform whether or not it was a virus.... just for the curious ones ;)

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I installed steam to D disk and i selected download place as D disk but when I download a game I lose 1gb space from c disk but games are installing on d disk

why am i losing space from c disk?

A:I am losing space from C disk

Open CMD as admin, run command VSSADMIN DELETE SHADOWS /FOR=C: /ALL
it should free up some space on C drive

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Hi This is Gary. Can someone help please?

Recently, my PC has been losing C disk space for no apparent reason and has now reached a critical point where I think its going to crash. Despite running a regular de-fragmentation and deleting old programs etc... it loses more space each day. I have not added any new programs for over 6 months! System is Windows XP and security is by Norton. Registry clean up is through Uniblue. I operate these process on the computer that I'm writing on now and they work fine.

My PC competency as a user is OK and whilst I can cope with basic systems management I am no expert on more complex matters.

Many thanks, gary

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What size is the hard drive and how much free space is available.

Try using Treesize to explorer the folders to see what is using the space.

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For some reason or another I've have been losing disk space, I've used disk cleanup Tool and have remove programs that I don't use much anymore and that took up much space such as Microsoft Silverlight, which if I remember correctly took up like 1000 something MB. each time I run the Disk defragment tool it tells me I only have 1% of Free disk space.

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Hi Streamline and welcome to TSF !

I just read your other thread. First thing is to make sure your system is not infected. Follow these instructions : http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html. Be patient since the HijackThis log support section is very busy, it can take a week before you get an answer.

you can use this program to see which files and folders take up space on your hard drive : http://windirstat.info/. Google with the names of the files you find to see to what program they belong. If in doubt tell us about the files and folders that take up your space.

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On my C drive, I am losing hard disk space every day, a few megabytes at a time. I have not installed any new software, or downloaded anything to my C drive. I have run the disk cleanup utility but there is far more diskspace which seems to have disappeared. Anyone know where???

thanks in advance

A:losing disk space

use cleanup in my sig

dont store anything in the temp folders before using

if that doesnt help, run the 5 step procedure in my sig [you using norton?]

if that doesnt help, download the diagnostic utility from the hard drives manufacturer and test the drive

also give us the complete specs of your machine

good luck

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What would cause WIN XP to lose disk space after using System Recovery several times? Someone told me they lost almost 1GB and want to know how to recover the 'lost space'. Does XP create a file with the old information after the recovery process?
Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Had this problem for some time now. Thought I'd got rid of it but it keeps coming back. However I found this resource online: TECHSPOT: Rapidly eating disk space

Here's a quote from the relevant section:

Most of the disk space is unexpectedly disappearing into one or more of several places - like recycle bin and system restore storage. Already mentioned above is pagefile/swapfile, and another is hibernation file. Occasionally system dumps take up space.

Recycle bin - you might be familiar with that - it's where your deleted files go, and it is quite easy to empty. Right-click on the recycle bin icon and select Empty recycle bin.

Pagefile - used as overflow for your PC real memory. Typically 1.5 x the size of real memory, but that is stupid if your real memory is 4Gb or more. You might prefer a smallish and fixed pagefile in that case. See http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/16989-63-what-size-give-pagefile

Hiberfil.sys - used as a place to store the entire memory in current use when your PC goes into hibernation. Foolishly, once the hibernation file is created, it takes up nearly as much space as your real memory, and is never deleted again until you do so yourself, and then disable hibernation. You dont see this unless you give yourself rights to see hidden and system files in explorer. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15140/what-is-hiberfil.sys-and-how-do-I-delete-it/

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Do you still have a problem or did you post that to help others ?

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Hi there I have another thread running on this forum as well to do with my w98se machine, However this is about my XP Pro system

I had this problem for ages and wondered if anyone here could help.

When I boot up the machine after everything is up and running I found that I was losing disk space fast, for some reason it writes information into a file called trace.log which is in C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI

I turned this machine on about three hours ago and the trace.log file has grown in size from 0 bytes to 793 Mb if I leave the machine on permanently it will eventually fill the entire disk probably within 24 to 36 hours.

if I reboot it the file starts again at 0 bytes

Any ideas?


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Hi all,

For a couple of months I have been noticing that I'm losing space on my hard disk without installing any new programs.

I have downloaded TreeSize Free and noticed that out of the 56 GB which I have in use, 46 GB are in the System Volume Information folder, which folder is subdivided in a number of RP folders (one of these RP folders has 39 GB on its own!)

Can you please clarify the nature of the above and whether it's possible to gain some free space from the System Volume Information folder ?

Thanks in advance

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The RP folders are Restore Points for System Restore. The default setting will use 12% of the size of the partition, so on a 1 TB Drive (931 GiB), you can have up to 111 GiB of space used.

You can use Disk Cleanup to delete all but the last restore point.
Start | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Cleanup
For Vista/Win 7 only:Click on Files from all users on this computer
You'll get a UAC prompt if UAC is enabled.
Select the drive and click OK
It will check the disk, then bring up the Cleanup dialog.
Click the More Options tab
The bottom section allows you to delete all but the last System Restore point.

You can reduce the space used by System Restore, but that means you'll have fewer restore points saved.
Right click My Computer, click Properties
Click System Restore tab
Select the C: Drive, click the Settings... button
Move the slider to the left to 3-5%

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I've been setting myself up to do an OS install. I wanted to do by "slipstreaming" a CD with the OS and SP2 included ala Fred Langa InfoWeek 9/20/2004. To do so I have to have an extra gig on my drive. I've got my OS and aps on 15G partition of an 80G ATA drive and as I got ready to do the above I start getting low disk space warnings. After deleting a few unneeded aps to free up the space, I find I'm losing it back or rather the freed space is filling back up. I weekly use AdAware, Spybot, ZoneAlarm w/antivirus and monthly Panda, so I thought I was virus free. Maybe not! Anyway, I think I'm a candidate to ask if you folks would look at a HiJack log. What is the current method of using it? Thanks

A:Losing disk space with each usage

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I have a problem which I thought I might post up here in hope someone can assist me.
My internal hard disk is 230gb, but for some reason it says only 28.5gb is free even though i've only used up 110gb when I check the properties of all the files combined (i.e. highlight all the files, right click and properties).
Here is a screen shot
I have 3 hard disk, only one that is affected is the C Drive, the other 2 are not.
Here is the the story:
Prior to then I used to have had about 90gb free space on my 230 gb drive (Used as C drive), and then one day my harddisk started to fill itself up even though I wasn't moving any data or downloading any files. On that same day, my hard-disk free space started to progressively drop from about 90gb free space to about 18gb free space, I then quickly powered off my laptop and then powered my laptop back on and ever since then it has been stuck with 18gb free space.
I then began my research and I came across this thread on this forum - I went through the steps one by one and purged my computer of potentially unwanted malware (which only identified and removed a single strangely named program called 'OpenCandy') and in the end I was only able to recover up to 28.5gb free space on my hard disk mostly from deleting old windows update files.
My question is - if I have only used up 110gb, where has the remaining 120 gb of free space gone? and why is it only showing 28.5gb? The odd thing is when I run th... Read more

A:Hard disk losing space?

Hi fishykittens It's possible that you have hidden system files that are taking up a lot of space. Go in the Folder Options, and check Show hidden files, folders and drives and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended). Then go back on your C: drive, and check the size of the newly appeared files.Also, if you use WinDirStat, how much used space does it reports?https://windirstat.info/

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Ive lost maybe 10G over the last few days and it is extremely frustrating
one weird thing i noticed is that on my documents and settings, my document size is 50G and then the size on disk says 34.5G. In that folder my music takes up about 25G but where is the rest of this? Ive tried CCcleaner and system restore but my comp only gives a restore point of yesterday which obviously dosent help.
Please help

A:Losing disk space rapidly!

Try cleaning System restore. CC Cleaner has to do with RAM, not actual Disk space. Run Disk Cleanup.

My Computer > Properties on the drive you're loosing on > Disk cleanup. wait for it to load, and it's pretty easy to delete.

Also, in the folder in question, go up top, go to "Tools", then "Folder Options" > "View", then look for "Show Hidden Files", and click Apply, then OK, then search the folder for any possibility.

This happened to me, but it was on Vista, because Vista made like 5 Shadow copies a day...

I personally disable System Restore, as it can take up significant space.

One thing to try is, Start > Search > All Files & Folders(Including System Files), and configure it to only show files over 500MB or so. Then wait for it to finish and look at the files and see if any are suspicious.

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Hi, I recently installed Vista Ultimate x64. I have a 29GB partition for Vista right now.First it was only a 20GB partition and I had 3.5GB free space, the next day I was down to 230MB so I re sized my partition and increased it to 29GB, it showed I had 6.9GB. This morning, it shows I have 1.3GB left. So in 2 days, I lost about 12GB of space.From properties it shows I have used 17.5GB. I ran TreeSize and it shows a weird folder, name [File] in my C drive that has the other 12GB. I can't open the folder, gives me error: C:\ Class not registered. It doesn't even have a folder icon. See photo of TreeSize for what I mean. Anyone know what the folder is and/or know how I can recover that space back?I have tried the system restore solution, but there was no system restore point. I used vssadmin but there was nothing there.

A:Losing Disk Space Daily

It sounds like you could have a decompression bomb on your computer but I could be wrong.

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I have a HP Pavilion with Windows XP. Its processor is 3.0GHZ, 1GB ram, 250GB, DSL internet, i also have DC ++, BitComet, LimeWire. About a month ago i started having problems with it. Till then everything was fine. I was downloading a lot of cartoons and series on the computer.

Now my problem is that i went from 19 GB available to 0 bytes. I reebooted my system and i got my original 204 GB back, but every time i go on the internet, i watch a movie on youtube, listen to music over the internet or play games online i lose significant amounth of space from my hard drive. Also i use total commander to view my files, on it when ever i open a window or a file without using the internet i loose around 1.5 to 3.0mb of space just for opening a file. That did not happen before this problem started. I would like to know why is the happening?

Next i have read some forums, and i have lowerd my system restore from max to min using only 1% (200mb), i have intalled cc cleaner and i am using it freguently, i do disk cleanup frequently, i delete coockies, internet files and i defragment my drive one every two weeks and i still have problems. In the past 4 days i have lost 31 Gb of space. Today i ran a disk error chech, a disk defragmentation and the cc cleaner and i have restored my hard disk space to 204.

My concern is that do i have to do this every week just for my hard disk to function properly and not use so much space or is there a problem with it and i need to correct something f... Read more

A:Losing Disk Space on Windows XP PC

The P2P software---it's risky, it's not supported by this forum, and it's probably filling your hard drive with the 'lots of cartoons and series' you're downloading.

The company line here (and my personal opinion as well) is to get rid of the DC++ and the Limewire.

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My laptop is losing disk space all the time - it is currently down to 148 mbs, but that will have changed again by tomorrow. I have continuely deleted programs, put picture files onto flashdrives, run AVG scans- nothing changes! When I delete items, the space problem is temporarily solved, but within half an hour I get the "low disk space" warning again. This kind of a problem generally indicates that my laptop has some kind of a virus, but I've run scans and everything appears to be normal. I've even turned off the setting that saves info when the computer hibernates - again, this only helped temporarily.
I am going to try defragmenting the disk tomorrow - can anyone offer any other advice? I'm going crazy! Worried that the laptop will just stop functioning...

A:Losing disk space rapidly with no cause!

um, Maybe you're getting some serious 'new file download' or rapid updates from some site or some program. Sorry, I don't know.


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I recently bought a 1TB drive. And swiftly filled it up to 870GB. So I went and deleted 20GB of stuff and decided to defrag it for the first time.

I used Defraggler and I noticed that as I was defragging the drive it was listing my disk space as having less and less space... by the time the defrag finished I only had TWENTY-EIGHT GB LEFT!?

Has anyone ever heard of this or know what might cause this? I was thinking i'd end up with MORE disks pace not 123GB LESS!


A:Losing Disk space AFTER Defrag

Hmm... disk space should not be changed. Try using a disk-mapping program to see how your space is being used: WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

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Hello, recently over the last few months I've been losing disk space on my c drive for no reason. I haven't been downloading much and I've been deleting files just to save up some space but I still keep getting the low disk space error. I deleted my temp folder, I ran disk cleanup but it keeps freezing, I ran CCleaner and winstrat but they kept freezing too, and I even turned off system restore. Nothing works. Personally I don't know what to do. I'm not tech savy at all and I'm scared to do anything else or I'll just make it worse. I'm just sick of downloading stuff to solve this issue.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5375 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 940183 MB, Free - 2885 MB; D: Total - 13582 MB, Free - 822 MB;
Motherboard: FOXCONN, 2AB1
Antivirus: None

A:Please Help! I'm losing disk space for no reason.

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I have read what has been advised me to do and still nothing works with regards to regaining my lost space in drive C, I have no large programme files or documents and the percentage is still going down.
I even have done disk defragment and disk cleanup makes no difference and installed treesize only made 2% difference, HELP what can I do next your help out there would be appreciated.
Many thanks to all

A:Losing Disk Space Drive C

There is a software called foldersizes... install and run it, it will show you where you are losing your precious GBs

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HELP!!! My computer has the same symptoms as listed above. I have a hard drive that has 156 GB of space and it says I have 0 free. I have removed EVERY program I can, every document and deleted the recycle bin. I have ran Norton anti-virus software and removed one virus. I am stuck. I can't get to the second step of your recommendation because my space is 0. Even after I uninstall programs, etc. my space is still 0. WHAT CAN I DO?!?!?! THANKS!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3316 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Q35 Express Chipset Family, 4 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152424 MB, Free - 0 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0PU052
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: W7 slow, losing disk space

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Hello I have a 220 GB hard drive and just recently I have been noticing that the hard drive space has been decreasing at a rapid rate. Last week it was at 20 GB and yesterday it was at less than 8 GB. Today, as I was about to play BYOND, it said it was unable to write cache files and when I checked my hard drive disk space it said there was 0 GB of free space. I have been trying to delete some files I don't need and so far I have saved 2 GB but I can tell if this problem isn't resolved soon, that will be eaten away as well. Please help me, I am only 16 so I don't know that much about computers as most do, so if you could give me a step by step of what to do, please do.

A:Computer losing disk space quickly

You'll have to find out what is taking up the space. I suggest that you download and install a program such as JDiskreport. This scans your hard disk and gives you a pie chart of which folders are taking up the most disk space. Once you know what is taking up the space you're that much closer to stopping it.

Remember that you always scan downloaded programs for viruses before running them.

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After deleting old files and freeing up 2 GB of space on my Gateway MA7(139 GB hard disk) I had 82 GB of free space, I UNinstalled Safari(which sneaked its way on through an iTunes update). A few minutes later I checked my disk space and it had actually decreased to 81.3, it has steadily decreased every few hours or so for the past day and is now at 78.3 of free space-is this a sign of a virus or malware or whatever? I've run scans with Kapersky that came up empty. not positive that the uninstalling is the problem. I have Limewire and I've deleted or blocked(idk) a few trojans but I dont often use Limewire. I use Gimp but not seriously. So whats eating at my C:

vista home premium

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Hi, i would really appreciate help here. I am continually losing my hard drive free space. I have to hard drives (C,D) and the problem only appears to be happening with the main one drive C. What happens is, no matter how much space i free up, it always seems to wind down to 0 bytes. The actual size of this hard drive stays the same, but the free space gets taken up. I don't know WHAT to do and I have ran hijack this, here is my log...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 05:09:22, on 07/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Arcade\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\eDataSecurity\eDSloader.exe
C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\eRecovery\Monitor.exe
C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\admtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
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A:Losing hard disk free space

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Couldn't get anymore descriptive with the title, but I seem to be having a big problem. 2 days ago I had 111 gigs left on my computer. Then, yesterday my computer randomly went down to 45 gigs. I didn't download anything since I am on vacation and the internet here is really slow. This is the second time this problem has occurred. I've deleted backups, history, anything I could find but yet there's no explanation to over 50 gigs disappearing. This is the second time The first time I noticed this was when I had 12 gigs remaining! So could someone help me with this problem. I honestly need that disk space back. Because I just lost 5 gigs today as well!

Also I wasn't sure if I should have posted in General Discussion or Performance & Maintenance.

A:Randomly Losing Big Amounts Of Disk Space.

Try the following: WinDirStat - Permalinks to downloads and other content

It'll list your folders sorted by size, and you can drill into the folder structure to find offenders.

Make sure all of the "Show" items are selected under the Options dropdown menu.

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Recently I have been noticing my free hard disk space disappearing. It was around 80GB, and now it is nearer 70. During this time I have actually been uninstalling programs and removing files, so the disk usage should be noticable less, not more. When I check the sizes of the folders in the root of the drive (c:\), they add up to about 26GB. However the disk usage under the properties for the whole drive are 40GB. Can someone help me to find where this free space is going?

I am on Vista Home Premium 32bit.


A:Losing Free Hard Disk Space

It is most likely System Restore points and shadow copies, which is the way the OS is suppose to work.

In addition download this free software to see what is on the hard drive.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

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Hey guys,
I like to wipe my HDD and run a clean OS install every once in a while after my computer has had a few months use. Its a 250 GB hard drive, with 233 GB reserved for the OS and related files. I ended up having to reinstall Windows 7 twice yesterday (wiping the hard drive twice) but noticed that after the second reinstall, W7 had used up more of my HDD than it had on the first install. After the first install, I had 197 GB left (after deleting windows.old). On the second time, I only had 191 GB left (again after deleting windows.old). So out of morbid curiousity I redid the install twice more, getting 188 GB remaining, and then 186 GB remaining. Why is W7 taking up more and more HDD space after each new install? Shouldn't it take up the same amount of space each time? Or are there a bunch of old windows files piling up somewhere that I dont know about?

A:Losing disk space after each fresh windows install!

I doubt it, but possibly do a fresh install, as in full formatting the HDD, so your NOT left with the windows.old folder.

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Win. 7 Home Premium 64 bit, can someone explain why it is that when I run the "built in windows Disk Defrag" I am losing about 2 GB of HDD space, I am thinking it may have to do with VSS, never had this issue with XP - and if this is the case is there anything i can do about it ?

I do have Auslogics Disk Defrag installed and there is an option to check in the settings that states, if checked it will"minimize growth of VSS storage area caused by file movement" - I have NOT run this app as of yet -

My HDD is small (not SSD) 80GB with 50GB left -

I would appreciate some opinions from the forum here -



A:Losing HDD space when running built in Disk Defrag

The usual causes of loss of HD space are the system restore points or malware/virus. Run a full anti virus scan, download and run a full scan with malwarebytes.
If that does not help, delete your system restore points, then make a new one in case of emergency. VSS is often the cause and reducing the space used by the VSS will help in the future.
System Protection Restore Points - Delete
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

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I am losing disk space during the day. After 10 hours, my 10GB of space is emptied. After I reboot, the 10GB comes back and starts losing space again.

No viruses or trojan horses or spyware found using several software applications. Emptied tmp files, recycle bin, cache, etc. using several cleaning applications.

Checked swap file, but that was not it.
Physical memory is holding steady through the day.

Thank you for your help

A:Losing hard disk space, 1gb/sec. No viruses found

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Hello I have a 220 GB hard drive and just recently I have been noticing that the hard drive space has been decreasing at a rapid rate. Last week it was at 20 GB and yesterday it was at less than 8 GB. Today, as I was about to play BYOND, it said it was unable to write cache files and when I checked my hard drive disk space it said there was 0 GB of free space. I have been trying to delete some files I don't need and so far I have saved 2 GB but I can tell if this problem isn't resolved soon, that will be eaten away as well. Please help me, I am only 16 so I don't know that much about computers as most do, so if you could give me a step by step of what to do, please do.

A:[SOLVED] Computer losing disk space quickly

Hi and welcome to TSF this may have something to do with it unless you have it turned off then it would be ruled out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Copy

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EDIT:I think I solved the problem. It was something caused by Registry Mechanic, creating this massive .xml document for some unknown reason. I uninstalled reg mech and things seem to be back on track.

I'm not entirely certain if this is a malware issue so I apologize if this is in the wrong forum. I did browse around the forums looking for a similar issue and discovered This Thread. But it doesn't seem to have been fully solved yet and we are on different OSs. ANYWAYS, here's the problem:

I have a 1Tb HDD with roughly 242Gb of free space. Last night I decided to get on my computer and immediately I notice that I'm receiving pop ups alerting me that drive C is running low on free disk space. I check to see what I'm woirking with and my computer tells me that I have less than 1Mb remaining on C. That was pretty alarming.

After running disk cleanup, Spybot S&D, Registry Mechanic, Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes and came up with little to no results I decided to reboot and hope that it would miraculously work itself out. Upon logging in I noticed that I had my 242gb of free space back! The joy came to soon, however, as I kept checking back on my disk space and noticing between 3-5Gb vanishing every few minutes.

After struggling with that for a while I decided to just shut it down and sleep on it for the night. This morning I disconnected my computer from my ethernet connection before booting it up just to see if maybe whatever was ... Read more

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I am very confused. I am running Windows XP on my home PC. All of a sudden, even though I have not recently installed or downloaded anything, I had less than 200MB free on my C: drive (which is a 230GIG drive). I started getting the pop-up warning in the system tray, so I went to Properties and did the Disk Cleanup. There was nothing abnormally large in the Recycle, Compressed Files, etc. In fact, I was barely able to clean any space off this way because everything was already taking up next to no space.

After this, I moved over 20GIGS of data on to a completely separate external drive (not a partition of the C: drive). I looked at my C: disk space and it was still around 200-300MB. I noticed as a kept the C: drive Properties window up that the space kept fluctuating throughout the day, going from 200MB to 300MB to 500MB (that was the max I have seen it at), then back down to 300 range and then back down to below 200MB, then back to 300... all the while, I am not downloading or deleting anything. (In the time I have been writing this, it has gone from 218MB to 318MB to 253MB to 316MB. It even got down to 76MB.) This could be completely normal behaviour, but I thought I would mention it anyway.The Low Disk Space error keeps popping up and then disappearing, popping up and then disappearing as this data fluctuates.

I am running a full virus scan but nothing has come up so far and it is almost done. It runs in the background anyway, so a virus surely would have been detected.... Read more

A:Low Disk Space Even After Deleting Data

Try to find out what is using the space.

These will allow you to visualize your disk space usage:

Disk Space Fan
Visual Disk
Disk Pie
Directory Size Calculator

How big is the C:\Windows\Installer folder?

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I installed Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC a few days ago on my drive. At that time I had 160 GB free.Then In noticed I was losing space. So I decided to uninstall them both. I did that and I removed the other things like the VHD Drive and the XP Mode Application. I removed all of that and I got a few GBs back but no matter what I delete, the problem persists and after a few minutes I end up losing the space I got back and more! I got on Google and reviewed cases like mine but nothing did the trick. I had as low as 108 GB. But I went to Disk Cleanup and pressed the Remove Old Restore Points and Shadow Copies button and I went from 108 to 140 GB! This is great! But I still need to know what happened to the other twenty I had.

And, I don't know if this helps, but right before I had 160 GB ( and before I installed XP Mode on my Hard Dive ) my computer was in a similar scenario which happened a few days ago (It had about 68 GB). I used TreeSize to find the file that was eating up my Hard Drive and I found out that my Temporary Files ate up a whopping 90GB! So I cleaned them out with CCleaner.

I hope you can find out what happened. And hurry please!

Thanks in advance!!!

A:Installed and Uninstalled XP Mode and now my hard disk is losing space

This is odd behavior, Do you have hibernation enabled on that machine?

oh and just to be clear we are talking about the directory that appears if you type
in the search bar and hit enter right?

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Hi. I seem to be losing massive amounts of disk space extremely fast. All the problems started last week when my computer got drastically slower all of the sudden. I ran diskeeper and it said I was dangerously low on disk space and I couldn't figure out why. I ran a boot-time scan using Avast! antivirus and it found Win32:Trojan-gen {Other} in C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe. It failed to repair the file and so I deleted it and when I went back into Windows Vista after the scan, I had an extra 23GB of free space. At first I thought that everything had been fixed and so I proceeded to tighten my security so an incident like this wouldn't happen again. I turned on UAC and also downloaded Comodo Firewall (and turned off the builtin windows firewall that I had been using). Well unfortunately, I've noticed the disk space problem isn't gone because I've lost about 5 GB of free space just today. I've tried scanning again with AVG, Spybot, Ad-Aware, SuperAntiSpyware, Comodo's malware detection tool and they all came back clean. I tried freeing disk space with CCleaner but it only freed up about 300 MB. I then tried HijackThis for the first time and started deleting entries that seemed suspicious but it didn't help. Then I found this site and it mentioned to not delete entries until someone can analyze the log. I've managed to restore all the backups except 3 because I deleted Bonjour and CVSNT and so the deleted serv... Read more

A:Losing massive disk space - Urgent unknown infection

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the resul... Read more

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I got a message stating "Low Disk Space". It suggest that I delete files to increase the amount of disk space. Every time I delete a file, the amount of free disk space decreases rather than increase as one would expect.

The computer operating system is ME. The computer is not on the internet (different computer). I have run anti-viras software, Reg/fix, defrag, Norton Internet Security,and emptied the Recycle Bin, but no improvement.

My Computer says that of 40GB, I only have 17MB of free space when I should have over 10GB of free space.

What is going wrong?

Any idea how I can correct this problem?



A:Deleting files DECREASES disk space

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I am working on creating space on a laptop. It has a 250 GB HD. Out of this, apparently almost 25 GB is taken up by system backup/restore partition (I think). So the total disk appears as a 224 GB disk. I started to backup files using the Toshiba Disk Creator but frequently got errors saying it could not continue writing to the DVD because it may have scratches or something to that effect. This happened several times.

After this, when I was actually successful in writing to another DVD, I deleted the folders on the disk that I had backed up to the DVD. Thus I was expecting the free space to go up. But it didn't. I tried using ccleaner, and I also tried rebooting thinking that after reboot I will see more free space. But it didn't.

Eventually I started using another disk burning program (ImgBurn) since I was fed up with the Toshiba Disk Creator and then I noticed that suddenly by free disk space went up from 44 GB to 104 GB. So I thought the problem might have been that Toshiba Disk Creator was creating some kind of cache for storing temp files, but when I looked in AppData I did not see any large files or even a large number of files from my previous unsuccessful attempts at writing to DVDs. Since the free disk space went up, I was happy and I continued using ImgBurn with better results. But after I deleted the folders that I had backed up, I again noticed that sometimes I am not seeing the free disk space go up.

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A:Free disk space does not increase after deleting files

Two questions:
(1) How are you performing the deletions?
(2) How do check how much free disk space you have?

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I have win xp 32bit machine.
I've been having this weird problem for a very long time:

Say i have 5GB of "free space: on drive E.
I delete 3GB of files.using shift+delete (Note: to be specific, I mainly have video files and pdf files on this drive)
So you'd expect to find 8GB of free space on drive E.
however still I've got 5GB of free space on E !!!
(note: I just use righ click>properties to see how much free space i have)
I run Disk Cleanup, delete everything that it offers to delete (bunch of crap and temp files)
and STILL I'm not getting that extra 3GB that I deleted!

I noticed that on my drives there is this folder:
where "sometimes" my deleted files show up in there and after deleting them from here using shift+delete the 3 GB that I was expecting to be freed will become free and available. but this is not always the case.
Alot of times those 3GB worth of files dont even show up in this folder, and i know that i've deleted them already
So why is the space not becoming availabe yet. What is wrong with my sys. and how can i fix it?
Thank you all in advance


A:Solved: Disk space remains the same even after deleting files

Hello Vince and welcome to TSG

Could you try downloading Spacemonger and see whats actually hogging your disk space.

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Recently I made a few videos with fraps that took up around 110 gigs of space, so I decided to compress all that and upload to youtube, the amount of space the videos are taking up are now down to 70, but my free disk space hasn't increased, in fact it's decreasing as if I never deleted the videos, it isn't decreasing on it's own only if I make files, so basically it'll take up space and it just stays that way for some reason.

I've looked around the internet for a solution, I have tried:Disabling automatic backup, that didn't do anything.
Scanned my computer with malwarebytes to make sure it isn't some worm, nothing found.
Used disk cleanup, cleared up 900 MB but the free space still didn't change.
Used CCleaner, cleared up 500 MB but the free space still didn't change.
Used disk check, nothing bad was found.
Used WinDirStat, everything seems fine as it should be, but theres 100 gigs of <unknown>, and I have no freaking clue what it is.
Used SpaceSniffer, found absolutely nothing that would take up that much space

I would use defraggler, but it will take WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too long so I'd use it when I have no other option, there's gotta be another way other than literally waiting over a day for defraggler to finish, and chances are that it wouldn't change anything as well meaning I would have wasted a bunch of time, if defraggler doesn't help I'll just reformat the whole thing.

Any suggestions?

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298 GB HDD
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A:Free disk space does not increase after deleting files

Welcome to the Seven Forums Jack101.

I suggest that instead of using Defraggler you use Puran Defrag and carry out a boot-time defrag.

Now about free disk space. Sometimes the correct free disk space shows up after a reboot. However from your message it would appear that you have already tried that but without success. Another way to find out how much free space exists is to open the Command Prompt and use the "dir/p" command. Please try that and check if the free space shown is identical with what you see with your method and report back with the command prompt screen shot after dir/p has been executed.

Good luck.

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I recently used File Shredder to shred a bunch of my files thinking it would free up the disk space like deleting it would have; except it didn't. Is there a way to free up the disk space after shredding the files? What kind of program should I be looking for? I've used WinUtilities to clean up some duplicates and registry files without doing too much damage.

I'm running windows vista (64-bit) with and original 220 GB hard drive, now down to 47.7 GB because I can't figure out how to free it up.

A:Deleting shredded files to free up disk space

You can try CCleaner to delete temporary files.

If you're confused what's using up all the space on the disk, try one of the following disk analyzing utilities:
1) RidNacs
2) WinDirStat

Hope it works for you.

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Hi. Not so sure this is the right place for this. If it's wrong, I apologize, and hope someone will be so kind as to direct me to the right forum or help me anyway.

I've been burning DVDs and deleting files off my computer, but instead of increasing the hard disk space, the free space report when I go to My Computer and click on C: keeps decreasing. Is there a way to refresh it and check what's going on? I've been installing some apps, yes, but none so large as to take something like 7 GB of space all at once.

Thanks so much!

A:Hard disk space keeps decreasing on record even if I'm deleting files

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