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Vista Consuming Hard drive space

Q: Vista Consuming Hard drive space


I have a Acer Aspire 5315 laptop that is going on three years old with Windows Vista Basic. The computer has an 80 gig hard drive with two partitions split evenly. After a while I noticed it continually consuming more hard drive space on the C drive when no new programs were being installed. During regular use during the day (checking email from Gmail) I started getting prompts that the computer was running low on hard drive on C drive. The computer had 2 gigabytes of free space on the C drive initially. I rebooted only to find out that windows didn't give the space back.

I have tried doing a hard drive clean up with only marginal success in reclaiming part of the initial 2 free gigs on C drive. I have tried registry fixing programs like Reg Cure and other system tune up programs like System Mechanic and the problem continues. The laptop initially came with 1 gig of ram I have upgraded it to 2 (the max the laptop can take).

I noticed the problem started to happen after I had to use a restore point to fix a driver problem with my printer. Any suggestions of what to do is much appreciated or even what to try.

I had heard that laptops have a recovery console that may fix this this problem that resets it to factory defaults. Further information on this would also be useful.

Thank you in advance for any help!

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I have had a problem with my C drive getting used up and it is about out of space now. I'm wondering if I may have some kind of virus. I'm inlcuidng a log from hijack this if someone could look it over and see if anything stands out. I'd greatly appreciate it!



here is the log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:02:24 PM, on 11/25/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\SSL VPN Client\agent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Seagate\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\Mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\VsTskMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\SharedCOM8\RoxMediaDB.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\SharedCOM8\RoxWatch.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svc... Read more

A:Something seems to be consuming all hard drive space

Have you reviewed posts here concerning the same question you are asking?

Here are some simple steps to get you started
run chkdsk /r at a cmd prompt and answer yes to the question. reboot so it runs to check for file corruption
run disk cleanup [programs/accessories/system tools] and check everything
run defrag [same location]

check your system restore points configuration. you may be saving too often or have too much reserved disk space for this operation

user explorer to search on *.* [which is everything] on your OS drive [usually c:]. Then click on the size column to sort by size to see where your largest files are contained.

If still an issue post the results of a chkdsk for review.

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When I click on it, it goes straight to drive D. also it will not be deleted .. How can I remove it without losing the files saved in my drive D?

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hi again... My laptops is rinnong out of hard drive space. i have taken off anything i dont use/need/is a big space hogger. but its still running out of space. at first i thought it was steam but that has only used 6gbs including the games it has on it. even vista takes up 30Gb. other than that i cant find the problem. is there any other way that i can increase space with a program prehaps???


A:VIsta seems to hog hard drive space

Have a look at this Tutorial:
System Restore - disk space

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After a few months of use, my laptop (Yes, I've heard it all, not ideal for gaming) has ran Valve games (such as TF2) without problems, usually on higher settings. Recently, however, I've been experiencing slowdowns in framerate. Although it could be a heat problem, both my partitions are a bit under 75% full each.

Will this hard drive space affect performance?

I also get suggestions to use a can of air to blow the exhausts clean, however, why does that help? Doesnt that just move the dust back into the computer?

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Hello everyone
I am trying to fix my sons computer. His hard rive is almost full but when you check on the control panel and look it says there are only 46 programs installed using 9.7 gig of space. He has a 70 gig harddrive and the indicator shows the disk almost full at 66 gig. where is the other stuff at so I can deleate it or is vista doing something to chew it up. Please help.

A:Vista is chewing up my hard drive space help

Your question has been asked many times. It is most likely System Restore that is using the space.
System Restore - disk space
In addition download the free Malwarebytes run a scan
Run a scan with your anti virus, you should be ok. If you still have problems download windir stat. It will show you what you have on your drive.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

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I have a Acer Aspire 5315 on Windows Vista Basic. I removed all of the installed programs that I had no use of and deleted all of that personal documents and photos after backing them up onto a disc for the person who gave it to me.

However the hard drive is still 3/4 full ( 20.6GB free of 51.1gb). I downloaded Windirstat to try and free up space but have no idea what is safe to delete I also used the Disk Cleanup that was on the machine and thats made no difference. I have also used CCleaner to remove all the crap,and a system tune up with Trend Titanuim ( and no its not Trend thats taking up the space, it was stil 3/4 before i added it ^^ ) Also the Data D has 48.7gb of 50.8 but when i open that partion theres nothing in it as i deleted the files.

Id like to make as much space possible without un installing the OS as I dont have a Vista CD. What simple ways are there?

A:Freeing up space on a hard drive-vista?

Hi this might be of help How to Shrink and Extend NTFS Partitions on Windows Vista | eHow.com

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I use window washer from when i had XP, but when i look at my hard drive's free space, it keeps decreasing. where else should i look for temporary files? and where do the windows update install files go now? my PC is lagging because of this.

i have a P4 HT 3.0GHz, 1gb ram, 40gb hd. i kno i kno the hard drive gotta be upgraded

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Something weird is happening on my computer. It's as if it's bleeding HDD space, even though I'm not downloading or installing anything. As I typed that sentance it went from 9.11 GB to 8.23 GB.

The screen seems to flicker once, like a really fast flash. And suddenly I'm down on space again. It doesn't happen every time the screen flickers however (this is also a problem that's just started happening).

I think it has to - at least partly - be down to the screen flickering. I have no idea why this has started happening, does anyone have any ideas? It's kind of important I get this fixed, I'm going to college in a couple of weeks and this is my only computer.

I'm not sure what's going on, can somebody help?

(It just 'flicked' again, now im on 7.64gigs)

(Make that 7.06)


A:Help - Vista Hard Drive Space Issues

Empty the Recycle Bin

Empty the Windows 'temp' folder (C:\windows\temp)

Scan the drive with Scandisk

Adjust or clear your System Restore settings:

Control Panel -> System -> Performance -> File System

Scan for virus/malware

go to this link for help on scandisk


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Starting 2 months ago I did a reformat for losing hard drive space. I thought the problem was fixed. HA. nope happening again.i have researched and found this is a common problem and since I have read threads about using a tree program but i dont know what I am doing. I have also read it can be a bad .dat file. I am at wits end on this problem .. I have not ran dianostic to see if hard drive is failing but I dont think that is the case in this situation. im not in any danger as of yet but i dont want to get to that point. any suggestions or help would be appreciated.
maybe I should also note that shadow copying is fine and updating is off I do it manually

A:Losing Hard drive space Using Vista

What size is the drive and how much space do you believe your data should be taking up?
You do back up your data to a secondary physical don't you?
And which drive are we talking about? C drive or backup drive? Are you using Windows' built in auto-backup or are you using Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost or something?

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From what I've read, this has been a common problem. Let me tell you everything I've done so far to fix this problem. I apologize if my computer lingo is less than stellar. I'm learning as I go:
Unaccounted for, disappearing hard drive space on Windows Vista. Ran the vssadmin list shadowstorage command, changed how much shadow files can be stored, and still nothing. I have about 2GB of programs installed, 40GB of media, documents, and pictures total, no viruses, have run the disk defrag, disk cleanup, and emptied recycle. I still show only 37GB of 286GB free. My WD External hard drive says that the bulk of my memory is taken up by "system files," but I can't find files to delete.

Specs: Gateway NV52 Windows Vista operating system

As I said, I have malware protection, have done complete scans, and no viruses or infected files are found. I changed my shadow storage to 15GB, but my hard drive space didn't improve one bit. I'm not in a position to afford a professional to diagnose and fix the problem, so I'm open to any and all suggestions.


A:Solved: Disappearing Hard Drive Space on Vista

Check out this link, it's solved this problem for others many times.

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it seems like every time i do anthing on this computer, i loose space.I went from 90 gigs to 67.1. And i did not add anything to the drive. It seems like windows is doing somethng in the background that i cannot see. Because when i highlight everything in the c drive and then check all its properties it add up to 16 gigs. HELP ME
BTW i do not have a download program or a virus.!

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I bought a new Dell about three weeks ago, which came with Vista home premium, 64bit, SP1. It has a 700 gig hard drive. I have maybe 45 gigs worth of anything on here, and it says I only have 553 free gigs. Every so often it drops a gig or so, and when I boot it up in the morning it's lost anywhere from 5-8.

I had my computer reformatted and it still isn't doing anything to fix it. Why is this happening, should I be worried, how can I fix it?

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Hello DKwiggin,
Found a couple of sites that can explain it better than me. This may or may not be the problem, i cant think what else it could be, especially after a re-install.

Vista Hands On #16: A smarter way to manage System Restore space | Ed Bott?s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

Where's All My Disk Space Going? (Vista) - Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion

Hope this helps.
Good luck and post your results,thanks.

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(Note: These are my observations of the effect of installing SP2 on one of my Vista systems but your mileage may vary when it comes to how much will be freed up, if any. Thanks go to simpswr for mentioning that this was happening or I may never have noticed it. )

I installed Vista SP2 on both of my systems in the last few days but didn't realize that hard drive space was being freed up until simpswr mentioned it. I had already installed SP2 on one of my systems but noted the free space prior to installing it on my second system. It went from 214 to 252 GB free, a whopping 38 GB increase. This means that almost 13% of my 320 GB drive was freed up after installing the Service Pack (38 ? 300 which is how much space is reported by Windows = 12.67%).

I also found a couple of articles, although there are more, that talk about this increase in free space:

Windows Vista SP2: Readers Report Big Increases in Free Disk Space

Reclaiming Disk Space After Installing Service Pack 2

Both articles mention a program called the Windows Component Clean Tool (compcln.exe) that comes with Vista SP2. I ran compcln.exe on one of my computers but didn't let it go past this warning:


This operation will make all service packs and other packages permanent on this computer. Upon completion you will not be able to remove any cleaned packages from this system?

Would you like to continue? (Y/N):

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A:FYI: My observation of hard drive space being freed up by Vista SP2 installation

Hi -

The Windows app compcln.exe simply removes prior Vista Service Pack modules from your hard drive. If you do run the cleaning tool, you will not have the ability to revert back to SP1 (Feb 2008) or SP0 (Jan 2007) unless you re-install Vista. It doesn't sound like you are desperate for hard drive space right now, so I suggest that you hold off on the cleaning tool until you are sure about SP2.

As for the space - check your Volume Shadow Copy Storage (VSS)/ System Restore points. They can take up about 15% of your hard drive. To check on VSS, download the zipfile, extract the EXE file and save it to Desktop. Then RIGHT-click on the EXE file icon, select Run as Admin. A Notepad will open with the results.

My VSS points dropped in size after SP2 came in -


Shadow Copy Storage association
For volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{f1f744d5-41a6-11de-bc0a-806e6f6e6963}\
Shadow Copy Storage volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{f1f744d5-41a6-11de-bc0a-806e6f6e6963}\
Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 518.063 MB
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.172 GB
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 18.346 GB

That first figure was up near the last (18GB) prior to SP2 installing. Also for a more accurate reading on space utilization, check with Disk Management -
START | diskmgmt.msc

VSS EXE file - http://www.techsupportforum.com/atta...jcgriff2__.zip

Regards. . .



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Good afternoon,

Hope someone here may recognise this issue and be able to suggest a cause.

A computer on our network was reported to have 0% hard drive space.
Upon investigation, I found in the Local Settings\Temp a 34GB file, which had maxed out the drive.
Has any one seen this kind of file before?


This isn't the first instance of this file being foud on the estate.
A bit of background, this machine is on an isolated network with no internet connectivity and locked down physical ports, running Windows XP.
Very small likely hood of this being viral related.

Many thanks,
and Kind regards

A:Large .DAT File Consuming Hard Drive

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I'd like to run a batch file to check hard drive space on an XP computer, and if there is enough space available, then run some commands to create a directory to copy the files from remote server.

Read a text file with all the server ips
Run as service account
Verify that there is enough space on C:
Create a Install directory on remote server
Then copy the file from my computer remote server.

Can anybody please help me!!!

A:batch file to check hard drive space on an XP computer, and if there is enough space

I found this code on "SpiceWorks.com'.

I have not tested. I have not test (just to be clear). It's set up to determine % of free space (on a text file listing of servers) but could be modified to do what you want.

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How do I put the hard drive space used and free space on the Partition C: ? Partition D:\ and Partition E:\ has it but for some reason drive C:\ is missing it doesn't say how much space is used and how much space is free. The GBs are missing

A:How to bring back the amount of free space and used space on a hard drive

I'm a little confused about your question

You can't see how much drive space you have left when viewing your C drive via My Computer, or similar?

If you right-click on My Computer and select Manage, when the new window pops up click on Disk Management from the left hand side. What does that tell you about C drive? Assuming your C drive is actually a hard drive (and not a CD drive or something, though I have never heard of this happening and don't even know if it's possible to have C as your CD drive), you should see details at the top of the screen such as how much space you have left, by percentage of total capacity, as well as GB

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I have an HP Envy 17 notebook. My notebook has 2 hard drive slots. It came with 2 500 GB HDD's. I decided to re vamp my laptop when I got it new. I put in a 40 GB SSD as my main drive. Desiganted as the C: Drive. I didnt have money for anything larger and I had my mind set on having a fast SSD instead of a normal HDD. I also put in a 320 GB Hard drive as the secondary drive. Its my E: Drive.

I also put in 8GB of Random Access memory. It came with 4GB. I then Installed Windows 7 Ultimate to my 40 GB SSD. I had about 7 GB left after installing. I just wanted a fast boot up. And I wanted Windows to run fast and smoothly.

Awhile later My SSD started having space disappear for no reason. I wasn't installing anything new on the drive, nor was I saving anything extra to it either. The extra 7 GB dwindled down to about 200 MB. Now my notebook is always running on low disk space. I have tried removing unwanted programs. I also tried clearing out cookies, history and my cache. Even tried removing system restore and shadow copies. And also tried the windows disk cleanup utility.

Does anyone know why my SSD started to have space magically vanish? I would like the space back. And can anyone give me any other ideas on how to free space on the drive? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

A:Running out of hard drive space. Need info on how to clear up much needed space.

Probably windows updates that have been downloaded. 40GB is pretty small for Windows 7. You could running through the disk cleanup utility located in START>PROGRAMS>ACCESSORIES>SYSTEM TOOLS

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My solid state drive is half full of with and unknown CAB file (see attached WinDirStat report. I'm running out of space. I've disabled imaging and everything else that I can find to disable and have all data on my D drive which is setup with 2 drives 1 TB each for a total storage space of 1 TB. Your assistance is greatly appreciated! The attached screen shot from yesterday has the file size at 66.3 and today it is at 67.5. Looks like computer cancer.

Thanks so much for considering this.

A:running out of hard drive space. 67.5GB unknown CAB file wasted space

Hello and welcome to the forums, jjvvbb!

Your attachment(s) aren't visible to us.

Please reattach your WinDirStat report properly using this following guide:-

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Alternatively, you could also generate a screenshot of your WinDirStat window and upload it for our perusal using this guide:-


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Hey guys,
I'm having a big problem with my hard drive space. First of all it keeps decreasing for no apparent reason when i am connected to the internet even though i'm not downloading anything. And i'm not talking about mb but GB!! My first guess was a vius so i ran my antivirus (avast) and removed some issues, but the trouble continues... I installed the WinDirStas as i saw in other posts to find if i missed something. And to my surprise i discovered that my HD is occupied by ~80GB of unaccessible files! I'm not sure i am saying that correctly so see for yourselves...

A:Hard drive space decreasing and showing less space available

I think you should read as 8 point 8... but you do need more overhead for Windows. Look at your pagefile settings in System and maybe have a look at what Windows Indexing settings are...

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How ridiculous is this?

<img src="http://I.imgur.com/Q7dTVO2.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

10% of my entire SSD space has been consumed to save old worthless files I have no interest in. How about a "choice" Microsoft? God, what is it that Microsoft doesn't like about offering us choices?
"Attention User: We are about to upgrade your system to the latest build. Would you like us to A)delete your old build and re-install fresh or B)Keep the old buggy outdated build on your system and have it consume lots and lots of valuable space?". I'm thinking option A? What the hell?

"We didn't want the user to have to make a choice". *sigh*

I should just format my SSD and install the new build myself. But Microsoft thrusts it upon me before I even knew what was happening. This is not the first time I've been thrusted upon by Microsoft.

A:Windows.old consuming 10% of my limited SSD Space

If you do not want Old Windows folder. You can simply run disk cleanup tool. In windows. It will get rid of it for you.

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I've recently been plagued with a pretty severe virus, which while i thought i had it mostly under control has covertly been filling my hard drive. I'm almost positive i've tracked down the offending file (C:\windows\system32\logfiles\wmi\trace.log) which is over 7 gigs. I'd like to just delete it but I'm not sure of the repercussions and doubt that this will stop the source of the problem.

Here are symptoms of the virus so far:

Unable to access task manager (fixed by manually altering registry)
Intermittent trojan adclicker/loader attacks (consistently deleted by synmantic)
Constant attempts made to alter registry item {192937EA-D3BB-45F5-9B33-ED6C3C358672} by "ec526bfb" (blocked by Spybot TeaTimer)
Spybot is unable to completely remove Virtumunde due to its being in memory but running at system startup yields same problem
5+ gigs of disk space consumed (C drive is listed as 0 free bytes)
consistent single popups in internet explorer
at starting of windows there are a number of blank cmd prompt windows which cascade slowly across the screen

there's probably more things which i haven't discovered yet... i have the system restore discs but only want to use them if my only other option is buying a new laptop. any and all assistance is greatly appreciated.

running Windows XP SP3 (updated from SP2 yesterday)

A:Malware consuming disk space?

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Running Vista 2000 SP 3 on an older PC. Just installed Norton 360 and clean things up a bit. Have a 500GB drive that was about half full before the Norton install. Went down to 25MB in a day. No unusual activity save for copying 100ish GB of photos onto a thumb drive.

I have deleted more than 1.5 GB of stuff and verified that the drive reflected that reduction in properties. It did. Then over the next half hour it filled back to 25mb left.

I have done all the obvious: compressed, cleared recycle, "cleaned" the disk. Again, this is not an issue of removing files. Something is consuming space. It appears to stop at 25MBs - which makes me think that there may be a virus - but I JUST installed and updated Norton and went through all that .... so I am befuddled.


A:SOmething is rapidly consuming disk space

I would suspect something went wrong with the Norton install. You could check the Norton folder in both C/Program Files and in C/Program Data. Check how large they are.


Edit: I also found this:


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Thank's for stopping by,

I was wondering how just the windows 7 operating system alone takes nearly 100GB?
I am trying to use my c drive just for os keeping all other stuff in other partition-assuming this will speed up system!!! (HDD reading speed,my windows experience index lacks(5.9) just here).

Also keeping loads of stuff in the desktop will take more time to boot???

Just attached the screen shot of Windir report as rar file.

Your advise much appreciated.

A:Windows 7 OS consuming 100GB space ,how????

Hi Schwarzenegger

Can you run this tool

Double click the dds icon to run the tool.
Place a check next to attact.txt and click Start . When done, DDS will open two logs
Save two logs onto your desktop and upload them with your reply

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This question relates to the hard-drive "Space used" as reported by Vista - hope its the right forum.

I have a fairly new laptop with a 320G HD with Vista on it. If I view properties on C:, it reports "Used space" as 76GB. This seems to be an absurdly large number, as I don't have much stuff on it yet. And weirdly, if I select all items in C: and view properties, they amount to about 35GB. (I enabled viewing of hidden and system files too, so don't think anything is missing). Still, a difference of about 40GB seems odd.

Is this normal in Vista? Does anyone have an idea what could be taking up so much space?

A:Vista hard drive "used space" - odd

Run Disk Clean Up Tool

Try turning off System Restore and then turning it back on.

Turn it off on the C: drive by unchecking the box next to C:, then Click Apply.
Then recheck the box and Click Apply

Run the Vista SP1 Cleanup Tool

If this fixed it now to correct the problem:

The 64-bit version of Windows Vista can take up anywhere from 12GB to 20GB.

Hope this helps.

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I've seen a recurring post on many forums discussing the absurd amount of disk space being consumed by the C:\Windows\WinSXS folder.

I've done some testing in house to confirm the fact that the files in this folder are predominantly hard links to a small number of files and it's not really taking up anywhere near the space that Windows Explorer is reporting.

Here is a link to better explain what I am talking about:
WinSxS Disk Space Usage: It&rsquo;s Not What You Think (David's Blog)
Here was my conclusive test:

1). I took a virtual machine and created a new 200MB hard drive that I assigned the drive letter E:

2). I created a subfolder on E: called WinSXS. So, I had E:\WinSXS

3). I copied in a 13MB zip file into E:\WinSXS.

4). I then created 20 hard links to that zip file with the command shown in the link above (mklink /h hardlink#.zip original file

5). According to Windows Explorer, E:\WinSXS is now 267MB in size.....even though the entire E drive is only 200MB.

6). From a cmd prompt, running dir on E:\ shows 174,543,872 bytes free.

Therefore, tools like Windows explorer and TreeSizePro will report that that WinSXS folder is consuming massive amounts of space....while the true fact is that the folder is being misrepresented because the reporting tools do not understand the difference between hardlinks and real files.

A:WinSXS Folder not actually consuming lots of space

Sorry for dragging up this old post, but it answers a question I've been searching and searching for an answer to. I can confirm that on my system, when I add up all the root directories on my main hard drive then subtract the "size" of the WinSXS folder, I get the reported used space in the properties of my boot drive.

Thanks pparks from ending this tail chasing!

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I recieved a critical disk space warning. Upon investigating, I see the following in windows properties:

Size: 130 GB (139,943,833,819 bytes)

Size on Disk: 130 GB (139,735,876,052 bytes)

Contains: 285,101 files, 1,629 folders

I have run clean disk, symantec full scan and nothing ...

Can anyone help or point me in the right direction.


A:Help Please - Windows consuming 130GB disk space

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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted it..it's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to know..how to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...

A:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.

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I have a system and 3 internal hard drives.

The drvies are 120GB, 160GB, and 180GB but my system only recognizes 111GB, 149GB, and 167GB respectively. Tha tis about a 7% loss of space for each drive. 33 gigs lost in total. That's a lot of space.

None of the drives are partitioned and it's not and HP or other like system. It's a custom built PC. I only have an OS (WINXP) installed on my C drive (the 160 GB drive).

No matter how I connect these drives (on-borad IDE or IDE controller card) my system will not recognize the full space of any hard drive I install on my system.

The 120 is slave to the 160 and the 180 is on an ATA controller card (Promise Technologies) all by itself. All are Western Digital. The 180 is a special edition (and I recommend you stay away from WD special edition HDs. I have had to swap it for a refurb 3 times in 1.5 years. This is the first time I have installed it on a newer computer, though, so I hope it does not break like it did on my old, ancient system 3 times. My old system was and AMD 850 Duron with 128M RAM..but I digress).

So is there a way to get back this 33 gigs of missing HD space or is this just the way it is with WINXP?

Thanks in advance.

BTW, my MB is an ASUS P4P800SE with a Cerleron D 2.4MHz in case any of that matters.

A:7% of hard drive space lost on ALL hard drives...

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Hi everyone,
I installed Ubuntu on my computer a few months ago and created another partition for it on my 1TB hard drive.

I didn't really care for Ubuntu so I decided to delete the partition it was on.
That might have been a mistake.

Well, now there's 87.68GB of free space on my hard disk that I can't use and I don't know how to add it back to my c: partition.

There was another post about this a couple years ago, but I don't understand the instructions and am not actually sure if it worked. Can someone explain how to do this, please?

I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I'm not familiar with partitioning disks. It was just the one time with Ubuntu.

A:Hard drive partition: adding free space back to c: drive

The unallocated area is actually an empty extended partition. You need to delete that first.

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I have a micron comp with WinxP and 2 hard drives , and thru the years I have put a lot of programs in my D drive. After the nightmare, SP2 problems and I finally got it to work. My C drive show only less than 1 G, the hard drive is 12 G. My other D 30 G's and it has 22 G's left. So, I have tried to uninstalll programs on my C drive and it keeps coming up with an error message, cant unistall b/c missing a file.

What can I do to empty my C drive and transfer my programs to the D drive?

A:Running out of space in my C drive and I have another physical Hard drive

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My old Seagate 1TB hard drive was filled to 780GB out of the 1TB. Since I was getting close to filled I upgraded to a WD Black 2TB. I used the Windows 7 back up to create a complete system image. I replaced the hard drive with the WD then did a system restore from the image. Everything works fine and everything looks exactly the same except the new hard drive is only showing 322GB used out of the 2TB. I now have both hard drives in the computer and opened up the contents side by side, they both contain the same files and folders. The 1TB drive is showing 780GB used and the 2TB drive is only showing 322GB used. Am I missing something here? Shouldn't they both have the same amount of space used?

A:New hard drive using less space after image restore then old drive?

I think it only copy your operating system drive to your new disk?
You can check your disks in Disk Management. And also you can create new volumes there.
Right click on Computer - Manage. You will see Disk Management.

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On a Windows 7 machine, have the OneDrive and Dropbox folders on a separate 150GB hard drive, E:.  When I open Computer, it says my E drive only has 500MB available, when I highlight everything on the E drive (i have hidden files and system files visible)
and do a properties it only adds up to 65GB of data. 
I ran a chkdsk on E and it didn't find any issues.  How can I reclaim my 85GB (150-65) of "lost" space back?  Or how can I figure out what Windows thinks is using it.

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This is definitely a long shot, but can you partition unallocated hard drive space as a separate drive with it's own drive letter?

A:Unallocated Hard Drive Space to Separate Drive

format the space and it will have it's own partition letter

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Hi i'm brand new here so if this post is in the wrong spot please forgive me.
last week i was recoding some video's using Nero's Recode program (sidenote worked great) but now my 100 gig laptop on has 2 gigs of space left from the original 60 gigs free space. where did it go?? the video files have been deleted, i've used the disc clean-up program to remove the temp files and used the registry to enable Pagefiles removeal from another post of this forum. that clean up some on the space i now have 20gigs free space but i still am missing 40 more gigs that i have before i starting the recodeing.
in my disk de-fragmenter is shows me that i have a huge "yellow" portion of paging files still left and by just guessing it should be that extra 40 gigs just by seeing the size of the "yellow" bar.
how do i get rid of these "paging files" and how do i reclaim my lost space?

A:Where Did My Hard Drive Space Go??

Hi MistaMota,

Welcome to the forums.

Try using CCleaner;
CCleaner - Download

I hope this help,


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how do you see how much hard drive (C space you have and how much you have available. thanks

A:hard drive space

double click on MY COMPUTER icon on your DESKTOP.

click on your HARD DRIVE icon once.

the free space should be displayed on the left of the window.


right click "PROPERTIES"on your HARD DRIVE icon.

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I have about 11 GB of free space on my 283 GB HD. I've got approximately 80-90 GB of programs that I see in the control panel and about 40-50 GB in folders. Seems like I should have more space available.


A:Hard Drive Space

The space is probably taken up by system restore. If you want more space delete all of your restore points. Make a new one, in case it is needed. You will have more space.
You can delete the points, by turning off SR. Be sure to turn it back on when the points are deleted
System Restore

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I have a WD 500GB black hard drive. I only have windows 7 installed, 2 games, Battelfield 4 and Assassins Creed 4. I also transferred maybe 10 GB from my old computer. It shows 77% full and 107GB left. This makes no sense to me. Is it possible it is showing backwards?

A:Hard Drive Space

depending on the size of the 2 games you installed; yes it is quite possible for there to be that much used. . I highly doubt it is a issue with windows reporting it incorrectly.

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I need to free up space on my computer and I have already did a disk clean up and it tells me after the clean up how much I will gain, but once it is done it has not given me that space. How do I free more space and gain memory? Thanks!!

A:Need more hard drive space

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Is there a program that will help me figure out where all my hard drive space is going? Like how much each folder is using?

A:Hard Drive Space


is that what your looking for?

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Ok I was about to install a program today when I noticed that I had only 16.9 gb of space left which is odd so I went through all my movie got rid of ones Ive already seen went through all the stuff I could get rid of and still I only gained about 14gb my hard drive is 150 and after windows and what not I had about 100gb left just about two weeks ago I had about 75gb now ive added up everything I could find and i still have about 50gb worth of space that I cant find last week I got that stupid MSN virus where somebody send you a photo album and you accept and u have a virus well I used Hijack this to get rid of it and AVG secured it but now I have this problem I have included A copy of my most recent Hijackthis log file below thank you please help..........
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIM\SweetIM.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.... Read more

A:No space on my hard drive???

Have you emptied the recycle bin? (right click -> empty recycle bin)

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-770K Quad Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 48 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8136 Mb
Graphics Card: ASUS R9 270 Series, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 149 GB (50 GB Free); D: 1693 GB (1571 GB Free);
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

I apologize in advance if my question makes no sense or sounds dumb, I am no expert when it comes to the inner workings of a computer. I just bought an ASUS gaming PC and I come to find out once i have started using it that my C drive is only 150 GB, which any gamer knows that can easily be eaten up. However I now have a D drive with 2 TB of space, but the only thing I am able to do with it is store files, can not run any games off of it. Can anyone please tell me what this D drive is supposed to be for and is there any way I can transfer any of the space from D to C? Specs are above. I am a novice, so give it to me in dumbie terms lol

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Intel Core i5-3570k CPU @ 3.40 GHZ
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

My 1 TB hard drive has twice the used space it should. I've gone through all the files and can only account for about half the used space. I suspect that Windows 7 is creating some sort of back up or ghost drive that I can't see. Any ideas?

A:Hard drive has more used space than it should

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/533928/cleaning-up-my-main-drive/ - Hamluis.
My husbands computer can hold 232 gigs of hard drive. He barely had a few photos, and no music or videos on his computer. Just a few applications of card games, maybe 2. He also had Office 2010.  Over night his hard drive filled up leaving him with only 5 gigs free. I have looked all over the drives and see nothing out of the ordinary. Does anyone have any ideas?  I am running a full scan on it right now with the paid version of Avast. 
I do appreciate anyone who gives me their time... Tara
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A:Hard Drive Space...Where Did It Go?

You can use a tool like WinDirStat to investigate exactly what files are taking up what room on a partition/drive.  You might want to try it.

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/564032/hard-drive-space-decreasing/ - Hamluis.
OK, I finally got the chance to post an update. I did what noknojon told me to do, and I attatched the TXT files Addition.txt and FRST.txt here. I'm not sure if there's reall a virus, but should I post it in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum? I'm not sure if I really should since I'm not TOO sure if I'm infected or not. And now my hard drive is down to 175 GB.

A:Hard Drive Space

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HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = https://www.google.com/search?trackid=sp-006&q={searchTerms}
HKU\S-1-5-21-3139485584-2481854343-2763292810-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = https://www.google.com/search?trackid=sp-006&q={searchTerms}
HKU\S-1-5-21-3139485584-2481854343-2763292810-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = https://www.google.com/?trackid=sp-006
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I really like the flex 3 laptop I have, but I need more hard drive space and I need to be able to install aplications on it not just for more documents. What are my options please? Given that I have not had this laptop for long, I really don't want to replace the hard drive it comes with. 

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