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Deleting files DECREASES disk space

Q: Deleting files DECREASES disk space


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?



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hi everyone,

i installed Win XP SP2 in C: drive. i got low disk space in C:. Disk space decreases some time and decrease some time.

what will be the problem and how can I solve it

boopathi s

A:disk space gets decreases and increases

Is this the same PC as this post ?



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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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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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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!

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I received a warning message on my Sony Vaio laptop to clear up space because I'm running out of it.  I looked on my C drive and was down to 9.34 GB of hard drive space out of 500GB.  I know I'm at least supposed to have 150-200 GB's left.  So then I proceeded to delete a few 1gb+ files(even cleared them out of the recycle bin) and went to check if I had more space and nothing changed.  So I decided to update Malwarebytes when I notice that my drive space is still decreasing to 8GB's now.  
Next I decide to reboot in safe mode with networking.  I update Malwarebytes again and it picks up nothing after a full scan.  So then I decide to update and run SuperAntiSpyware Portable.  It actually picks up two registry entries from BHO-FBI Money Pak and some tracking cookies. I quarantine those files and boot back in regular mode and I notice the drive is still losing space.  I figure their has to be something wrong because when I'm in safe mode with networking their is about 137GB of space left on the drive.  I'm confused as to what to do next?  This is very weird.

A:I can't recover disc space when deleting files, space keeps fluctuating

Have you checked to see how many restore points you have? I'll leave the possible malware aspect of your issue to others here more qualified.

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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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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.

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

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I had about 10gb space left a few hours ago.
I decided to do something about this, and removed some games I never played.
I was now at 87.5 GB free space.
I was happy about this, but I already had a suspicion that my space was decreasing for no reason at all. So I wrote in a text document at my desktop how much space I had left, and the total amount of space on the drive.
I then restarted the computer as the uninstalled games requested.

When I booted up the computer, I had the same amount of space left.
I then went on the internets, and found some funny pictures, that I downloaded.
This was when it hit me - the space decreased as I downloaded.
Of course, you also download when just visiting web pages, but if I browse the web for about 20 minutes, I have lost about 1gb space already.

One of my friends have had the same problem already, and he ended up having to format his hard drive.
I've never done that, and I don't like the idea, as I have alot of stuff on my computer, and I'm afraid to forget to back up something.

I hope there is another solution.

Bassicly: I download something, I lose much more space than the downloaded stuff. 1 image, might take off 0.1-0.2 gb of my total free space on my C drive.

I am currently scanning for viruses, using Avira AntiVir.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 01:01:05, on 12-07-2010
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16982)
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A:C Drive space decreases more than downloaded

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Started the latest Defrag operation with 83% free space (500 GB HDD) and upon completion there is only 81% !!
What's happening ??
As always, any input and/or direction will be very much appreciated.

A:Defraggler scan decreases free space - WHY ??

Most likely related with this: http://www.piriform.com/docs/defraggler/technical-information/windows-vista-and-volume-shadow-copies

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I have win XP, and I noticed recently that when I delete files (I've deleted more than 1 gig of stuff, AND I cleaned the recycle bin afterwards), my system's reported free space did not increase! What's going on here? I've turned off windows indexing service already, so I don't know what else to do to reclaim my free space

A:Can't free up HD space by deleting files

did you run defrag after emptying the recycle bin ?

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My C drive shows 2.98 GB free. I have deleted tons of programs and files, and it remains at 2.98 GB free. I'm also getting messages that my D: partition is full (I have never messed with it, so ???). Have run chkdsk /f, ran the dell repair utility that took all day yesterday, said everything was fine. Tried to reinstall Vista from the DVD and got a message that I need 7 GB of free space, so it aborts. You can hopefully see my problem, i.e., not enough space to reinstall Vista, but can't get the space I need no matter what I do. Have run disk cleaner and everything else, too. Hibernation is not turned on. System restore is not turned on.

My c drive is 288 GB on a Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop with 4 GB of ram. Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I have wasted 2 days on this and need help BADLY! Thanks in advance for insights!

A:Cannot reclaim hd space by deleting files

Cleaning Up Your Disk Drives in Windows Vista - O'Reilly Media

Follow this and you should reclainm a lot of space.

Also read this, with special attention to Brink. He has helped so many, so why not you.

How Can I Delete Volume Shadow Copy from C: Drive

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On my Windows XP pro computer I have an 80 gb hardrive. The drive was formated to NTFS. I got an error message today that said I was low on disk space so I took my 40+ gb movie collection and started copying them to cds. After a successful burn I would delete them from my hardrive. Unfortunatly I soon noticed that my movie files (upwards of .5 gb apiece) were not giving me extra space after I deleted them. I checked my recycle bin, no movie files there, but i emptyied it anyway. I also checked my Nero folder to make sure it hadn't saved any of the ISO's, it hadnt. Does anyone know why deleting these movie files has no affect on my disk space?

A:Deleting Files, but does not free up space

Do you have Norton Utilities (or equivalent type application) installed? If so, sometimes when you delete an item and empty the recycle bin, you still need to "Empty Norton Protected Files" to free up the space.

Also, did you try rebooting and checking the disk space? I'm not sure if that does anything, but worth a try?

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I have win XP, and I noticed recently that when I delete files (I've deleted more than 1 gig of stuff, AND I cleaned the recycle bin afterwards), my system's reported free space did not increase! What's going on here? I've turned off windows indexing service already, so I don't know what else to do to reclaim my free space

A:Can't free up HD space by deleting files?!!!

may be you should defrag

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This just happened right now actually. My Drive C: suddenly ran out of space as I was using it so I checked out what was wrong. After running Disk Cleanup I saw Temporary Files was eating a whopping 8 GB of space! So as would any other person I performed the deletion using Disk Cleanup.

You'd think it would be all fine after that but the problem is that 8 GB of space did not return. My Drive C was still the same space as it was before the deletion. I performed the Disc Cleanup again and saw everything was okay that it said it cleared everything.

So the question is why didn't my space return? I'm thinking it's either my space did return but my HDD isn't updating the values, or the space didn't return meaning all that space is still there somewhere.

I've already preformed the following:
- Emptying Recycle Bin
- Using CCleaner
- Performing chkdsk
- Limited the System Restore

A:Drive C space did not return even when deleting files

Try running TFC by Old Timer.


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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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Why would this happen, and is it preventable? I don't download the videos, I just watch them. I have W8.1 now, not 7. I run PCTools Privacy Guardian to delete just about everything that I know of, also CCleaner. I gain back about 400mb this way, but that is a pretty small gain. My programs are minimum, very minimum, just a few utilities.


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Why would this happen, and is it preventable? I don't download the videos, I just watch them. I have W8.1 now, not 7. I run PCTools Privacy Guardian to delete just about everything that I know of, also CCleaner. I gain back about 400mb this way, but that is a pretty small gain. My programs are minimum, very minimum, just a few utilities.


A:Watching YouTube videos decreases my HDrive free space

Your browser still needs to use hard drive space when watching YouTube. You need to store a buffer of the video.

How much storage is it using?

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I have a Seagate ST500DM002 using windows 7.
it shows around 150GB free space, when I delete files from it (not to recycle bin), it still shows the same amount of free space, even after restart, any advice?

A:Hard drive won't free up space after deleting files

This is a 500GB drive, right? How is it configured, as a boot or spare drive?

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hello guys today i deleted more than 30gb of files from my hard drive and i look at my disk and not even 1 mb was free.
thats crazy i dont know what to do.i also run atf cleaner,windows disk cleanup,ccleaner.
but still the same,can somebody help?
my os is win8,1.

A:deleting files from hard drive but space doesnt free......

This might seem like a dumb question, but did you also empty the recycle bin? If not thats why you still see your drive full.

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Lately I have been using a program called Xfire to record some gaming clips. The uncompressed files are pretty large (60gb/40 mins of gameplay). After I delete a file, there seems to be less space on my hard drive. For instance, yesterday I recorded and then deleted a clip, and I noticed I had 1gb less space on hard drive afterwards. I emptied the recycle bin, used the disk cleanup utility and did a defrag, but the 1gb was still missing.

Can anyone help me find the root of this problem?

Much appreciated,


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my help files folder has 136mb---i read your post on slimming down xp,i noticed that i should delete, tour exe dllcache first--i didnt see this in my folder;-info. on my folder has this---sbsi tours-files accesschm,access help-accessb chm acc. dis .chm-can you give me a little more info. on this---windows xp--thanks,cutler

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I recently ran a Disk Cleanup as part of my regular maintenance on my new computer. It had over 2.18GB of files to cleanup. That seemed a little high considering I run it every week to 2 weeks. It said it deleted all the files. I ran the Scan Disk again to be sure and it still had 2.18GB of files. I ran it again. Same result. I have a ton of room on the computer right now, but this could be a major problem down the road. Does anyone know why my Disk Cleanup would appear to be working and then not delete anything? Is there a solution for this problem? Thanks!

A:Disk Cleanup Not Deleting Files

Ever tried https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner ?

If you have the necessary boxes checked disk cleanup should be removing stuff.

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my comp. want let me delete these files--help and tour files---a message comes up,stating that someone else or some other program is using the file--would you give me the right procedure to use in deleting these files,thanks in advance.--cutler

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Actually this happen ages ago but since it done nothing with the hard drive(or it seems do nothing) i didn't worry
Until today I relieze when I want to make fan videos again,I found like 5 videos are missing.I search for them bbut nothing came up
I download the videos again and went I reboot,the computer want to check my HD and I was slow at canceling it..so when it load up,I go to my HD again,and I lost one video again

Can I disable it from checking my second HD or make it shut up on trying to check my HD?

A:Windows Disk Check Deleting Files On Second Hd

I'm unsure of what your problem is and what you're asking. In the BIOS there is a section to change the boot device order. There should be an option in there. You're not dual booting with a second OS are you?

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Currently 95 GB of space is being taken up from files located in my WinSxS folder. I have tried running Disk Cleanup with the option to remove temporary files selected (which I think is supposed to remove unnecessary files from WInSxS). Disk Cleanup even
says that I can free up 91GB, but when I opt to delete the files Disk Cleanup never actually deletes them? I have tried rebooting my machine a couple times and keep getting the same outcome. 
I have also tried using CCleaner. (Didn't work either)
Any ideas on how I can get these files deleted / what is going on?

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Several related problems in one.

First off, I'm using this thread as a jump-off point.

Tired of Windows 7 telling me I need Admin permission!

Nothing recommended in this thread worked for me. I haven't been able to restart in safe mode (Tried holding down F8, nothing different happened, just logged in normally).

Tech Support Forum - View Single Post - Administrator

This idea did not work. I get "System error 5 has occured. Access is denied."

Turning UAC off did not work (sliding that bar all the way down to the bottom). I did restart after I did that so that the changes would take effect.

Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

This post explaining how to take ownership did not work. I've tried to take ownership the normal way, too, but neither work.

Unrelated (maybe?), the second time I started up this computer, which I've only had for a day now, I get "Disk I/O error. Insert disk and press any key". Just pressing any key gets me out of it, but it's rather alarming. I can't find any info about it for windows specifically. It happens any time I restart, too, except for the time I tried to boot into safe mode.

Any help out there? Thanks in advance.

A:Deleting files/admin permission/Disk I/O error


Originally Posted by qwerty31

Several related problems in one.

First off, I'm using this thread as a jump-off point.

Tired of Windows 7 telling me I need Admin permission!

Nothing recommended in this thread worked for me. I haven't been able to restart in safe mode (Tried holding down F8, nothing different happened, just logged in normally).

The solution is posted in there, just not step by step on how to fix it (though I wouldn't consider it a "fix"). If that annoys you, then disable UAC.


Tech Support Forum - View Single Post - Administrator

This idea did not work. I get "System error 5 has occured. Access is denied."

Turning UAC off did not work (sliding that bar all the way down to the bottom). I did restart after I did that so that the changes would take effect.

Disabling UAC had a sliding bar?? Which OS are you using, and version (Vista or 7; starter, home, pro, ultimate, or enterprise)?
I can help you further if I knew that info.


Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

This post explaining how to take ownership did not work. I've tried to take ownership the normal way, too, but neither work.

Unrelated (maybe?), the second time I started up this computer, which I've only had for a day now, I get "Disk I/O error. Insert disk... Read more

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Hi, at my work we use a Windows 7 desktop & Next-image program to scan old documents & go paperless. We have been storing all the files of those scans onto Local Disk D. Its over 200 yrs of stuff & we have now run into the problem of running out of room. There is currently only 16.0 KB left out of 232 GB. I need somewhere to store the rest of the documents as we still have quite a few left to scan. I've tried to move some to Local Disk C put that also does not a have enough storage. I've done a disk cleanup but its all files I wish to keep so that doesn't help. Any help? ( I guess I just need a flash drive with like 1,000 GB on it lol).

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So recently I tried to use the disk cleanup to try to get some space off my laptop

Disk cleanup scanned and recognized 1.7GB worth of windows update cleanup files, so I then proceed to delete them

Restarted my laptop multiple times but it seems the files were not deleted

I retried everything and ran everything using run as administrator but still did not work, even used shutdown -s -t 0 to turn off my laptop

did a sfc /scannow and the only errors in the CBS log is related to my AMD radeon card and should have nothing to do with the disk cleanup / windows update

Im running out of ideas about why the disk cleanup didnt delete my windows update cleanup files, is it possible to delete them manually? also im a ccleaner user, so if that conflicts with disk cleanup do tell me.

A:Disk Cleanup not deleting windows update files

WinSxS Folder (Component Store) - Clean Up in Windows 8.1

from command prompt(admin)

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

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I have a new system where I installed Windows 7 on a SSD drive and am using the HDD that came with the system as a user data drive. I want to delete Vista /Windows, /Program Files, etc, but when I try to delete them, I'm told that I need permission from "TrustedInstaller". Without reformatting the drive, how do I get rid of these old Vista files?

-- Geoff

A:Deleting unwanted Vista files from non-system disk

You need to take ownership of the files... See Brinks tutorial -=> Here

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I have W2K Pro.
Flrman1 & others,

I tried again to delete my Temp Internet Files by right clicking on IE & doing it that way. This error popped up again: "Control Panel: An error has occurred while Windows was looking for Control Panel File: C:\WINNT\System32\INETCPL.CPL"

Here is that event log:

"The description for Event ID ( 0 ) in Source ( XtreamLok License Manager ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. The following information is part of the event: Service started."

When I tried the tried to do a Disk Cleanup. I got this error "Cleanmgr.exe has generated errors & will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is created".

Here is that log:"The application, cleanmgr.exe, generated an application error The error occurred on 05/02/2004 @ 14:01:07.696 The exception generated was c0000005 at address 63002671 (<nosymbols>) "

I found the same thing u did about the "C:\WINNT\System32\INETCPL.CPL". error. All info about this error is about Win 95/98 machines. This problem happened after the 1st time I was invaded with trojans.

Any help appreciated!!!!!! Thx!

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Hi, I have a 4g WD external Hard disk on which I usually backup my files. I only plug it into my laptop (windows xp) when I need files from it or when I need to back up my files. At one point, about two months ago, when I plugged it in and went to my computer to browse it, it didn't open when I double clicked it. When I right clicked it, other than the usual on the menu, I also got some weird messages like "if freedom is outlawed, then only outlaws will have freedom. But then I explored it and was able to do everything regularly. After that, I put the device away for some time. I realized then, that the task manager wasn't working, it said that it had been disabled by the administrator. The computer was considerably slower too. So I formatted my hard disk and installed xp all over again using the backup CD provided with the laptop. Yesterday, I plugged in the hard drive and when I explored it, I found that all the files disappeared, and they were replaced by a folder called "Recycler". There is nothing in the folder. But when I checked out the space on the disk, a big chunk of it was still being used. Does this mean that the files are still there? The freedom message was also gone. I have very important files on that hard disk. Is there away to get those files back?


According to the instructions I had to attach some files, and paste a log here, so here it is:

DDS (Ver_09-01-07.01) - NTFSx86
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A:Lost files but disk space still used

BUMP, please

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I have a new Epson printer and after deleting files on my HP Stream it still says free space in your disk is too low. What do I need to do. It says the printer needs 13.7 mg and I have over 25 mg of free space. Please help!!

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When I want to copy files over files on my external hard disk, windows 7 keeps telling me I don't have enough disk space, but I know that when I overwrite the subdirectory that I am copying to, I'll have plent of disk space.

Can I force windows to copy the files without having to delete the old subdirectory on my hard disk? Can I force windows to copy so it only copies the new file?

Thanks for your time, K

A:Not Enough Disk Space, but I only want to overwrite files

Actually before copying files, windows will determine if there was required free space on destination, if free space was not enough then it wouldn't start to copy.
You can delete files before copy the newer ones.

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winxp sp3, p4, 2gb. this is a first for me. about 3 weeks ago, I d/l 3 m/s office installer files that I thought I might use. they total around 3.5gb in size. Today, while in m/s explorer, I highlighted all 3, and deleted. got a 'not responding', had to end task. went back in, and 2 files were still there. needed to delete them one at a time (at no time did I get a msg about file too large for recycle bin). I then went into recycle bin to permanently delete, and none of the files were there; also I noticed that the disk space avail. on this drive was the same. avail. space should have increased by 3.5 gb, but it didn't.
I went into my backup, and moved 1 of the installer files (.8gb) back into the same drive then deleted that. the file did go into the recycle bin, which I emptied. Again-no change to avail. disk space. avail space changes when I delete other files, why not these?? obviously the files are still on disk, somewhere; any ideas?? I tried ccleaner, and re-starting pc; no change. thanks.

A:Solved: files deleted, but no chg to available disk space

update: seems that only executable files do this. I tried another .exe file from another drive, around 300gb, when moved to this drive avail space decreased 300mb, when I deleted it, avail. space stayed the same. my other drives don't have this problem.

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Hey guys!

So, I was adding some files from my laptop to my desktop today, and after I was finished, all of my files disappeared. All the files in the folder I was adding things to, and the parent folder that held that folder, along with all the files in the parent folder...

All the disk space is still taken up though, so they must still exist SOMEWHERE.

I tried a system restore, and it got some of the files back, but not many of them. I'd say about 20 out of a couple hundred... I also tried this program called Disk Healer, and it said that the folders did not exist anymore.


A:Files & Folders missing but disk space still used?

Are you sure your are looking in the right place for the folders?

Check the Recycle Bin, and try to search for it by using the "Search" feature.

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I need to free up some space in my recovery drive (D: ). Every time I run a scan it fails because I don't have near the space needed on this drive. The drive capacity is about 9 MB, and I only have 8% of that free. The scans keep telling me to free up some space.

Is this D: drive slowing down my computer?

When I click on the icons in the D: drive that have the most space (4GB, 2GB), I get a message saying:


This area of your hard drive (or partition) contains files used for your PC Recovery.

Do not delete or alter these files.

Any change to this partition could prevent any recovery later.Click to expand...
*Does this mean that I won't be able to restore my computer to factory settings, even with my recovery DVDs?

Or does it mean that I won't be able to perform a backup next time I want to?

If I can't delete any files off it, how can I free up space, so it will pass the tests?

I'm tempted just to delete the files...but am unsure, and I thought I would post a message about it first.


A:Can I delete files in the recovery disk? Need more space.

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{360CE349-E4DF-4014-82D2-8097CEA3C035} = 18.4 GB

As I am running out of disk space on the (C drive, I would like to know if it is possible
to empty this file. It has 18.4GB's. Have run the disk clean up tool but this did'nt help.

A:Running out of disk space on (C:). Can I Delete these Files?

Are you using imaging software like Macrium Reflect?
It could be a temp file used when it backed up your system.

If not do you have the page file encrypted?

How old is the file?

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I recently had a crash and lost most everything on my drive. I reinstalled and have run some recovery programs and recovered the files that were still intact. One of my disk drives I had to reformat and I have put maybe a Gig of files back on it. Windows explorer is showing that it has 15.7 GB used on the disk but I cannot see the files except for those I have added since the crash. Can I recover the files or the space? At this time just getting the space back would be great.

A:Disk drive shows space used but no files.

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Hi there

I am trying to copy WAV files (recorded interviews) from my computer to CD-RW to play in a portable CD player. Files are between 17MB and 65MB. The CDs have 700MB of space and my Hard drive has 91GB free space. When I try to copy the files to CD, I only manage to fit one or 2 files on a CD, after which I get an error message for the rest, saying that there is not enough free space on my disk for temporary files.

What's up - I don't get it?? I even ran Cleanup to free up more space, but surely I have plenty (on both the CD or my hard drive). Am I using the wrong format or something?


A:No enough disk space to copy audio files to CD???

What program are you using to burn the CD

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I purchased a new computer last year and I'm running Vista Home Premium.

Yesterday I was installing a program and was shocked to see how little space there was left of my 230GB hard drive.

I started looking through various files to see which one was the culprit and I was led to 3 files called Photoshop Temp. Between them they were 128GB in size!!!!

What on earth are these files and why are they using up so much space???

Local Disk (C: )\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\Photoshop Temp

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Noticed that there are several files generated dynamically on the system with the name BIT*.tmp each of size 20 to 30MB and they keep increasing in number sequentially untill the hardisk is filled. All but the most recent of them can be deleted. When trying to delete the most recent it gives a message that its in use but occassionally it can be deleted. After a few minutes these files reappear independent of of having a net connection.

Please advice next course of action.

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A:Problem of many BIT*.tmp files taking up space on hard disk

One of your programs might be creating those BIT*.tmp files. Can you upload one or two of them to http://virusscan.jotti.org and see what it reports back?

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I decided to move all of my data files under a primary folder to make backing up my personal data files easier. I did a check before and after of my free space and surprisingly, my free disk space has more than doubled after doing this (and I did not delete any files, nor did I empty my Trash after moving the files).

This happened on the primary disk AND a backup drive I have at the house. The first time I did it I thought I was losing it, but after taking before and after snapshots again with my backup drive, I'm convinced I'm not

Is there any explanation as to why Win7 is reporting more than double the free disk space when all I've done is moved all of my personal data files under a main folder???? It just makes no sense.



A:Seeing over double free disk space after moving files around...


Does the amount of free space you NOW see at least roughly correspond to what you'd expect to see?

Do other hard drive tools also report much more free space?

Do you seem to be missing anything? All apps work and all personal files appear to be there and OK?

Offhand--maybe you had 2 instances of each file and now have only 1?

Do you or did you keep this data somewhere under C:\users?

Libraries are foreign to me and for that reason I don't use them, but they may have caused you some confusion.

I keep my data OUTSIDE of C:\users on D, with no connection to the library.

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so. if I select everything on C:\ in windows explorer and hit properties, I am told the selected files consume 40.1 gigabytes of space. but if I hit properties on the drive itself I am informed that 97.3 gigabytes of space is in use, as of the last time I turned the machine off; the night before I watched the used space slowly increasing. while I'm moving to do what I can, I don't get internet access with it untill sometime monday(2/7/11), and MBAM (albeit with outdated definitions that came with the download) didn't find anything. the machine is running vista home premium (32bit) right now... gonna do what I can when I leave 'net access for the night updating defs/adding AVAST, but...

suggestions please. T_T

A:a virus, or...? disk space being consumed but not by files I can find.

don't really like to bump, but...

avast, with the most recent update package they offer, came up clean. when I installed AVAST, the HDD space used dropped to 86.4GB or so, but then moved up to 88, then down to 87.8... if directed to, I'll post pre- and post- AVAST scan HJT logs in the appropriate forum. I'd really like to let my mother's laptop rest seeing as it's doing the slowdeath thing.

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