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What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby MadMind75 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:12 pm

I cannot figure out what's eating up space on my computer. I have less things on my hard drive than a few months ago, yet I have less remaining space. This happens all the time.
I've went as far as to remove some programs I haven't been using, and defragmenting the drive.
There are some larger Windows files it allows me to move over to the secondary drive when need be, and I am aware of the Adobe file in Windows cache that takes up unneeded space. But I am at a loss. I have scoured Windows and Program Files looking for larger files, but I can't seem to find much that would equal the amount of space that I'm losing.
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby supaunknown » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:23 pm

Is your temp folder full of crap?
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:25 pm

ASCII porn and all-caps screeds about ordering two Quarter Pounders on one bun, no vegetables.

Try limiting the amount of all-caps; I hear that's a space saver.
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby HOMOsapien » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:35 pm

I'm guessing its porn.
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby Exploding Pinto » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:38 pm

TreeSize will shine a spotlight on the culprit(s).

http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby MadMind75 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:49 pm

I don't use my main drive for data storage of any kind. And I delete the contents of the cookies, history, temp and temporary internet file folders, and empty the recycle bin regularly.
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby Thusnelda » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:32 am

MadMind75 wrote:I don't use my main drive for data storage of any kind. And I delete the contents of the cookies, history, temp and temporary internet file folders regularly so my mom doesn't find out.


FTFY.
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby Uncle_Leaver » Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:33 am

Do this:

Open "My Computer" or Windows Explorer and right-click on your C: drive (I'm assuming that's your system drive). Click the "Tools" tab at the top and under the "Error Checking" section click the "Check Now" button. In the pop-up window, select both check boxes to automatically fix file system errors and to scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. You'll get a message to the effect that you'll have to reboot Windows to run these processes at next start-up. Reboot and let it do its thing.

I suggest this because what you're describing suggests to me that you may be losing disc space due to corrupt (and therefore unusable) sectors. If that's the case, it's possible Windows can recover these, although it may be a sign of imminent disc failure.

It's highly unlikely that a virus would eat up a lot of disc space, but it's always possible. In addition to the freeware suggested by Exploding Pinto, try this:

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Make sure to run the update after installation and then run a full scan of your system drive.

Also, be aware that Windows updates can eat up a lot of disc space. If you've got Auto Update enabled, it would be pretty natural to see a slow decline in available space as patches are applied.

Good luck.
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby oranger » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:50 am

Did you empty your recycling bin?
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby rrnate » Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:06 am

Just wanted to second Leaver's Malwarebyte recommendation - they seem to be very aggressive w/ keeping their scanning up to date w/ whatever viruses/spyware/etc. is circulating.
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby green union terrace chair » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:34 pm

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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby MadMind75 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:30 pm

Ok, get this. I was looking for something and did a find files search and noticed it was spending a lot of time in the Temporary Internet Files Folder.
I clicked on the properties for the folder, and it says it's storing a whopping 1.64GB! Yet, the folder is empty. Changed the settings to show hidden system files & folders and still nothing. How could this be?
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby MadMind75 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:15 pm

Ok, looked around online and found out how to delete the 1.64GB of otherwise unviewable material. Had to go to tools>internet options, check the "delete all offline files" box, then click on delete. I don't ever delete the contents of the temporary internet files folder this way, and still don't understand why you cannot view all the contents of that folder. I mean, how is a user supposed to find what's taking up so much unecessary space if you cannot even view it?
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby Spoot » Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:29 pm

Microsoft uses a technique to install updates to Windows XP in the following manner.
-They download the update to your hard drive.
-They extract this data to another location and start the install.
-They save all the changes made by the update to yet another location in the event you need to uninstall it.

This is 3 places all taking up space :twisted: ...that you can free up! :D

To free up this space that Microsoft is chewing up, you can do the following.
*You must not want to ever remove a security patch, hotfix or service pack from Windows XP.
*98% of home users will never need to uninstall these updates in my experience.

***These steps are for Windows XP only!

**Be extremely careful that you only select the files indicated - you've been warned :!:

**Be sure that you have no pending Windows Updates. If so, please do the updates, then return and follow these directions.



Case 1 - remove unnecessary files involved with Windows Updates. This can remove anywhere from a few hundred MB to 2GB of files.
Case 2 - change settings in Internet Explorer to store a smaller amount of temporary internet files and remove what's there. This can remove up to a couple Gig of unused/unneeded files.




Case 1:
-change the view in 'My Computer' to view hidden files and folders.
-navigate to 'c:\windows'
-highlight (select) all the folders that start with "$NtUninstallxxxx$" and "NtServicePackxxxx$"
-right-click on a folder and select 'Properties'. This will display the number of files and the amount of space they are consuming - click 'OK' to close this window.
*be certain you only select these folders!!
-press 'Shift + Del' together - this instantly deletes all the selected files and bypasses the recycle Bin. Choose 'Yes to all' if prompted.

-navigate to the folder 'C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\downloads'
-press 'Ctrl + A' to select all files and folders in this location.
-right-click on a folder and select 'Properties'. This will display the number of files and the space they are consuming - click 'OK' to close this window.
-press 'Shift + Del' together - this instantly deletes all the selected files and bypasses the recycle Bin. Choose 'Yes to all' if prompted.


-navigate to the folder 'C:\windows\$hf_mig$'.
-press 'Ctrl + A' to select all files and folders in this location.
-right-click on a folder and select 'Properties'. This will display the number of files and the space they are consuming - click 'OK' to close this window.
-press 'Shift + Del' together - this instantly deletes all the selected files and bypasses the recycle Bin. Choose 'Yes to all' if prompted.



Case 2:
-Open internet Explorer
-Select 'Tools' then 'Internet Options' from the menu bar.
-Click the 'Settings' button in the 'Browser History' section.
-Change the 'Disk space to use' to "10". *note what the setting was at, this will be your savings in the future.
-Click 'OK' to close this window.
-Select the 'Delete' button in the 'Browser History' section and delete the temporary files.
-Click 'OK' to close this window.
** Some users may need to use a higher setting if they use certain software on their PC. I can't say what those are as it varies user to user...it can be more related to remotely connecting to a business for work-from-home users.
**Perform this proceedure for each user/login for your PC.


Good Luck.
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Re: What's eating up space on my computer?

Postby Petro » Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:59 pm

It's probably the windows SxS folder, which basically functions as an indexed cache of all kinds of crap on your machine.

It'll keep ballooning for the life of the machine and it's the reason why two bare machines with say, windows vista sp2 - one patched from release and one installed fresh as SP2 will have dramatically different installed sizes on disk.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jonwis/archive/ ... 07863.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jonwis/archive/ ... ctory.aspx

There's no real fix aside from helpfully pointing out that disk is really cheap these days.
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