Friday, July 8, 2011


Fix Sudden Loss Of Disk Free Space | Recover More Free Space On C Drive

Have you ever come across a situation that over night your hard disk got filled, or the free disk on Hard disk got low when you have done nothing to that.

If that is the case, you may become totally bewildered by the loss of all this GB when there is nothing new on your computer. Searching all files and programs will not find anything to explain this loss. Now, what is it?

Ok, the reason can be plenty, for example, Shadow copy / System Restore / backups / Page file are all possibilities. And if you have installed any third party antivirus software, there are chances that it stored all the quarantine files in a separate location that wont be visible normally. And also, Windows or application crash dump files can use up system partition space in a hurry also. Did the system crash, blue screen, or abnormally shutdown. Did make any changes in power management or hibernation? If you have seen or encountered such issue those dump file might be the reason.

Anyway, before we know how to get those space, I would like to say that 75GB is quite small these days for a Windows Partition, unless perhaps your drive total space is less. Well, this is not the solution for the above. Lets see.

Possible Solution:

  • Select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools,
  • Choose Disk Cleanup to empty your Recycle Bin, remove Temporary Internet Files and other selected options.
  • It is also recommended that you click on the More Options tab, System Restore and remove all System restore points except the latest System Restore point (The one restore point that have been created most recently).
  • Run Disk Defragmenter.

Using the System restore option is most appropriate when your system is running slow and you need to increase free disk space on your C partition. If you have errors which might be resolved using System Restore to put your system settings back to before the error first occurred do not use this option.

If more than one person uses the computer and they have their own user Log on you need to run Disk Cleanup in each user profile to remove all unwanted files.

There are many third party tolls available to do this job automatically, and the two free software you can try is:

  • CCleaner and
  • TreeSize

Of course, a better program than Disk CleanUp is cCleaner. Removing System Restore points can be important if you have limited free disk space. The ability to remove them is one of the Tools options. You can selectively remove those created at less important times.

cCleaner also comes with a Registry tool. Do not use this tool as like any registry cleaner it can lead to the creation of very difficult to resolve system errors. There is also one more free application,

TreeSize Free can show you the size of the folders, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. All results can also be drilled down to the file level. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The Explorer context menu is supported within TreeSize, as well as the usual drag & drop operations. This free utility may give further insight


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