Monday, October 3, 2011

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Fix Continues Reduction and Losing Hard Disk Space

If your computer Continues to lose the Free Disk Space, and you are facing reduction of available hard drive space daily, the following article will help you find out what the cause for Continues Reduction and Losing hard drive space daily.

My computer is barely a month old.  I have only put on about 6 programs, all with small footprints.  I transferred over about 70GB of files.  I know that the system uses memory out of the box but even with all that taken in to account I can't account for over 40GB of space and the amount is increasing daily.

I clean out temporary files and use disk clean-up to reclaim space.  But it is typically minimal and it doesn't account for what I am losing.  I have the system restore space set to a pretty small percentage.  In summary I think I have everything set correct to minimize hard drive usage yet the space is being eaten up at an alarming rate.  No viruses, MSE is on the system and has not found a thing.

Where the heck is the space going?  I'm glad I have a large hard drive so there is wiggle room but this is ridiculous to have hard drive space disappearing on it's own.  I am sure it is OS related. 

Solutions:

First, it may depend on what antivirus you are using. Sometimes your Antivirus stores lots and lots of Quarantine files. Check it up.

Also, Try JDiskReport: http://www.jgoodies.com/freeware/jdiskreport/ 

This software will shows space used by folders and also list 50 largest files on your system. Eventually System Restore will use about 15% of your drive space but then will begin dropping old restore points as it creates new ones.  Give the system a little more time.  You will continue to lose space much longer.

Hibernation will not be a cause for continues reduction of available Hard Disk Space, as the hibernation files will only be as large as the memory the computer has (4GB in my case).  So it seems it would max out at 4GB and then wouldn't take more.

With the reduction in space for system restore points and using JDiskReports or TreeSize:http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/ you should be able to keep a close eye on disks space usage.

The easiest way for us to help might be for you list the immediate sub-folders of your C partition and folder sizes getting the information from Windows Explorer. Click on each sub-folder in turn (Windows is one) and select Properties you will see their size. You might also tell us the size of pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys, which are two large files on the root of C. We can then get some idea how your 95 gb breaks down and make comparisons to what might be expected.

If you find it difficult, create a new user account in Windows 7, move your old files and documents to the new profile and delete the old profile. I mean, delete all files related to the old profile.

To be certain you are getting the true figures you should select Start, Control Panel, Folder Options, View, Advanced Settings and verify that the box before "Show hidden files and folders" is checked and "Hide protected operating system files" is unchecked. You may need to scroll down to see the second item. You should also make certain that the box before "Hide extensions for known file types" is not checked.

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