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Windows 7: My Hardrive is filling up with WHAT?

28 Nov 2010   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit

Well let us not forget that CCleaner even has a tool for removing particular restore points so you might as well remove restore points created on occasions with less system priorities such as antivirus updates.

Right click Computer on Desktop then Properties>>>System Protection>>>choose your drive>>>Configure and from there you can allocate how much disk space you will allow Windows to use for restore points so I think you can just set it to 5-10%.

Windows 7's own defragging module is rather slow and like what was stated on one of the previous posts, you should do defragging AFTER you've done disk cleanup or have removed the junk files because after the junk is eliminated, there would be less files to defrag and the defragging operation will be slightly faster.

CCleaner is a great tool, I have a mate who uses computers on shops outside and CCleaner was able to remove like 2GBs junk files in some of those computers.

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28 Nov 2010   #22

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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If you have hibernation enabled, the hiberfil.sys file can be quite big.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable

A Guy
Isn't it usually the size of your RAM.
Actually, I believe by default is is 75% of Ram? Glenn has 4GB = 3.072GB file size. Correct me if wrong, I know you can change the size with a command prompt.

A Guy
I will test hibernation as I don't normally use it.
I have 4G of Ram,
My hiberfil.sys is approx. 2.5G right now, so that is the default size of mine.
I think it depends on how much hibernation is used and what was open at the time.

Ok tested a couple times and my hiberfil.sys size did not change.
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28 Nov 2010   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kellymac35 View Post
You can also delete all but your most recent system restore point. Old system restore points will sometime eat up a good chunk of hard drive space.
Hello kellymac35,
That is something that I'm sure I need to check on. Thanks for the idea!
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28 Nov 2010   #24


I would not delete System Restore points. We help people rescue their System all the time here using System Restore, sometimes requiring a months-old Restore point.

If anything I would add more HD space apportioned to System Restore at Computer>Properties>Advanced Options>System Protection>Configure. I use 20%.

I just cleaned up a friend's computer with CCleaner which found 3.5gb of junk. Avoid some of this by ticking the box in Internet Options>Advanced to "Empty temporary files when Browser is closed."

System Reserved is 100mb, not 100gb.

In your case, Glenn, since you never took our advice after your system bricked to run a free lightweight AV like MSE with the Win7 firewall and are still running 3rd party tweaking utilities, all bets are off on what is going on with your system.
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28 Nov 2010   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Run this program WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics. That will tell you how much is on your system.
2. Open an elevated command prompt (run as admin) and type (or paste) vssadmin list shadowstorage , then hit Enter - that will give you amount allocated for the shadowstorage (the area where the OS stores the restore points).
3. Once you have those numbers, it should add up to the used space. Post the numbers and we'll have a look at them.
Hey whs,
How ya doin? Thanks for the assist. OK WinDirStat says 465.7 total and 116 free. I have around 20 Gig in Videos, Pictures, Documents and Music.
Below is results of the next command:

My Hardrive is filling up with WHAT?-capture.png

Hope you can decipher it!!

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28 Nov 2010   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
It may be temp folders . If you dont run disk cleanup, sometimes temp tends to increase in size .

Look at temp folder : Press windows button and R simultaneously on your keyboard to open the run window; type %temp% and hit enter . You may need to delete it .

Most secured way to delete all the unnecessary things .... download CCleaner, check everything in the cleaner tab, and run cleaner . It will free up a lot of spaces .

But it will not remove the older unnecessary backups (those are automatically done ) . Tuneup utilities does it nicely , though it is not free .

So either use disk cleanup utility or ccleaner . You will get a lot of free space back .
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
Windows Disk Cleanup right click and run as Administrator to get the temp Windows files etc.
I found that out the hard way. One of those Doh! moments.

Thanks Hopalong X,
Been using it as quasi-administrator. Will begin using it that way thanks.
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28 Nov 2010   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
Hi all:

Want a one-click disk clean up that will clean ALL the drives on your system?

Do this:
  1. Open a comand box and type: cleanmgr /sageset:0 <--that's a zero
  2. <Enter>
A window will open up allowing you to mark all the types of files you want cleaned.
After making your choices, close that window and the Command Box, too.

Now, open Notepad and type: cleanmgr /sagerun:0
Save this file with a .bat extension.

From now on when you want a quick and dirty way to run the Disk Cleaner on all your drives, just click on this .bat and watch the magic!
You can use any number at the end of the command line from 0-65535.
You can set up that many unique .bat files.
Hello rap33042,
I am sure that is a good knowledgeable response. Unfortunately my comfort skill level bar is set lower than that. Thanks though anyway!
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28 Nov 2010   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Run this program WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics. That will tell you how much is on your system.
I'm surprised it took 5 replies before someone suggested this. Use this tool to figure out WHAT is taking up the space, and then you'll know how to resolve it.
Howdy DeaconFrost,
Howya bin? Thanks for entering the discussion. I just downloaded it to leave some stats for whs. It will take me time to actually learn the program, but it looks comprehensive. Take care.
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28 Nov 2010   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Glenn, there is nothing wrong with a lot of restore points as long as you can afford the space. If not, we can reduce the maximum space requirements.
Hey whs,
I just downloaded the program and ran vssadmin and left the results for ya to take a look at and divine my problem. With 75% of my drive used up, I am uncomfortable and never really had any luck with System Restore Points, the last two time I ran a restore they did not achieve the desired objective.
Thanks a bunch!
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28 Nov 2010   #30
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Glenn, you have nearly 300GBs of restore points on C. That is 64% of your partition. I suggest we reduce that shadowstorage. The easiest way is in command prompt with this command: (paste it into cmd)

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=C: /on=C: /maxsize=20GB

That would give you 20GBs of shadowstorage good for at least 20 restore points. If you want more, change the "20".

Note: with the resize you lose all current restore points. I suggest you create a new one right away.
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