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Windows 7: eating storage space...

18 Dec 2010   #1
Louis09

w7
 
 
eating storage space...

Hi! I bought a new laptop and I seem to notice that every time I use it, the storage space decreases by 5 gigs or more depending on the length of use. I use ccleaner but the storage space is still decreasing even though I haven't installed or downloaded any resource hog. There's also no virus since it's newly bought and I scanned it.

Your help/answers will be greatly appreciated.

BTW, I'm using Windows 7 Starter; I used the WinDirStat and found out that .dll/application extension use most of my storage space.


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18 Dec 2010   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Louis, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This may be able to help with this. I would check OPTION 10 first in your case to see if that may the issue though.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Dec 2010   #3
Louis09

w7
 
 

thanks Shawn

but system protection is turned off. Every time I refresh my WinDirStat, more disk space is used by .dll. I wonder if it ok to delete these files or is there another way to lessen the creation of these?
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18 Dec 2010   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I wouldn't recommend deleting these files since you do not know what they are for yet. Could you post a screenshot of WinDirStat with it showing the files that are using up your HDD space?


If you have a OEM (store bought) computer, then it may have it's own backup program installed that may be creating backups and eating your hard drive space.
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18 Dec 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would also check what is going on in the shadowstorage (where the system places the restore points). That you do not see with WinDirStat.

Open an elevated Command prompt (run as admin) and paste this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

The Allocated number is what the system has currnely eaten. The Maximum number is what it will ultimately use.
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18 Dec 2010   #6
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Louis09 View Post
thanks Shawn

but system protection is turned off. Every time I refresh my WinDirStat, more disk space is used by .dll. I wonder if it ok to delete these files or is there another way to lessen the creation of these?
BAD idea....you need to turn System Protection back on. Your first line of defense when you have a problem is to use System Restore to go back before the problem happened. Turning that off is never a good idea and the drive space saved isn't worth it.
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19 Dec 2010   #7
Louis09

w7
 
 

Thanks everyone for your help!

here's the screenshot:

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19 Dec 2010   #8
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Looks like you are bothered by the 4.9 Gb occupied by dll files. Did you try to identify which files are that actually? Do you have multiple versions of the same dll? Do you have any bloatware (e.g. Internet Optimizer, Media Gateway, etc.) on your new laptop? How about automatic updates for any of the installed programs?

The first thing I would do, I would find out which files in which folders are eating up my hard drive and try to uninstall the programs that brought those files to my machine in the first place.
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19 Dec 2010   #9
Louis09

w7
 
 

thanks unifex!

It turns out that the system keeps on backing up, hence the .dll

I guess I should disable this auto backup but I don't know how...
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19 Dec 2010   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Louis,

If you have Windows setup to do backups automatically, then this will show you how to turn it off so you can just do it manually instead.

Backup Files Schedule - Turn On or Off


If it's another program creating backups, then you will need to check with that program's settings to turn it off or uninstall the program if you do not need it.
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