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Windows 7: Sudden loss of hard drive free space

17 Nov 2011   #1
himatas

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Sudden loss of hard drive free space

I've had a sudden loss of my hard drive space. I've deleted alot of stuff, like over 20GB, more then just a few times and it just disappeared in less then 2 days. I've read some topics here with the about same problem and tried what they sugested there: to use software like WinDirStat, TreeSize Free and SpaceSniffer. But they just won't show me my whole hard drive. The stop at 50% and show it as if they have scan the whole 100%. And its gettind really bad, had gone down to 4mb free hard drive space left already... Any ideas how to fix this?


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17 Nov 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Have you run the hard drive manufacturer's disk utility to see if the drive is actually defective?

You could also run checkdisk--that might take several hours.

Have you run Windows 7 disk cleanup?

How much space do you have allotted to System Restore?

Have you been doing a lot of installing and uninstalling?

Have you done a complete virus/malware scan?


Can you post a picture of your Disk Management, showing partitions and sizes?
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21 Nov 2011   #3
himatas

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think I found the solution to my own problem. I found those 154gb worth files (294 files), they were at C:\Windows\Temp. And the reason none of the software I tried could read that folder was because it was protected by administrator rights. And just incase, I've done everything you sugessted except the first thing, couldn't find that utility. But I quess my harddrive is fine since I found were to did all of my memory disapeare. Thanks for you help!
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21 Nov 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

In start Search type in cmd then on the cmd.exe right click and select run as administrator. At the blinking cursor type in chkdsk /f and reboot. Chkdsk will run at startup and may take an hour or two. This will find and attempt to fix disk errors.
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