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Windows 7: Windows 7 disk space decreasing extremely fast


30 Jan 2012   #1
JonDelijoe

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Windows 7 disk space decreasing extremely fast

1.After installing a skin pack from called simplfy,I used a restore point that i created before installing the skin pack ill call it restore point A.

2.i installed the skin pack again and then used system restore to restore to the same point (restore point A) without undoing the last restore which was restore point A.

3.Earlier this morning I tried to save a text file and it said disk space was low.I know that wasn't correct a text file shouldnt exceed 14.75gb.So I checked the disk and it said 0 kb free

4.Restarted Computer opened defraggler (I didnt do anything with defragler I only used it to look at the graph) and ccleaner (I ran the file cleaner and the registry cleaner which cleared only 299mb) and I noticed that the space was returning back to normal at about 150 mb/sec.

5.After about 6 hours the problem returned and now I'm posting this.

NOTE:A week before the issue came up I installed Rainmeter,I havent used my PC until today.So I dont know if its rainmeter causing the issue or using system restore.System restore is only using 3%.I had rainmeter installed a while ago and it never messed with my system so I doubt its rainmeter but its still a suspect.My AV is Comodo internet security

My max storage is 51 gb I should have 14.75gb of freespace.Any suggestions would be appreciated


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30 Jan 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Post a screenshot of Disk Management so we can see your partition layout.

I'd download and run WinDirStat which should give you a clue as to how space is actually being used.


When you ran Ccleaner, did you use the registry cleaning portion, or just the disk cleaner?

When did you last run virus scans or malware scans?
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30 Jan 2012   #3
JonDelijoe

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I have about 1.5 gb for system restore,my page file is about 2.4gb.I used the registry portion of ccleaner with the file cleaner.My last full scan was about a month ago my AV scans in realtime so any new file that is created is scanned so it would have alerted me if i had malware.I didnt defrag though i only had it open to see the disk space change.

Ill post the screen shot in a few mins of the top of my head its two partitions both 51 gb NTFS
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/809/capturecm.png/
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30 Jan 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

My first idea would be to use WinDirStat.

Defrag shouldn't matter.

I wouldn't assume you are free of viruses and malware, but begin with WinDirStat.

What virus/malware apps do you use?

Running vssadmin from a command prompt can also reveal info about System Restore, but I'm not qualified to tell you how to use it. Other members who use it, such as WHS, can advise you on that.
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30 Jan 2012   #5
JonDelijoe

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Comodo internet security is my anti malware app.Ill try the windirstat now.Heres an image of my disk mangement
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30 Jan 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

The pic shows C drive as having no free space.

You need to confirm if that is true or bogus.

Run WinDirStat to find out the contents of C.
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30 Jan 2012   #7
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

I had no problems with "Rainmeter" when I used it on the Windows 7 betas.
I forgot to save my custom config files, so I haven't run it since.

If you still have all of the files & installers, try uninstalling the theme pack and any new programs that you have added recently.

Additional
A point to remember for the future, a backup HDD image is better than a "System Restore Point".
You can use the built-in Windows tool or install a program like Macrium Reflect.
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30 Jan 2012   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I just played with vssadmin a bit.

Go to an elevated command prompt and run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

That will show the gigabytes actually used by System Restore.

It should show a number for used, allocated, and maximum.

What are those numbers in your case?
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30 Jan 2012   #9
JonDelijoe

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

@lehnerus2000:Thanks I would make a backup image but I dont have enough space to do that

@ignatzatsonic:the numbers are 0,0,1.53gb.I ran wirdirstat tool but before I could actually install it the freespace was at 11gb again so I cant determine where the freespace is going since nothing stood out at that point Ill have to wait until it happens again.

Thanks you guys Ill post a reply to this topic when it happens again
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30 Jan 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonDelijoe View Post
the numbers are 0,0,1.53gb.


@ignatzatsonic:I ran tool but before I could actually install it the freespace was at 11gb again so I cant determine where the freespace is going
Those numbers imply you have NO restore points.

If you manually go to System Restore, does it also show that you have no restore points?

I'd run WinDirStat now regardless---to see whatever it can tell you--rather than wait for free space to disappear. You may find something unusual right now.

Also consider running Malwarebytes malware scanner--a free download.

Have you recently run Checkdisk??
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