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Windows 7: My D drive says it's full and contains files I can't see

12 Feb 2012   #1
Chantaladrienne

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
My D drive says it's full and contains files I can't see

Hi

I recently wiped my computer and installed windows 7 (home premium 64 bit). Almost all the work I do is directly onto an external drive and very little is saved onto the internal hard drive.

Suddenly last week a message said it could not perform its weekly back up as their was insufficient disc space. My D drive shows 230GB is used with only a few GB free.

I have found one file in a Windows Image Backup file on that drive which accounts for 50 GB but all the other files on the drive are under 100 KB.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Chantal


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12 Feb 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi Chantal,

Can you please post a screen capture image of your maximised Disk Management screen?

Click the Start Orb, and in the search box, type disk management. Click on Create and format hard disk partitions. You should see the image similar to that shown below.

Regards,
Golden


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12 Feb 2012   #3
Chantaladrienne

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for such a quick reply. Here you go. I hope this helps

Chantal

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12 Feb 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

OK. In Windows Explorer, do the following:

1. Click Tools, then Folder options.
2. Click the View tab
3. Make sure the option Show hidden files, folder and drives is checked, as shown below.
4. Click Apply, then click OK.
5. Close Explorer, and then re-open it.

Now browse your D: and check to see if you find any large files.

Regards,
Golden


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12 Feb 2012   #5
Chantaladrienne

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Hi

I already did this. There are 26 files, all 1 gb or under, plus the Windows Image Backup file which contains one 61 GB file and a few much smaller ones.
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12 Feb 2012   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

OK. Lets try something different. Can you please download and install WinDirStat. Run it and see if it can help point to the large (invisible?) file/s.

WinDirStat - Permalinks to downloads and other content

Regards,
Golden


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12 Feb 2012   #7
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.2 MATE (64 bit), W10IP VM
 
 

How many backup files does Windows "Backup and Restore" show on that disc?
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12 Feb 2012   #8
Chantaladrienne

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Ok. Have done and this is what it shows. Is it holding onto to previous back-ups and is that what is taking up the the space?

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12 Feb 2012   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Yes, but also I see the .ZIP files hold the greatest proportion of space. What are those? Are they related to the backups?

Regards,
Golden
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12 Feb 2012   #10
Chantaladrienne

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Yes, it looks like all the backup files in the Chantal PC section are made up of zip files
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