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Windows 7: what takes up 200 GB of space on my hard drive?

12 Aug 2012   #1
chas53

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
what takes up 200 GB of space on my hard drive?

would someone please tell me how I can find out what is taking up so much space on my hard drive?

I have looked. I don't think I have any videos on it. (I make little music videos. so maybe this is the answer. I just dont know where they are on my C drive. I transfer everything over to my F drive. and then delete them off the C drive, but maybe they don't actually delete??)

really looking for ideas here. I don't have ton of programs. sony vegas, itunes, Reaper.

9 GB of music.

really just don't know whats taking up all the space.

any help greatly appreciated. thanks, Chas


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12 Aug 2012   #2
derekimo

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12 Aug 2012   #3
chas53

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

thank you very much derekimo.

I followed the first link. went to the first thing which was sourceforge.
clicked download. got a thing about 7 zip and a a question about adding iuni something or other. cicked yes. saw that it was going to install the yahoo toolbar, got a warning message from WOT web of trust saying I was at a bad site.

and got out of there.

any thoughts???
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12 Aug 2012   #4
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chas53 View Post
thank you very much derekimo.

I'm thinking that I should get both of these?
You don't need both, they're just 2 different programs that do the same thing.

One is a little prettier than the other.
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12 Aug 2012   #5
MilesAhead

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If you have a 64 bit system I would try one of the native 64 bit disk usage utilities. I've been using WinDirStat for years. I use it on Windows Seven 32 bit. But when I search the disk usage tools I see no mention of folder redirection. That leads me to believe they aren't totally accurate on 64 bit systems. (When running a 32 bit app on Windows64 the Windows\System32 folder is redirected to Windows\SysWow64. Big deal you say. But if some malware is loading up the System32 folder with crap to take up disk space, you won't see it using a 32 bit utility.

Just search for Disk Usage 64 bit Windows native
and you'll find free ones.
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12 Aug 2012   #6
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chas53 View Post
thank you very much derekimo.

I followed the first link. went to the first thing which was sourceforge.
clicked download. got a thing about 7 zip and a a question about adding iuni something or other. cicked yes. saw that it was going to install the yahoo toolbar, got a warning message from WOT web of trust saying I was at a bad site.

and got out of there.

any thoughts???
Not sure what happened there,

Here's the Windirstat installer, feel free to scan it.


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12 Aug 2012   #7
chas53

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
If you have a 64 bit system I would try one of the native 64 bit disk usage utilities. I've been using WinDirStat for years. I use it on Windows Seven 32 bit. But when I search the disk usage tools I see no mention of folder redirection. That leads me to believe they aren't totally accurate on 64 bit systems. (When running a 32 bit app on Windows64 the Windows\System32 folder is redirected to Windows\SysWow64. Big deal you say. But if some malware is loading up the System32 folder with crap to take up disk space, you won't see it using a 32 bit utility.

Just search for Disk Usage 64 bit Windows native
and you'll find free ones.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chas53 View Post
thank you very much derekimo.

I followed the first link. went to the first thing which was sourceforge.
clicked download. got a thing about 7 zip and a a question about adding iuni something or other. cicked yes. saw that it was going to install the yahoo toolbar, got a warning message from WOT web of trust saying I was at a bad site.

and got out of there.

any thoughts???
Not sure what happened there,

Here's the Windirstat installer, feel free to scan it.
thank you, both of you guys. derekimo I am hesitant based on what MilesAhead is saying. do you have any thoughts?
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12 Aug 2012   #8
derekimo

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Windirstat will give you a pretty good idea what is taking up space, it works fine for me.

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If you're worried about the space being malware, try malwarebytes free,

Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer


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12 Aug 2012   #9
chas53

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

ok. thanks very much again derekimo.
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12 Aug 2012   #10
derekimo

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You're welcome.
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