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Windows 7: I keep losing hard drive space


19 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
I keep losing hard drive space

Hello, I keep losing hard drive space over time, now yes. I've ran CCleaner, I've uninstalled Games that I dont usually play, I had around 40-30GB, it went down so I uninstalled more things and it always goes down no matter what I do. I've defragged my hard drive and only received around 2GB.

I ran AVG TuneUp, I got from 5GB to 32GB, and now over the month I somehow have 2GB left? Even though I have installed nothing huge at all.

I've tried scanning for viruses with Malware Bytes, nothing found.

Now, I am guessing it's something to do with the virtual memory or whatever but I honestly don't know what to do there. If someone could give me a step by step guide on what I should set it to or whatever then that would be great. Because I dont want to mess up my performance.

As for shadow copies, I've tried stopping it. Only got a few GB back. I tried getting rid of my restore points. Got some room back, but it always goes back down, it doesn't have a huge impact on room anyway

My Specs:

Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
3.5GB Of Ram, (32-bit) (If I had 64-bit I would have 8GB)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz 4 CPUs
ATI Radeon 6950

Now, I know I should had posted on a Vista forum but Windows 7 is basically Vista 2.0 so... Yeah.

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19 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Install TreeSize Free.

Open Control Panel, Folder Options.
Click on the View tab.
Select or unselect the following as shown:

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Run TreeSize Free and it will show you where all the space is being used.


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20 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

You can download Windrstat and install it.Try to scan your OS drive.This program gives a visual representation of disk usage statistics.WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
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20 Oct 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

This may work in vista, never have used it.
Hibernate - Enable or Disable
Out sister site: Vista Forums
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20 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I've used it time and time again and I still lose room even if I keep removing things, here's a screenshot:
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20 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
This may work in vista, never have used it.
Hibernate - Enable or Disable
Out sister site: Vista Forums
I would have one of those files so its definitely not that. Nor' does my computer ever go on standby but thanks anyway. The power option is high performance in the monitor turns off after 20 minutes.
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20 Oct 2012   #7

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

It looks like you have almost 300GB used for the C:\Program Files folder.
On a Win 7 PC i have ~3GB used for this folder.
Run WinDirStat for the C:\Program Files folder and see what is using so much space.

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20 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Yes, like I've said. I've done that and have uninstalled what I dont want. But over time my space will just go back down even though I dont install anything big. My Hard drive is 465GB and it should have at least around 50GB because it doesn't all add up looking at WinDirStat.
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20 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dalek22 View Post
Yes, like I've said. I've done that and have uninstalled what I dont want. But over time my space will just go back down even though I dont install anything big. My Hard drive is 465GB and it should have at least around 50GB because it doesn't all add up looking at WinDirStat.
I am sure you know this, but what is inside the Program Files folder when you expand it? Do you have an additional backup program that runs at a scheduled time?

HTH
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20 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

^^

+1

Expand and run Windrstat on your program files folder within C drive & post the screenshot here.
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