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Windows 7: OS (C:) space left changing almost every restart.

27 Apr 2013   #11
MalReynolds

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I've tried deleting those "save points" that you can load up if your computer runs into a problem
I've deleted programs (of which there are few)

Its a bit late here and im too tired to fill my specs, I'll do it tommorow.

As for Anti-Virus I use McAfee Security Centre. If thats not the full title ill get that done tommorow as well.

I'll also take a look at 7 and 8 like you suggested.


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27 Apr 2013   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Local Time: 03:26 PM

McAfee can be causing that problem.
McAfee in my opinion is one of the worse things one can do to a computer.

Give this a try.
Remove McAfee using their online tool.
Then install this and see what happens.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
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28 Apr 2013   #13
MalReynolds

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I don't know what time the "local time" thing says for me, but it's wrong.

I don't mean to be rude but there is no way I am removing McAfee anytime soon, and I am sure it's not the problem. There are some things I have to do then I'll have a sit down and get you my specs and stuff.
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28 Apr 2013   #14
gigagiggles

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Try to avoid "mission creep" and stay focused on what is happening to the OS when it reports the two different free space values.

Firstly, determine which of the two is approximately correct. Take an inventory of what is on the hard drive. Pay particular attention to "Users". Whenever the values flip, does the value for "Users" also flip/change significantly? If portable programs are used, their folders sizes might be looked at.

Secondly, by process of elimination, determine if third-party programs (aside from McAfee) is causing the flip-flop. Which programs are running with which value?

Thirdly, if all roads lead to the OS, then a SFC (SystemFileCheck) or a malware scan may be appropriate.
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28 Apr 2013   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MalReynolds View Post
I don't know what time the "local time" thing says for me, but it's wrong.

I don't mean to be rude but there is no way I am removing McAfee anytime soon, and I am sure it's not the problem. There are some things I have to do then I'll have a sit down and get you my specs and stuff.
It is a fact that McAfee is involved in many threads here with crashes, hangs, and BSODs. It would be a good idea to at least try something else, even as a science experiment.
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28 Apr 2013   #16
MalReynolds

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@Britton30 I will try getting rid of McAfee when everything else has been tried and I have my reasons for doing so.

@gigagiggles I am almost 100% sure that my hard drive has 214GB left. I have looked at all the programs I have installed and many other things that could take up space and there is no way that it's only leaving me with 54GB.

How would I go about finding the value of "Users" and what are portable programs?

I'm sorry if it seems like im being difficult to work with
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28 Apr 2013   #17
tommyg562000

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MalReynolds View Post
I don't know what time the "local time" thing says for me, but it's wrong.

I don't mean to be rude but there is no way I am removing McAfee anytime soon, and I am sure it's not the problem. There are some things I have to do then I'll have a sit down and get you my specs and stuff.
How can this statement be true when you have come here seeking help for a problem you can't fix? If you know exactly what isn't the problem then surely you know what the problem is and can fix it yourself...
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28 Apr 2013   #18
MalReynolds

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I know some things that aren't the problem, not everything that isn't the problem. It's like a list of possible problems and a few have been scored out, but because one is scored off doesn't mean they all are.


Edit :
I have updated my specs as best I can
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28 Apr 2013   #19
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MalReynolds View Post
@Britton30 I will try getting rid of McAfee when everything else has been tried and I have my reasons for doing so.

@gigagiggles I am almost 100% sure that my hard drive has 214GB left. I have looked at all the programs I have installed and many other things that could take up space and there is no way that it's only leaving me with 54GB.

How would I go about finding the value of "Users" and what are portable programs?

I'm sorry if it seems like im being difficult to work with
To easily find the space consumed by "Users" I use the free utility "Folder Size". It may, also, provide some assistance in determining the discrepancy concerning your disk usage. It can be downloaded from the following site;

Folder Size - Freeware file size analysis. Check the directory sizes, folder sizes and file sizes on your computer with this freeware tree size analysis tool.

The suggestion to remove McAfee from your computer is something you should seriously consider. There are free alternatives which are superior. If you want to stubbornly keep the program on your system, you may spend quite a bit of time troubleshooting, which could be unnecessary. Of course, it's your computer and you can do what you want.
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28 Apr 2013   #20
gigagiggles

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

"How would I go about finding the value of "Users" and what are portable programs?"

Portable programs are not integrated into the operating system. They run from within their own folders, normally from a USB stick, but some users like the lack of integration and not leaving footprints.

When you open the C:\ drive, a dozen or so folders will show, including Windows, Users, Program Files, Program Files (x86), et al. Right-clicking a folder will bring up a context menu that includes Properties. Properties will denote the amount of hard drive space that folder takes up.

"Users" contains folders pertinent to installed programs and folders pertinent to individual users. such as "My Documents". Seeing that over 200GB is already used, most are probably media files within this file structure.

I only have one program that uses "My Documents", and I don't use Libraries. The one time I did use Libraries, I was spooked by it. With that said, Libraries may be implicated in the extra 150GB.
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