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Windows 7: Hard drive over filling

08 Aug 2013   #1
tomecho

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Hard drive over filling

Something is filling up my hard drive. Is there a way to to check the size of folders without opening each one? I've done cleaning of caches etc. No viruses found. Transferred videos, pics and docs to external drive. Thanks TJ


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08 Aug 2013   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

FreeCommander has a folder size button on the Toolbar.

If you haven't run a scan with Malwarebytes antimalware I recommend it.

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08 Aug 2013   #3
Brink

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Hello tomecho,

In addition, you might see if this may be able to help ID what is using up your hard drive space.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

Hope this helps.
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08 Aug 2013   #4
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Option1 in the above link (WinDirStat) is an absolute must to get a first view of what is really on the disk - and you can delete unwanted folders directly from within WinDirStat (right click).

But it is possible that the culprit is in the shadowstorage (where the system restore points are being stored). That space you would not see in WinDirStat. To find the size of that space run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Look for the Allocated space.
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08 Aug 2013   #5
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 

Freecommander is good stuff. About locked folders, simply use this Take Ownership Shortcut or manually give full permissions to the current user (folder properties > Security).


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09 Aug 2013   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Another disk space display app that's incredibly fast is WizTree. It's for NTFS only. I reads the MFTs rather than using sytem calls to get the space used.
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09 Aug 2013   #7
Decoman

Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit
 
 

There is this free software named WinDirStat that iirc shows you an image of the files on your computer or any location of your choice. The nice thing about that is that you might discover some files that are both large and otherwise something that qualifies for deletion (not necessary or interesting anymore). Kinda neat looking at the harddrive this way.

http://download.cnet.com/WinDirStat/...-10614593.html

Can't recommend any "clean up" function as I simply delete a file manually myself in any case, nor do I know how all the whole options in that program work. I just use it to spot and identify unusually large files.
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