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Windows 7: User Profile using 160 Gigs, is this normal

02 Nov 2014   #1
Red Baron

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 
User Profile using 160 Gigs, is this normal

I have an old laptop which has a 320G Hard drive, which is running out of space.
Further investigation shows one user profile at 160G, Is this normal?


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02 Nov 2014   #2
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

That seems excessive, unless that user has lots of music, pictures and/or video files.

It doesn't have to be a large number of video files either.
3 or 4 ripped Blu-rays could chew up that much space.
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02 Nov 2014   #3
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I doubt that you can find a "normal" amount of hard drive space for a user. The amount of space will be as different as humans are. Audio and video files could easily take up 160GB.
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02 Nov 2014   #4
Red Baron

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

HI Guys
No Music or Pics in these folders, yet properties states 160G Music.
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02 Nov 2014   #5
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

You can use a tool called WinDirStat that will analyze your hard drive and show you which files take up all that space. You can get it here WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
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02 Nov 2014   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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02 Nov 2014   #7
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Red Baron View Post
I have an old laptop which has a 320G Hard drive, which is running out of space.
Further investigation shows one user profile at 160G, Is this normal?
Is it normal for you? Only you can make that call. Does your pc have any issues? Otherwise what does it matter?

The only thing I can think of taking that much space up is virtual machines. Do you use VM's?
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02 Nov 2014   #8
Red Baron

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

No Not using VM. Standalone PC
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02 Nov 2014   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Red Baron View Post
HI Guys
No Music or Pics in these folders, yet properties states 160G Music.
It does seem odd that an "empty" Music (My Music) folder for this user would report/occupy 160GB.

Perhaps a CHKDSK is in order:
Disk Check
Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log
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02 Nov 2014   #10
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

I suggest performing a disk cleanup using Window's built-in tool before doing anything that might be unnecessary, it doesn't hurt to try the simple things before doing something time-consuming.

Also, there might be some files in the music folder - they might be hidden. What did WinDirStat show you? Could you provide us with a screenshot?

You can check if there are any hidden/system files in the music folder by going into "Folder Options" in control panel, the "View" tab and temporarily unchecking "Don't show hidden files and folders" and "Hide protected operating system files". If there are any files, they should show up.
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