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My SSD is losing drive space at a rapid rate. Whatever is eating away at my drive's capacity is NOT showing up in any file, folder, or hidden system file
. My used disk space is remaining static in size, yet my free space is magically disappearing, leaving me with a huge chunk of drive space that is unaccounted for. See screenshots below to illustrate:
Note: The following screenshots are old and do not reflect my current drive's capacity.
This screenshot shows my drive capacity being 60GB:
This screenshot shows Space Sniffer, Treesize File, and Windirstat reporting my C: as only consuming approx 35GB in size.
This screenshot shows a full blown image of Space Sniffer reporting my entire C: capacity with used and free space. Together, the combined capacity of my used and free space shows in the top left box and totals 44.6GB which is clearly not the total capacity of my actual drive. Where did it go??? In between some of the posts in this thread, we've tried a myriad of things the gurus here could think of ranging from: -deleting my hiberfil system file -enabling TRIM on my SSD -running a full Malwarebytes system scan -running disk check -messing around with my recycle bin size ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *****BEGIN ORIGINAL POST***********
Disclaimer: Be gentle on the computer lingo because I'm pretty much a nub with this stuff.
I was recommended to this forum from another forum because we are stumped.
The culprit in question is my 64GB Crucial M4 SSD. OS installed is 64 bit Windows 7 Professional.
I've googled and posted on a couple forums and we haven't really gotten anywhere.
I've already troubleshooted the most basic items such as:
-Disk Clean Up
-Clearing TEMP and internet folder caches
-Moving the TEMP and internet caches to another drive
-Deleted restore points and shadow copies
-No viruses/malware -- fresh install.
-Running Treesize file and Windirstat to monitor file sizes.
-Discussed the possibilty of cluster sizes and defragmentation on other forums but got differing opinions on this after I presented "the stumper" (see below).
The stumper: Treesize file and windirstat both show total drive space being used at around 36GB. This is including the hiberfil and pagefile system files.
This physical drive space that is being used is remaining exactly the same, yet the FREE space is constantly disappearing and at a rapid rate. In about 1-2 weeks I've lost about 6GB even though my actual used space has stayed consistent around 36GB.
So this tells me that no new files are actually physically taking up my drive space since the physical storage size of my files are staying the same. I've been monitoring this the past month and the hiberfil and pagefile system files have remained pretty consistent, so it isn't these guys.
What's going on?!