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Windows 7: Free disk space does not increase after deleting files

02 Sep 2012   #1
Jack101

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Free disk space does not increase after deleting files

Recently I made a few videos with fraps that took up around 110 gigs of space, so I decided to compress all that and upload to youtube, the amount of space the videos are taking up are now down to 70, but my free disk space hasn't increased, in fact it's decreasing as if I never deleted the videos, it isn't decreasing on it's own only if I make files, so basically it'll take up space and it just stays that way for some reason.

I've looked around the internet for a solution, I have tried:
  • Disabling automatic backup, that didn't do anything.
  • Scanned my computer with malwarebytes to make sure it isn't some worm, nothing found.
  • Used disk cleanup, cleared up 900 MB but the free space still didn't change.
  • Used CCleaner, cleared up 500 MB but the free space still didn't change.
  • Used disk check, nothing bad was found.
  • Used WinDirStat, everything seems fine as it should be, but theres 100 gigs of <unknown>, and I have no freaking clue what it is.
  • Used SpaceSniffer, found absolutely nothing that would take up that much space

I would use defraggler, but it will take WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too long so I'd use it when I have no other option, there's gotta be another way other than literally waiting over a day for defraggler to finish, and chances are that it wouldn't change anything as well meaning I would have wasted a bunch of time, if defraggler doesn't help I'll just reformat the whole thing.

Any suggestions?

Additional information:

Specs:
298 GB HDD
4 GB RAM
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit


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02 Sep 2012   #2
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums Jack101.

I suggest that instead of using Defraggler you use Puran Defrag and carry out a boot-time defrag.

Now about free disk space. Sometimes the correct free disk space shows up after a reboot. However from your message it would appear that you have already tried that but without success. Another way to find out how much free space exists is to open the Command Prompt and use the "dir/p" command. Please try that and check if the free space shown is identical with what you see with your method and report back with the command prompt screen shot after dir/p has been executed.

Good luck.
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02 Sep 2012   #3
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W8.1 tablet
 
 

Did you empty the Recycle Bin?
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02 Sep 2012   #4
Jack101

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Did you empty the Recycle Bin?
Yes, numerous times, disk cleanup did that as well.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wanchoo View Post
Another way to find out how much free space exists is to open the Command Prompt and use the "dir/p" command. Please try that and check if the free space shown is identical with what you see with your method and report back with the command prompt screen shot after dir/p has been executed.

Good luck.


I'll get to boot-time defrag, I'll come back with the results.
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02 Sep 2012   #5
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

It appears that you get the same amount of disk space by both methods. Please confirm.

You may be having a large number of System Restore Points that may be hogging too much space. Please turn off System Restore and check if that shows an increase in the free space. Please be warned that if you turn off the System Restore you shall not be able to restore your computer to any previous state.
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03 Sep 2012   #6
Jack101

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wanchoo View Post
You may be having a large number of System Restore Points that may be hogging too much space. Please turn off System Restore and check if that shows an increase in the free space. Please be warned that if you turn off the System Restore you shall not be able to restore your computer to any previous state.
It is disabled, it never was enabled. There is approximately 0 bytes of space being taken up by it.

Anyways, I did the boot-time defrag and nothing has changed
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03 Sep 2012   #7
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sounds like "previous versions" may be the culprit. That's also stored in "System Volume Information", where it would typically report as 0 bytes even though data is stored there. You should see the WinDirStat "unknown" category has grown to reflect what is really stored in "System Volume Information".
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03 Sep 2012   #8
Jack101

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

What should I do? I'm pretty much stumped up to this point
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03 Sep 2012   #9
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Tuts To Read

This command will clean out your logs and will yield some space. This came from Win7 Forums and is safe. But you will no longer have old logs to refer to. If you are not having any problems the logs are probably not needed. You will begin to accumulate some new ones.

1. Run PowerShell as administrator
2. Paste (or type-in) this line:
Get-WinEvent -ListLog * -Force |% { $_.logname;Wevtutil.exe cl $_.logname };Wevtutil.exe cl system
3. hit Enter

Another ploy is in an elevated command prompt type "vssadmin /?" and look at the options You can delete your shadow copies if you want.

Shadow Copies - Delete

System Protection Restore Points - Delete
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03 Sep 2012   #10
Jack101

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Tried the shadow copies one, that didn't do anything

Did the system protection restore points deletion, nothing
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