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Windows 7: Monitor where disk space is going ?

24 Oct 2011   #1
mistamontiel

Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit
 
 
Monitor where disk space is going ?

Hey there, is this possible ?

Because I'm not even downloading into my primary C:\ drive, yet it is almost less than a gig to full.


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24 Oct 2011   #2
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

One of the nicest tools to examine what's using your disk space is WinDirStat which offers a unique graphical way of displaying usage hierarchically by files and folders. Take a look:

WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
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24 Oct 2011   #3
KimJensen

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I my experience, windows updates and internet cache can suddenly consume large quantities of hard disc space.
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24 Oct 2011   #4
mistamontiel

Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit
 
 

Ya I never update and I clear cache in my Firefox browser

I was hoping for a clean legit not bulky app for this..thanks for recommending Heart I mean Corazon*

What I mean, just seeing what file is spawned by what, what file grows by how much, and such
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24 Oct 2011   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Alex,

In addition, the tutorial below may be able to help you find what is taking up the HDD space, and how to free it up if you wanted to.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Oct 2011   #6
mistamontiel

Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit
 
 

Ah, I'm a bit confused in the WinDirStat setup..do I want the ANSI option ?

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24 Oct 2011   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Alex,

Not needed. The default options are fine to use.
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24 Oct 2011   #8
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mistamontiel View Post
Ya I never update and I clear cache in my Firefox browser
I was hoping for a clean legit not bulky app for this..thanks for recommending Heart I mean Corazon*
What I mean, just seeing what file is spawned by what, what file grows by how much, and such
I have to wonder why you "never update." This isn't a good idea, you should always install important and critical Windows updates as they affect the security of your system a great deal.
Downloaded updates can be deleted from C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download once they are successfully installed. This will not affect their installation status or your ability to uninstall them if needed.

Generally, there are far more ways to clean up your disk and trim unneeded space besides just clearing the browser cache.

WinDirStat is far from bulky, as you will hopefully have noticed by now.

However, if you're actually interested in seeing which programs and Windows processes create files, when, where and how big, then you may be interested in Process Monitor which monitors (among other things) all filesystem activity in real-time. Be advised however that it's a very advanced tool and can be confusing if you don't understand all its options.

Process Monitor
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24 Oct 2011   #9
DMHolt57

 
 

Check the System Volume Information file, it's hidden so you have to turn on show hidden and system files....also can run this command in admin, vssadmin list shadowstorage
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24 Oct 2011   #10
mistamontiel

Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit
 
 

Corazon, I don't update just the fear of classic stuff not performing anymore..and Adblock Plus does its job very well, great widely used browser add-on

DMHolt57, lost me a bit there, but I was just to mention this WinDirStat seems complex to me..

That's what I want to monitor..the files spawned/grown automatically without my will..not stuff I have downloaded already..

WinDirStat took its time to scan, then I was lost poking around just to look for those specific files I don't willingly download/edit
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