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Windows 7: Slowly but surely decreasing C drive space


21 Mar 2013   #1
SunnyBox

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Slowly but surely decreasing C drive space

a common problem, but i could not find any virus that causes it for this one, any ideas? i used windirstat and the the screenshot is here, pls help, thank u

attached are the suspected regions that might causes the problem


if u guys need any other regions, reply and i will screen shot it




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21 Mar 2013   #2
nilank

 

1. Check "winsxs" folder inside your "Windows" folder. That keeps on growing in size as you install/update Windows components cuz it stores backups and other important things in there. You can check here though. You can also use TuneUp Utilities to clean up your C a bit. Please don't. It helps you remove update backups.

2. Also, many apps and Windows itself stores temporary files on C: itself. Temp folders can be manually cleaned by typing "%temp%" into Run box and deleting everything you find in that folder.

3. System restore points are also primarily stored in C. They do take a considerable amount of space.

4. Another space eater is you Appdata folder located at C:\Users\<username>\ (system hidden). Applications use this place to store their temp files in specific folders. For example, Chrome stores ALL its data here in the Local folder, which can grow upto a gig.

5. All browsers store their cache and other data on C by default.

And BTW, what is that "installer" folder doing in there? That must be deleted if it's not your stuff.

These are probably the reasons why you see space on C vanishing day by day.

Hope that helped.
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21 Mar 2013   #3
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I DO NOT agree at all about "TuneUp Utilities" and frankly am more than a little surprised that it was recommended to you to tell you the truth. Those all in one "optimizers/tune up/crapware" have no place on your machine period. Please disregard that "advice"! We see more problems related to those "utilities" here than I care to remember. I'm sure the majority if not all the senior members agree with me on this.

We have many fine tutorials here, try this : Optimize Windows 7

THATS how you clean your system and free up space. I repeat DON"T use any "optimizers/cleanup" utilities! The ONLY exception to this is CCleaner, run the defaults and leave the registry ALONE. Heres a link for that, its free : http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Welcome to the forums by the way! Hope this helps.
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22 Mar 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello SunnyBox, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, you might also check through the listed items in the tutorial below to see if it may help ID what's using up your hard drive space.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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