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Windows 7: Computer HDD Low Disk Space Issue

12 Apr 2013   #21
Berkey

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

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I see that the text file, VLC file and Font collection take up well over a gig, not too mention your email and Vmachine, application files and local disk take up quote a bit of space as well. It looks like aside from the WIM file, you may need to do some spring cleaning as a lot of little things seem to be adding up. How many external drives to you use? Perhaps RAID may be in your future if you cannot delete many of these items, but want/need space
Yeah, I've deleted 1 GB's worth of emails to make some space. I use my virtual machine (for the XP Mode) but I may get rid of it to save some space. I'll be checking into the VLC file and other stuff on my local disk...Hopefully I can clear up a stable amount of space.

I have an 700 MB external had drive which I've backed all of my music, files, and other various things onto.
I would say grab an upgrade if you go through all those files and decide which are needed for everyday use and move the rest . I just picked up a WD 1TB for 69 from BHphotovideo, not a bad brand and cheap enough for my liking so now I have a 1TB Seagate and 1 TB WD. I fill mine up, but not in RAID fashion, and try to keep my laptop pretty clean (only 55GB)


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12 Apr 2013   #22
Supercar Ace

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bberkey1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Supercar Ace View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bberkey1 View Post
I see that the text file, VLC file and Font collection take up well over a gig, not too mention your email and Vmachine, application files and local disk take up quote a bit of space as well. It looks like aside from the WIM file, you may need to do some spring cleaning as a lot of little things seem to be adding up. How many external drives to you use? Perhaps RAID may be in your future if you cannot delete many of these items, but want/need space
Yeah, I've deleted 1 GB's worth of emails to make some space. I use my virtual machine (for the XP Mode) but I may get rid of it to save some space. I'll be checking into the VLC file and other stuff on my local disk...Hopefully I can clear up a stable amount of space.

I have an 700 MB external had drive which I've backed all of my music, files, and other various things onto.
I would say grab an upgrade if you go through all those files and decide which are needed for everyday use and move the rest . I just picked up a WD 1TB for 69 from BHphotovideo, not a bad brand and cheap enough for my liking so now I have a 1TB Seagate and 1 TB WD. I fill mine up, but not in RAID fashion, and try to keep my laptop pretty clean (only 55GB)
Yeah I'm thinking an HDD upgrade might be the best solution. Since I'm only semi-computer savy (coming on these boards makes me realize just how much I don't know haha) my concern is upgrading my HDD while being able to keep my OS and programs (I don't wanna by MS office again).
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12 Apr 2013   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is absolutely crazy. Thos nums coincide neither with WinDirStat nor with vssadmin..

Suggest you double click on C (in Computer) and have a look what those massive files could be.
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12 Apr 2013   #24
Supercar Ace

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

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This is absolutely crazy. Thos nums coincide neither with WinDirStat nor with vssadmin..

Suggest you double click on C (in Computer) and have a look what those massive files could be.
Thank goodness...I though I was crazy. Yeah I don't know what those files are or where to find them...any thoughts?
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12 Apr 2013   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Can you see 'those files' in C and can you post them here.
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12 Apr 2013   #26
Supercar Ace

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

I would if I could. I don't know what files could possibly be eating up so much space or where to locate them, since WinDirStat doesn't show them. Is my HDD just shot? It's almost 2 years old now.
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12 Apr 2013   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nah, your HDD is probably alright. Double click on C in Computer and look thru all the folders whether you see any biggies. But set the view to 'Details' which will only show at the file level, not folder level.

For folders, you can right click on the folder and look in Properties. 200GB must be visible somehow.


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12 Apr 2013   #28
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Do you use Windows XP Mode by any chance? If so, do you have any big files inside it? Is the virtual hard disk file located on your hard drive? I saw a virtual hard disk file in one of the screenshots you posted.
Also, have you run the Malwarebytes scan yet? If not, run it in Windows 7 and in the XP Mode virtual Machine. I am pretty sure the XP Mode hard disk file automatically expands. It could be very big and that might explain the huge amount of space taken up.
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12 Apr 2013   #29
Supercar Ace

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Nah, your HDD is probably alright. Double click on C in Computer and look thru all the folders whether you see any biggies. But set the view to 'Details' which will only show at the file level, not folder level.

For folders, you can right click on the folder and look in Properties. 200GB must be visible somehow.
Ok, I believe I tracked down the culrpit folder:

C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft

This folder shows up having over 130 GBs in it's properties. Looking in the folder though, I only see 3 folders:

Burn
Catches
Explorer

Checking the properties the trail runs cold, all 3 folders show up having a few KB's of data. Any thought here?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Do you use Windows XP Mode by any chance? If so, do you have any big files inside it? Is the virtual hard disk file located on your hard drive? I saw a virtual hard disk file in one of the screenshots you posted.
Also, have you run the Malwarebytes scan yet? If not, run it in Windows 7 and in the XP Mode virtual Machine. I am pretty sure the XP Mode hard disk file automatically expands. It could be very big and that might explain the huge amount of space taken up.
Yep I ran Malwarebytes and it found 6 malicious files. I removed them promptly and haven't seen a trace of them since. It's possible that the virtual drive is doing this, I hadn't thought of that. I loaded the XP Mode and discovered that the the HD in the virtual drive is 135 GB. I guess I'll have to remove it now...
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12 Apr 2013   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Very good. Windude was right. It seems to be your virtual system. Just delete that VM folder and start a new virtual installation.

What is still puzzling is that this did not show in WinDirStat. My virtual partitions show there.
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