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Windows 7: Where is my disk space going?

29 Jul 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How do you know that the cumulative size of your files is 49GB if you never used a proper tool to tally all the files. What you think you see is not the whole story.

Suggest you run this program - then you know for sure. Post a snip of the resulting picture. Then we'll go from there.


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30 Jul 2013   #12
morph000

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Yes I understand your space issue and my suggestion to use Treesize was not a frivolous one for various reasons.
But if you don't want to, then try this instead:

Run from elevated command prompt:
vssadmin list shadowstorage

See what's hidden (and doesn't show up in Windows Explorer totals) and how much space it's allocated.
May help.
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30 Jul 2013   #13
acoorsjr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The second screen shot in post #1 is what I see when I open My Computer, open the C drive (the 80GB SSD), highlight all files (see screen shot in this post), right click and select properties. I have show hidden files & show system files turned on, so I should see everything on the drive right? But when the properties window comes up with the size of all files selected, it shows the size on disk as about 49GB.


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30 Jul 2013   #14
acoorsjr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Results of vssadmin attached.


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30 Jul 2013   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Let's see what this looks like.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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30 Jul 2013   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acoorsjr View Post
The second screen shot in post #1 is what I see when I open My Computer, open the C drive (the 80GB SSD), highlight all files (see screen shot in this post), right click and select properties. I have show hidden files & show system files turned on, so I should see everything on the drive right? But when the properties window comes up with the size of all files selected, it shows the size on disk as about 49GB.
You keep fooling yourself. You are not seeing everything and unless you run the program I suggested earlier, you'll be in the dark. And post the resulting picture.

You obviously do not have a shadowstorage problem. That was clear from one of your earlier posts.
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30 Jul 2013   #17
morph000

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

WinDirStat looks to do the same thing as my suggested Treesize app...or is it better in some way ?
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30 Jul 2013   #18
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Do you see any <Unknown> files listed in WinDirStat?
Can you post the screen print of WinDirStat?
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31 Jul 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by morph000 View Post
WinDirStat looks to do the same thing as my suggested Treesize app...or is it better in some way ?
It is easier to find the big files because you get a picture of the filespace like this.

Where is my disk space going?-2013-07-31_1117.png

And you can manipulate the files directly from there - e.g. delete a file.


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31 Jul 2013   #20
morph000

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Yikes ! To each his own, so I'll stick to Treesize

A page worth reading although it isn't specifically for Win7, but may yield clues..

How to locate and correct disk space problems on NTFS volumes
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