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Windows 7: Hard Drive is full for no reason!

31 Jul 2014   #1
nadia102

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 
Hard Drive is full for no reason!

Hello,

So I deleted all of my documents, videos, photos, and non-essential programs, in hopes of clearing up my memory, but I STILL have 8 GB free of 72 GB. I occasionally run Malware Bytes, but once I deleted all of the malware, etc, the memory is still full. Now when I run the program, nothing comes up, which is good, but I can't figure out what is making my hard drive so full.

I ran CCleaner, and it deleted around 1.2 GB, but nothing changed at all. I have Windows 7 Home Premium, if that helps.

Thank you!


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31 Jul 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

TreeSize Free - Verzeichnisgren und Speicherfresser schnell erfassen

Download and run Tree Size Free from the above link. It will tell you what files and folders are taking up space.

What do you know about the size of your page file (virtual memory)?

Do you use "hibernation"?

Here's 2 pix of what Tree Size will show you. One shows the results by percent. The other shows the results by gigabytes. You can poke the plus signs on the far left next to each line to show all the subfolders.


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31 Jul 2014   #3
nadia102

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 

Yes, I usually hibernate it but it's usually because I have files or tabs that I don't want to close. Do you think that has contributed to the problem?

I don't know how to see the size of page file, though...And attached is what TreeFile came up with...

Thank you!


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31 Jul 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nadia102 View Post
Hello,

So I deleted all of my documents, videos, photos, and non-essential programs, in hopes of clearing up my memory, but I STILL have 8 GB free of 72 GB. !
I want to make sure I understand you.

You have deleted ALL personal documents, videos, photos, and non essential programs?

My first question would be "why would you do that"? Do you have backups of those items or do you just no longer care about them?

You still have over 25 GB used in your "Users" directory. I'd open that directory up in Tree Size and see where most of that 25 plus GB is.

A screen shot of Windows Disk Management would also be helpful. I'd like to see your partition and drive arrangement.
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31 Jul 2014   #5
nadia102

Windows 7, 64-bit
 
 

Well, I deleted all of them in hopes of clearing up some memory, and backed them up into an external hard drive.

I checked the Users directory, and found that most of it is from my App data with 18.2 GB.
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31 Jul 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

My app data is less than 2 GB.

I never use my Users folder deliberately and am no expert on what can go in in app data, but you've obviously got something happening in there. You need to drill into it further. It's probably got dozens or hundreds of subfolders and thousands of files.

Could be a cache or something to do with Ipod or any number of things.

Have you done a "disk cleanup" via the built-in Windows tool of that name?

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management as previously mentioned.

Here's a bunch of google hits on app data clean up on this forum:

https://www.google.com/search?num=10...54.diwT5ReP5NA
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31 Jul 2014   #7
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

So expand AppData and see what is using all the space. 18.2GB is a lot. Where is the other 6GB being used?

You need to drill down through the AppData folders to see what is using the space.
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31 Jul 2014   #8
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

After you do the things suggested by members, I'd like to see what SearchProtect is. I've only seen that as part of Conduit.

Some claim it is malware, others claim it is legit. Regardless of the claims, if you did not intentionally install it, the program should be uninstalled and modifications made by the program should be corrected.

It's a fairly straight forward process, but I want to wait until you finish what you've already started and tell me if you installed SearchProtect. I don't think it is contributing to the space issue.
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31 Jul 2014   #9
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

How does one reduce some of those like User as I am the only user of my computer's?
Just notice the Pro version is around $55 USD which I am not interested in.
TIA
THW
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04 Aug 2014   #10
skyred5

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Agree with ignatzatsonic. Appdata contains Temporary internet files as well. And if you have outlook, your email attachments are stored there first if you don't save at a different location.

What is the AppData folder? - Windows Help
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