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Windows 7: Where is all my hard drive space disappearing to?

21 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit Install
 
 
Where is all my hard drive space disappearing to?

I have Win 7 Pro 64-bit installed on a 160GB drive. Today I started getting errors that my drive was full, so I started investigating where all the space is taken up and found that my user directory is 71.5GB, but when I go into the directory select all and see properties it only shows about 100MB.

Where are the 71.4 other GB?





I'm defragging the drive right now, but I have weekly defrags anyway so I'm not sure that will help. Are there some mysterious hidden folders in there I can't see?

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21 Apr 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mastacox View Post
I have Win 7 Pro 64-bit installed on a 160GB drive. Today I started getting errors that my drive was full, so I started investigating where all the space is taken up and found that my user directory is 71.5GB, but when I go into the directory select all and see properties it only shows about 100MB.

Where are the 71.4 other GB?





I'm defragging the drive right now, but I have weekly defrags anyway so I'm not sure that will help. Are there some mysterious hidden folders in there I can't see?

There is a real easy way to find out. There is a 3rd party app called treesize pro, by jam software that will show the size of every folder on the HD, even hidden ones. It is free to try

Ken
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21 Apr 2010   #3
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Run WinDirStat - that will give you a detailed picture of what's going on.
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21 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Run WinDirStat - that will give you a detailed picture of what's going on.
Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou!!!

I found the major culprit- a 74GB txt file log!!!

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21 Apr 2010   #5
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are welcome. This file you can delete - either manually or run CCleaner (I assume it is a temporary file).
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22 Apr 2010   #6

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

But first, what is Handbrake doing to create a log file of 74GB?

Is this it?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wiki
HandBrake is an open-source program designed to convert MPEG video (including DVD-Video) into an MPEG-4 video file in MPEG-4 Part 14 (.mp4) or Matroska (.mkv) containers.
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22 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Handbrake will create logs only if you want it.
Just check in Handbrake Tools > Options that you have these settings (disable logs).


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22 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Just a comment that has to be the largest txt file ever, or at least i've seen. Fabe
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22 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Just a comment that has to be the largest txt file ever, or at least i've seen. Fabe
I was about to say the same thing. I don't even wanna know how long you would have to scroll to reach the end of that thing.
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22 Apr 2010   #10

Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Run WinDirStat - that will give you a detailed picture of what's going on.
i love it nice one
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