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Windows 7: My Hardrive is filling up with WHAT?

27 Nov 2010   #11
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi all:

Want a one-click disk clean up that will clean ALL the drives on your system?

Do this:
  1. Open a comand box and type: cleanmgr /sageset:0 <--that's a zero
  2. <Enter>
A window will open up allowing you to mark all the types of files you want cleaned.
After making your choices, close that window and the Command Box, too.

Now, open Notepad and type: cleanmgr /sagerun:0
Save this file with a .bat extension.

From now on when you want a quick and dirty way to run the Disk Cleaner on all your drives, just click on this .bat and watch the magic!
FYI:
You can use any number at the end of the command line from 0-65535.
You can set up that many unique .bat files.


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27 Nov 2010   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Run this program WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics. That will tell you how much is on your system.
I'm surprised it took 5 replies before someone suggested this. Use this tool to figure out WHAT is taking up the space, and then you'll know how to resolve it.
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27 Nov 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Here is what I can confirm at this time, all my documents, music files, pictures, videos are only taking say 20 Gig
What's in your user files is usually peanuts. The big space eaters come from the system - e.g. one restore point can take 1 GiG. Thats why I suggested the vssadmin to find out. And WinDirStat.
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27 Nov 2010   #14
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Again much appreciation. I haven't had the time yet, but I will begin tomorrow. So many good ideas and recommendations. I have no idea of how many Restore Points I have. Fingers crossed.
glennc
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27 Nov 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Glenn, there is nothing wrong with a lot of restore points as long as you can afford the space. If not, we can reduce the maximum space requirements.
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27 Nov 2010   #16
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennc View Post
WinUtilites, its like Advanced System Care
As already stated,,, WinDirStat will help you find what you are looking for.
If you want Information Overload on everything files related try Xinorbis also free.

As for the above mentioned software. I am not trying to start a flame war or anything.
I wouldn't touch either of those apps if you paid me to.
There is nothing that either one of those apps do that you can't find 3 to 6 well established and very trusted, totally free apps, won't do better.

a. find duplicate files - BAD BAD BAD Idea to run on the entire system. There just is no point to this, and has the potential if used incorrectly to do absolute devistation than anything good.

b. clean registry and Defrag Registry - Not needed. And also a bad idea to ever run on any system. I don't even recommend to anyone other than a real tech run CCleaners Registery Cleaner.

c. temporary files,
application and internet browser history, cache and cookies - CCLeaner + ATF-Cleaner + MRU Blaster all will do just fine in Win 7 and all free

d. defragment - 7 does not need a third party Defrag, Let Windows handle the defrag. It works perfectly fine without interference.

e. built-in StartUp Cleaner - CCleaner and even MSCONFIG will do this for FREE

f. fix broken shortcuts - Generally not ever needed and coming here will get you a quick easy fix, again, for free

g. uninstall unneeded software - Again, free and built into Windows, but if needed, Revo Uninstaller or even CCLeaner will work. Generally, Built-In Windows Uninstaller will work just fine every time.

h. other features include secure file deletion - If really worried about this, Eraser is Free

i. recycle bin shredding - Again, Eraser is free

j. system maintenance tasks scheduling - ummm,, ok,, really not needed. You should be doing this on a regular basis manually anyway to make sure it is actually getting done.

k. undelete deleted files - Piriform - Recuva is all you really need for this, and free and made by the same guys that make CCleaner. But I would also recommend Softperfect File Recovery (scroll to bottom) and TestDisk Partition Recovery

Side Note: I do not recommend
"EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition" because TestDisk Partition Recovery will do the same thing but will recover all of your data, not just up to 1 Gig and it's free and in many cases will find and recover more.

L. The Memory Optimizer - Ho boy, really really really really really, deep breath, really really really really really Not Needed
Let Windows Manage The Memory.

Again, this is not to start a Flame war or anything, but to inform those that do not know, or those who might see you using them and they might try them, those apps you mentinoed are best left alone and not used at all. Even if you can get them both for free. The sites you will see them advertised on most with awards and whatnot are the ones who get Paid for those awards and ads and recommendations. To the best of my knowledge if you see them advertised here it is by rotating ad link trading, just a guess. Even still they are best left avoided.

If I didn't think so, or did not think it was important information, I would not have posted all this.

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27 Nov 2010   #17
reloadxero

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

same happened to me once with windows 7

would you happen to have installed 3dsmax by any chance?

it creates xml files that keep growing bigger and bigger.
deleting the xml files helped me.
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27 Nov 2010   #18
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

If you have hibernation enabled, the hiberfil.sys file can be quite big.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable

A Guy
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27 Nov 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
If you have hibernation enabled, the hiberfil.sys file can be quite big.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable

A Guy
Isn't it usually the size of your RAM.
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27 Nov 2010   #20
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
If you have hibernation enabled, the hiberfil.sys file can be quite big.

Hibernate - Enable or Disable

A Guy
Isn't it usually the size of your RAM.
Actually, I believe by default is is 75% of Ram? Glenn has 4GB = 3.072GB file size. Correct me if wrong, I know you can change the size with a command prompt.

A Guy
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