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Windows 7: hard disc space missing

23 Jun 2012   #11

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Lost hard disc space

Incredibly, by accident, I just gained 80 ....can it be?.,,.80gb of hard disk space! I am still not sure some program was not deleted as I still cant believe what I saw. I use Adobe Premiere Elements almost every day. I googled everything available and did everything as I always do. Then I run across: MEDIA CACHE files in an adobe article.With great trepidation, I delete media cache and instantly: 80 gb of hard disk new computer. I always delete my last project and all the files. Evidently, this was something I NEVER KNEW EXISTED...and there it is!

Now if I can figure out why when I hit my GMAIL button the page hesitates before it goes to gmail, ill be in great shape

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24 Jun 2012   #12

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27 Feb 2017   #13

Windows 7 Professional
"missing" space due to recursive "backup"

I had a similar situation on a Windows 7 laptop where nearly 500 GB was "missing" on my system partition. The partition was full, but Windows Explorer was unable to detect the missing space, and the "windirstat" program simply showed a 500 GB "unknown" entry.

However, the TreeSize Free (Administrator) program (TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs) was able to show what the problem was, namely that someone had misconfigured the Cobian Backup program such that the source and destination directories were the same. As a consequence, it recursed until the partition filled up AND made nearly infinitely long directory paths that neither Windows Explorer nor windirstat were able to handle.

Perhaps needless to say, none of the Windows directory removal tools, including cmd rmdir, would work to remove this mess and it was with great difficulty that I finally managed to clean it up.
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