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Windows 7: what takes up 200 GB of space on my hard drive?

12 Aug 2012   #11

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Hidden Files and/or Backups?

Have you tried selecting "Show hidden files, folders and drives" and deselecting "Hide protected operating system files"?
Type "Folder options" in the "Start Menu" search box.

Is Windows "Backup and Restore" running?
Is it saving the backups to that drive?

I've never had any problems with SourceForge.

Have you used your AV program to check your machine (since you got that warning)?

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12 Aug 2012   #12

win7 ultimate 32bit

you said in your original post...
"I have looked. I don't think I have any videos on it. (I make little music videos. so maybe this is the answer. I just dont know where they are on my C drive. I transfer everything over to my F drive. and then delete them off the C drive, but maybe they don't actually delete??)...really just don't know whats taking up all the space."

Chas, I don't know how knowledgeable you are-so-forgive me if I tell you things you may already know:
first--files do delete (sorta) but,actually move to the recycle bin and are still taking up HD space until you empty the recycle bin (and maybe defrag drive).
second--iTunes gives you a choice, when you add files, to 'copy' files or 'move' them--if you chose copy, then there are two copies of all your files on your HD one set is in iTunes, the other in the original location--additionally, iTunes converts files to the MAC format, which by default makes the files larger--mp3s are incredibly small compared to an AIFF file.

don't know if this helps--but that's a couple ideas on where to look, or how to look, for what 'may be' taking up HD space--it doesn't seem likely that 'running processes' would take up hard drive space (use memory and CPU cycles, but not Hard Drive space).
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12 Aug 2012   #13

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

you guys are all so cool.

thank you for the awesome excellent help.

thanks to you all, I figured out how to look in a couple places. my sony video camera software is saving my videos in the pictures folder.

there was 36 GB of videos in there that I thought I had deleted.

thanks for the help everyone.
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12 Aug 2012   #14

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Win 10 Pro x64

You're welcome.

Mystery solved, glad to hear it.
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 what takes up 200 GB of space on my hard drive?

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