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Windows 7: hdd

13 Apr 2010   #1
Erick1111

windows 7 home premium
 
 
hdd

my hdd keeps filling up i dont know if its rss feeds or windows 7 updates any ideas how to find out


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13 Apr 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sure!

Download Windirstat and see where that space is going.
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13 Apr 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

If you have automatic updates turned on, then navigate to C:\windows\softwaredistribution folder and delete its contents. The software distribution folder is a placeholder for all the updates windows downloads and installs. It can grow to gigantic proportions over a period of time.

Also, do you ever clean up temp files? Do it through the inbuilt Disk Cleanup utility or a 3rd party app like CCleaner.

System Restore is another space hog. Check how much disk space it has reserved by checking in System protection. You can limit this space by pulling the slider to the left.
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13 Apr 2010   #4
BrettM WinTeam

Windows7
 
 
Try this!

Try using the Disk Cleanup tool. You can do this by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and opening Disk Cleanup.
Also, access the temp folder and look for any large files. You can get there directly by going to Start, type %temp% in the search box and press enter.
I hope one of these help!
Brett M,
Windows Outreach Team
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13 Apr 2010   #5
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

These guys petty much nailed every suggestion I would have made.

I got rid of, or saved, I should say, alot of space by regulating the System Protection as mentioned.

A good day of browsing can throw 3 or 4 hundred MB into temp folders, and various locations as well. Maybe even more. CCleaner can get rid of alot of crap.
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15 Apr 2010   #6
Erick1111

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
If you have automatic updates turned on, then navigate to C:\windows\softwaredistribution folder and delete its contents. The software distribution folder is a placeholder for all the updates windows downloads and installs. It can grow to gigantic proportions over a period of time.

Also, do you ever clean up temp files? Do it through the inbuilt Disk Cleanup utility or a 3rd party app like CCleaner.

System Restore is another space hog. Check how much disk space it has reserved by checking in System protection. You can limit this space by pulling the slider to the left.

if i delete the contents of the distribution folder my installed updates will still be there ?
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15 Apr 2010   #7
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Erick,

Navigate to your “SoftwareDistribution” folder , then delete the contents of the “Download” folder which are the source setup files downloaded by Windows updates and take up max space. Leave everything else untouched. And no, nothing will happen to your installed updates.
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15 Apr 2010   #8
Erick1111

windows 7 home premium
 
 

i ran ccleaner and it cleared 60 gigs of stuff ty guys
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15 Apr 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Another disk space eater is VSS. Run vssadmin list shadowstorage in elevated cmd and it will tell you how much is being used for shadowstorage (the place where restore points are stored). That can be up to 15% (or even more) of your HDD.
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15 Apr 2010   #10
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Erick1111 View Post
i ran ccleaner and it cleared 60 gigs of stuff ty guys
Wow. I',ve never gotten rid of 60 GB of crap with CCleaner. I didn't even realize that much normal crap could build up. I've had huge storage of restore points and gotten space back that way, I think about 45 GB.

Cool.
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