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Windows 7: unknown file using a lot of space

09 Dec 2010   #11
lartomar2002

windows 7 home premium
 
 

yes that is where everything is. when i check C:\ it says used space 329gb and i know that the unknown file 194.3gb is a part of that. i just would like to know what is in that file so i could possibly clean it up. i know that my video and music approx. 91gb is under the user file which is 103.7 gb. which seems normal because that leaves approx. 12.7gb for misc. stuff. this is of course if i am reading the data correctly. i mean the "user" file is not included in the total for the unknown file, correct?


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09 Dec 2010   #12
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm at a loss as to what the file could be...

On your second screenshot, you have the file highlighted in the left column but it doesn't highlight any file type in the right column.

Do you by chance have any benchmarking programs or do any of your video / audio apps write temp files to your disk during transcoding or editing? Try looking at the date when the file was created and see if that date corresponds to any transcoding / editing you were doing on that date. I understand that you don't want to just delete files willy-nilly, but it may turn out to be just an innocent temp file.
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09 Dec 2010   #13
lartomar2002

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i wonder why there are no file highlighted on the right side could i have windirsat configured wrong. as for looking for those video temp files i think you may be on to something. could you suggest how or where to start looking?
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09 Dec 2010   #14
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, without knowing what you use, you might begin with those programs and look into the preferences or options to see how the program handles transcoding or writing files and see where those files are written to. Also, see if the program clears the temp cache after transcoding or writing files.
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09 Dec 2010   #15
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I am only guessing
It is possible that it is not a single file, but several files and or folders of unknown type.

Could be System Restore files?

Since they do take up drive space, but the files are inside a locked hidden folder "System Volume Information" but still be read as taking space.

and/Or Shadow Copy?
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09 Dec 2010   #16
lartomar2002

windows 7 home premium
 
 

please explain shadow copy
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09 Dec 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Shadow Copies (restore points) are not shown in WinDirStat. If you want to see the shadowstorage, open an elevated command prompt and type (or paste) vssadmin list shadowstorage, then hit Enter. Look for C and Allocated. That is what the restore points (shadows) currently occupy.

But there could be also other shadowcopies on other disks/partitions (if you have enabled it - which is always a good idea for data recovery).
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09 Dec 2010   #18
lartomar2002

windows 7 home premium
 
 

so i should delete all restore points except last one?
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09 Dec 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lartomar2002 View Post
so i should delete all restore points except last one?
No reason to delete them unless you need the space. The more restore points you have, the better.
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09 Dec 2010   #20
lartomar2002

windows 7 home premium
 
 

i do not know i can not find it.
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