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Windows 7: Something's Gobbling my Disk space but can't see it

02 Jul 2011   #1
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 
Something's Gobbling my Disk space but can't see it

Hi all
something seems to have consumed a large amount of the "C" drive (23% of 72 GB) but I can't see what it is.

Any idea how to see what the files are

screenshot enc
all the other nodes in the tree expand OK so I can see what's in them but this one just says [files] and 23 %. the second screen shot shows the amount of space being used by these [files] ??


Cheers
jimbo




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02 Jul 2011   #2
Bill2

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

Go through this first.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover
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02 Jul 2011   #3
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

There are a number of system files which take a lot of space. Some of these are. These are normally marked as Hidden and System.

1. Page File
2. Hibernation file
3. Filesystem metadata files.
4. Windows shadow storage.
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02 Jul 2011   #4
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi all
solved problem

Was copying with Windows explorer nearly 1 TB of music / audio files on to my local computer from a Network drive. Windows explorer needed a huge amount of workspace to copy these files --- not the best way of moving vast amounts of data -- but it's the weekend so I don't have to watch rhe screen.

Cheers

jimbo
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02 Jul 2011   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

jimbo,
many thanks for getting back with the cause.

If you have such a massive copy ahead again, let me recommend using RoboCopy.

Despite the multitude of options, a simple straight-forward copy, as an example,:
Go to a cmd shell prompt and type
Robocopy R:\Music T:\Music /MIR

R and T are two drive letters I pulled out of the air and
Music is a folder I pulled out of the air.

After trying many things, I now use RoboCopy exclusively for data backups and transfers.

I've got a simple batch file that I run (last statement is pause) so I can take a quick look at the screen output.

I only use the /MIR when I want to make sure that all old is gone and the new copied over,otherwise, the /E option when I just want to transfer over the updated and new files.
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02 Jul 2011   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I've been curious to know why a "high level" folder copy from one partition to another incurs so much overhead.
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02 Jul 2011   #7
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

probably because Microsoft employs neophyte programmers.
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02 Jul 2011   #8
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
probably because Microsoft employs neophyte programmers.
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02 Jul 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I thought Karl worked for MS.
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02 Jul 2011   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

You really know how to hurt a guy.
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