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Windows 7: Files I cant find taking up space

25 Sep 2011   #1

64bit Windows 7 Pro
Files I cant find taking up space

I have a 60gb SSD that is unsurprisingly always nearly used up, but I cant see what is using up most of this space. I have 3-4 applications that must be using up less than 10gbs altogether and all my mp3's and movies etc are stored on a seperate drive.
For example, my user folder shows up in properties as being 10.3gb in size, but the cumulative total of all the folders in my user folder comes to about 2gb. Wheres the 8.3gb gone?!

Am I missing something here? Is there a tool I can use to see what is using up so much space? Am I the tool (probably)?

Hope this is the right board.

Cheers, Paddy

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25 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

Use Windirstat to find out what is using up your space
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
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25 Sep 2011   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Paddy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, this may also help you determine what is using up your HDD space.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover
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27 Sep 2011   #4

Win 7

Are you seeing hidden/system files?
If Windows Explorer is set to default, hidden/system files won't be visible.

The trash folder will be invisible.
The swap file will be invisible.
The hibernate file (if any) will be invisible.
The system restore folder will be invisible.

These things can use up lots of space, yet you wouldn't see them.
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27 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
Use Windirstat to find out what is using up your space
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

And make sure you can view hidden files and folders.
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