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Windows 7: HDD space mysteriously near completely filled

17 Mar 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
HDD space mysteriously near completely filled

Hello all, I have big problem with my Asus Eee Slate, and I can't figure out how to fix it.

First off:
Asus Eee Slate EP121
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU: Intel Dual-Core i5 470um
Memory: DDR3, 1 x SO-DIMM, 2GB/4GB
Storage: 32GB/64GB SSD

Whats been happening: A little over a year, and from once I got this, the tablet performed immaculately. I could do so much, including Gimp and even some more modern games. But since then, the tablet has gotten incredibly slow, and with some passing of time, I was unable to run Gimp and games slowed down to the point of unplayability. Including low end, 2-d shooter games. Then even standard operations got slow and actions laggy.

I went in and cleared out most of the stuff from my harddrive, programs and apps, music and videos you name it (I don't have a lot of photos on it). Since then, I've been only running Chrome (sometimes FireFox) and Skype. My harddrive then was still somehow pretty damn full. No idea why.

Fast forward to now, and boom, I get hit with this message:

So, I check my harddrive:

How did it get full? Anti-virus scans comes up clean, too. I've read somewhere that Windows updates take up space, but seriously, this much?

If this is a Windows update problem, anyway to fix it and get my space back? I really should have a whole lot more of space, even when the tablet was running great, playing games and such, I still have plenty, plenty of free space left!

I will be very grateful to anyone that can help me.

Thank you.

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17 Mar 2016   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Might be tough to do anything until you free some space,
You can use this to clear temp files
Save to your desktop and right click it and Run as administrator
TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer Download - Geeks to Go Forum
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17 Mar 2016   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Run this command and see whether you have a lot of shadows

vssadmin list shadowstorage

WinDirStat would give you a good overview on what's on the disk - but it does not show shadows.
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17 Mar 2016   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks for the warm welcome and tips so far.

Trash Zone: I did that, and while it did open my free space up 2.78gb, my HDD is still nearly full.

WHS: I just tried that command line and got this:

Seems like I don't have any shadow storage... If I did, it looks like it would only account to a max of 1.183gb.
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17 Mar 2016   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

It is obviously not the shadowstorage. What did WinDirStat yield.
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17 Mar 2016   #6
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Service pack backup files, maybe? Windows.old? Windows 10 files?
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19 Mar 2016   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium

Oops, forgot to have done the WinDirStat.

Here are the results (all the folders below the cut off are 0%):

Seems like most of the space taken up Windows (anything below the cut off is 0.1% or 0%).

What's next?
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19 Mar 2016   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Not much to go by.
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