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Windows 7: Hard Drive Filled Up

26 May 2018   #11
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Yes, you are correct in your assumption. Awesome cyber-sleuthing!
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26 May 2018   #12
JohnHD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Reply to Snick

Yes, I ran Disk Cleanup with the extended options and selected everything. No appreciable change. I don't have CCleaner or WinDirStat, but I suspect that will be my next option to get those and see what they reveal.
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26 May 2018   #13
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

Well, that's off the troubleshooting check-list! Quite often troubleshooting is a trial and error process, utilizing the most-likely towards the top of the list!


The last link I posted has WinDirStat listed toward the bottom of the list. The list doesn't appear to be in any particular order of precedence.
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27 May 2018   #14
JohnHD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Found the Culprit

After comparing the size of the directories in the root level on two of my computers, I found that the C:\Windows directory was grossly larger on the problem machine. In further delving, I looked at the size of all the subdirectories under the Windows directory (using the dir *.* /a /s command from the command prompt run as administrator) and found Temp subdirectory to be the culprit (some 381 GB). It contained a bunch of CAB files and other stuff. I'm surprised that this subdirectory still had stuff in it after running Disk Cleanup and Disk Cleanup Extended. So, does Disk Cleanup not work on this subdirectory?


I assume that Temp means exactly that, and that none of these file are used in running the machine. Is this a correct assumption? Can I manually delete the entire contents of the C:\Windows\Temp subdirectory and NOT encounter any problems? Does anyone know as to what operations deposit stuff in the Temp subdirectory? Do I need to check this subdirectory periodically after certain Windows operations and manuall delete its contents to keep my disk from getting used up? I have yet to download CCleaner, but would it have cleaned up this subdirectory?


I greatly appreciate all the suggestions and feedback all of you have provided in helping me ferret out this problem. Thanks.
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27 May 2018   #15
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Disk cleanup normally clean the Temp folder. CCleaner I'm sure it does.
When you open Disk cleanup (%windir%\system32\cleanmgr.exe) it will give you the options what you want to clean. I select ALL options.
There are two Temp folders. One is under Windows and other under %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp
You can relocate those folders by editing System Properties - Advanced tab.
On the top you have the user temp folder. Down the list you have the system Temp / TMP folder location.

Temporary files folder is where the files are extracted for installation, draft files etc
Yes, you can delete all files and sub folders. Some files can't be deleted as they are in use. Just skip them.
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27 May 2018   #16
XP VM User

Windows7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi Everyone!

Can't add reps as already did to most of you! I like the suggestions you are giving JohnHD. I will look in my huge C: drive for some of these same problems and see if I have anything like Hibernation (never used, but will follow pathway to see what is there).

I do restore points for "anything" Do you mean that can take up a lot of space? Hmmmm

ON my "next" HD/Computer system I'll try to remember NOT to write any file with term "TEMP" at the start! I write that all the time, so I can't use any cleaners that look for those, as I'd have to exception 10,000 ++ files by hand so I shrug and say Lesson learned. But I do want to keep the data from my old HDD when I convert to my new one--I'll mention this in my own thread....not trying to hijack John's thread here!

Again thanks to everyone too numerous to list, who responded here, and wish I could double rep members who are very helpful! I should list a lot individually like Snick and his 8 free tools to find what files and folders are taking up disk space.

Good luck JohnHD in fixing your problem!

P.S. Snick's site for checking WHAT size are the items on my HDD: Says its a "safe site" and quotes and shows results from :

WOT Reputation on Welcome to JAM Software

Can't those ratings be "faked" like my phone is spoofed every day by fake numbers including my own number calling itself!, by phone scam artists?

I did one anyway as I trusk Snick's items having used them already successfully. But wanted to know for JohnHD and others who might be viewing this. (my Norton checked out site as "Safe" so that is why I took it anyway). Will post results in my own problem thread if significant!
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27 May 2018   #17
JohnHD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Reply to Megahertz07

Thanks for the confirmation that I can blow away all the stuff in the Windows\Temp directory. This confirms several things I had already found on the subject. One noted it is best to boot the computer to the Command prompt level so Windows isn't using any of the files. Thanks also for noting the TEMP directory stored under the use profiles. I hadn't thought to check there, but I don't think that is the problem place based on the size of the stuff in the Windows\Temp directory.
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27 May 2018   #18
JohnHD

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
BINGO !!! - HD Space Recoverd

Going in and just deleting the contents of the Windows\Temp file by brute force got rid of some 14K of items taking up 355 GB of space. Things worked perfectly after the operation, and my C:\ drive consumption is now down to around 35 GB. Thanks to all that helped. I can put this issue to bed, now.
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27 May 2018   #19
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You still have a Win update issue.
There was a update KB that when installed, prevents new updates. There is a M$ fix to it. But that is to be oriented by the Windows Updates Activation - Windows 7 Help Forums people.

I now keep WU to never check and and recommended updates off. Under services I have it set to manual.
For Office I run WU manually and select those I want to install.
For Win 7 I'm now installing security ONLY updates.
MS releases SP2 for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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27 May 2018   #20
XP VM User

Windows7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Great work JohnHD! I'll have to try that too (is that ok with everyone? or are such answers JohnHD only specific? I hope I can just delete some of the computer's Temp files and not ones I made with same name)....I need space tooooooo!

Thanks Megahertz07 for the information!
Yes, I followed the link and learned I will not post anything here if I have problems. I don't seem to. I think I used SURT before and have it somewhere..

I can ask here....does everyone have Windows Update issues? Mine work ok. Wonder why????

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07
I now keep WU to never check and and recommended updates off. Under services I have it set to manual.
For Office I run WU manually and select those I want to install.
For Win 7 I'm now installing security ONLY updates.
Why do you have it set to "off" except for security issues???
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