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Windows 7: Things that fill up C:

4 Weeks Ago   #1
BrainDamage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Things that fill up C:

Is there somewhere a list of things that fill up the C: drive? I'm thinking things that don't show up in Disk Cleanup, like System Restore, Search Indexer, Windows Installer crap and the like.

I'm constantly running out of C: space. After disabling search indexing, it seems the space stays mostly stable but gets gobbled up big if I install some software

For example, yesterday I had 320MB free. I ran a setup program (exe was on another drive) to overwrite the install of an older version in Program Files (there was no update option). The older program had 70MB in Program Files, the new one has 80MB. After the setup finished I had 160MB free. Looked in %TEMP%, c:\windows\temp, AppData (Local & Roaming), ProgramData. Couldn't find anything.

What the hell could've eaten up that 150MB? I've ruled out Search Indexer, System Restore (has no restore points) and c:\windows\installer. What other "features" do you know about?
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4 Weeks Ago   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Hi BrainDamage,

TreeSize Free is a free tool that shows you what’s taking up all of the space on your machine.

I use Microsoft's built in Cleanmgr /VERYLOWDISK occasionally and before every repair install or backup!
From Administrative CMD
Cleanmgr /VERYLOWDISK
Frees up much more disk space than just disk cleanup!
or my batch script
Disk cleanup very-low-disk.zip
Extract from zip and run. It will restart your computer after completed. You can view batch script with notepad!
Snick
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
sverne

win7 64bit
 
 

Try TreeSize which displays what component and how much space is being used on C.
TreeSize Free | JAM Software
Or CC Cleaner>Tools>Disk analyzer.
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
BrainDamage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
Hi BrainDamage,
From Administrative CMD, have you tried
Cleanmgr /VERYLOWDISK
or my batch script
Disk cleanup very-low-disk.zip
Extract from zip and run. It will restart your computer after completed. You can view batch script with notepad!
Snick
Thanks! I don't wanna restart my computer right now because there are too many programs I'd have to start up again. I'm not really in a rush to free up space. For example WICleanup shows 15GB of deletable msi's and msp's, but I don't want to delete them all now because the space would fill up with something again in a matter of days/weeks

Is this the Disk Cleanup thing that starts on its own occasionally when I have less than a few dozen MB disk space? Do you know what sorts of things it deletes?
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4 Weeks Ago   #5
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi

Biggest "hidden" and untouched folder is Hibernation, so if you dont use it turn it Off
next is windows Updates folder, allthough it can be reduced with diskclean-up - System folders option

I tend to run this little program, TFC, daily
Download TFC

look at your history settings Internet settings, via control Panel REDUCE days history kept, i use 0.
Turn Off IE11
set any 3rd party program updaters to manual


You will likely encounter bigger problems - the system requires at least 10% free space to work with.
If you have removed any programs also check if folders are still presen in Program files.


Roy
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4 Weeks Ago   #6
BrainDamage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sverne View Post
Try TreeSize which displays what component and how much space is being used on C.
TreeSize Free | JAM Software
Or CC Cleaner>Tools>Disk analyzer.
Ok ran that. I already have some program for that called Scanner, it shows file and folder sizes as a pie chart, but the amount for the C: drive doesn't add up to 100% although it counts Recycle Bin and runs as admin. Not too surprised since the FS is very fragmented. This TreeSize thingy shows me under total Allocated 6GB more than the size of my HDD I wonder what's being overcounted.

Thanks for the tool and love the Mercedes icon ;P

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Hi

Biggest "hidden" and untouched folder is Hibernation, so if you dont use it turn it Off
next is windows Updates folder, allthough it can be reduced with diskclean-up - System folders option

I tend to run this little program, TFC, daily
Download TFC

look at your history settings Internet settings, via control Panel REDUCE days history kept, i use 0.
Turn Off IE11
set any 3rd party program updaters to manual


You will likely encounter bigger problems - the system requires at least 10% free space to work with.
If you have removed any programs also check if folders are still presen in Program files.


Roy
Thanks Roy, though that TFC thing is a bit too aggressive for me, I don't want to restart my programs all the time I go like 6 months between PC restarts. Do you have a list of locations it cleans up or can you c/p the list of locations in the output window the next time you run it? I've already checked the locations visible in the screenshoot but none of them have things I didn't know about (tho I now know where crash dumps are stored )

Re: hiberfil, pagefile etc. I know about all these files but they always stay the same size. I'm mainly interested in cruft that grows while the system idles or I install programs etc.
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
BrainDamage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Windows apparently cleaned up something silently in the past hour and, 3 days after updating 20 programs, I'm back up to 700MB space (tho not all previous freed space has been recovered).

Luckily I had TreeSize still open so I managed to track down the freed space. It all came from C:\System Volume Information
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4 Weeks Ago   #8
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

hi

here's the latest one


User: All Users

User: Default
->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes
->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes

User: Default User
->Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes
->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes

User: Public

User: Roy
->Temp folder emptied: 2795507 bytes
->Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 211781569 bytes
->Flash cache emptied: 0 bytes

%systemdrive% .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
%systemroot% .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
%systemroot%\System32 .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
%systemroot%\System32 (64bit) .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
%systemroot%\System32\drivers .tmp files removed: 0 bytes
Windows Temp folder emptied: 0 bytes
%systemroot%\system32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes
%systemroot%\sysnative\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files folder emptied: 0 bytes

Emptying RecycleBin. Do not interrupt.

RecycleBin emptied: 0 bytes
Process complete!

Total Files Cleaned = 205.00 mb


note it does not allways ask for a reboot, just that progs are closed


Roy
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4 Weeks Ago   #9
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BrainDamage View Post
Thanks! I don't wanna restart my computer right now because there are too many programs I'd have to start up again. I'm not really in a rush to free up space. For example WICleanup shows 15GB of deletable msi's and msp's, but I don't want to delete them all now because the space would fill up with something again in a matter of days/weeks

Is this the Disk Cleanup thing that starts on its own occasionally when I have less than a few dozen MB disk space? Do you know what sorts of things it deletes?
No, it is included in your OS it is an extended version, there is disk cleanup (which runs auto), disk cleanup low disk, disk cleanup very low disk options, the last to have to be run from CMD or batch script.
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4 Weeks Ago   #10
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BrainDamage View Post
Thanks! I don't wanna restart my computer right now because there are too many programs I'd have to start up again. I'm not really in a rush to free up space. For example WICleanup shows 15GB of deletable msi's and msp's, but I don't want to delete them all now because the space would fill up with something again in a matter of days/weeks

Is this the Disk Cleanup thing that starts on its own occasionally when I have less than a few dozen MB disk space? Do you know what sorts of things it deletes?
if you run
Cleanmgr /VERYLOWDISK from CMD, i.e. copy and paste, you will not have to restart your computer.

Why do you leave your system running without restart for that long?

Why do you have so many programs running/open at one time?
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