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Fluctuating Free Space On Hard Drive


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#1 hdefined4

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:12 AM

I am running the home premium version of Windows Vista on a Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop. My problem is that the number that indicates the amount of used/free space on my computer's hard drive fluctuates every time something is installing, something is uninstalled, something is downloading, or a program is running. I don't know if it's connected to a large problem, but it's annoying to say the least.

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#2 groovicus

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:44 AM

I'm not sure how big of a fluctuation you are talking about, but some fluctuation is normal. Your computer uses part of the hard drive as a temporary memory that will grow and shrink as needed. I can't imagine why it would be annoying. :huh: The swap file (or page file) on my system is 3 gigs, so I suppose I could reasonably expect a 3 gig fluctuation in free space, although I have never actually monitored free space during normal operation.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:55 AM

I'm talking about dropping from 24 gb to 17 gb after something 1.5 gb large was installed.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:17 AM

According to what I have been able to find on Google, that can be normal also, and can have to do with any number of factors. At any rate, fluctuation is normal.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:27 AM

Even if it is, it's never happened to this degree before.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:38 AM

I can suggest SequoiaView. This software can let you know what exactly is your disk space being used by. So you can be sure it's software you want or not. It could be backup or something like that.

Hope it helps

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 01:29 AM

Thanks, but that's not doing it. I uninstalled a few programs this morning, and the hard disk space is only dropping.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 11:12 AM

SequoiaView will let you know exactly what is using the space. If the actual software you are installing is the one using the space, then it's perfectly normal. I have software installed in my Box that can use more than 8 gig's of space. So just check what the space is used by and make sure it's a known software for you. Sometimes you have more than once the same file and this can get lots of space of the HD



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Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:10 PM

hi hdefined4.

I think you noticed the same way that I do.

My HDD just losing some of the free space from 137gb to 110 gb.

Here read this. http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/vista...shadow_copy.htm

Hope this solve your problem.

Mark

p.s.

I did not uncheck it. Anyways, I still got more fee space to fill. hehehhe :huh:

Edited by mas_pogi, 09 June 2008 - 07:11 PM.





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