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Hard drive all the sudden 100% full on new system!


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#1 cowsgonemadd3

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 12:27 AM

To start off Im thinking this: :thumbsup: :flowers:

As most of you know I just built a new computer system. Well after getting all my files on

it which was no more than some files like hijackthis and a few software things

like,adobe,nero,aida32,and a antiviru program.

The hard drive is a 160gb hard drive I got partioned at 130gb. Well just today I noticed

that a message popped up and said low disk space! I said what?! So I went to my computer and

and it said I have 656mb free left out of 123mb of space!!

I have no idea what to do. I have only put in once CD or two and added a few games. Other

than that nothing.

It seems as if it just happened today. I installed empire earth last and it is only 650mb.

Before installing that I put something else on there and the meter said I was no were near

the red zone.

Is this a virus messing up windows? Maybe a windows task I stopped from booting that hurt

it?

Just need some help of I will be stuck with no space when I have the world of space left. I

have a 30gb laptop that has so much more on it but still has 15.5gb left!

Thanks everyone!

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 12:40 AM

If you use Windows Explorer and expand the drive, what shows?
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Posted 09 March 2005 - 01:01 AM

Do you mean selecting all the files and hitting properties? I hit explore on drive C and it after selecting all files says the same thing.
Now though it says I have 45gb or so free???

It just keeps changing. I havent even used no more than 4gb or less!
What on earth can be wrong with this thing?

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 01:16 AM

Was that an old origional win 95 version of empire? Are you stuck in compatibility mode.? What does it say in device manager?

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 01:19 AM

Its not empire earth its the hard drive saying its full when its not.
Empire earth is brand new Gold edition with expansion pack.
What should it say in device manager? Its working and all...

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 01:26 AM

Ok when win XP was written a 120 gig hard drive didn,t exist so bios drivers didn't exist in windows for that size drive.
When you installed the drive it should have come with some software that should have given the bios some new drivers.
We need to see what windows believes that drive is. Device manager should show what sise drive it is seeing its health etc.
This will give a betteridea what may be wrong.
An initial diagnostics run so to speak

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 05:54 PM

No Xp actually supports 130gb. It says its 130gb. What next?

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 07:03 PM

What I wanted you to do was to examine the file structure, to determine if, in fact, there were files that contained enough data to account for the size showing in that partition and to determine which file, or files, contained that amount of data. This would be useful for figuring out why they got on your hard drive, and for simply deleting these once the source was determined.
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Posted 09 March 2005 - 07:35 PM

I had the same issue with a computer at work. I had to turn off hidden files and go through each directory until I narrowed it down to one file. Turns out the business application we were using created a temporary file on my c:\ drive and failed to clean itself up.
Anyways, I found the temp file and deleted it. It was buried deep in my computer in a temp folder.

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Posted 10 March 2005 - 09:05 AM

Xp usually hogs quite a bit of hard drive space with system restore, have you checked that?

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Posted 14 March 2005 - 10:30 PM

So I should search all the folders for something big taking up space? Where would I start?

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 06:47 AM

I don't know if it helps any... I had the same problem with a 120 gb. hd.
First went with no partition....had same problem windows saw entire drive , but kept getting told I did not have sqat left to use.
So I started over...made 2 - 60gb partitions (I used western digitals Lifeguard data cd,on the advice of a friend).
I re-installed xp - pro and now it works like a charm.

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 08:27 AM

http://www.diskspacetools.com/disktriage/

Haven't used this myself but it looks like it can help you, there is a 20 day trial.

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 08:30 AM

Good day cowsgonemadd3, Just a thought, maybe you purchased a faulty hard drive for your new computer, try testing it for physical damage. Good Luck, Wink

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 09:52 PM

Another option is a program called SpaceMonger. It shows a graphical display of your drive, giving you a picture of what each application is using. You can expand the levels by double-clicking on them. You can even run Spacemonger off a CD - I do it all the time when trying to figure out why HDs are so full.

And it's a good idea to limit the size of System Restore, especially on large hard drives. There's not much point in having restore points going back two or three years.

Ditto with Temporary Internet files - I just cleaned 8 gigs of 'em off a client's computer.

Spacemonger

And, of course, it's free.




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