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100gigs taken by nothing?


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#1 ooweirdoo

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 02:31 PM

my hard drive says that i have 188gigs taken but i only found 88gigs
Could it be hidden files?

oyeah... i also tried to delete my system restore points at disk cleanup but I can still see the points on my system restore ? (i didnt restart yet...)

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:33 PM

how much stuff have you installed on your computer?

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:57 PM

Try running the Disk Cleanup utility and also try Wise Disk Cleaner. It finds all kinds of junk files and cleans them out. It saved me quite a bit of disk space. You can get it from wisecleaner.com.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:03 PM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 07:14 PM

thanks ill try to ignore registry apps...
but still... where is my 100gig

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:50 PM

thanks ill try to ignore registry apps...
but still... where is my 100gig



Did you try the Disk Cleanup?
Also i did not mean to try the Wise Registry Cleaner, I meant to try the Wise DISK Clenaner. I guess that I posted a link to the company instead of the direct download to the program itself. My bad.
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 12:11 AM

When you tried to remove your System Restore sets were you logged in as ADMINISTRATOR?

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 03:18 PM

Make sure you have the option to view hidden files and folders selected (In the control panel select folder options. Under the View tab, in the Advanced setting section, make sure Show hidden files and folders is checked.)

Now look under your user account for a folder called appdata. Vista has a bad habit of creating a duplicate file in appdata\local\Microsoft\Windows. Sometimes its a copy of your desktop, sometimes the Documents, Pictures, Movies or Music folder. As far as I can tell its created to accommodate the installation of legacy software but I'm not sure. Once you've found the offending file make sure you back up the data before you delete it as the relationship between the copy file and the real file is still a little fuzzy to me and I would hate for you to lose something.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 04:53 PM

You can try SpaceMonger. It works on Vista x64 (I've used it here several times myself). It's portable thus requiring no installation. It won't delete anything, but it should show you which directories and files are taking up the most space :huh: .

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 12:20 AM

If you have not cleaned out your old System Restore files you will get the situation you are describing.
E.g. I've cleaned mine out recently - so if we take your attached file descriptions in your first posting where one shows 89GB used and the other 186GB my equivalent figures at present show 23GB and 26.5GB i.e. as if there is an extra 3.5GB used somewhere.
Depending on how long you've been running your PC with System Restore on you could have accumulated a large number of old System Restore files that are taking up a lot of HDD space.
I'm pretty sure if you aren't logged in as Administrator when you try to delete all but the last System Restore file it won't action the deletions.
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