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#1 Bramish

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 01:11 AM

I had about 80GB free on my HDD. Suddenly it's only 30GB. I installed a couple new programmes (AVG and iTunes) and uninstalled a couple of games ( the uninstall total was larger than the stuff installed), and now I have 50GB less space than before. Any ideas?

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 04:49 AM

I had about 80GB free on my HDD. Suddenly it's only 30GB. I installed a couple new programmes (AVG ...

Check the AVG8\Dumps folder to see if the problem (all the extra used space) is there.
How much data is in the "dumps" folder?

Location for Vista and Windows 7
C:\ProgramData\avg8\Dumps

For Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\avg8\Dumps

Reference at the AVG Free Forum to this problem
http://forums.avg.com/ww.avg-free-forum?se...how&id=5289
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Posted 28 August 2009 - 04:57 AM

Nope. Only 350MB in there...

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 05:23 AM

Hi,

have you tried emptying your temporary folders? ATF can help you with this:
Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.

Otherwise you could also check how many space the system restore is allowed to take.
By default the system restore can take up to 12% of the partition size, so if you have a partition with more than 80Gb this can be over 10Gb of space used by system restore. (For a 300Gb partition system restore may take 45Gb by default, almost accounting for the space you lost .. ) If you wish to reduce the amount of space used, you can do the following:
Go to start->control panel->system->system restore-> adjust the "disk space to use" settings.
More complete on the system restore can be found in this guide: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-xp-system-restore-guide/

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#5 Bramish

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 06:55 AM

Only 1GB of temp files.

Regarding System Restore - it's currently set at 12% which is around 25 GB - I've never changed any of those settings so I figure it's always been set at that. Would you suggest changing it? I'm no expert but I'm guessing that's not where the missing space went.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 07:12 AM

If you have been using your PC for a long time, the system restore space will be fully occupied removing an old restore point to create a new one. However if you recently formatted your PC the system restore will only be filling up the given space now and you will see it as lost space.
As long as you do not need the space, I would leave the default settings. The more space it has, the more restore points can be saved. :thumbsup:

You could try to check the size of the different folders.. If program files and your profile folder have less than 50Gb you can be pretty sure, the cause lies not with AVG or iTunes.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 09:43 AM

A tool that might be useful: TreeSize Pro Trial - http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/ .

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:24 AM

Thanks - I can't see anything out of the ordinary. Strange.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:01 PM

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 01:40 PM

Run the chkdsk /r command.

Start/Run...type chkdsk /r (space between k and /) and hit Enter. Type Y in response to onscreen query and hit Enter. Reboot the system, the command will run before booting into XP.

It corrects the free space reflected on a functioning drive/partition...as the last step of a 5-step process.

It could be a number of unpleasant possibilities, so I would run chkdsk /r before moving on to consider such.

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