Posted 14 March 2010 - 02:10 PM
I have the a1710n Pavillion Desktop with a 300gb hard drive. Recently, I got a message saying that my hd was almost full - 291gb. So I went into windows explorer and looked around to see what was using up so much memory. I found about 20gb (at the most) in iTunes files between the software and music, another 2gb in photos and the add/remove program window shows about 2gb in installed programs. I have very few text documents saved, so I know it's not that. I uninstalled anything that was no longer being used or a one-time type program. I did a disk cleanup but that only freed up less than 1gb. We run antivirus and spyware programs regularly, however, I did pick up some infected files via a Malwarebytes scan last month...
So, my question is this: if I can't find what's using all my memory the conventional ways, how do I know what is it and get rid of it? Could it be spyware or malware files clogging up my memory? I read up on some troubleshooting for the performance issue we've been having - it's slooooow due to the lack of memory - and it mentioned paging files but I can't imagine that there's more than 275gb of paging files being stored somewhere. I cleared out all my temp internet and other files, as well. Now the computer won't even launch iTunes or any programs and I get the error that the hard drive is full. I run Spy Sweeper regularly and have even added Malwarebytes to try and remedy the problem. We have an up to date subscription to Trend Antivirus as well so I thought I've been doing my part to keep this problem at bay, if it is malware or spyware.
I was wondering, until I get this resolved, can I buy external hard drive and will that be a short term fix so I can at least run iTunes?
Any ideas on what it might be?