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HDD using/losing excessive space.

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#1 Kanon04


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 03:29 AM

Properties of C drive say it has 10~15GB+ less free space then any of the scans Ive run on it to tell me how much free space it has left. Also anything i put on to it uses up excess space. Installed Firefox which should of took 56~66MB and lost 600MB in HDD space, Installed CSS which is ~4.5GB and lost ~9GB of space. It will also lose space for no reason as far as I can tell. Several times i put the comp into hibernation and when i booted it back up it had 1-3GB less space then before hibernation. Tried everythin from clearing shadow copys and temp files to scanning for viruses with several different softwares from online, offline, external devices, in and out of safemode. No bad sectors showed up in DskChk and reinstalling OS did not fix it either.

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#2 Condobloke


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 04:16 AM

G'day Kanon.......give this a try. Hope it is of some help.


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Posted 12 August 2010 - 05:18 AM

You may also use Space Sniffer to check which files/folders use much disk space.
Have you tried to limit space used by Shadow Copy?

#4 Kanon04

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 05:15 PM

Condobloke, Ive already tried those but thank you for the reply.

Sevard, Ive done that aswell. I actively delete my shadow copys but it doesnt seem to free up much space. Ive also done several scan to try and pinpoint where the space is being used up but... the thing is, is that when I do the scans it tells me how much space is being used fairly accurately to my own manual calculations. But if I go look at the c:/ properties, the disk space it displays as being used is always considerably higher. Everything I put on the HDD seems to get allotted more space then it should be taking.

For Example

Program ---> Actual Size ---> Space used According to C:/ Properties

Firefox --------- 66MB ------------ 500MB

CSS ----------- 4.5GB ------------- 9.1GB

AntiVirus ----- 400MB ------------ 1.3GB

Video --------- 800MB ------------ 2.4GB

Total Space Used (Scan): 22.7GB
Total Space Used (C:/ Display): 34.8GB

The more hard drive space I use the larger the discrepancy between the 2 becomes. Before I reformatted there was ~50GB just missing because of this and after reinstall its still happening.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:35 PM

Run chkdsk /r on the partition/drive in question.

Also...if you have items in the Recycle Bin, that space is not removed from the partition until the RB is dumped.


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