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#1 SystematicChaos

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:31 AM

I'm running Windows 7 with a 218GB hard disk. At one point I noticed that the hard disk space was significantly less than it should be. I deleted a few files and emptied the recycle bin, but the free filespace only decreased. After restarting, the filespace had gone down to less than a gigabyte. It was constantly fluctuating but would be consistently under a gigabyte. It also caused my computer to act very slow.

Per some suggestions that I found online, I downloaded i.Disk to see what was taking up all this space, and it showed up that I have 176GB used (which is much more accurate). But on Explorer, it still says I have only a few gigabytes left. So obviously something is wrong. I'm running a virus scan at the moment, but in the meantime does anyone know what is causing this problem?

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 06:56 AM

Check your system restore settings sounds like your shadow copies are multiplying and eating up you disk space.
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Posted 07 September 2010 - 11:34 AM

Tried deleting system restore points, but it said it was taking up 0 bytes and deleting them didn't change a thing. Also tried checking the disk, but it didn't work, and the virus scan came up with nothing.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 09:20 PM

I would try defragging the hard drive.

Another question is do you have windows back up enabled and if you do, where is the back up being sent to?

Try typing MSCONFIG to see what programs are running.

Try going to the control panel, administrative tools, computer management, to see whats going on with your hard drive space.

You may also want to check what services are running.

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 08:57 AM

Try this delete all the temp files and boot at safe mode. See if the disk space changes.

Would by any change, would you have installed any kind of Virtual Application like VMWare or Virtual Box that may have been set to automatically allocate diskspace according to its requirements instead of fixed? Just wondering though. This happened to me while I have Virtual Box running and had set it to use any available space it needs. I forgot the settings though, I was just fiddling with it.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 10:25 AM

Hmm? Very good point Kennzsniper, I didn't think about that.

Thank you for bringing that up.

I haven't used Norton 360, but was thinking about the time I had Norton system works installed on my computer years ago and it too used to use a large amount of disk space over a period of a few days.

So, your post now makes think about those types of programs as being the possible culprit for the consumption of disk space.

SystematicChaos do you have any such programs installed and running in the back-ground on your computer?

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:54 PM

If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
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Internet access (fees may apply).
Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware.
Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance.
For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required.
Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware.
HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7.
DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive.
BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2.
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Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM and an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space.
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Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.

PCs with multi-core processors:
Windows 7 was designed to work with today's multi-core processors. All 32-bit versions of Windows 7 can support up to 32 processor cores, while 64‑bit versions can support up to 256 processor cores.

PCs with multiple processors (CPUs):
Commercial servers, workstations, and other high-end PCs may have more than one physical processor. Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate allow for two physical processors, providing the best performance on these computers. Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium will recognize only one physical processor.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 07:54 AM

@ Ricky John,

The issue is not about windows 7 specific requirements. Its all about issues where in disk space mysteriously disappears without warning.

This kind of issue initially spawn during the first three days of release of then Windows Vista. Yes, I was there and about one of the first ones to discover that these OSes eat your HDD.

Also while were at it. Can SystematicChaos post the applications installed and listed under programs and features. This will surely lessen the troubleshooting time.
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