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Using 90% Of 40 Gb Harddrive And Not Sure How


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#1 bryan8572

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 07:04 PM

i had an popup after downloading a file letting me know that my harddrive is low on space and i went through and looked and looked and i am unable to figure out how this space is being used. i've deleted and uninstalled and can only come up with 1.8 Gb free space on a 40 Gb harddrive. anyone come across this before cause from what i can figure the files that i have on the drive at most equals about 8Gb. any help would be appreciated :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 07:15 PM

I recommend and use TreeSizeFree, from Jam Software, that shows you where your hard drive space is used by folder:

http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

Are you sure you do not have a lot of hidden files that might account for the space?

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Edited by jgweed, 07 January 2006 - 07:16 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 07:30 PM

after downloading a file letting me know that my harddrive is low on space


There is never any need to download a file to tell you about the free space on your hard drive. I think you may have been duped into allowing someone to take over your computer.

1. Free space - Start>'My Computer' right-click on the C: drive and click 'Properties'.

2. View hidden files - Open your My Computer icon (Either from your desktop or the Start Menu)
Click the Tools menu and select Folder Options(on older systems it may be in the View menu)
Select the View tab and scroll through the Advanced settings
Enable or disable the following (using a checkmark to enable)

enable - Show hidden files and folders
disable - Hide extentions for known file types
disable - Hide protected operating system files (WinME and WinXP only)

Now click Apply and Ok

3. What anti-virus and anti-spyware software do you have installed?

4. Run some online scans:
Online trojan scanner: http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/

Here are some links to free online Anti-Virus scans. They do take some time to load and run and in some cases you can only use Internet Explorer, with ActiveX enabled, to access them but they are an excellent support for your existing anti-virus program.

Panda Active Scan online - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
Internet Explorer only. Requires email address. Requires Active-X components to be installed. Approx 12MB download.

BitDefender online scan - http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/licence.php
Internet Explorer only. Must agree to a EULA. Need to allow installation of an Active X component. Some of the options are not clearly explained.

McAfee online scan - http://www.pcpitstop.com/freescan/

Security Advisor (?) - http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx

Trend Micro Housecall - http://uk.trendmicro-europe.com/enterprise...call_launch.php
(European version, supports Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox and Opera)
or http://housecall.antivirus.com/ (IE only)

Kaspersky - http://www.kaspersky.com/scanforvirus
Link to 'Online Scan' at the top rhs of the page. Requires IE and Active-X components.
"does not scan RAM, boot sectors and MBRs, so it cannot detect malicious code located in these areas."

Post back the results.

hth :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 07:43 PM

using Norton antivirus as well as windows firewall. and i just can't seem to find even with treesize it doesn't make sense as to my problem. it is showing me using 5000Mb with 1900 free just doesn't seem to add to 40 gb

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 08:28 PM

It could be several things: Windows swap file, System restore files, Internet cache.

Try opening "My Computer" then clicking on the C-drive. Right click each folder and then properties. The information window will show you how much disk space the contents of each folder is using.

To check on your system restore info, right click "my computer" then properties. Then click the "system restore" tab and it should show you some information there. Mine is all boogered up so I can't tell you what to look for from there.

To clear your internet cache (if using IE), open your IE browser, click the Tools menu then internet options. In the middle, click "delete files". This will clear your internet cache. It's only function is to speed up web page loading for any web site that you've visited.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:55 PM

i've checked for spyware nothing, antivirus, nothing, i've deleted things i've had on for months with no problems before and nothing. i just can't seem to find what is using all that space.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:59 PM

Did you run the online scans?

What does Disk Manager tell you about your hard drive?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/#XS...123120121120120

How to find it:

Control Panel>'Administrative Tools'>'Computer Management'>'Disk Management'

Edited by Rimmer, 07 January 2006 - 10:06 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2006 - 10:04 PM

ran scans of all kinds. even tried going through safemode. nothing has changed

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 11:17 PM

well it took a while, but i did manage to find out what was using up all the space. restore points were using it up so i had to turn it off in order to delete those files. just thought you would all like to know incase someone else comes across this problem.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 11:51 PM

Good job! Thanks for letting us know what it was. :thumbsup:

Don't forget to turn system restore on again but this time limit the space it can use to around 2 GB so as to avoid the problem in future.
Go to Start and right click 'My Computer'. Select 'Properties' and in the window that appears click the "System Restore" tab. From here you can turn down the amount of hard disk space that it will consume. If you have only one hard drive the slider will already be in the window, if more than one drive select the one to change and click 'Settings'.

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