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#1 runner13

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:53 AM

I have a laptop with a 60GB HD and I'm down to 3.4GB free. Now the My documents folder is only 18GB. Is there a way or tool to display where all the extra storage is being used at? and what's safe to remove?

I saw several "free" programs online, but I wasn' going there without checking here first.

 

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:03 AM

I don't know of any program that will do what you are asking and I haven't looked up any

 

Not knowing what OS you have, I'll imagine you have a desktop with XP (Version?) since you mention that you have a 60 GB HD. Please let us know what you have in case more applicable ideas apply

 

I have Windows XP Pro and and I just checked the Add/Remove page, sorted it by Size and I suppose you can check that out. 

--- However, the first thing you should check is whether or not the list includes unnecessary programs and uninstall them regardless of size

--- Most likely we can't tell you exactly how to make that decision since you know how you use your computer but you can ask us about any particular ones

 

I would review your startups too.

--- I'm not sure of this idea is accurate but If you have too many startup programs running in the background, I suspect they are taking up disk space even when you don't need them and you don't have anything to lose by doing so

 

What is your anti-virus/protection programs?

--- Some of those programs are resource hogs including whether or not you use more than only one

--- The way I see it, you have an older computer with a small drive capacity that is a factor depending on how you use your computer

 

I would end up by running your defragmenter

--- You can try the built in Microsoft degragmenter but it might not work for you since you have only about 5-6 % free space and the rule of thumb is the computer should be defragmented by the time it comes down to 15%

--- You can try http://www.piriform.com/defraggler. There are other defragmenters also but the idea to get the computer defragmented

 

There are additional maintenance items that can be helpful but I would start with those ideas



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

Try WinDirStat

 

If this filling of the drive is sudden it is probably malware.

 

Also clean your old restore points and use Disk Cleanup to free space.

Create a New Restore Point  Some of the malware you picked up could have been saved in System Restore. Since this is a protected directory your tools cannot access to delete these files, they sometimes can reinfect your system if you accidentally use an old restore point. Setting a new restore point AFTER cleaning your system will help prevent this and enable your computer to "roll-back" to a clean working state.

The easiest and safest way to do this is:

  • Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and click "System Restore".
  • Choose the radio button marked "Create a Restore Point" on the first screen then click "Next". Give the R.P. a name, then click "Create". The new point will be stamped with the current date and time. Keep a log of this so you can find it easily should you need to use System Restore.
  • Then use Disk Cleanup to remove all but the most recently created Restore Point.
  • Go to Start > Run and type: Cleanmgr
  • Click "Ok". Disk Cleanup will scan your files for several minutes, then open.
  • Click the "More Options" tab, then click the "Clean up" button under System Restore.
  • Click Ok. You will be prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete all but the most recent restore point?"
  • Click Yes, then click Ok.
  • Click Yes again when prompted with "Are you sure you want to perform these actions?"
  • Disk Cleanup will remove the files and close automatically.

Vista Users can refer to these links: Create a New Restore Point and Disk Cleanup.

 


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:59 AM

Thanks guys I'll take a look. :)



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:09 AM

I want to thank boopme for his useful information. Although I have used disk cleanup many times, I never looked at the more options but I will from now on. I also liked the WinDirStat recommendation

runner13 I hope you are resolving your issues



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:04 PM

Hi! I had that problem with my pc. My hard drive was suddenly filled up. It was NORTON Backup on my Norton AV application that was doing it. Norton was backing up my entire HD drive every day to my own system! Make sure that backup is unchecked and/or or any other ghosting program you may have. Back up your files and then remove the excess drive backups from your system. I had to have a pro do it as I wan't sure how to do it without harming my system. Hope this helps.






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