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Lose of space on C drive Vista os


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#1 Cat4

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:09 PM

Hi,

I hope someone can help me with this problem that has been ongoing for some time.  I have a Dell Studio XPS with Vista 64 (service pack 2) and 8 GB RAM.  The c drive has been loosing storage like mad.  I got WinDirStat and found I had a lot of space taken up by photos, most of which I have moved to an external hard drive.  When I started moving photos I managed to get from less than 1gb of space (on 134 gb c drive), to almost 30 gb free.  I managed to keep it for a couple of weeks, and now all of a sudden after trying to re install a printer (that the computer will not recognize, even though it was on an older Dell with Vista that just recently died), I have gone from 30 gb down to 3 gb.  Today I moved more photos and got back to about 11 gb free, walked away from the computer for 5 minutes, and it's now showing less than 3 gb again.  I ran a deep scan of my security program (Norton 360, but it only found some cookies), and I also did a disk clean up, all to no avail...the gremlins have completely taken over!  How do I get rid of them???



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:16 PM

Please download MiniToolBox, and save it to your desktop and run it, and checkmark the following checkboxes:
  • Flush DNS
  • Report IE Proxy Settings
  • Reset IE Proxy Settings
  • Report FF Proxy Settings
  • Reset FF Proxy Settings
  • List content of Hosts
  • List IP configuration
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  • List Installed Programs
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.
Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:19 PM

Are you running System Restore?

 

What is your backup program?

 

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
 
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:38 PM

Attached File  Result.txt   23.16KB   3 downloads

 

Hello Cryptodan and hamluis, 

 

I assume I'm running System Restore?  And, my backup program is Carbonite.  While you guys are looking at this attachment (I hope its here)...I'll work on the SPECCY site.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:49 PM

Where are your iTunes files stored, and how much music do you have?

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:56 PM

I believe they are in the C drive system files.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:58 PM

I would move them off your C drive and onto your external drive.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:59 PM

Sorry, I don't have a huge music library.  Maybe 3-4 hundred pieces of music.  No movies or videos.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:01 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/5YxxK88cIbmHSK5kcHRlGXm



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:04 PM

I can move them to the external drive...is that was is causing this whole issue?



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:07 PM

I would imagine that if you have a lot of music and a lot of movies in your iTunes that your space is being ate up by those.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:08 PM

You could try using a tool like Disktective to see what files are taking up all your space.

http://www.disktective.com/download/
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:10 PM

I just got a low disc space warning...is disktective similar to WinDirStat?



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:16 PM

is disktective similar to WinDirStat?

Yes it is very similar.
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 06:18 PM

I really appreciate all your help on this.  I just ran through my Itunes file and I have less than 300 songs, which I will move.  How could they have caused me to loose space today from 11 clear to less than 3 gb clear.  I'm soooo confused!! I hate to even think about getting a new computer, but this Vista machine has been a problem!






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