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#1 RichardCB

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 09:58 AM

First let me say, I am a novice when it comes to this. 

 

My disk space is 688 GB and as of right now it shows I have 18.3 GB available.

Looking at the apps I'm using 299 MB.

Under media and files I have the following :

 

Pictures                          42.3 GB

Videos                                 0 Bytes

Music                                3.62 GB

Documents                     65.6 GB

Downloads                      32.3 MB

 

Unless I'm doing something wrong, that adds up to 111.85 GB.

What is the other 576 GB being used for ??



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 10:38 AM

First let me say, I am a novice when it comes to this. 

 

My disk space is 688 GB and as of right now it shows I have 18.3 GB available.

Looking at the apps I'm using 299 MB.

Under media and files I have the following :

 

Pictures                          42.3 GB

Videos                                 0 Bytes

Music                                3.62 GB

Documents                     65.6 GB

Downloads                      32.3 MB

 

Unless I'm doing something wrong, that adds up to 111.85 GB.

What is the other 576 GB being used for ??

 

Richard-

 

I would recommend downloading Sequoia View. It's a free utility that analyzes your HDD and lets you know where all of your hard-earned bytes are running off to via an easy to use and understand, graphical UI.

 

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/download/Sequoiaview,0301-1276.html



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 02:00 AM

- Run the build-in "Disk Cleanup" tool, select "clean system files" and then tick every box the program offers.

- Delete the folder "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution". It can contain GigaBytes of files used to update your Win 8 system.

- Use Piriform's Ccleaner (Tools, System Restore) to remove A LOT OF socalled "System Restore Points" (SRP). Every time you update your system with e.g. security updates such a SRP is made. And those SRPs are BIG (Gigabytes).



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 07:50 PM

Thanks for the advice. I Used CCleaner and it took care of somethings. I tried deleting "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution", but it would only let me delete  a few things. Running the Disk Cleanup" tool,worked also, But I tried something called compressing the files . That took along time, but I now have over 200 MB of space available on my hard drive.

 

Thanks for you help.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:01 PM

You cant delete the Software distribution folder unless you stop Windows automatic updates, And it's not reccomended on a functioning system.
You should be able to select "Windows update Cleanup" after choosing "Clean System Files" in the disk cleanup process this will cleanup the WINSXS folder. Lastly Temporary files, Browser history, desktop files/folders can also use allot of disk space. You can try using Folder Size to find the incriminating folder.

Edited: Fore clarity.

Edited by Sneakycyber, 06 September 2014 - 07:29 AM.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:05 PM

I'm guessing you meant 200 gigs (not megs) of hard drive free space, correct?


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:24 PM

  I ran the program Folder Size and here are the results :

 

Program data : 74.46 %

Users : 20.99 % 

Windows : 2.55 %

The rest are less than 1 % .

 

So it looks like program data is using most of my memory.



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:31 PM

Continued to explore using the Folder Size program and found out that Kaspersky Lab is 99.56 % of my program data.

There must be a way to reduce that , right ?



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 11:04 PM

Do a search in  the kapersky folder for *.log you can delete the logs. Its likely tracing is enabled, See this documentation


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 01:34 AM

You cant delete the Software distribution folder unless you stop Windows automatic updates. You should be able to select "Windows update Cleanup" in the disk cleanup process.

Also Temporary files, Browser history, desktop files/folders can also use allot of disk space. You can try using Folder Size to find the incriminating folder.

 

"Windows Update Cleanup" doesn''t clean the "SoftwareDistribution" folder.



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 02:34 AM

Some folks say that the problem stems from having enabled tracing and that it will stop bloating once you turn it off.

Naturally, you can just delete all those logs and get on with your business or maybe get an AV program that doesn't bloat up 200 gigs and slow the heck out of your machine.

Windows 8 comes with a built in anti virus that will do a fine job and it won't bloat, nor slow your computer down.


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Posted 06 September 2014 - 07:31 AM

Willy22 You are correct I missed the clarification in my original post I have edited to reflect :)

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 07:37 AM

On top of that, The content of "SoftwareDistribution" is automatically regenerated by Windows itself.






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