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#1 zakisbak

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 02:22 PM

Hi

My windirstat shows a 60gb unknown file.

When I do maintenance,I always delete the large system restore file in cleanup,but I do not think it is this as it is too large.
I have just done disk cleanup and removed System Restore and Shadow copies,and removed 36gb from my hard drive.
windirstat now shows 24gb unknown file,ie,roughly 36gb smaller.

Is this normal for system restore files?
What is the remaining 24gb,should it worry me?

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4gb RAM

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 04:06 PM

Hi zakisbak :)

Is WinDirStat showing that 24GB of files at the root of the C: drive? If not, where is it located?

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Posted 04 July 2015 - 05:28 AM

Hi Aura :tophat:

Attached File  ScreenHunter_47 Jul. 04 11.22.jpg   197.96KB   0 downloads

It is C Users.

It is has grown by 6gb overnight!

Could this be the System Restore/Shadow Copy?
It seems a bit large and doesn't completely remove when System Restore/Shadow Copy deleted.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 07:24 AM

- Make a new System Restore Point. Does that file grow ? And by how much ?

- One or another program seems to be adding to that file upon startup. Are there any suspect tasks in Task Scheduler ? What kind of "System Restore Option" did you choose ?


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Posted 04 July 2015 - 08:21 AM

Go in the Folder Options and check Show hidden files, folders and drives and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended). Once done, give me a screenshot of your C: drive via Windows Explorer.

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 04:14 PM

You mean double click on C disc and screenshot that?



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Posted 11 July 2015 - 04:15 PM

No, you'll open the Windows Explorer and go on the C: drive (the root of it) then take a screenshot and attach it here :)

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 04:36 AM

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 08:09 AM

This isn't your C: drive. Enter C: in the address bar at the top and press on Enter. Then take a screenshot and attach it.

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 01:30 PM

Attached File  ScreenHunter_86 Jul. 12 19.25.jpg   178.81KB   0 downloadsAttached File  ScreenHunter_87 Jul. 12 19.25.jpg   234.73KB   0 downloadsAttached File  ScreenHunter_88 Jul. 12 19.25.jpg   224.44KB   0 downloadsAttached File  ScreenHunter_89 Jul. 12 19.25.jpg   223.45KB   0 downloadsAttached File  ScreenHunter_90 Jul. 12 19.25.jpg   231.17KB   0 downloadsAttached File  ScreenHunter_91 Jul. 12 19.26.jpg   232.21KB   0 downloadsAttached File  ScreenHunter_92 Jul. 12 19.26.jpg   228.59KB   0 downloads



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Posted 12 July 2015 - 01:33 PM

You can delete all these "Windows Cabinet File" and empty your Recycle Bin after.

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 01:42 PM

- Make a new System Restore Point. Does that file grow ? And by how much ?

- One or another program seems to be adding to that file upon startup. Are there any suspect tasks in Task Scheduler ? What kind of "System Restore Option" did you choose ?

- Where do I look for System Restore Point file,and its size?

- I do not have enough knowledge to spot suspect task in Task Scheduler.

- I have not chosen any System Restore Options,so I presume default settings.


When I do disc cleanup in weekly maintenance,I click on More Options-then System Restore and Shadow Copies.
This removes about 30GB of the Unknown File,leaving about 20GB.
I think it pretty quickly enlarges again.




 



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Posted 12 July 2015 - 02:09 PM

You can delete all these "Windows Cabinet File" and empty your Recycle Bin after.

Done.

Unknown was still 38.2GB.

Ran disc cleanup-more options-system restore and shadow copies.

Unknown now 22.5GB.



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Posted 12 July 2015 - 02:12 PM

Can you take a new screenshot of your C: drive and show me? I'll list you what else to delete, I think I found the file.

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 02:21 PM

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System Volume?

Or it could be windirstat error?

C-r click-properties now shows correct/expected size:117GB used,115 free.

I'll see how it changes over next few days.

 






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