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Huge hidden weight on my harddrive


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#1 recklessdog

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 08:10 PM

Here is my problem. My main hard drive shows 258 Gigs free on a total of 913. That means I should have 655 Gigs in my drive. But when I go into my drive and select all the files and folders, they are a total of 190 Gigs. What is the 465 Gigs left?

 

Is this due to an infection or something?



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#2 TsVk!

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 09:02 PM

Probably not due to infection but just hidden files and folders and system files.

 

To unhide you files, folders and system files open a file browser (Explorer), click on "Tools" from the menu and then "Folder options" from the drop down menu. In the "View" tab you will have options to hide and unhide various parts of your system. Check it out...



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Posted 23 September 2015 - 09:03 PM

Leaving system files hidden is often a good idea though, so you don't accidentally delete something important and hose your system.

 

edit: That said, 400GB is a huge amount of system files. You may be accumulating a lot of temp files which are filling it up. Check out CCleaner too, it's a great free program that can free up a LOT of space that can be filled up with these essential but sometimes overwhelming temp files.


Edited by TsVk!, 23 September 2015 - 09:15 PM.


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 09:06 PM

So to clarify... after you are done looking, hide them again.
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Posted 23 September 2015 - 09:14 PM

So to clarify... after you are done looking, hide them again.

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 09:15 PM

Here is my problem. My main hard drive shows 258 Gigs free on a total of 913. That means I should have 655 Gigs in my drive. But when I go into my drive and select all the files and folders, they are a total of 190 Gigs. What is the 465 Gigs left?

 

Is this due to an infection or something?

I would download TreeSize and select your C:\ drive this will tell you where you space is being used up.
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Edited by SERT Data Recovery, 23 September 2015 - 09:16 PM.


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 09:25 PM

Does TreeSize show hidden files and folders by default, do you know Sert?



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Posted 23 September 2015 - 10:02 PM

Does TreeSize show hidden files and folders by default, do you know Sert?

Yes TsVk! it will show you the hidden folders by default.



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Posted 24 September 2015 - 04:47 AM

How to Use TreeSize Free
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 08:14 AM

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 08:24 AM

1.Press your start button

2.right click computer and select properties

3.Open System protection and click on configure and adjust the disk space max usage.

Move it down more towards like 10-20 GBs



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Posted 24 September 2015 - 08:51 AM

it's already on the minimum (no quantities just the minimum, see image below). Also, I get an error message when opening configuration: Incorect parameter 0x80070057

 

But it seem to have worked okay. 719 Gig free space now.

 

Thanks everyone!

 

 

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Edited by recklessdog, 24 September 2015 - 09:00 AM.


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 02:53 PM

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 03:04 PM

Also, System Restore Points can take up space, often 10-20 GB or more.


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