New here. For a few months, the free hard drive space on my 1 year old, 16GB Ram, SSD laptop has been gradually decreasing. Used to be 15GB of free free disk space out of 100 GB(came partitioned into C and D). I "solved" the situation in the past by using CCleaner, and moving some downloaded video files to another drive. This week it has gotten worse. The free space decreased to under 10GB, this morning it decreased to under 5GB, and a few hours ago, it decreased to 0. I moved more files off the drive, deleted some programs, but each time, after I recover a few hundred MB to 1 GB of free space, it decreases back to Zero!
Deleting files and removing programs wont help, because the free space keeps disappearing, and I've run out of large files to delete. My download directory has only maybe 200mb of files, so deleting it would be a waste of time. As I type this, I periodically check my free space and it has gone from 300mb to 24mb to now 604k lol.
I searched Google for solutions. I don't have a system restore activated so no system restore files to delete. Deleting the Hibernation File, changing page.sys size, etc....will free up disk space, but may sacrifice performance and whatever is causing the black hole of free disk space hasn't been resolved.I was suspecting my anti-virus software, Bitdefender Agent, but when I disabled all the Bitdefender programs in startup, the disk space was still gone.
Now I'm thinking it is a new virus that malwarebytes or BD can't yet detect. I did change from Norton to BD in March, when iirc, that is when the free disk problem started happening. A new version of Itunes was updated 3 days ago, 2 weeks ago I installed qBittorent onto another drive.
Thank you for reading this