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#1 harley65

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 08:46 PM

Hi I know this topic is all over the place but in the last week I have not been able to find a solution that I understand. I have installed Windirstat but have no idea what to do with it. My pc gives out a warning that running out of storage on Data (D) disk. Windows shows it's full but I can't find that amount of data files there. Tryed the hidden files and nothing. Can anyone tell me in simple terms as to how to fix this.Will attach pics of what I see. 

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 09:43 PM

First, see how much space is reserved for System Restore on each disk. Make sure Windows backup is not enabled and if it is delete the older backups.

 

Run TFC

 

See if you can find anything with Space Sniffer

 

Edit: To free up some space initially type Run in the Search Box and in the Run box type %temp%. You can highlight everything in the folder and delete.


Edited by JohnC_21, 08 February 2017 - 09:43 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 03:39 PM

"...To free up some space initially type Run in the Search Box and in the Run box type %temp%..."  that covers c:\users\[user acct]\AppData\Local\Temp; c:\windows\temp and c:\ProgramData\Temp are two more places that can be cleaned from time to time.. Some have even cleaned out Prefetch and Recent maybe once monthly --although those two won't yield much byte-space back into the pot.


Edited by RolandJS, 09 February 2017 - 03:40 PM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 05:48 PM

First, see how much space is reserved for System Restore on each disk. Make sure Windows backup is not enabled and if it is delete the older backups.

 

Run TFC

 

See if you can find anything with Space Sniffer

 

Edit: To free up some space initially type Run in the Search Box and in the Run box type %temp%. You can highlight everything in the folder and delete.

How do I find this info? Found a dozen folder when running " temp "....together they came to approx. 500kb. This is the screenshot when I ran %temP%  . All the folder shown where empty.Attached File  temp.png   222.19KB   1 downloads


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 05:57 PM

why does windows and windirstat say my D drive is full (141gb) yet folders show only 56gb used?



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:07 PM

Is System Restore functional?

 

Is System Restore reflected among the viewed folders/files?

 

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:11 PM

You can delete all the folders in your image. If some of the temp files are in use they will not be deleted.

 

SpaceSniffer may find something overlooked by WinDirStat. Did you check to see if Windows Backup is enabled. I provide a link on how to disable and also to remove old backups.


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:45 PM

Is System Restore functional?

 

Is System Restore reflected among the viewed folders/files?

 

Louis

No idea if its functional. No System Restore folder/files were in temp folder.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:47 PM

You can delete all the folders in your image. If some of the temp files are in use they will not be deleted.

 

SpaceSniffer may find something overlooked by WinDirStat. Did you check to see if Windows Backup is enabled. I provide a link on how to disable and also to remove old backups.

Will install SpaceSniffer. No idea how to check or do what you're asking.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:51 PM

Downloaded a zip file called SpaceSniffer but don't know what to do with it.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:55 PM

Checking your System Restore Settings. What percentage of the disk is System Restore using?

 

Unzip the file to a folder on your desktop and double click the exe file in the folder. There are manuals in the zip file on it's use.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 07:22 PM

Current usage.....1.15GB    Max usage....1% (1.42 GB)   Ran sniffer and came up with same results..asks to run with  Administrator privileges. How do I do that? manual doesnt say.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 07:28 PM

Right click the exe file and select Run As Administrator. See my post #2. Have you run TFC and check to see if you have Windows backup enabled?



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 07:51 PM

What is TFC? Where do I find out if I have Windows backup enabled?  I ran SpaceSniffer as administrator and it found a bunch of backup files adding up to approx 120gb+ . can I just delete them from SpaceSniffer? 



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 08:45 PM

deleted the old backup files hope this works...thanx for all the help






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