Posted 02 November 2006 - 11:38 AM
Hi usasma, thanks for your input.
Firstly, I don't think it's TVUplayer as the phenomenon seems to happen when I don't use it, which is most days. Plus I had it on my old computer without any issues and I don't think it stores anything on the HD.
That's good advice about searching the Hard Drive, though. I'd had a little look before without much success, but I'll put in a more rigorous effort later.
As for programs creating backups or copying files, Advanced WindowsCare creates (registry?) backups, but I just deleted them all without getting much space back. Zone Alarm creates a rapidly-growing log (tvDebug.log) but I've emptied that recently as well. I do have a fair few programs set to operate automatically, but as far as I know they are just monitoring things (Zone Alarm firewall, Antivir anti-virus, Spyware Terminator anti-spyware, Process Guard). I'm no expert, though, as I'll readily admit.
Interestingly, I had to do a system restore last night and it didn't go like any other system restore I've ever done! It took about 20 mins to close down and another 15 mins to reboot again (with a screen asking me to wait), and not only did it not seem to work properly, it ate up 1.3gb in the process. When I 'undid' the restore, it again took half an hour and ate up another 1.3gb. As far as I know, that isn't normal, but I could well be wrong. My next action was to disable System Restore and it gave me back 5.8gb, which is more than the 5.3gb limit I had origially allocated it (6%). Bizarre?
I have an HP dv5000 and the hardware diagnostic on the HP site says I have no problems, so I guess I'll try and find some large files created recently and keep monitoring the situation. I'll let you know if I find something.
Thanks again and this is a great site by the way, especially for confused amateurs like myself!