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Hard Drive Space Is Disappearing.


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#1 lgettis

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 10:38 AM

Hello,
At work I'm using a Dell Dimension 3000 system/ WIN XP Pro SP2. Just a few days ago I received a "low disk space" window showing I have less than 10 MB of HD space on a 35 GB HD. That's IMPOSSIBLE. I haven't used THAT much space. So, I figured I must have a computer virus but I don't know where or how to search to resolve this issue. I've uninstalled programs I don't use much, cleaned out my Outlook mailbox, and deleted temp files. A few weeks ago my computer started runnning real slow then I received a black screen stating "windows_root\system32\hal.dll missing or corrupt: Please re-install a copy of the above file." I did an Internet search and resolved that problem by rebuilding the boot.ini file. The PC worked fine for a few days then my HD space started to disappear. I can't run a virus scan because I don't have enough free space. Now I'm showing less than 10 MB of free space. I'm at a loss. Any suggestions?

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 04:08 PM

Well, I'm now down to 0 bytes. I MUST have a virus. My C drive is being shared (which it wasn't before). I tried to un-share the C drive and I got an administrative share, blah, blah, blah. I then asked my supervisor about it and he said no my drive shouldn't be shared. He then suggested I just reformat the hard drive and reinstall WIN XP Pro.

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 07:56 PM

This is a work computer? :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 12:20 AM

Try doing a search on the hard drive by date and find out what has been added in the past couple of days that is eating up all your space.
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Posted 11 May 2007 - 10:20 AM

Yes, it is a work computer and I have admin privleges. I will search the hard drive by date and see what I come up with. Thanks.

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 10:54 AM

Can you slave the hard drive in another PC and run a virus scan from there? It may turn up viruses that like to hide themselves in files that are being used when the drive is a boot drive.
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Posted 11 May 2007 - 11:03 AM

I searched the hard drive but I don't know what I'm looking for? I will try to slave the HD to another PC and run a virus scan. Wish me luck! :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 12:03 PM

Are there any other user profiles on the computer? Does anyone else have a sign in?

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 12:18 PM

No other users but me.

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:36 PM

Well, I scanned the hard drive and no viruses were detected. Do you think I should just reinstall the OS?

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:48 PM

If you go to the Search feature Start > Search, and make sure C: is selected to search, then just hit the search button....arrange by file size...what are the files that seem to be hogging up the most space? Do you have a lot of emails or temp files?

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 02:52 PM

I did a seach of the C drive earlier. I deleted temp files and uninstalled programs that I wasn't using. I really feel its a virus.

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 03:01 PM

Just a thought, check the task manager for a process called wnilogon.exe
DO NOT confuse this with winlogon.exe which is a legitimate windows process. I seem to recall another user having the same issue and this was the culprit.
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Posted 11 May 2007 - 03:03 PM

I did a search on the drive just now and I get this reply: "The drive is not formatted. Do you want to format now? Yes or No."

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Posted 11 May 2007 - 03:10 PM

Just a thought, check the task manager for a process called wnilogon.exe
DO NOT confuse this with winlogon.exe which is a legitimate windows process. I seem to recall another user having the same issue and this was the culprit.


No luck. My drive is connected to another pc as a slave drive and I can't get view the task manager. I can't look at anything on the drive anymore because the drive now needs to be formatted.




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