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C: Drive Almost Full, Don't Know Why

by beachangel1 / December 12, 2012 8:17 PM PST

My computer has been doing strange things lately, like being overly slow no matter what I'm doing, giving me a spinning circle, etc. I have done a disk clean-up, deleted browser history and did a disk check.

It is still doing all of the above. I noticed my C: Drive says 9.82GB free of 138GB. Can you tell me how I can check this? I have no idea why as I haven't added any programs or software.

I would appreciate any assistance you can give me. I do use my computer to work from home also.


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Re: c-drfive full
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 8:47 PM PST

Download TREESIZE FREE (from Jam Software, and it's free as the name suggests) and use that to see in what folders you disc space is used.

The nice thing about the latest version that - as soon is it encounters the System Volume Information folder (that normally is inaccessible) - it asks you permission to switch to administrator mode on Windows 7 (maybe on Vista also, I can't check) and then analyses that also. To see that folder in Windows XP you have to use the grant command (in the command prompt) or boot from a Linux disk, which is much more work.

Warning: don't delete files or folders when you're not absolutely sure it can be done without harm. In case of doubt: post here to ask.

This is only a way to find out about the disk space. If that's related to your other problems is far from certain (but not impossible).


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Will Try Treesize
by beachangel1 / December 12, 2012 9:39 PM PST
In reply to: Re: c-drfive full

I will download Treesize Free when I get home from work. I have Windows Vista which I forgot to mention. I will come back and post on the files/folders that I'm unsure if those are safe to delete.

Thank you for telling me about this software. It sounds like what I need to see what is in the C: Drive.


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Still Working On It & Have ?
by beachangel1 / December 21, 2012 8:46 PM PST
In reply to: Will Try Treesize

I have a question regarding Treesize Free. If I have a file in a folder and then see the same file in a different folder what happens if I delete the file from just one folder? I'm wondering if I do that it would mean I would lose the file completely. The reason I ask is that last year my hard drive had to be replaced. The person who did it for me has a created folder called Recovered Files from Renee's Computer. I also see some of these same files in a folder that is just called Renee.



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