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hard disk constantly filling up

by Raymie64 / November 9, 2012 6:43 AM PST

Hi. I have recently been having problems with my hard drive continuously filling up. I don't know if it's a virus or whatever but one minute I had around 200gigs of space then 500mb! I deleted about 15gigs of films and stuff then noticed it started to fill immediately and very quickly. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance.

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The usual are
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2012 6:46 AM PST

Torrents and more. The poor soul I last helped with this had a machine with a real nasty on it. Even my dad's PC caught "Zero Access" and we had to wipe his machine to get rid of that one.

Let's hope your machine never had torrents on it.

PS. Grif tells how to find the usual pests at link.;msg5099421

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gluttonous hard disk
by AthenaDram / November 9, 2012 6:50 AM PST

Does it error that you've reached maximum capacity?

Try starting it in safemode and downloading a free antivirus program (if you don't have one already). The top one that c|net recommends is - it says it will take up 92MB if you still have the space

Once the scan is done let us know the results - otherwise it could just be that your hard disk is terminally ill

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hard disk constantly filling up
by Raymie64 / November 9, 2012 6:56 AM PST
In reply to: gluttonous hard disk

I used malwarebytes in safe mode and scanned with avg and advanced system care. All came back clear. Could it just be my hard drive is buggered?

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by AthenaDram / November 9, 2012 7:02 AM PST

That would be my next best guess

Unfortunately, hard drives do die - often when they're very young, or very old - How old/young is your machine?

If it's a crafty virus/malware you might have to, like R. Profitt says, wipe it just to be sure - Fortunately (or is it unfortunately?) you have nothing to lose if you have a dwindling hard drive:

Case A) You leave it, and your hard drive implodes on itself

Case B) You wipe it, isn't a hardware problem, you have a fresh hard drive to work with

Just make sure to get your important stuff off the machine first!

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by Raymie64 / November 9, 2012 7:07 AM PST
In reply to: buggered

It's an old hard drive (2007) and have been adding bits to my computer like graphics card, RAM etc so that's probably the likely case. Might just buy a new one?

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by AthenaDram / November 9, 2012 7:16 AM PST
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Sounds like a good direction - you're on the lucky end of things though! Hard drives have grown to be pretty cheap since 2007

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by Raymie64 / November 9, 2012 7:20 AM PST
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Thanks for the advice. Keep you updated incase that doesn't work Happy

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Or you run torrents.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2012 7:08 AM PST

And those apps which will pass all scans can nab a chunk of diskspace almost unannounced. I've lost count of issues torrent users bring to me.

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