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Hard drive suddenly full

by 1Chris / November 3, 2005 1:27 PM PST

I have a fairly new machine running Win XP. A few weeks ago, I had approx. 40% of 'Free space' on the hard drive. Now, it's 95% full. So, I went through all the folders and have 2.87 Gb in Windows, 3.33 Gb in Program Files, 2.7 Gb in My Documents, and a few megabytles here and there. If I did my math correctly, it doesn't add up to fill a 30 Gb hd. I ran McAfee and came up with 'no infected files'. I deleted all restore points except the most recent. Haven't figured this one out yet. Any clues?

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First of all
by PKsteven / November 3, 2005 2:58 PM PST

What you might need to do is run a disk cleaning utility, windows has one...accessories, system tools, disk clean up. Also try a defragment on the drive with windows defragmenter. Many times a fragmented drive will read almost full.
Also, clean history files,cache etc...
download ccleaner and run it, it is easy and does a great job, and free. It will clean the history, junk etc...also it has a registry cleaner\fixer that you can backup before cleaning.

also run ad aware since you may be cluttered in with spyware and don't even know it.
Give these a try first and see what happens.


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same problem
by rbolen / November 3, 2005 9:36 PM PST
In reply to: First of all

I have the same problem with a 224 gig C drive! I have done a disk clean up and have anti spyware running. I have Norton antivirus that has found nothing. I have tried to defrag, but there is not enough disk space to run it. Help!

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Find out what's there.
by guido--2008 / November 3, 2005 10:42 PM PST
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Address for Treesize.
by guido--2008 / November 3, 2005 10:45 PM PST
In reply to: Find out what's there.

Apparently there's a problem posting url's in the message body. It's It's made by Jam-Software. Great utility.

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Great little program!
by DarKiska / November 4, 2005 10:57 AM PST
In reply to: Address for Treesize.

Treesize is great! Thanks!

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A million thanks
by farid25757 / March 24, 2009 12:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Find out what's there.

The Treesize utility advice was spot on. After trying everything, with Treesize I was able to find where the disk space had gone and deleted 42.5G from the HD.
Once again thanks and regards,

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by Aronjames / November 28, 2012 2:08 AM PST
In reply to: Find out what's there.

as per above, had installed the freeware,though i had encountered where the problm mainly is ,bt while using treesize m unable to delete a folder named as"system volume information"(it is shown in blur(hidden) formate by treesize),approx 50GB data is under it i dun no wat it is..?,m unable to delete this since system keep on tellin *
*Access denied,nw i wan to delete this folder any help...plz..?

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Pretty easy to solve.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2012 2:13 AM PST
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But I want to ask why you posted in a 2005 discussion? It's 7 years old and not current as to the advice.

There are tools and methods to delete such a folder but let's see a new post please with the details of the OS and the folder name.

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Should be squeaky clean
by 1Chris / November 4, 2005 9:05 AM PST

I cleaned out cache, temp files, ran Spybot, Adware, McAfee, and it's still showing full. This is weird.

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Do you have a burner??
by Steven Haninger / November 4, 2005 11:08 AM PST

Does it make image files first and then burn them? Maybe they don't go away. What size shows for your user profile?

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Treesize is awesome!
by rbolen / November 4, 2005 9:52 PM PST
In reply to: Do you have a burner??

This helped me figure it out. My problem was in Norton protected deleted items. I deleted protected items and now show only 16 gig full.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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wow, i love this program!
by trentyoung1 / November 4, 2005 10:30 PM PST
In reply to: Treesize is awesome!

treesize is great, it helped me find a bunch of old video that was taking up about 10gb. that site also has a good program on it a couple down from treesize, that tests if your computer can handle a lot of load, it puts stress on youre cpu and ram to see if your computer can withstand temperatures and cpu intensive programs. i used it to see how my old computer would go rendering 3d animations, saved me buying another license for 3ds max only to find out that it couldn't handle it.

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Heyy, i got da solution
by GLADI8ORRENT / March 10, 2009 5:44 PM PDT

Heyy chris, i think iv seen u post this problem up on
i dunno if it was u bt i registerd with cnet so i can help u.. coz i left my pc to uplaod last night, having 53GB free hd space.. in da mornin i woke up with 20 Bytes free hd space.. and der's now way i cdv downloaded all of dat in one night, for many reasons such as da fact dat i wasn downloadin last night, and dat i checked my download quota (which is 30GB lol, 20 offpk, 10 pk time), and none of it had been used.. etc etc..

so i tried da software treesize, obviously, u might needa delete som stuff to make space for it to work in dis case.. as i did.. den install it, and voilah!!

in my case, der was like 75 GB of realplayer data in my Roaming folder in my user folder.. which i dunno wher it came from..

so try treesize m8.. and u can delete stuff thru dat as well, no need to open up windows explorer.. and wen u start it up, jus giv it som time to load up Grin

hope dis helps

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(NT) Suspect this is too late to help the poster..Nov 2005
by VAPCMD / March 10, 2009 8:33 PM PDT
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Full 100%
by johnpol78 / March 12, 2009 10:52 PM PDT

try to delete unused or unnecessary files and folders and also you can use disk clean up to which will help you to increase in space.

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