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Losing Disc Space Fast For No Reason?

by Snog14 / August 23, 2011 11:30 AM PDT

I have a compaq desktop that runs on Windows XP & lately the disc space on my (c:) drive has been deteriorating rapidly I download quite a lot & delete older files when I need more space almost daily. What Should I do to stop this ( please detail EVERY step I'm not good with comps when it comes to the system based aspects). Also can I still run my comp with no disc space? Will my comp crash? Is it possible that I could lose all my files? Please Help.

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About losing your files.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2011 11:34 AM PDT

We would only lose what we don't backup.

As to your space loss I'd ignore it and use Disk Cleanup once in awhile.

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More Info?
by Snog14 / August 23, 2011 11:42 AM PDT

I already used disc clean up & disk defragmenter & its still loosing space.

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Tell a little more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2011 11:44 AM PDT
In reply to: More Info?

Windows updates are getting quite big along with antivirus databases so every day it takes more space.

Nothing new about this. XP has been around a decade and I see you posted in a new forum. For now I'd keep your current system and be sure to backup what you can't lose.

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Just to clarify. There are many reasons.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2011 11:57 AM PDT

Windows Update.
Antivirus Update.
Application Update.
Temporary Internet File Cache.

These Windows OS's do not stay put on size. Never have.

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Maybe You're Not Losing Disc Space Fast For No Reason
by McMargaret / August 23, 2011 3:28 PM PDT

Cause if you already deleted some files and still losing have free space.. then maybe a virus could be eating it. I've had that before, virus-eating-hard drive-space.. they suck!

and also, if you have deleted some of your files, make sure you empty your recycle bin.. cause it still eats space on your disk when not emptied.

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I don't think its a virus.
by Snog14 / August 24, 2011 6:13 AM PDT

I have Avast anti-virus & I ran a virus scan for the whole system & it was clean. Yes I know I have to empty the recycle bin & I do. Also now its not only decreasing for not reason but its also increasing randomly its usualy between 513 & 44 mb.

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That's actually normal today.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2011 7:16 AM PDT

Just look at the internet cache area. That's a lot.

Tip: Stop fretting about it and use the cleanup tools once in awhile. Some folk like CCLEANER.

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