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C drive disc space decreases considerably

by quasrmsp / February 27, 2009 11:23 PM PST

everytime i connect to the internet, i notice that my C drive free disc space keeps decreasinG. (i lose about 20MB-150MB within 15 minutes...)

i have defragmented my system, done the disc cleaunp, and done loads of AV and rootkit scans to no this a virus or a glitch in my system?

system info:
o.s-windows XP
80 GB hard disc
256MB ram
Any help will be appreciated.

thank you,

shiv (P.S- am a newbie...never had such problems before)

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Let's cover the 2 usuals.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2009 3:48 AM PST

1. Windows Updates.
2. System Restore.

This is not to write what these are or a dissertation but to call them out so you can research what they are and where they use disk space.

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checked them out already
by quasrmsp / February 28, 2009 4:18 PM PST

system restore- currently using about 3% of disc space
windows update- check it out regularly

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Just a link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2009 10:17 PM PST
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3 ideas...
by jbking2 / February 28, 2009 4:42 AM PST

Virtual memory -> How big of a swap file does your hard drive have and how much is being used when you connect to the internet.

Browser cache -> How much room on the hard drive can the browser take up storing temporary files when it loads web pages.

Network / Anti-virus logs -> Do you have programs like an anti-virus or firewall that may be making various log entries that take up some hard drive space?

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by quasrmsp / February 28, 2009 11:02 PM PST
In reply to: 3 ideas...

this is some stuff i didn't know about..
just found out how much disc space pagefiles were taking...
freed up quite some space.about 10%..
this buys me more time before a system crash or anything.

thank you

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Which version of XP?
by Slikkster / February 28, 2009 8:13 AM PST

Home or Professional?

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(NT) professional..
by quasrmsp / February 28, 2009 4:08 PM PST
In reply to: Which version of XP?
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Ok, check this:
by Slikkster / February 28, 2009 9:52 PM PST
In reply to: professional..

See if "Offline Files" is enabled on your computer. Open either Windows Explorer or 'My Computer' and click 'Tools' on the menu bar ar the top and then 'Folder Options' on the menu that drops down.

The last tab on the Folder Options box should say "Offline Files". If that's enabled, your pc is going to eat up gobs of drive space with every bit of work you do online, as its caching all your online files so that they are available when you are offline.

See if that's enabled. If it is, disable it.

Afterwards (whether Offline Tools is enabled or not), you can run the Disk Cleanup Tool, either by the Accessories menu, or by clicking Start, then Run, and then typing in:


and click OK. Choose the drive you want it to clean up. It will take awhile to calculate the files that can be deleted (temp files, offline files, etc.), and then you can choose which ones you want to delete.

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just did it..
by quasrmsp / February 28, 2009 10:18 PM PST
In reply to: Ok, check this:

will be back to report after some time..
it's only after some 5 minutes or so that i notice the difference...


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Was Offline Files enabled?
by Slikkster / February 28, 2009 10:24 PM PST
In reply to: just did it..

That's the key part. You didn't answer that in your response.

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actually.. no
by quasrmsp / February 28, 2009 10:41 PM PST

it said since fast user switching was enabled offline files couldn't be.
but..being the dumbhead that i am, i turnd off fast user switching and then disabled it.

but disc cleanup didn't turn up anything though..

1 more thing...i've been doin some disc checking and defragmenting all day long..everything's about right.

and i just lost 10MB of space

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strange occurences people..
by quasrmsp / March 2, 2009 9:08 PM PST

okay.. think this problem of my C drive space decreasing is over..i hhave been online for some time now and everything seems to be fine..

but, just a few minutes ago, i checked my free space (C drive)...and appparently, it seems to be increasing!!
Yesterday, i deleted all my system restore points but one, and that gave me some more space...
but today, all i did was delete a few temporary internet files-about 15-20MB...
now i check my free space, it's increased by around 360MB!!!

here are some things i failed to mention before-
when i first found out this problem of free space decreasing, my PC shut itself down a couple of times...i couldn't get it to switch on for some time..

and one more thing-whenever i try to empty my recycle bin (right click recycle bin>empty recycle bin) , it shows an error saying access is denied, but i am able to go into the recycle bin and delete each file..

what's going on here?
please help.

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Fixing corrupted Recycle Bin
by Slikkster / March 2, 2009 9:18 PM PST
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recycled diirectory-
by quasrmsp / March 3, 2009 6:33 PM PST

i'm not able to locate it...
i tried the other method...but i didn't find any sub-folder in %systemdrive%recycler

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p.s-- i do use an NTFS system
by quasrmsp / March 3, 2009 6:36 PM PST
In reply to: recycled diirectory-

and mine is the only user account on my system(admin) for now.

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