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Something is eating my hard drive space

by Ducatirider / July 13, 2006 6:16 PM PDT

I have posted this problem before but none of the answers seemed to work. Windows XP Pro SP2

When I boot my computer up I have about 22 GB of space. After about 2 days it's all gone and I have to re-Boot the computer. I have looked at recent files etc but nothing is over a GB. I have also de-installed Bootvis as I thought that might be the problem. Why is this happening?

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RE: something eating up hard disk space
by grilledtomatoes / July 13, 2006 10:42 PM PDT

I dont know exactly what is causing your problem, however, if we work together, we may be able to figure it out.

First of all, find out what applications are starting up with windows. You can do this by going to START > RUN > type: "MSCONFIG" .
This will open the system configuration utility in windows xp. Once the dialog box opens, click the tab at the far right hand side entitled "Startup". Take a screenshot of the first part of the list, and then scroll and take another screenshot until you have screenshots of the entire list. (you can take a screenshot by pressing the PrtSc button (probably near the scroll lock button) and then paste each screenshot into wordpad). Please email all the screenshots to me (the wordpad file), so that I can check if you have anything suspicious starting with windows.

My email is .

I hope we can find the cause of your problem!

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Tim, about posting your email address in the clear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2006 11:09 PM PDT

Spam robot email harvesters love that. If you use your profile you can avoid that and still have people email you.

In closing, it's a shame that such discussions would take place in email since your solutions are not only put up for review but others can use the fixes without having to post a new question.


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Hard Drive Space Disappearing
by TwisteD31 / July 17, 2006 3:07 AM PDT

I read your response to another person having the same problem as I with disappearing space on my hard drive.

Wondering if I could take you up on your offer to him and if I could send you the screen shots of my msconfig start-up file.

Thanks ahead of time.


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You can send me the screen shots
by grilledtomatoes / July 17, 2006 6:18 AM PDT

Yeah, you can send me the screen shots if you like, however I go away tomorrow, so I will not be able to look at them until the 26th July.


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Hard drive space
by billzhills / July 14, 2006 1:01 AM PDT

What method are you using to determine HDD space or loss of space?

Intersting that 22 gigs of storage vanishes in two days with no new files. First thought that comes to mind is a compromised system. Meaning your system is being used for storage.

Hacked if you will .....

Broadband connection? Download and install a good firewall. Block everthing, see what happens.

P2P installed? Un-install and scan system.

Use Command Prompt DIR
to see if you have hidden folders, Attrib to un-hide. Post what you find.


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by slash40 / January 29, 2008 2:39 AM PST

You are right, Bootvis is the problem. Here is how to solve it.

1. Do not uninstall bootvis, cos its tracer program works regardless whether you uninstall it or not.
2. Create a new shortcut on your desktop, and paste the next line into the command area

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Bootvis\BootVis.exe" -off

3. Finish creating the shortcut
4. Move the shortcut into your startup folder
5. Reboot
6. Delete c:\windows\system32\logfiles\wmi\trace.log if you wish.

Note this method will not totally remove trace.log, BUT it will make sure that by the time bootvis stops tracing your com, it will be no more than 15 megs large. Since rebooting your com resets the size of the logfile, this method is more than enough to solve your problem.

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You're Right!
by ScooterMT / February 14, 2010 2:34 PM PST
In reply to: THE SOLUTION

I had this problem and it was Bootvis. However, the much simpler method to solving this problem is opening Bootvis, going to the Trace menu, and click stop tracing. My 40GB of free space stopped disappearing in a day.

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by memoryneedshelp / February 22, 2011 10:25 AM PST
In reply to: You're Right!

sorry to sound stupid, but i am really having a problem with my hard drive space disappearing xp pro 32 bit.. i saw your solution above but how do i open Bootvis to do what you said to do? i tried a search for that name and it didnt turn up anything.. help?

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