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The case of mysterious files on my hard drive.

by dserban1 / January 24, 2008 4:36 AM PST

For a few weeks now the size of my hard drive keeps shrinking.
I have AVG pro. and Spy Eraser. Nothing was detected.
Yesterday my hard drive was down to 30 GB from 280 a month ago.
I did restore the computer to a previous date but that did not do anything.
I had to restore the hard drive from an Acronis backup but I am afraid that whatever is eating my hard drive could be in the backup.
I have a Pentium Quad with Vista. 2GB memory and 380 GB HD.
Any ideas?

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Sounds Like A Vista Issue..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 24, 2008 5:11 AM PST

First, the System Restore setup on Vista hogs a lot of space and continues to gobble it daily.. Next, especially if you're using a Lenovo/IBM machine, there are other programs which "save" files for recovery and as a result it simply drinks the hard drive storage space.. See the link below, it's been discussed before in the Vista forum.. See the link below:

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-12546_102-0.html?forumID=133&threadID=246619&messageID=2513537#2513537

You might want to read all the posts in the thread I linked to although the specific link should describe the problem. Things like temporarily disabling System Restore and other such programs should allow you to regain space.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thank you
by dserban1 / January 24, 2008 6:01 AM PST

Thank you. I did read the thread but in my case, the space disappeared fast. Yesterday morning I was at 60 GB and four hours later at 30 GB.
I doubt it could be the System Restore.
I do not have an IBM/Lenovo either.

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Please Try The Steps Indicated.......
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 24, 2008 8:20 AM PST
In reply to: Thank you

You'll be surprised at how much space will return when you disable the Vista System Restore. Those Shadow Copies are huge... Check The "Disc Cleanup" section..

There are lots of posts in that thread and there are a number of items to be aware of..

And if you want to confirm you other spyware program's findings with another good antispyware program, try downloading, installing, updating, then running a full system scan with the free program below:

SUPERAntispyware Removal Tool

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Remember Also...You DON'T Have 380 GB's ...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 24, 2008 8:29 AM PST
In reply to: Thank you
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