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Vanishing Disk Space

I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 running WinXP. For the past few months I've been getting a "low disk space" error on it, and Win Explorer tells me I have only 9Mb left free. In total it has a small 80Gb HD. The problem is that I've been steadily moving files and apps to a new laptop, which has easily cleared 10Gb or more of space on the C: drive. Yet after a week of not installing any new apps or files on the Inspiron, I get the same low disk space message. I cannot figure out what is eating up all of the HD space. I figure it must be a virus of some sort, but Norton shows nothing in scan results. Is there a file mgt utility tool that can show me which directory has been most recently updated, and which directory is the largest? Win Explorer is too clunky for this task.

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Even better.

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Thanks for this.

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Spaced out as I work my Apps.

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How did you do the moves

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How did you 'move' files, and to where?

If you mean moved to a new hard drive or some USB thumb drive, are you aware that dragging files to a new drive still leaves copies on the old drive? You would have to manually delete them after the move and after you have checked they all still work.

Other things to check;

1] System Restore - Delete all but the lastest one using DiskCleanup > Advanced tab.

2] However, since you are using Norton that may have disabled XP's System Restore in favor of it's own Protected backup files. Either turn that off, or delete all but the last backup.

3] Temp files, temporary internet files, and other unwanted files. Download the free version of CCleaner from . Run that with it's stock settings, (don't change anything), and let it delete those unwanted files. But Beware! Make sure CCleaner is aware which cookies you want to keep in Options > Cookies, before running the analyzer.


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Norton is famous for having its own recycle bin data and system restore data that eat disk space. So that could very well be the cause.

But I'd start with the usuals: the folders seen by treesize. I doesn't see the System Volume Information folder, but that's not too much after you did the first step Mark told you about.


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I will download Treesize and see what it tells me. Thank you all for the tool tip.
The odd thing about the idea of drag and drop leaving images behind is that after I moved files or deleted apps (using add/remove or with the apps own uninstall function) I would look in Win Explorer and it would tell me that I had 6Gb free space on the C: drive. A week later, that free space was down to 10Mb. That happened maybe 3 times.
Thanks again for the helpful tips.

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