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double5490

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Hey all,

I had a computer built around 8 months ago spec as followed:

CPU - Amd Athlon 64 x2 5200+
mGPU - Nvidia Geforce 8100
Ram - 4GB DDR2
PSU - 450w
Hard Drive - 500GB

Since I've had the computer I've keep it clean by doing disk clean ups and defrags etc, but I've recently being getting messages saying that the hard drive is running out of memory. At the moment I have 5% free space meaning that like 460GB of stuff is somewhere on the computer, I think I worked out the stuff I actually know about comes to around 40-50GB.

Also playing games is an absolute nightmare, I bought Arma 2 which installed all fine but when it came to game play it was very jerky and unbelievable lag. So I installed another game which required pentium 3, 256mb ram and again the computer failed!

Any help on this will be very appreciated as this have given me a real headach!

Forgot to add that I'm using panda anti virus which along with xp are fully up to date.
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Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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double5490

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Hey sorry for the late reply :)

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OK you have only 3% of drive space free. This is for sure messing your Master File Table up and causing issues. . You need to get your drive to 15% empty so that the OS can function correctly.

What I would suggest is Uninstalling All Programs you don't need or don't want anymore through Add/Remove Programs

Do this by going to
Start and then to Control Panel
Click Add/Remove Programs
Carefully choose the program(s) you don't need
Click on each Program then click Change/Remove and Follow the Uninstall Instructions

You may be prompted to Restart your computer.
Restart once you have all the programs you don't need uninstalled.
Be careful not to remove anything needed by your computer, some of which you may be unfamiliar with the name,

The next issue you need to be aware of is to Backup your Data Files.
For this I would suggest using a External Hard Drive Enclosure. This will allow you to keep your Important Data safe and Separated from the main system in case of problems.
The cost for this kind of Backup System has come down a lot. I would suggest a 500 Gig capacity for your needs.
Since you will only be Backing Up Data Files Only this should be sufficient to do that for you. Follow the next two links to see examples of the price you will be looking at.
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I suggest going to Microsofts Backup Tutorial[/b] and follow the steps to do a Backup to a External Drive and also it will guide you on how to do a Scheduled Backup even at night.

Another way you can do a Backup is by using DVD’s. This method is just as effective and can be done using the same steps as above.
Please let me know if I can answer any further questions you may have as I am always happy to assist.

Edited by rshaffer61, 08 March 2010 - 12:25 PM.

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I Unstalled everything that wasn't need before posting this problem I managed to get it to 19% of free speace, I then tried to do a defrag and it said it wasn't needed and now it's gone vback up to 3%. I've barley used the pc and posting of another one.

There litrally is nothing onit ... maybe 50 photos and 75 songs?

I uninstalled all games, software etc and was how I got it down to 19%

but now i have nothing left to uninstall! :)
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I think I've found the problem!

I searched all files and folders for files bigger then 1MB and the results show a file called:

New copy_20100305_174510_TOTAL.Z18

There are 8149 of these files all at 51,200KB

From folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Backup\BackupRepository\Backup

Each file is like Z01 going up to Z8100

Anyone have an idea on what is causing this and how to stop it! show a file called:

Help is really appreciated

Edited by double5490, 08 March 2010 - 01:47 PM.

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Then please do the following.

Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Click the + by computer, click on Sensor. Get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...

DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING UNDER THE LINE THAT SAYS "DEBUG- PCI"
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CPU_Temps.JPG

--------[ EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Quick Report
Computer ROOKYARD
Generator Thelma
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2010-03-08
Time 20:13


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name ROOKYARD
User Name Thelma

Motherboard:
CPU Type Unknown, 2700 MHz
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Unknown
System Memory 3328 MB
BIOS Type AMI (02/23/09)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)

Display:
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 8100 / nForce 720a (512 MB)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (LAT0C0024004)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter NVIDIA HDMI Audio Wave
Audio Adapter Realtek HD Audio output

Storage:
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Disk Drive ST3500320AS (465 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive Nokia S60 USB Device (29 GB, USB)
Disk Drive Nokia S60 USB Device
Optical Drive TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182D
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 476929 MB (5584 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Network:
Network Adapter Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC

Peripherals:
Printer Lexmark 2400 Series
USB1 Controller Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller [NoDB]
USB1 Controller Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller [NoDB]
USB2 Controller Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller [NoDB]
USB2 Controller Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller [NoDB]
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem Disk free space is only 1% on drive C:.





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The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 476929 MB (5584 MB free)
Problems & Suggestions:
Problem Disk free space is only 1% on drive C:.


You are not free. 1% free space is dangerous to work with and until this is opened up we are in trouble.

Download SIW from HERE and get the Standalone English version
It will install itself and when finished
Then Click on SIW Icon to run program
On the left side click on one at a time of the following and then on the right, copy and paste the information in your next reply



Motherboard Info:

Download SIW from HERE and get the Standalone English version
It will install itself and when finished
Then Click on SIW Icon to run program
On the left side click on the Motherboard directory and then on the right, copy and paste the information in your next reply
On the left side click on the PCI directory and then on the rightcopy and paste the line that says Audio Device

On left side you will see a entry named Software and\or Programs.
On right side you will see all installed software and programs.
There is more then just 50 photos and 75 songs.

Edited by rshaffer61, 08 March 2010 - 02:40 PM.

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In a prevoius post it shows where most of the memory is going.

If my maths is correct 51,200KB = 50MB

50 x 8149 = 407450

Which is like 397GB I think xD

The biggest size program installed on the PC is Panda global protection which is 262.00MB

and there is only four other programs above 100MB and 2 of them are service packs

Hope you havent got my headach now :)!
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You are talking memory I am talking hard drive space.
It seems we are tlaing the same thing but correct name is hard drive space.
I need to know what was the last program or software installed when this issue started?
If you have uninstalled every program except for core OS system files you would only have about 20 gigs of space used.
Giving you another say 100 gigs of drive space for music and photos that still leaves over 200 gigs of free space.
Now you either have programs or other software installed or a active infection that is replicating itself.
Is anything installed torrents or p2p downloads?
If so you may be infected.
If not then we need to think seriously about a fresh install after backing up your data and formatting.
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