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I need to figure out what is taking up my hard drive space


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GeauxTigers

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Greetings,

I'm experiencing issues with my machine due to a lack of free space left on my hard drive. I have a 32.3 GB drive with only 509 MB free. The largest file I have seen is my docs which is 1.18 GB. My machine is approx. 4 yrs old and I use it mostly for surfing the web. I would really appreciate any assistance with my problem.

Thanks!
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GeauxTigers-

Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go! :)

Let's get rid of some old junk and temporary files to save space on your drive and speed up your system.
  • Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop.
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.
Now, we need to defragment your hard drive. Check out this blog post to see why a fragmented hard drive can cause loads of problems.
  • Download Defraggler to your desktop.
  • Run the setup file to install the program to your hard drive.
  • Run Defraggler. Select the hard drive or disk you wish to defragment, then select analyze to view the fragmentation status of your drive.
  • Select Defrag to begin the defragmentation process. Depending on the status of the drive, this could take a while.
  • When the process is finished, close Defraggler.
Let's get a look at those files.
  • Download TreeSizeFree from my signature.
  • Install and run the program.
  • Select Scan from the toolbar and scan the partition where Windows resides (usually C:).
Wait for the scan to finish and take a screenshot and post it in your next reply.
  • To take a screenshot press Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key.
  • Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint.
  • Press CTRL+V to paste the contents of the screenshot into the paint workspace.
  • Go to File > Save As.
  • Save the file as a JPEG to your desktop.
Please attach the screenshot to your next reply.
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Download Tree Size Free from my signature.

Install and run the program.
The first scan should scan the C drive. If it does not, then at the top click on scan
Select the C drive option.
The program will scan the entire drive and populate to show what is in every folder on the drive.

Take a screen shot and attach it to your next reply

http://download.cnet...htype=downloads
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Already got it, 123Runner. :) :)
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GeauxTigers

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Thanks again for the help. I've attached my TreeSize info as requested.

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Edited by GeauxTigers, 13 June 2010 - 10:33 AM.

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Nope no attachment included.
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Let's take a look at the partitioning on your computer.
  • Go to Start > Run.
  • Type in diskmgmt.msc and click Enter.
On right side you will see a visual depiction of the partitions on your hard drive. I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply.
  • To take a screenshot press Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key.
  • Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint.
  • Press CTRL+V to paste the contents of the screenshot into the paint workspace.
  • Go to File > Save As.
  • Save the file as a JPEG to your desktop.
Please attach the screenshot to your next reply.
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The screen shot of my drive partition is attached. Thanks!

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Odd. Disk Management shows that your drive has 32 GB of space, but TreeSize only shows 16GB of usage.

Something isn't matching up. Did you run TFC as I wrote is post #2?
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That is odd.
Lets see what another program shows.

Download and install WinDirStat

Copy and paste the info.
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33GB total and only 16 shown being free. Probably hidden or system files, system restore files are the likely culprit. I'm interested in the results here.
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I agree. Let's see what WinDirStat comes up with.
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I did run TFC as you instructed. Here is my screen shot from WinDirStat. Thanks!

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What is your R drive? (SECUREDRIVE R:)
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SECUREDRIVE R: is a thumb drive.
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