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Somethings eating my HD space

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Romadoc, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. Romadoc

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    I notice there is less than 10% left on one of my HDs. Just searching the programs listed on the start menu doesn't give the answer. Is there some way I can see everthing on my C disk so as to clean thing up?
     
  2. srhoades

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    If you have Windows XP it is more than likely the hard drive space needed for your restore point.
     

  3. Romadoc

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    I'm running XP but I don't understand your response.
     
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    Could be XPs' system recovery filling up (it makes images of certain system files as a back up, gets out of hand sometimes). Could be Temp Internet files getting out of control. Could be a virus filling your HD with junk. How big is your hard drive?
     
  5. Toyman

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    Go here: http://windirstat.sourceforge.net/ and download WinDirStat, it will give you a graphical view of where all the space is taken up. It's available as a ready to run exe and an installer.

    Then you can simply start clicking on the largest blocks first and see which folders are the largest.

    EDITED TO ADD: It's Freeware.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Furant

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    That is an amazing piece of software! I see that he based it on the Linux KDirStat. I'm going to have to give that one a try too. I have spent way too much time in the past looking for files that were over 100 Mb and then deciding which ones I could throw away to clean up some disk space. Thanks Toyman.
     
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    BTW, If you have a reliable and frequent method of backing up your machine, you can turn off system restore by:
    1. Right click on My Computer
    2. Select Properties
    3. Select the "System Restore" tab
    4. Select "Turn off System Restore for all drive"
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      Also, if you don't use the hibernate functionality, make sure it's disabled by:
      1. Start>Setting>Control Panel
      2. Open Power Options
      3. Select the "Hibernate" tab
      4. Deselect "Enable hibernation"
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        Joey
     
  8. ThinkOfTheChildren

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    Very neat program. Thanks for that!
     
  9. Toyman

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