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Q: Hard drive is full and I don't know why

Hi,

The free space on my hard drive keeps getting less and less even though I'm not installing anything onto it. In-fact I've deleted files and folders to try to increase the free space on the hard drive, but the free space still keeps getting less and less. I've searched through the filesa and folders etc and there seems to be about 80GB that is being used by the hard drive that I cannot locate anywhere. I've run anti virus software and anti spyware software I also have a firewall running. However, the hard drive continually keeps getting full with what I do not know. Any ideas?
Darren


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By default, System Restore takes up to 15% of the total capacity of your Hard Drive.

http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-AU/help/83ec0ffe-ee04-4d53-8b87-25d1f05c954e1033.mspx

“Optimise Windows Vista for better performance”

 

http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-AU/Help/1264bc24-72a8-48aa-84e3-a355327139d91033.mspx

 

“Delete files using disk cleanup”

The More Options tab is available when you choose to clean files from all users on the computer. This tab includes two additional ways to free even more disk space:

Programs and Features: Uninstall unwanted Programs.

System restore and Shadow Copies: Delete all but the most recent Restore Point

http://www.vista4beginners.com/System-Restore-Space-Used

"Change the amount of space used by System Restore"

You may be interested in the above to save free disk space.

Also, right-click on the Recycle Bin > Properties > see how much drive space that is using.

Cheers.


Mick Murphy - Microsoft Partner

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Hi,

To add to Mick's info :

System Restore usually reserves 15 % of drive space and updates that are needed to run computer use up some more. Backups - Recovery Options and even updates from MS and those from HP, Dell or similar makers use space if your system loads them. Also there is overhead so drives do not format to their max capacity.


Where's All My Disk Space Going? (Vista) - good writeup
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=167983


Vista Hard Disk Space Shrinking and Reducing Anomaly
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/07/04/vista-hard-disk-space-shrinking-and-reducing-anomaly/

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This will show you how disk space is used.


WinDirStat - Free
http://windirstat.info/

Also run disk cleanup :

Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup.

Use Revo to uninstall programs when needed to be sure they are totally removed.
Revo Uninstaller - Free
http://www.revouninstaller.com/

Hope this helps.
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Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows and Devices for IT : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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Following your advice I installed:

WinDirStat - Free
http://windirstat.info/

This allowed me to easily find all the files on my computer and better still highlighted the huge file that was causing the problem.

The file causing the problem was a log file over 126GB in size. It was hiding away in a folder on my hard drive that the normal windows explorer did not find / identify. The log file causing the problem was "pyagcore"and it seems to get installed on your computer when you install the kiwee internet explorer toolbar.

I was able to delete the pyagcore file and then disabled and deleted the kiwee toolbar. All appears OK and I have over 126GB of hard drive space back.

Cheers and many thanks for your kind assistance.

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Glad it worked out however you reallly should mark my response as the answer so others can find it.

Rob - Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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I have this same problem.  I've also deleted files and folders and the free space I've made keeps filling right back up again!  I've also searched thru files and folders and I have about 200GB unaccounted for.  I have also run anti-virus software, anti-spyware and ahve firewall running.  And the same as you...my hard drive keeps filling up.  This started about 2 weeks ago.  I have already downloaded and run WinDirStat and it found nothing.  I have a 288GB hard drive and only 3.94 GB free.  It shows 79.5 GB is on "My Computer", 73.5 GB on C drive and 6.0GB on my D/recovery drive.  What is taking up all my hard drive space and how do I find it and get rid of it? Thanks, Mayet

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Hi Mayet514,

Although your problem is similar it probably has different causes so please start your own thread
with the info we need to help you.

How to ask a question
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375

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Rob Brown - MS MVP - Windows Desktop Experience : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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I have that kind of problem, it is possible that someone is hacking your hard drive by means of SQL connections.

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Hi,

The free space on my hard drive keeps getting less and less even though I'm not installing anything onto it. In-fact I've deleted files and folders to try to increase the free space on the hard drive, but the free space still keeps getting less and less. I've searched through the filesa and folders etc and there seems to be about 80GB that is being used by the hard drive that I cannot locate anywhere. I've run anti virus software and anti spyware software I also have a firewall running. However, the hard drive continually keeps getting full with what I do not know. Any ideas?
Darren

Same here i have no idea what is what is eating away at my space

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OMG! thank you so much!  

With this program I found a file that it was taking 726gb of space! y finally got it deleted and i got my space back!

10/10

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This program is incredible - thanks for this! The first answer to which you are responding was great, but it was your post with the file-seeking program link that actually solved my problem. 

Thanks heaps! 

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