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My computers saying that i have lesser than 100 mb free on my 30 gig C drive and i have no idea where the space is going. ive cleared windows/temp and temporary internet files. ive run disk cleanup and empties recycle bin. removed all unnecessary programs. and judging by whats visible i should at least have 5-10 gig free. i have no idea whats eating memory.

i have a feeling winRAR is responsible somehow because i remember i was trying to extract a massive bluray rip once and somehow it had gotten cancelled halfway through and when i noticed later that my c drive had significantly filled up. but i cant see any files anywhere to delete.

any advice and help will be appreciated.
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What OS are you running? Because that takes up a chunk of your hard drive space, remember.

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#7
vista. but that occupies like 14 gig. i have a 30 gig C. and it used to be half empty last mo nth and i havent installed any large programs since then. except that winrar anomaly i cant think of any cause.
#8
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Disk Defrag?


+1

try looking in downloaded files, and you might want to look into a larger hard drive, maybe an external one. They don't cost much and will help.
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#9
Why don't you go into your C: drive and look at what's in there and clear it out manually?
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#10
There are apps out there that will show you what folders are eating up your drive space. Google "Drive space breakdown" and find an app that you like, preferably with a free trial. Run it and see where all that data is.

You can also right-click each folder on your hard drive and hit properties to see the size of each one. You can do that to drill down and find the offending folder.

Also, disk defrag will not clear up drive space. The built-in utilities that Windows comes with are pretty well useless too. You probably have files sitting somewhere that those programs don't look at.

You can also turn off System Restore which can save a little bit of drive space.
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#11
sounds like winRAR left it's temporary files behind when you cancelled it, as for where they might be, I have no idea, google probably knows though..
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Updates, backups... Get Tune-Up Utilities.
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a defrag probably wont gain you that much space. chances are, you have been installing all your programs to your C drive, that would be the biggest thing, just delete some unused programs.
#15
Try downloading CCleaner, see if that does anything.
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Quote by Kacker
vista. but that occupies like 14 gig. i have a 30 gig C. and it used to be half empty last mo nth and i havent installed any large programs since then. except that winrar anomaly i cant think of any cause.



vista occupies nearer 30GB doesnt it?

with all the updates it does and the various plug ins and patches.

when i had ultimate, it was 34GB by the time i got round to switching to XP once again.

get windows 7, only takes up like 16GB.

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also, your D drive should be a designated optical drive, like a CD-ROM, not usually a hard drive so maybe your not saving things where you think you are? just a thought
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piriform defragler, freed up 50gb worth of space for me, i didnt believe it either.
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Try downloading CCleaner, see if that does anything.


+1 i have that program. the first time i used it it cleared five gigabytes of data. pretty good, and my comp ran faster after that too
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also, your D drive should be a designated optical drive, like a CD-ROM, not usually a hard drive so maybe your not saving things where you think you are? just a thought


Windows allocates drive letters based on type. Floppy disks are reserved to A: and B:, though these letters can be made available to other drives after Windows starts. IDE/SATA drives start at C: and are assigned letters following that. Optical drives are assigned letters after hard drives. Portable media such as USB or Firewire based drives are assigned free letters after optical drives.

If you have more than one partition on your hard drive, or more than one hard drive in the computer (not in a RAID configuration) then Windows will assign them C:, D:, E:, and so on.
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also, your D drive should be a designated optical drive, like a CD-ROM, not usually a hard drive so maybe your not saving things where you think you are? just a thought

I've never seen an optical drive labeled as D.
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#24
There are certain viruses that fill your drivespace with random files, do a scan.
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#25
Get a larger harddrive? 30 gbs was like my harddrive in 1997, a 300gb HD costs maybe $30.

Do a scan for the failed winrar file, either by searching for *.rar (that's searching every file ending with .rar) or the filename.
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Get a larger harddrive? 30 gbs was like my harddrive in 1997, a 300gb HD costs maybe $30.

On that topic, 1.5 Tb external hard-drives are down to $130.
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I had a virus that made my C drive appear full even though it wasn't if it is literally full to the brim and refills when you delete things then you have this virus and look into it.
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Quote by ext1jdh
Also, disk defrag will not clear up drive space.


Wrong.

I use Raxco's PerfectDisk and it uses a technology called SMARTPlacement. It arranges data in such a way that space [LOTS OF IT, with Raxco's technology] gets cleared up. It's so effective it's unreal.

Nah, it's real.

Anyway, the bottom line is: Defragmentation FTW.
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Wrong.

I use Raxco's PerfectDisk and it uses a technology called SMARTPlacement. It arranges data in such a way that space [LOTS OF IT, with Raxco's technology] gets cleared up. It's so effective it's unreal.


after eleven years in IT support, with two industry certifications, I have yet to find any defrag program - that is one that MOVES data from one location on a volume to another location - that also DELETES data from a volume. I have no doubt that this app you speak of is capable of deleting random data, or the most common temp locations, but the built-in Windows disk defrag will not delete any files from the drive. I don't mean to sound like a prick here, but this is how I pay my bills and I know what I'm talking about.

An application like Windirstat will give you better control over what is removed and where that data is being stored.
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Quote by Kacker
My computers saying that i have lesser than 100 mb free on my 30 gig C drive and i have no idea where the space is going. ive cleared windows/temp and temporary internet files. ive run disk cleanup and empties recycle bin. removed all unnecessary programs. and judging by whats visible i should at least have 5-10 gig free. i have no idea whats eating memory.

i have a feeling winRAR is responsible somehow because i remember i was trying to extract a massive bluray rip once and somehow it had gotten cancelled halfway through and when i noticed later that my c drive had significantly filled up. but i cant see any files anywhere to delete.

any advice and help will be appreciated.


Get a new hard drive.......you need more space than that for quality pr0n
#32
Get TreeSize

It scans your C drive and show you where and how much space stuff takes up on your C drive.

It's free as well.


I thought I had a bunch of space being taken up out of nowhere as well.

I had 40 free of 180 and was like WTF? how can I have used up 140 gigs?

And no, I don't have porn on my computer.


And getting Treesize all the space usage made sense because I knew what was taking up space.

After uninstalling a few games I now have 70 gigs free.



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#33
Buy a bigger HD.

Now even if you don't have enough money, hard drives aren't very expensive, and you can get some pretty big ones for a pretty low price to be honest.

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don't forget to delete is from the recycle bin as well. also defrag your drive. but in all honesty, get a new fuking drive. 30gigs?
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Quote by ext1jdh
after eleven years in IT support, with two industry certifications, I have yet to find any defrag program - that is one that MOVES data from one location on a volume to another location - that also DELETES data from a volume. I have no doubt that this app you speak of is capable of deleting random data, or the most common temp locations, but the built-in Windows disk defrag will not delete any files from the drive. I don't mean to sound like a prick here, but this is how I pay my bills and I know what I'm talking about.

An application like Windirstat will give you better control over what is removed and where that data is being stored.


I'm not doubting your knowledge, brah, but it really works. Believe me, I had a mindfuck moment after I defragmented using that program for the first time. Both my internal and external drives attained a considerable amount of space, especially my OS partition. I was sure I would have problems with programs due to missing files, but even as I type, my computer's running fine.

I don't exactly know what the program deletes, but it really seems to work, so I'm not complaining. I used to use TuneUp Utilities before this, and I thought that it was the sex. But, after using two of Raxco's products [PerfectDisk and PerfectSpeed], I know which program I'd rather buttfuck.

I read up about their technology on the help file, and it said that duplicate data plays a big part in cluttering up disks, so I'm guessing that's the reason why it's able to free up space? It doesn't seem like temporary files, because the most amount of data I've ever seen stored in that folder was around 250 MB, tops.

Again, I'm not doubting your knowledge, brah. You can try out the program, if you like. =]
#38
Quote by Kensai
Get a larger harddrive? 30 gbs was like my harddrive in 1997, a 300gb HD costs maybe $30.

Do a scan for the failed winrar file, either by searching for *.rar (that's searching every file ending with .rar) or the filename.


I'm guessing it's a high speed drive for the o/s maybe SSD/raptor/cheetah and he will have a larger drive for everything else
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Quote by hriday_hazarika
Again, I'm not doubting your knowledge, brah. You can try out the program, if you like. =]


No worries. If an app is deleting things without telling you what it's deleting, theres definitely something weird going on there.

A defrag should work like having a box of Legos all jumbled up, then having a house made out of Legos. No matter what you do, you have the same number of Legos, theyre just organized differently.

I've used TreeSize at work to get people to clean out their network shared drives. I had to post their names and the size of their folders outside my office. People would walk by and say "Oh, Susan's the one taking up 35 gigs of our server space." Needless to say it got people to delete the crap they didnt need.

Also, get a bigger hard disk. 30 gigs is pathetic. I saw a 250gig 2.5" at a local store the other day for $49 so you have no excuse. They're even cheaper online.
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#40
You can free up 2-5GB from Window's Shadow Storage Volume. Look up how to do it.
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