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Computer Hard Drive Capacity Problem

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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Hello.

I'm having a problem with the hard drive capacity on my laptop.
The capacity keeps on going down without me actually doing or saving anything on my laptop.
For example, last night I had 18.5GB free and now I only have 14.1GB.

I don't understand why.

Any help would be appreciated.
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
I tried restoring my computer to factory setting and when this was done, my capacity was around 40GB. It has however fallen in the space of 3 days to 14.1GB.
1 Like #2
right click on the drive and select disk clearup, that might help =]
#3
coerce86
right click on the drive and select disk clearup, that might help =]

I tried that but only got a few MB cleared.

Thanks anyway.
1 Like #4
Have a look at your files listed by most recently created and try and see what is happening.
1 Like #5
You are really worrying over nothing. Restoring to factory was a bit extreme.
1 Like #6
Check your system restore settings as this uses hard drive space to varying amounts (often quite high).

I always disable system restore as I have never found it useful, I just do a system image of C: weekly as backup onto a seperate drive. I only keep os and programmes on C: anyway
Takes about 10 minutes on Windows 7 to do this so no biggie
#7
harlzter
Check your system restore settings as this uses hard drive space to varying amounts (often quite high).

I always disable system restore as I have never found it useful, I just do a system image of C: weekly as backup onto a seperate drive. I only keep os and programmes on C: anyway
Takes about 10 minutes on Windows 7 to do this so no biggie


Thank you- will have a look.
banned#8
it will be all the windows updates being installed after you did a factory reset!
#9
csiman
it will be all the windows updates being installed after you did a factory reset!


i doubt that very much as even with sytem updates it wouldn''t take up over 4 gb as it usually take 1 gb 2gb tops
1 Like #10
Two suggestions.

Open the command prompt (hold down the Windows key (usually near the Ctrl and Alt keys) and press R. When the command prompt window open type:
FSUTIL DIRTY SET C:
Press Enter, it should display "Volume - c: is now marked dirty". Now restart (on the shutdown menu). The restart will take longer than usual (maybe up to 20 minutes) while it checks the disk.

If that doesn't free up any space then you need to find where the space is being used. From explorer navigate to the root of C:. so that the right hand pane shows all the files and folders it contains:. Right click each folder in turn and select properties which will show the amount of space that the folder is using; it could take several minutes so wait until the numbers stop updating. If you find a folder using a large amount of space then double click it's name and repeat the process for each of the subfolders.
1 Like #11
Are you running any sort of automated backup program?

Even if you did not set one going, make sure one is not running.

These backup programs can generate large files without you doing anything.

Tree Size Free is a handy small program that scans all your folders and tells you how big each of them are

http://download.cnet.com/TreeSize-Free/3000-2248_4-81064.html

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