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squire strahan May 21, 2008, 09:07am EDT Report Abuse

well a friend called me last night explaining that is hard drive is full and shows like 328mb left on it. as he explained he told that theres no way that he has that much data on it! then he goes on telling me that if he goes through and frees up some space, after he restarts it it keeps filling up. and it will show that its full again. i wasnt sure how to fix this or how to pin point the promblem. i went through his files and added up the space and it was at half the capacity, but the c drive shows that its has only 1% left.
he using a hp pavilion laptop running vista home. im just trying to sovle this any help would be awesome.

thanks for the help

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Beavis Khan May 21, 2008, 11:00am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: hard drive filling up mysteriously?
Where are the files hiding? Have him use something like TreeSize to identify the folders eating the most space, then see what files are in there, and then, track down the source of those files.

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Gerritt May 21, 2008, 08:20pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: hard drive filling up mysteriously?
300 or so of free space is rather small given modern disk sizes, but I'd recommend that he look at the "shadow copy" feature. If you're loading, unloading, reloading a lot of SW on a regular basis, then this "Vista" "feature" can eat up huge amounts of HDD space.


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john albrich May 22, 2008, 02:01am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: hard drive filling up mysteriously?
To gain a little more space, you can reduce the size of your pagefile. The default is 10%, and I routinely reduce it to 1%. A 100gb disk would suck up 10gb in the default pagefile. By setting it to 1% you free up 9gb.

Also, you can use a program called filemon.exe to find out which files are being accessed the most. You can also use the filters to find out if a particular TYPE of file is using the space (e.g. ".log" files)

Some programs create logs files when running. Some don't place any limits and just keep adding to the existing log file...which can get very large very fast in some programs.

Also, the internet cache may be set to an insanely high figure for some reason. I'd set it to about 400MB.

Jules May 22, 2008, 05:26am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: hard drive filling up mysteriously?
Have a look at the root of C:
Run a spyware check!
Had a disk a while back that was 95% full of unknown entries in C: - amazing.
At this stage, save data and reformat and reload.

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Bungle May 22, 2008, 12:10pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: hard drive filling up mysteriously?
You could have him run ccleaner. That program can usually net you a few hundred megs.

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