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Temporary Files are taking up harddrive space

Question: Temporary Files are taking up harddrive space

Hello, I know the problem is that temporary files are continually being made until the diskspace hits 0. I use disk cleanup to delete the files and then i will have 16 GB of space. Overtime they pile back up.I have read about some on this site with a similar problem but it was years ago so I wanted to see a recent update. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Temporary Files are taking up harddrive space

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Answer: Temporary Files are taking up harddrive space

It was a program called Vundo making the .tmp files at one time, the following tools will help find the problem files and help remove some of them. Download DDS and save it to your desktop. DDS.scrDisable any script blocker if your Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware has it.Once downloaded you can disconnect from the Internet and disable your Ant-Virus temporarily if needed.Then double click dds.scr to run the tool.When done, the DDS.txt will open.Click Yes at the next prompt for Optional Scan.When done, DDS will open two (2) logs:1. DDS.txt2. Attach.txt Save both reports to your desktop then post them please. Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from one of these sites:MalwareBytes1 MalwareBytes2Rename the setup file, mbam-setup.exe, before you download it. To do that once the "enter name of file to save to" box appears as the download begins in the filename box rename mbam-setup.exe to tool.exe> click save.1. Double Click tool.exe to install the application.2. Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.3. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.4. Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.5. When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.6. Make sure that everything found is checked, and click Remove Selected.7. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart. If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediately.8. The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.9. Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.

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I've just installed Win XP SP2, and everything seems to be running okay, but my 4Gb disk now has only 198Mb space left.I see there's a folder E:\Windows\ServicePackFiles with sub-folders \i386\lang taking 410Mb. Is it safe to delete this now that SP2 is running okay?

Answer:SP2 (temporary??) files taking too much space

I would take care. Use Disk Cleanup (Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup) to delete unnecessary files.

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I tried installing new update(~700mb) but i lost Wi-Fi connection......i tried on next day... Now it started from beginning and occupied addition 700 mb space in phone memory....... Total 1.32gb occupied and not even 1% of update is download....... Please help me how to delete these files

Answer:temporary update file taking up large space

What device are you using?

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I tried installing new update(~700mb) but i lost Wi-Fi connection......i tried on next day... Now it started from beginning and occupied addition 700 mb space in phone memory....... Total 1.32gb occupied and not even 1% of update is download....... Please help me how to delete these files

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I had one user profile setup on my laptop (dell inspiron 6400 - winxp) and a few days ago it crashed. I found my computer restarted and back to what looked like default settings. Dell wallpaper, and shortcuts to a few programs but none of what I had saved.

I tried to restart and login to my profile but got an error message saying the profile was corrupt and could not be loaded.

I then created a new user profile and attempted to delete the corrupt user profile and keep the files in the 'my documents' folder. (when deleting the profile this option is available).

When I executed this it said it was saving the files from 'my documents' to a folder on my desktop. I left my computer on for several hours and the folder never appeared.

I eventually restarted and still no folder. When I did a search of the users, the user profile I tried to delete was still there, but read 0mb. I was also unable to delete this folder, it said 'access denied, folder write protected or in use' dont remember the exact wording.

When I check my harddrive space, its still reading as though the files in my documents are still there. I had lots of music and movies, one of which was 4GB by itself, so I am very sure that were those files deleted I would have more free space. I checked all the folders I could think of and none had enough data to account for 69GB of space being taken up. The only thing I could think of was the old profile still being there in the background..s... Read more

Answer:Solved: Ghost User Profile Taking Up Harddrive Space

try boot into safe mode enter as "administrator" you will have full control of the system

then you can sort out the problems. hold down F8 key on bootup till you get the screen for safe mode options.

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With todays high speed internet connections how important are temporary internet files and what space do you reserve for them ?Currently I have reduced mine down to 50mb and to keep pages in history for only 3 days. Been using it like that for weeks.

Answer:Temporary Internet Files reserved space.

The reality is that if you have a fast internet connection you really do not need TIF.Internet History is useful simply for returning to a recently visited page and is totally different to the TIF cache.Microsoft have changed the GUI setting and will not let you reduce the file size below 8MB. (You can do so with a registry tweak).

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I'm using Chrome - but I can't set more pages for cache/temporary internet files; Chrome keeps on saying "waiting for cache"!!

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Above is the folder where it says their is not enough space in temp folders, im using nerovision to burn a personal avi video to dvd and i keep getting this message. anything i can do? instructions would be great also.


Answer:ERROR: not enough space for temporary files in specified folders when burning dvd?

How much space do you have left on your C drive?
I'm not sure of an exact figure, but for a full DVD, you should have at least 5-10 GB free space. It's best to have a second drive installed for Video editing.
If you have other partitions or another drive, you can tell Nero to cache files there. In Nero, you would change this by going to Configure, and selecting the Cache tab.

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I recently came across the following remark by a respected computer guru and would like to have the comments of those in this forum. I personally delete my Temporary Internet files every time I close my browser. But now I am wondering if that is the best "habit" since I have ample hard drice space.

"Considering that each web site could have hundreds -- or even thousands -- of individual Temporary Internet Files saved to your computer, the downside is that you will lose hard drive space. Having said that: if you constantly delete your Temporary Internet Files strictly 'out of habit', you'll not only save space, but you'll also severely fragment your hard drive. This is especially true if you have more than ample space to store your Temporary Internet Files (and deleting the files is therefore not necessary)."

Red Boy

Answer:Temporary Internet Files and Hard Drive Space

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I am using IE8 and since yetrday onwards the browser has STOPPED KEEPING HISTORY items in the hstory folder. Only a blank sapce occurs when I click on History from the Menu Bar.So I went to : Tools >  Interent Options > Under Browsing History > Settings > Under Temporary Internet Files > there is an option : Disk Space to Use And there is a small box in White where you can set the space on disk as a number ranging from 8MB to 1024MB by TYPING IT manually or simply CLICKING THE UP- DOWN ARROWS TO INCREAE OR DECREAE the number of MBs.PROBLEM :  In my Settings Page THE UP-DOWN ARROWS WONT INCREASE THE NUMBER BEYOND 10MB. if I try to Manually Type in the Number of MBs and the figure is larger than 8MBs I get an error Mesage stating: "PLEASE SELECT A VALUE BETWEEN 8 AND 8 FOR THE DISK SAPCE TO USE FOR TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES"And the Number shown always becomes ZERO no matter what value I Type in.                  ***                           ***                          ***  I cannot solve this error no matter what I have tried , going to folder options etc is of no use. I cant store History neither are my Temporary Internet files stored for later viewing.Please help me out with this as to how to  get the MANUALLY TYPING option to start working again and all... Read more

Answer:Disk Space for Temporary Internet Files - Problem

How much free space is there on the drive?

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This is a problem I see from time to time and I would like some insight into how and why it happens and how I might set up a machine to prevent it from happening.

I will examine IE's settings and it will be configured to use a certain amount of disk space for Temporary Internet Files, let's say about two Gigabytes. When examining the size of the Temporary Internet Files\Content.ie5 folder, it may be as much as double or even ten times the space allocated in the IE settings.

How does this happen?

Can it be prevented?

Answer:How does IE track and allocate Temporary Internet Files disk space?

As near as I can tell, the parent folder Temporary Internet Files is what is affected by the setting in Internet options. The Content IE5 folder will keep creating subfolders with no apparent limit. I've never checked the max size of the subfolders but I suspect each will reach the size limit set in the Options and then another subfolder gets created. How to prevent it is a good question that I don't know the answer to. I have cleanups scheduled to delete the whole mess on a regular basis. That's the best solution I have.

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A few days back I had 50 GB free space. Am now shocked that I only had 7 GB free even after deleting all the files in Temp folder and downloads. Anyone can help?JRee

Answer:Files taking too much space in Win 7

Check you've emptied the recycle bin. Download & run CCleaner from - the portable version doesn't need installing. Finally do a full scan with your security program. If you still have problems then download Treesize free from - that will hopefully show you where your disk space is going "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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Can someone tell me which files/programs take up the most space on your computer? I've removed all of the unnecessary programs that I don't need or use or at least the one's that have an uninstall program or if I'm able to remove them from the control panel. What about .xls, .doc, .ppt, .mp3, .wav, etc? I have Windows 2000 Professional, Internet Explorer 6 SP1 and MS Office 2003. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Answer:Files/Programs Taking Up Space

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I have a pretty old computer. Well, really old. It's a 1.3ghz 128ram dinosaur, but it gets me by. I have Windows 2000 and recently my 37GB hard drive filled up. I freed up a little space but after doing some snooping i found these files that took up 33.5GB out of my 37. They were in C:/WINNT/cabs and their names were mybot.log.2007-w00, mybot.log.2007-w01, mybot.log.2007-w02, etc. etc. up to mybot.log.2007-w13. What are these files, what are they for, and can i delete their fat asses.

Answer:Huge Files taking up my space, what are they?

Generally speaking, any 'log' file can be safely removed; they are usually text files with a history of a particular program's activity... like some antivirus programs create a scan 'log' for example....
Try a right click on one of these log files, and open it with NotePad and see what's there....


EDIT: I just did a Google search for 'mybot.log' and there's a good chance that the files are malware related, part of a 'botnet' (robot network). Visit the malware removal forums and read/follow the stickies to be sure you don't have a nasty lurking in your PC.... or for more info, do a web search for mybot.log with your favorite search engine and see what you can learn....

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On one of my hard drives about half of the files disappeared after a Windows reinstall. It is not the OS drive and shouldn't have been touched during the install. They were not deleted and cannot be recovered with an undelete program. The files are not accessible in any way, yet are still taking up the space on the drive. I ran CHKDSK, it kept hanging and had to be restarted about a dozen times a bit further along before it would finish successfully, now it scans and doesn't find any problems. I managed to copy everything to a different drive using R-Studio and all the missing files showed up fine. I don't really want to use these recovered files if I don't have to, as several folders were recovered with a mix of previously deleted files as well (ie previous program patches) and I'm concerned about version compatibility with the programs. I can't think of a way to recover the filenames properly, or to wipe the space they were taking up so I can copy them back, without reformatting the drive. Anyone deal with an issue like this before?

Answer:Files missing, still taking space

Whenever you delete a file there is always a trace left over because it has to be deleted from somewhere. If you have some really big files then the traces will be pretty big as well. I'm not sure how you can remove the traces though. The only way I can think of is to wipe your HDD but I wouldn't recommend it.

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HP Pavilion Laptop
XP with Service Pack 3
55 GB Hard Drive the whole Blue Screen of Death thing, ended up reformatting and re-installing XP, which I thought erased everything. Certainly everything was gone from the desktop, where I reinstalled the few programs I run, mainly Office, Quick Books, and Itunes. All was fine for a month or two, and now the computer runs very slowly, sometimes taking forever just to open anything. I did all the usual Malware, Spybot, and Antivirus scans...everything was clean. Just by chance I looked at properties on my hard drive ©, and was shocked to see that it was at only 12 GB free space out of 55 GB. I ran a program called Tree Size to see everything sorted by amount of space used. I knew there was no way I had that much stuff, Itunes files take up the most space of anything, and I knew I only had about 20 GB of music files. I did a scan of everything on the drive, and I have found that everything was duplicated when I reinstalled XP, taking up twice the disk space as normal. Under "Documents and Settings", my reinstall added a folder "John Lisenba.John" with all my current files in it, but still shows a folder "John Lisenba" which according to the HD scan, still has over 20 GB of files...but when I click on it, it says the folder is inaccessible and access is denied. Any way to access and get rid of those files that are duplicated to free up space on my HD? Thanks in advance!

Answer:Had to Reinstall XP, but old files are still taking up space

I might also mention that Treesize had a utility to remove files shown on its scan, but again I received a message saying I was not allowed access or let me delete them.

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I am running the minimum of apps on my Toshiba laptop but the C drive is almost full and over 50% of the drive is taken up with many many small dll files. Can anyone please advise me on how to safely remove this clutter if its possible. Many thanks - Richard

Answer:dll files taking up too much space on my C drive

Download and run Speccy, save the logs on your hard-drive; if somebody here wants you to post a piece of it, s/he will advise. What Windows and what 3rd party programs are installed? Also, if you have Windows Backup on auto-pilot, I'm wondering if your hard-drive contains many many date/time/modified versions of all the DLLs used by Windows and 3rd party programs. I've never used Windows Backup/Restore - so I'm only guessing about DLLs being saved over and over.

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I have a 60gb SSD that is unsurprisingly always nearly used up, but I cant see what is using up most of this space. I have 3-4 applications that must be using up less than 10gbs altogether and all my mp3's and movies etc are stored on a seperate drive.
For example, my user folder shows up in properties as being 10.3gb in size, but the cumulative total of all the folders in my user folder comes to about 2gb. Wheres the 8.3gb gone?!

Am I missing something here? Is there a tool I can use to see what is using up so much space? Am I the tool (probably)?

Hope this is the right board.

Cheers, Paddy

Answer:Files I cant find taking up space

Use Windirstat to find out what is using up your space
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

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I did an upgrade from windows 2000 to NT. Today i realized that in c:/_restore when i hit properties, it said there were 5 folders and almost 4.? gigs of files in there. When i went to that folder, all i saw was 4 files that were small under 70 bytes each, 2 of which were 2bytes. I dunno if it has to do with upgrade or something else, but can u please help me with this as soon as possible.

Answer:Taking up too much space, hidden files plz help

Firstly, show the hidden folders to find out what's in the folder using all that space.
In Windows Explorer, click Tools followed by Folder Options, followed by View, followed by Show Hidden
Files and Folders.
This may clear it up for you, if not post up what you found.

Hope this helps

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There are these files with filenames beginning and ending with curly braces taking up too much space in my SSD main OS drive. They are located in the 'C:\Windows' directory. Could somebody tell what these are, and if they are safe to delete? I suspect something bad (virus perhaps), but I don't know. There are other files like these, as shown in the screenshot below, but they don't take up as much space as these recent ones. Are they needed by the system? Are they from a bad program?

Answer:Files with curly braces taking up too much space

Right click some & choose Properties & check them out.
Provide screenshots of the Properties window details.

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Recently, i've had some problems with deleting files on windows XP. I deleted several large files on my main hard drive, which would certainly have been too large to fit in the recycle bin. usually I would recieve the dialog box asking to delete the file, but didn't. The file disappeared nonetheless, it did not show up in the recycle bin, and most of all, is still taking up space on my hard drive. I have checked, and it is set to send deleted files to the recycle bin. Any help, please?

Answer:Solved: Deleted files still taking up space

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I have an old Dell D600 with Windows XP SP3. Really only use it to surf and play games. HDD is small, only 40GB.

Recently i've been getting no disk space warnings, and notices the entire
disk if FULL.

I've been able to clean-up about 9GB with CCleaner, which at least gives me some room to something.

Noticed there are like 50-60 folders under the C:\ directory. These folders are named with 26 hex characters. I believe they are windows Patch files, and are stored to allow one to go back to previous version.

Any ideas why i have so many of these folders?
How can i delete them?
Is there a way to stop the OS from continung to store all these?

Answer:Windows patch files taking up too much space

40 GB HDD by modern computer standards is tiny. You need to have at least 15% Free HDD space to operate Windows without problems. These files are probably Windows Updates. Can you go to Start/Run and type diskmgmt.msc and press enter in the Disk Management window take a screen shot and attach it in your next post.

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I have transferred few jpeg files to CD using Windows Vista Home "Send to CD Drive" option. The files are taking space on CD but not visible in Windows Explorer. Pl Help.

Answer:CD files in Vista taking up space but not appearing?

After burning them to an optical disc using the built-in CD writing tool, they should have been deleted automatically.
Whilst they are waiting to be burned to disc, they are kept in a temporary location here:


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A few days ago, I noticed some strange files appearing on my desktop. They have no extension and thus can't be opened with any application, and selecting and attempting to delete them gives me one of those "Could not delete, file is no longer there" messages. Refreshing my desktop and restarting the whole computer hasn't changed anything. Any advice on how to get rid of these? I've included a picture of the files.

Answer:Strange files that I can't delete taking up space

I'd try adding the letters tmp after the period to one of the files shown in your image and see if it can then be deleted. Not having an extension keeps Windows from knowing how to deal with it. By default known files extensions are hidden so I always set my computers to show them.

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Hi Everyone,
Just recently I purchased "Stalker Clear Sky" for my computer & it wasn't letting me get past a certain point so I could progress in the game. So I uninstalled the game & thought maybe a fresh reinstall would help fix the problem. However I have just noticed that everytime I reinstall the game after removing it (I remove it properly with the uninstall feature that comes with the game) I have less space on my hard drive than before, when I installed it the first time I still had about 35GB after the install & now after I have uninstalled and reinstalled a few times I only have about 28GB, does anyone know what this problem is?

Answer:Solved: Hidden game files taking up space!? Please help!

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Noticed that there are several files generated dynamically on the system with the name BIT*.tmp each of size 20 to 30MB and they keep increasing in number sequentially untill the hardisk is filled. All but the most recent of them can be deleted. When trying to delete the most recent it gives a message that its in use but occassionally it can be deleted. After a few minutes these files reappear independent of of having a net connection.

Please advice next course of action.

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Answer:Problem of many BIT*.tmp files taking up space on hard disk

One of your programs might be creating those BIT*.tmp files. Can you upload one or two of them to and see what it reports back?

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there are three huge pending.xml files located in the winsxs sub directory the largest one is over 12gb!

I no longer have any space left on the boot drive c: which is a 64gb Ssd..

Can anyone help with suggesting what the best course of action is to take.

I have previously had space issues and have compressed the drive, removed the swap file from the Ssd to the bigger data drive run disk cleanup to remove restore points etc

Answer:Winsxs/pending.xml files taking up all disk space

Winsxs is not a normal folder it contains symbolic links to files that are actually located all around the system folders - unfortunately symbolic links are designed to report size and other information to windows explorer as that of the endpoint files not the few bytes that the links actually take.

If you look at the winsxs folder as it really is then you would see an actual size of less that 1% of that reported by File Explorer, so to clear this folder you will need to uninstall the programs that are generating the linked files and then performing a disk clean-up

This utility may help grasp the issues involved

NTFSLinksView - View NTFS symbolic links and junction points

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Hey there - trying to get rid of some trojan horse stuff in my system32 Win folder but not sure if this has anything to do with it as well...
Notice that the Used Space is 84.5GB but also something near 90.75GB if you look at the space used in bytes. It's the same story with the Free Space.

This suggests to me that something is using up space, but not successfully covering its' tracks...Help Please!


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I was transferring *.mp3 files amongst other things to my D drive, when i went and checked Under Properties the moved files seemed to free the space up from my C drive..I checked the c drive and it said i had 136 mgs left on it..then a few minutes later if that, i would go back and check the drive space on C Drive and it would say 15 megs. I'm kinda perplexed to how that happend. Is there something that i'm not doing right..Any at all info would be much appreciated.


Intel P4 1.5 CPU
Intel 845 MB
384 Ram
C:10 gig
D:55 Gig

Answer:Moving files and loosing Harddrive space

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i was copying some files into my external HDD, into a folder called, "ABCDE". a few days later, when i plugged in the HDD into my laptop again, that whole folder was gone, along with alot of the other files. some of the files can still be seen. however, i was sure i did not somewhat accidentally delete the files, as the stuff visiblr to me on the HDD is only 28 GB or so, and when i clicked on "properties" for the HDD, it states that 240 GB was used. I tried recreating the folder "ABCDE" again so as to re-copy my files in, but Windows said a folder with "ABCDE" already existed, and asked if I wanted to merge the two folders together, although Windows search results on the HDD came out with no results. clicking on "Merge" did nothing at all, there was still no "ABCDE" folder. I have tried clicking on the "view hidden folders" option, and $RECYCLE.BIN and $AVG. turned up, (i did a stupid thing to delete $AVG. in a rash moment) and the next time i plugged my HDD into my laptop, an additional RECYCLER folder popped up. i switched off the hidden folders option and $RECYCLE.BIN was still there, and still is now. thinking it may have been a virus, I scanned using McAfee, and McAfee was actually scanning files that I had in my HDD, but cannot be seen by me, and cannot be searched by Windows. How do I solve this problem?

Answer:Files missing from external hard drive but still taking up space

Welcome to Seven Forums yejohn. A few things to try. Download Space Sniffer, and see if it sees ABCDE. Download Everything, and see if it can find the ABCDE folder. A Guy

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I was searching around my computer and noticed that my (D:) drive was almost completely full despite the fact that I have no music, pictures, or files currently on this computer. So I did some investigating with WinDirStat (A program that some people on another forum recommended) and figured out that it was these weird files that are about 215 MB a piece. When you open them with Notepad it just comes up with a bunch of what looks like Chinese characters. I couldn't get a picture of that though, because it wouldn't load again. I am using a Samsung Laptop that is running Windows 7. I do think it is worth noting that I do run Eraser on this computer about once a week, the reason being is I'm not much of a computer guy and like to keep my life as separate from the PC world as possible, so I like to wipe my computer out often in case it ever gets stolen or something. (I've read about people stealing computers and then running recovery software and stealing info that had been entered into the internet and old pictures and stuff)


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When someone tells you they?re running out of hard drive space, the first thing you would probably tell them to do is to clean up the system using a program such as CCleaner to remove all the junk and temp files which can take up a few Gigabytes. Uninstalling old software might free up some more depending how many useless programs they have installed.

Even after doing those things, your system might still be left with less that 10% free space remaining and Windows doesn?t really like that. Other areas of the drive might have been filled in folders you wouldn?t normally look in. For instance, I?ve seen the Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder take over 50GB of space and that folder is not somewhere you or a cleaning program would usually check.

The standard thing to do would be to check the properties of each top level folder and navigate your way down until the culprit files and folders are found. This could certainly waste a lot of time and isn?t efficient. Thankfully there are much better solutions for how to find out what files and folders are taking up hard drive space, and here?s a selection of 8 free tools to do just that.

1. TreeSize Free

TreeSize Free is a popular tool because it?s fast and within seconds gives you a fair idea which root folders are taking up the most space. The occupied proportion of space each folder takes up is show by a series of graphical bars, and when you click to open each subfolder, the same bar layout shows the space propo... Read more

Answer:8 Free Tools to Find What Files and Folders are Taking Up Hard Drive Space

Here are two more that should have been listed:

MeinPlatz "My-Place"



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Hello. I'm having a very weird problem: I copied some very large files to a hard drive were they appear to be missing, even though the free space stated in "This PC" (aka My PC) indicates that the files indeed were transferred.

I just installed Windows 8.1 into a laptop, formatting the whole disk using the normal Windows 8.1 installer. I then removed the hard drive from the laptop and hooked it up to my desktop computer (running Win 8.0), where I had backed up my files prior to formatting.* I thus transferred the files from my desktop's HDD to the laptop's HDD, copying them to x:\Users\Public\Downloads (x being my laptop's hdd drive letter in my desktop computer).**

After that, I replaced the hdd back into the laptop and booted up. Here comes the problem: the files don't show up, c:\Users\Public\Downloads appears to be empty. The folder properties for c:\Users\Public\Downloads indicates that it is empty. However, in "This PC" (the current "My PC"), the used disk space indicates that the files were indeed copied. (The folder weights several hundred gigabytes, and it was a brand new install of Windows. The used disk space increased by the the missing folder's size, so I know they must have transferred somehow.)

I tried searching for a couple of specific files that are in the "phantom" folder, but they don't show up in Windows Search (win+f). I also tried showing hidden files in Windows Explorer, but they don't show up either. AF... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Puzzling event: copied files not showing up while still taking up disk space

Run Check Disk on the drive. Go to Search and type CMD right click the CMD results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Command Prompt type chkdsk /F and press enter. Now type a Y for Yes and reboot the computer. Check Disk should find any orphaned files and remove them.
If that doesn't work try Unhide.exe

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Now that I've finished with my netbook for college, and I'm back using it for personal use, I want to reinstall xp back on it. 
Don't ask me why, I'm not really sure myself, so I'm not too bothered, just a little curious.
A while ago, after I had to reinstall xp from factory settings because I messed it up, I followed what one you advised me, to burn the recovery image to DVD.
So I've done that, and I'd like to just restore to xp.
I don't have the recovery partition as felt no need to have it, and still feel no need really, but I got the recovery disks I created.
The other day I booted into the Acer eRecovery on the disk to restore to factory settings, but it comes up saying something like this...
"there's not enough space on the drive to store temporary files"
So I can't get anywhere.
I originally had the HDD split up into lots of partitions,
One for cloud storage, 
One for downloads, 
One for the desktop, 
And one for apps etc, and thought that was the reason so I completely wiped the whole drive using windows 8 release preview disk and formatted the whole drive to one partition and it still says the same.
So what other methods would you suggest I try with the partitioning?
It's an Acer one 715h.
Like I said I'm not too bothered, but it would be nice to work it out.
Jase Wolf

Answer:Acer one restore to factory settings from disk saying "not enough space for temporary files".

It may be talking about space on the DVD.
Create an 8GB partition (x) and copy the DVD files to that and then try to run from the partition.

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 I have a computer that has their "c: drive" almost full (221 gb drive). Every time it boots a message comes up saying "Windows created a temporary paging file on your computer because of a problem that occurred with your paging file configuration when you started your computer. The total paging file size for all disk drives may be somewhat larger than the size you specified." So first I tried adjusting the Virtual Memory BUT, I only have a drive C and a previous drive that is no longer there. So I am not for sure what drive to set my virtual memory to because there is not enough space on C drive with it being almost completely full and the one drive is non-existent. I am sure its a easy fix and im missing a step but i appreciate the help guys   Thanks!

Answer:Low Disk Space "Temporary File Space Error"

I would type Run in the search box. Start it and then in the Run box type %temp%. This will open up the temp folder for the current user. These files are safe to delete. Log in to every other user and use the same command. Once those are deleted, use Ccleaner to clear all the browser cache then set the Paging file to 1.5 times the RAM on the system.

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So I was always able to run a game called pirate101 by kingsisle on my mac and its virus free so I know its not the problem. One day it stopped working and I kept getting told to install and download Mcafee virus protection but I don't understand whats
wrong. It said I had 29.00 GB of disk space available but now it says there's only 21MB available I don't see how this is possible.

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hey hey!
my computer has been infected with a virus
its too late to turn back and fix it. so im going to reboot it
now i need to back up say 60gb
any recommendations or warnings?
thanks, just need to know so i dont blast out my money on a piece of s**t like i usually end up doing rofl

Answer:getting a new 2nd harddrive for temporary storage, any recommendations?


First, "reboot", technically is just turning on the power. So, I'm fairly certain that you meant "reformat" and then reinstall the OS.

Second, I don't understand why you would want a 2nd drive for "temporary" storage. I like to put my files on the second drive, and just use the 1st drive for the OS (as much as possible).

Third, do we know if the files you're going to transfer have been infected also? So they need to be scanned with completely up to date anti-virus program before you put them anywhere. After all the virus came from somewhere, didn't it?

4: Here's the superstition: I generally just buy a duplicate of the drive I already have, since I figure that 2 of the same drives are the most likely to play nicely together.

This post should probably be in "Storage and Networking", not other hardware. But moreover, you should seek help with your virus problem from the "Security and the Web" forum before you do anything else.

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MS Access 2003 throws the above error on a query that worked fine last week.
Processes up to 8 - 10%
Network up to 2.5%
RAM up goes up slightly to < 1G of the 4G
Everything looks normal here...

User is Local Admin

Need anything else?

This job would sooo much easier if wasn't for all the users and their problems!

Answer:Not enough space on temporary disk.

Read this. It might help.

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MS Access 2003 throws the above error on a query that worked fine last week.
Processes up to 8 - 10%
Network up to 2.5%
RAM up goes up slightly to < 1G of the 4G
Everything looks normal here...

User is Local Admin

Need anything else?

Answer:Not enough space on temporary disk.

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I have a Fujistu laptop with Windows 7 home premium with an i3 processor. This my personal laptop which I want to install Windows Server 2008 as a dual boot system for my server class at college. When I try to install Server 2008 I get the message(Not enough space for temporary files). I have a 500 gigabyte hard drive. It has 5 different sections. C 150 GB free, D 214 GB free and F 9.75 GB free. One of the other sections is the recovery partition. The last one has only 250 MB capacity with 214 MB free. I didn't create this section. I read on the internet the installation disk for Server 2008 was looking at this section. C drive is where my OS is. Does anyone have a solution?

Answer:Not enough space for temporary file

Empty the D: partition...and try again...When you run setup point it to D:Warning:...mess up this step and you may bugger your Win7 install

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Sorry if this is the wrong forum.

Yesterday my external hard drive was working fine. Today I open it and there's a new folder called Pfiles...I am not running linux...and a tmp file. I delete the tmp file and try to delete Pfiles but it won't delete. Weird. So I open one of the folders and see that it's now empty, as are almost all of my other folders and subfolders. My daughter's folder however has her movies on the main subfolder, but subfolders in this folder are also empty.

The hard drive is showing half full...exactly what it should assuming I could access all the files. So what can I do? I've enclosed a screenshot of the Disk Management screen for this drive. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Help with external hard drive. Files "missing" but still taking up space on the drive

Hi djfl,

External Hard-drives come in different types, some of them are, External storage devices and Automatic back-up devices.

If it is an automatic back-up device then data might be backed-up on the External Hard?drive without user intervention.

If it is an External storage device the files might be hidden. This could be the reason why the external Harddrive is showing half full. We can check if the files are hidden, please use the following link for detailed instructions to unhide folders: Hidden Files and Folders Option - Add or Remove

Please revert back for clarification.

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I asked this a few weeks ago, elsewhere (not sure now where) about transferring data from one computer to a new one.

I was told to take out the OLD hd, unplug the cd-rom of the new computer, plug the old hd into this plug, and save the info from it onto the new hd.

I didn't have the new computer at the time (and it's not mine, it's someone else's I'm helping with it. She doesn't want me taking her new computer apart to do this

The basic question about this (now) is.... I can take her old computer, take the hd out, put it in MY computer, plugging it in instead of the CDROM (which is my E drive) then burn the files from this onto a CD using my CD burner which is my D drive?

Before I take my pc case off I wanted to check and see if I have this right. The CD Rom plug will fit on the HD and it will turn the HD (from old computer) into the E drive- to take the files and folders from?

(It amazes me that I can talk computer

What we were trying to do is zip the folders and send them to her mail, but for some reason the "zip and email" option doesn't come up on her setup.

So, I remembred the plugging in the hd where the CD ROM goes idea.

I have WIN 98SE and the old hd is WIN 98 (if that matters in this)

Also, for whoever did the Halloween decorations, I love the logo!)



Answer:Taking data off harddrive

The old HDD does use the same connections as the CD drive.


The CD will probably be connected as a Slave drive, and the old HDD will certainly be a Master if it was the boot drive. Therefore you need to set the jumpers from Master (possibly no jumpers) to Slave on the back of the drive. A key to where they go should be on the drive label. All brands tend to be different as to the settings, there is no standard way.

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I have just finished installing "Sony Vegas Pro 8.0". When I click on setup file it says, "There was an error reading this install package. The install package is either corrupt or your temporary folder is out of disk space."

Answer:Temporary folder is out is disk space :(

I recommend you clean out the temp files and give it another try. That will tell you whether ts due to a full temp file or possibly a corrupt install package. You should clean out the temp files periodically anyway, just good maintenance practice.

I recommend the use of ATF Cleaner. A small efficient utility/ Very useful. And its FREE


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Dear all,
please help me. I have Vista Business. Recently I found out that the space on my hard driver C: is reducing day by day. I check and found out that my temporary internet folder contains 13 GB of info!!!. I was not able to clean it!!! I tried to scan it for viruses - no effect. I tried DISC CLEAN - no effect. I try manual cleaning the files - no effect. I found out that there is a LOW folder in my TEMPORARY INTERNER FOLDER. This LOW folder is filled with files without extension. The name of this files is EIGHT DIGITS DESH EIGHT DIGITS. The names look like this: "00000012-00000000" without extension. The dates of this files are after each time I turned on my explorer. Please help me. Is this some kind of worm?! How to removed it. I am out of options.

Thank you in adwance.

Answer:My C:/ is out of space, while my Temporary internet folder is 13 GB!!!


You have Vista Business, that edition makes what is called shadow copies, these copies take a lot of space. Follow these instructions to clear them.

How Can I Delete Volume Shadow Copy from C: Drive

They do serve a purpose, they allow you to go back in time to restore files, etc as desired.

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- I'm looking for a visual aid in how to take out a harddrive. I've tried online but came up short.

- There's a metal brace, with 2 screws, that is holding the HD in place and once I took the screws out, it would not come out.

- I'm also asking if there is anything I should unplug before taking it out.

- If anyone could be of service or lead me in a good direction, I'd appreciate it...Thanks

Answer:- Good web site for taking out your harddrive??


The HD is secured from both sides. It sounds like your drive is in a large bay and has the adaptor rails attached to it to make the mechanical connection to the bay's frame.

You will have to remove the opposite side of the case to access the screws to totally release the drive rails.

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Say I want to upload some files on their space/site whatever for temporary and access them later online., and grab it back from their site etc. So like online hard drive.

I know itheirs FTP but thats confusing.

Answer:Any free sites on the net that allow space for temporary storage

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error message when trying to load tomtom 5 maps from cd 'not enough free space on temporary folder. cannot run setup.' i am running xp home on a sony vaio vgn-a115s and this is very frustrating as i am unable to register this product untill i have coupled the programme with a map. i have tried increasing the size of the temporary internet folder but i dont think this is the same folder used for setup cd.

Answer:insuficient free space on temporary folder

Try running Disk CleanupStart - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup

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ok here we go again im so bad with computers its unreal.... i learned how to keep my web history from being deleted but now i think it may be taking up my memory?? can it do this i always thought the web history was just on the internet not my hardrive but if it is on my hardrive can i undo what i did so i can go ahead and delete everything from the last three weeks.. i went into my computer and changed it from .o to .1 to keep it from being deleted is there a way to reverse this??

Answer:if my web history is never deleted is that taking up my harddrive memory?

The history will take space on the hard drive. What did you change when you did this?

i went into my computer and changed it from .o to .1 Click to expand...

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I am using self booting Spotmau 2009 it found 2000000 files in the unformat mode but then it switched to a window with an orange bar that keeps refilling saying constructing a file list, it has been doing so for nearly a full day now. Is this time too long or normal for such a thing? Should I be looking into another program?

I was installing linux mint and it was not suppose to delete windows and my mp3s but I must have made a mistake. Oh please help me, Ive lost photos and mp3s, books, papers, so much, please help.

Answer:erased harddrive, using Spotmau to recover,taking too long

I'd try another recovery program like Test Disk.

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I'm hoping somebody can help me, with some weird behavior in IE11, we have been running IE9 due to some legacy web applications but are now in the stages of upgrading to IE11.
Once I have ran the installer and upgraded to IE11 and log on with the account that ran it (user 1) everything works fine as expected.
When I log on with another domain account (user 2) they experience issues where websites can't cache, so they are unable to open pdf documents some web applications won't run etc.
If I rollback to IE9 everything works as expected for all users.
I've narrowed this down to the section in internet options\browser history\Temporary Internet Files. The files setting gets set to blank and disk space to 0 after user 2 logs in. However if user 2 presses the view files button it takes the to the correct
folder. Permissions of the folder is authenticated users full control which has historically been fine with older versions of IE.

I've tried changing different things in the registry but nothing seems to work.

Machine and user have been removed from all group policy and in case of a conflict but still persists. I've also tried logging in with domain admin but that also shows the same in the temporary internet files folder.

Has anyone else experienced this? 

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I am not a computer professional.I have run a disk tree scan and found that a file called CBS.log is taking all the space. i cannot delete it, and disk repair doesnt seem to work.

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Hey besides taking out the few programs I have on C:, what XP files can I delete to make a 20mb+ difference in HD space? Obviously still have XP working.

Reason I want to do this is because is because I want to reinstall Americas Army and I have the .exe (Winzip self extractor) in C: and when you run it, it puts files in the Temp (I think?). So any way to go around freeing up space?

I have a C: and a D: by the way.

Answer:XP taking up to much space, need to cut

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I am running Windows XP sp3.
Have a 37GB hard drive.
It is showing that I only have 17.6GB Free.
Near as I can see Windows takes up 1.6 GB
Programs take up 1.47 GB

I have cleaned up, deleted almost everything, as I am preparing to give this to my son.
There is no music, no video, only 197 MB of photos.
Over all less than 2 GB of anything else.(a generously conservative guess)

There should be at least some 30GB of free space.

I suspected that System Restore may be holding it. I read somewhere to turn it off and then to turn it on again.
So I did that. It was off 2 days and since I shut it down at nite, it has been restarted 2 times, and still there are
no changes. I did the Clean Up System Restore too.

So where is all they mystery data/files, and how do I view them and delete them?

Answer:What is taking up so much space?

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I have a generic PC 80gig HD windows XP HOME

and I have a 1terrabyte usb hard drive

i have taken all my music, pictures and documents off the regular hard drive and put them on the terrabyte thingy

however I still only have2.6 gig free on the 80gig hd

what could be using up all that space?- how could I find out?

I'm a complete ***** when it comes to computer, so if anyone can help me, assume I am brain dead and can only understand baby talk of the simplest kind

Answer:What's taking up all the space?

Could be any number of things. Here is a good program you should play with while waiting for someone to help you troubleshoot:

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Is there a way I can find out what programs on my pc are taking up the most space?

Answer:How can I tell what is taking up space?

Try DriveUse:

or Disktective:

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Hi there. I wanted to re-format my girlfriend's laptop and install Windows XP Pro on it. She already had XP Home on it. I ran the install thinking that somewhere it would prompt me to re-format the hard drive, but it never did. So I ended up with an install of both Home and Pro on it. I tried to delete the partition the Home install was on, but it wouldn't let me because it was on the C:\ drive. So it just loads the Pro. I looked at the hard drive properties to see if it had just overwritten the the old install, and it said that 10 gigs out of 40 were being used. I don't think XP Pro takes up ten gigs, so I'm thinking the old install (and all of its files) are still there. How the heck do I format this thing and get a fresh install of Pro on it?!

Answer:XP Pro Taking Up 10 GB's of Space?

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I am running IE8 on Windows 7 (Home Premium 64bit). My Temporary Internet Files folder is C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5. I have enabled Show Hidden Files and Folders and removed the tick for Hide Protected Operating System files.

I've noticed that streamed .wma file appeared as .dat file in the temporary internet folder. I've tried copying it to the desktop and changed the extension to .wma but it will not play at all. I have the same problem in another laptop running Windows Vista. In Windows XP platform, I have no problem retrieving the streamed files as they are saved in the original file format (i.e. .mp3 or .wma) in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Please advise.

Thank you & regards

Answer:.wma files appears as .dat files in Temporary Internet Files folder

I'm have difficulty understanding the real problem since I have always set my browsers to delete at the end of a session, I use CCleaner to delete junk (read stuff in the temp folder).

In any case, you can help us by updating your system specs.


User CP (3rd item in the top menu bar) |
in left-hand column, under Your Profile, Edit System Spec |

Use Speccy - System Information - Free Download
and/or SIW to gather info for filling in the blanks.

Do me a favor and add the word laptop or desktop to the ?system manufacturer? block.

Use the ?Other Info? block for Optical Reader, Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor

Scroll down and click on the SAVE CHANGES button.

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Since upgrading to windows 10 from 7 a few months ago I have been unable to use edge or cortana.
Edge will sometimes load a website but VERY slowly - about 10 mins. Chrome works fine.
All other aspects of the upgrade work fine.
The only strange thing I have noticed is that in Internet Options the Temporary Internet File location is blank and Disk space set to 0. I can not change either of them.
I have tried resetting w10 apps and resetting explorer - no change.
Any ideas anyone?

Answer:Internet Options Temporary File location blank, Disk Space 0

I used it for a while, to watch American Football, but it freezes to much so I dumped it for Chrome wich has not these problems.

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Since upgrading to windows 10 from 7 a few months ago I have been unable to use edge or cortana.
Edge will sometimes load a website but VERY slowly - about 10 mins. Chrome works fine.
All other aspects of the upgrade work fine.
The only strange thing I have noticed is that in Internet Options the Temporary Internet File location is blank and Disk space set to 0. I can not change either of them.
I have tried resetting w10 apps and resetting explorer - no change.
Any ideas anyone?

Answer:Internet Options Temporary File location blank, Disk Space 0

I used it for a while, to watch American Football, but it freezes to much so I dumped it for Chrome wich has not these problems.

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Temporary files are more in my phone how to clear those stuff?

Answer:Why mobile 8x taking more space?

Follow the advice here to clear things up -

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Hi, I have a relatively new sony viao. My biggest programs/files I have installed on it is 8GB of itunes & 6GB worth of photos. I am supposed to have 179GB of hard drive..........I have LESS than 1GB free!! I have searched & searched for files??? I can be browsing the internet & not using anything else & this figure changes?! On start up I check & it can say I have 4GB free of hour later I will get all the usual 'low disc space' pop ups & there is less than 1GB??!Someone suggested that I may have a rogue file.....but how do I identify it if this is the case? I'm not convinced it is this......but what else could be happening?There is no restrictions on user accounts & file space available.

Answer:What is taking up all my disc space??

Run system tools/disk cleanup and choose "more options" and "clean up system restore and shadow copies".This will delete all but the most recent restore point and usually claims back a lot more free space.

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Hello, I am trying to clean up the disk in my T42 and it looks like almost 50% of the space is used by the backups created by the IBM pre-installed sofware.  Is there a way to delete some of the back-ups? Thanks,Ironman

Answer:Backups taking up 50% space

Hello, go to start --> programs -->thinkvantage. Then choose R&R there will be an option to delete old backups. Greets

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Hey... I have a hard drive C: which is 53.7GB total. And i also have a drive D: which has 224GB total.

The problem is i have only SMALL programs ( 0-50MB) and stuff like that on C: The drive gets fuller and fuller from time to time and i can't seem to handle it... I delete as much stuff as i can and it still wont help much. When i got the pc it was more than half of C: free. now its only around 6GB and that's not enough for me. I was wondering if there's any way to find out whats taking up so much space, and delete it?


Answer:Solved: Something taking up space on C:

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Hi I have a nokia lumia 520 with windows 8. i recently got dungeon hunters 4 but didn't like it and replaced it with asphalt 8 and now my system says there's no space. When I checked the phone storage, it turned out that my system was taking up 5.5 GB . Any help???? Please????

Answer:system taking up too much space

Originally Posted by Roderick bordon Hi I have a nokia lumia 520 with windows 8. i recently got dungeon hunters 4 but didn't like it and replaced it with asphalt 8 and now my system says there's no space. When I checked the phone storage, it turned out that my system was taking up 5.5 GB . Any help???? Please???? - Backup (for subsequent restore)
- Hard reset
- Restore
You can try to clear up some space w Lumia Storage check ... or wait for Lumia Cyan

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Hi All

I just bought an external hard drive after running out of space. I transfered all my Video, Music & Pics to it and freed up about 80Gb. The problem is, i still have 100GB on my C drive an after searching all even cannot find what is taking up all this space??

I've made sure everything i've transfered to my external is deketd from my C drive.

Can anyone suggest how i should approach this? or offer any suggestions as to what this might be? Is there a way i can view all the files on my c drive and sort them by size? (i've tryed this in explorer but it does not sirt them?)

Thanks for your help

My OS is XP Pro

Answer:Whats Taking up all my HD Space?

Try the disk space viewer at the link below.Place your pointer on any of the rectangles and it will show the properties.

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Does anybody out there know if I can send past year's version of this program to my external hard drive?

Thanks for your advice

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Does anyone know what these files are?

I had to unhide system files to view them

Answer:taking up lots of space

They look like registry recovery files. They are dynamically written. You better leave them alone.

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This is specifically about a USB stick in Win 7, but I bet it's a larger issue.I put my stick in (!) today and tried to copy a folder, but was told there was no room on the stick. What? There's hardly anything on it!If I look at the stick in Windows Explorer, I see a small abandoned temp file and and two subdirectories:The subdirectories don't have much in them:        |       But apparently Windows THINKS there's a lot on this disk:Now, before you can say "Hidden files":AND I have the "protected files" SHOWING, so anything weird ought to pop up, yes?It's not important - I will either just "wipe empty space" in cCleaner or reformat. I just don't understand what's the cause of this.Thanks!

Answer:What's Taking Up All the Disk Space?

USB devices can be annoying. That was true before Windows 7 came along.What about other USB sticks?What it you put it in another PC?Was the thing formatted in Win 7 ?

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I've just installed Windows XP on C: drive which I am keeping only for the os, I haven't installed any other programs on this drive, but still the Windows folder is 10GB big, why is that? Why is XP taking this much space?

Thankyou for your help.

Answer:Windows XP taking too much space on HD

Did you format when you installed? If not do you have other files that were stored on there before you installed?

Other than that i would have to ask where you got this copy of XP from. If it was from less that legit ways it could be full of spyware and other apps. That could be taking up some space but i dont see it being that much.

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On my Lenovo 3000 N200 with Vista Home basic, C: (using property) is showing 101G used 4.2 G free, but when I add up the size of the folders under C:, they only add up to 20G.  I understand there is a service partition that is invisible, and this is around 20G.  But where is the other 80G ? Help !


Go to Solution.

Answer:Cannot see what is taking up disk space

Use caution with any of these ideas, your system may be set up differently!!Before you start deleting things, determine what exactly is taking up the space. 1. Could be Lenovos Rescue and Recovery backup files,I think these can be deleted through the program. I do not use it,so can not tell you how. 2. Or maybe Vistas windows restore files and shadowstorage.Try disk cleanup, part of vista? Delete restore files, and then createa new restore point. 3. I have used this command from a command prompt window,right click, run as administrator. Website Link with explanation; vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=4GB  maxsize can be changed.Type  vssadmin /?  for parameters. EDIT: Changed the command syntax.

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So i have just done a Brand new clean install of Windows 7. I formatted my Hard drive, so that i could have a back up drive with Windows 7. I have left over space and tryed adding it to Windows 7 Partiton, but it wont let me, So i download Partition Wizard, to try and get windows to take the space but no luck.

Answer:Free space taking over HD

What have you tried? Resizing Win7 into the space with Partition Wizard? Did you Apply and have it reboot to do the resizing? Then what happened?

I've never seen Free Space before. Usually it's Unallocated space. Anyone know what it is and how to Resize a Win7 partition into Free space if it won't work with Partition WIzard?

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hello,ever since i installed my os (about a year ago i think) the disk space on my drive was reducing weekly, it started around 15 GB and has reached like 37.8 nowi install nothing on this driver, the only things i can think about which are taking the space are windows updates.i constantly erase temps and defrag weeklycan this be fixed?thanks in advance

Answer:OS Drive taking too much space (Win 7)

Your OS should never increase disk space used by what you are saying? How do you know it is the OS doing this? Are you uploading things to your computer, adding new software? Can you give us full system specs please and a general idea of what you have been uploading to your computer.

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Hi all,

I have a 5Gb partition purely for XP Pro. Its got to the stage now where that partition is completely full. I've tried clearing temp. internet files etc as the ballon suggests (baloon tells me I'm running out of space on that partition), but this only takes off a few hundred Mb at best, and the extra space is soon filled again.

It then suggests removing windows components that aren't used. To be honest, there's very little to remove in here as most things aren't installed. I've had a look through a lot of folders on that partition to seeif there's much I can remove, but I haven't found much to clear out.

Han anyone suggest why there is now so much room taken by XP Pro? When I first installed it, it took up about a Gb (I think), and also anyone think of what files I could look to removing?

Many thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:XPPro now taking up 5Gb of space!

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I installed SP2 and i just noticed i only got 10GBs left... out of 55, im not sure if that pack took all my space away, because i didnt check the GBs before installing, so does anyone know if installing SP2 takes up alot of space?

Answer:SP2 taking up alot of space?

It's not SP2. It could be a virus. Have you run a recent scan?

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My computer is running really slow, I left my computer on last night and there was a msg that said low disk space 90mb available; now this morning the msg says 16mb available. I haven't done anything and I don't understand why or where my space is so little. Please Please Help me?

Answer:I can't figure out what's taking up space

Hi and welcome

Please stick to your original thread here:


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I've tried to update my laptop from W7 to W10 for the last 2 days. Each time I try my laptop redownloads and tries a reinstall. With each redownload more space is taken up on my C: drive to the point now that I don't have enough memory to try another update. How can I clear out this newly taken up space to try another install?

Answer:Taking up more space with each installation try

Use the built in windows Disk Cleanup utility and select the "Remove system files" option (or something like that, can't remember exactly what the option is, but it's right on the front window). You can find the Disk Cleanup utility under either Windows Accessories or Windows Administrator Tools - again, can't remember which.

Then try doing the upgrade with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool:
Windows 10

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No new posts so....I had a 150GB hard drive with errors about every 21 seconds. My computer guy replaced it with SATA WD Caviar 500GB. Now when I go to mycomputer and it shows 75GB in use and 147GB total.Not 500 and I normally only have about 30 or 40GB in use. Computer Locks up on me at least 3 times a day and on some files almost every time I try to use them.

Is there something to tell me what is taking up space on the hard drive and why does my computer not "see" the 500GB Hard drive.

Can all ot his be related to the lock ups (no curser movement, no Ctrl/Alt/Del)
no "X" out must cut power off.


Answer:What is taking up hard drive space

I had similar issue, the culprit is kaspersky lap edition.. it has so much files I guess update files taking my space. I removed it and everything gets file.

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I am using Lumia 720 preview for developers version. I have all apps installed in SD card. If i do storage check in my phone in others column 1.7GB occupied. How to remove those files. when connected to PC nothing showing. In storage check system OS memory is 1.9GB but in Storage sense it shows 3.1GB. Why this difference and how to erase memoery occupied in others.

Answer:Why my phone storage taking more space in 720?

The "Others" includes "everything else" (the "other" stuff) on your phone that doesn't belong to the known storage categories. Files in the "other" category are usually created by apps and services on the phone and cannot be deleted by the user. Some examples of "other" files include the database for your phone contacts and the files temporarily storing the latest from your social network newsfeeds. Here's the basic formula we use to calculate it:
total storage capacity ? size of storage categories ? free storage space = "other"
If you want to erase the content of Others in SD card then format the SD card.(Backup your stuff before formatting).
Format the Card by connecting it to PC.
If u want to get rid of "Others" present in the internal memory then do a hard reset.
Caution: Hard reset will erase everything that is present on your phone i.e: apps,images,music,contacts,etc.
If u want to do hard reset then enable backup in your phone(sms and app list) and then only proceed with hard reset. After the hard reset add you Microsoft account and all other account linked to your phone and sync them.
Note: all the apps will have to be downloaded again.

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hey everyone. i understand that this is a windows 7 forum, but i have had a significant amount of help from this forum in the past and was hoping to see if anyone can help me with a windows xp x64 problem. on my desktop, we have two users with admin rights (myself and one more person) and when I go to the documents and settings directory, windows tells me it occupies over 40Gb. under docs and settings, there are two copies of each users files. for example, theres my own documents, and then theres another file that says Mikey.MIKE (my username). what is the point in the additional file? is it just from an old backup that i never realized that we had? ive attached a screen capture of what the documents and settings directory looks like in case someone needs a better picture.

Answer:Docs and Settings taking up way too much space

Hi Big Red

Sorry for asking, but is this problem recent?


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Greetings everyone. I have a DELL Inspiron 1200, I've had since 2005 and all goes well with it, I take it apart at times and make sure the fans and things are going great. A while back I took all my ipod music off because this was taking up too much space (16GB of the 40 given), I don't know why, but my C drive days i have used 32.8GB of space and 1.25GB free. I don't know where all that space is being taken up, does anyone have a idea? Is this Ghost space, are my music files still on here somewhere or is there something, somewhere hiding? If so, how do i get free space back? Thanks, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:trying to figure out what is taking up so much space on Dell

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4800+, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1917 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 49999 MB, Free - 8298 MB; D: Total - 10000 MB, Free - 7137 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, Nettle
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled
I am deeply confused due to the fact that I have not downloaded a lot of programs yet the drive says only about 8 GB free is available out of 48.8 GB space. I have tried everything!! Disk cleanups, deleting unused files, deleting unused programs etc. please help!!!

Answer:Solved: What is taking up all of my Drive C: space?

This program should help you out.

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Title says it all.
But i saw some on websites that they use partition manager

But i don't know what will happen if i defrag my system ( Yeah, i'm a noob )

So if someone out there would take their time just to help me will be most appreciated.

But if you have another method, would be happy to know.
And one thing. Please don't make your explanation a little complicated. Cos' as i said, i'm a noob


Answer:How do i make my C: bigger by taking some space from D:

If you fill in your system specs, we could provide better answers. At least tell us what kind of drive/drives you have in your computer. If they are not new Solid State Drives, then you should defrag them, but that's unrelated to disk space.

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Hi,I have a laptop computer with windows vista it has 31 gigabytes on the C drive and I only have 574 MB of free space. I have already defraged and used the disk clean up but can't seem to free up enough space. What is taking up so much space? Can I see everything that is taking up space so I can delete some of it. I already looked at all my programs that are installed and it only adds up to a little over 2 gigs. Can any one help me to free up some space?Thank You

Answer:I need to see what is taking up space on my hard drive.

Probably system restore. Download treesize and find out for sure ( of the answer, your hard drive is small by current standards. You might want to consider a larger driver.

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I've been using Win8 CP for about 3 months now, and I'm a bit shocked that my 100Gb partition is almost full. Take note that I have a separate partition for multimedia files other than for OS. I'm also running Win7 on a separate drive and so far it has only taken up around 40+Gb in a span of a little over a year. So I wonder, does Win8 really take up that much space really fast? is it normal? I've already done cleaning up the disk, deleted unused update files, deleted as much trash files I could find.. But still, all I could free is <10gb of space.

Is there any other way I could free more space? Is there something wrong with my Win8? Or is it really normal that it takes up space that fast? I don't really know much about these things that's why I'm here and I'd appreciate for anyone's thought about this.
I found a partition tool which allows you to allot free space from one partition to another, but I'm not yet sure whether to use it or not. I guess I just need to hear other people's opinion first.

Thanks for future responses.

Answer:Win8 taking up too much drive space.

What software do you have installed? Do you have your %Users% folder on a separate hard drive?

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I created a thread on this back in July but I went away shortly after and this got left behind. I decided to create a new thread to make it more focused as in the beginning I didn't know what the issue was and there was a lot of guesswork involved. In case the link is relevant its below but not necessary to see:
how much space is used up doesnt add up

My external HD is 1.5 TB. Right-click/Properties gives 1.05 TB used, 313 GB free.
But if I look at the contents on the right pane of windows explorer, highlight them all and rightclick it shows only 453 GB used. The rest seems to all be occupied in windows backup.

I went to Manage Windows Backup (via Ctrl Panel) and this is what it shows (I'm rounding)
Data File Backup 80GB
Sys Image 550 GB
Other Files 450 GB
Free Space 315 GB
Total Size 1.36 TB

When I click View Backups it says Backup Period May-Sep 2015, 80 GB.

10 mins ago I went to the third section in that window, clicked Change Settings (of the Sys Image) and changed from Let Windows Manage Space for Backup, to Keep only the latest image. Should I have done that? Anyway it didnt make much of a difference. Maybe a few gigs.

I've run WinDirStat but that doesnt show any folder that's unusually large. It does show 5 files with 0 size. 2 are gibberish names, then DAN-PC, then System Volume Information, then Windows Image Backup. Earlier I assume DAN-PC is my backup since that was the only one I was seeing in Explorer, and it had 0 space. And I didnt... Read more

Answer:Windows Backup seems to be taking up too much space

Good ol' Windows Backup, putting things in places you can't see.

Your problem is shadow storage. That's storage that Windows takes up for backups and doesn't let you see without special commands.

Open a command prompt (as Admin) and issue the following command:

vssadmin list shadows
That will show you the "missing" space. Here's a technet article on the use of VSSAdmin. You can delete shadows, manage size, a few others...


Edit: I'm a tad quick at browsing and misconstrued your question :/

What are you trying to save?
IME, backing up a Windows configuration is fairly worthless, especially on a continual basis. What's important? Your files. So keep a copy of all that on a different drive.

Well then you may ask, what do I do if my install gets cheesed?

My suggestion (and practice) is to build a baseline install (install on clean HDD from scratch to desired config) then just SysPrep it. Immediately shut down when done and then take a copy of that drive (clonezilla works well). Now, no matter what happens, you can just copy that image to your drive anytime your PC crashes and it's truly a fresh install each time, but with your configuration desires. Keep your data files on a separate drive (and backed up elsewhere) and there's no need to have Windows try and maintain its degrading code structure.

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I've built a new machine and installed Windows 8.1 and all the updates and i only have 69 GB free of a 111GB SSD.
Take in consideration that i have not a single app installed, I've already ran the disk utility and freed some space.
Can this be because i have a relatively large amount of memory (24GB)?

Answer:Fresh install taking to much space

Yes. Probably the pagefile.sys, Hiberfil.sys are the culprit. Go to the folder options and turn on "Show Hidden Files" and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files ..." then look under C:\ drive. The Pagefile.sys and Hiberfil.sys probably occupy big chunk of your SSD space.

In addition, after installation and running all the updates, look under: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. Those are downloaded updates that have been installed in your PC, you can safely delete those, just make sure Windows Updates is not currently running.

Also from Admin command prompt, run: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

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I was trying to figure out what was taking up so much space on an old Dell tower I'm working on, and after some investigative snooping, I discovered that C:\Documents And Settings\%USERNAME%\Application Data\Apple Computer\Mobile Sync\Backup is a massive 30gb in size!!! In this folder there are 9 folders with names like "3bd3efb13579375b6de4f........" and each folder is full of files with very similar names that basically look like random strings. Is this "Back Up" folder even needed? Could I just delete all but the most recent folder in the "Back Up" folder?


Answer:Apple software taking up A LOT of space

If iTunes is v7 or higher, it looks like you can.
Directions here

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I installed vista ultimate 64 on my old comp and it only took 13gb of space from my 29gb partition. I just now formatted the partition and reinstalled it for my new comp, now it says it is taking up 18gb of space. I looked at all the folders on the partition and it only adds up to about 13gb, so why is it saying there is only 10gb of free space on there?

Answer:Why does it say Vista is taking up 18gb of space?

If you have more memory, your pagefile will be larger.

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I have upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Now, my C drive is almost full with 714GB occupied by "System and reserved". I was in an assumption that, Windows 10 was suppose to take less space. Can you please help me in this.

Answer:Windows taking more disk space

1. How much disk space was used when you had Win 8.1 (so we have a comparison)
2. Windows.old is created- your old Windows folder- and will be there for a month unless you specifically remove it. Thus your used space will increase by at least that much, temporarily. That's what gives you the option to revert to 8.1.
3. Please try using a desktop disk space analyser such as windirstat or spacesniffer and post part of a suitable report or display so what's taking space is visible. Or even a view from a file manager sorted by folder size would help.

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system restore seems to be taking up a lot of space on my computer. Can I do something about this?also....what can i download to find and remove adware/spyware/trojans/virii? how do I reinstall IE?

Answer:system restore taking up too much space

Disabling it comes to mind, if you don't need it. What operating system and how much hard drive and free space do you have?Have you done System Cleanup? Deleted unneccesary files?

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I have an Acer laptop running XP Home SP3. The hard drive, as with Acers, is partitionedDisc C shows a capacity of 25.7 Gb ? 19.4Gb used and 6.27 Gbfree.Disc D has a capacity of 26.2 with 25.9 freeI only use Disc C. I did not think I had a lot on this Disc C. However, when I go into My Computer>properties and look at information about the various files it reads as follows:Acer 111MbDocuments and Settings 4.90 GbIntel Wifi 213KbSysinfo 37MbBook 2.64MbDotnetfix 39.1MbMy Downloads 12MbProgram Files 3.19GbValue Add 8.84MbI386 463MbMy Games 7.58 MbQuickenw 696KbWindows 6.21GbThink I have added these up correctly and they come to nearly 15 Gb. So where is the other 4.4 GB of the 19.4 Gb used and why should Windows be using 6.21GbWould welcome your comments on how to reduce the amount used up on C Disc and what I can do to improve the situation and to find the missing 4.4 Gb

Answer:What is taking up the Space on Hard Drive?

12% for System Restore by default,pagefile and hibernation file usually total over a GB on a modern system to name a few causes. Use this; click here

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