Harddisk is filling up FAST !

March 19, 2007 at 15:52:41
Specs: Vista home premium, 4800 dual core/1028 Mb

I wonder if somebody else have had this problem.
I got my new pc 2-3 days ago, and it had an harddisk of 500 Gigabyte.
Everytime i use the machine i can see the gigabytes on my harddisk go down.
I don't minstall any programs or anything.
It is enough just to play a game or use the internet.
The harddisk drops 1 gigabyte, aproximate every 30 minutes and i can't find out where it goes or what is using it ?
I started with 500 gigabyte 3 days ago, and now i just have 399 left.
If it continues to drop gigabytes at this speed, i won't have any space left on my harddisk before this month has ended ??
I suspect there can be something to do with temporary stored files or something, but i've installed ccleaner and cleaned the harddisk, but it just cleans about 25 Mb each time.

Hope somebody can help me real soon, or i have to buy a new harddisk !

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March 19, 2007 at 16:59:14

Find out precisely where & what is stored on the disk and you are half way there.

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March 19, 2007 at 17:15:47

I know, but that's the problem.
I can't see any files being stored on the harddisk.
I also tried selecting all files on the harddisk and right clicked and choosed preferences to see how many gigabytes is being used by the programs.
After all the files have been counted there seem to be about 30 gigabytes missing which i can't find anywhere ?

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March 19, 2007 at 19:20:40

I have been playing with vista and to me the system restore feature is very hard disk hungry. If you PC is running well turn off system restore and then back on to see how much space you get back. Good luck RSG

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March 19, 2007 at 19:35:27

Vista System Restore can take no more than 15% of available space only if you allow it. You can scale it down to approx 300MB. Never turn off SR - you never know when you will need it.


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March 19, 2007 at 20:13:10

How does one keep it at 300mb then?

Jim R

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March 20, 2007 at 08:15:48

You can reduce the amount of disk space allocated to System Restore. I've used it, have a look here http://vistasupport.mvps.org/decrea... or http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/ar...

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March 20, 2007 at 09:15:53


Well Beg, do you have sharing turned on? If your like sharing the HD with family or friends. Where we just share one account.

Check to see if sharing is turned on.

For the record I am having a bit of the same problem but I don't think it's as bad.
I bought a 120gb drive just for (vista home basic) you see.

Also windows would use some of the drive for system files. I plan to put a limit on this detail soon as I learn more on this OS and how it works.


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March 20, 2007 at 09:18:09

The vssadmin command line tool is what I have read about (but not yet tried) that enables you to change the SR space reserve. If the 300MB is the minumum space then I guess you can set it that low.

One thing I don't get is why did Redmond removed the beloved slidebar feature available in XP SR.


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March 20, 2007 at 09:21:39

Another possibility for the elusive missing disk space is hibernation. If you have 1GB RAM the OS take away 1GB worth of disk space to enable Vista Sleep to work.


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March 20, 2007 at 09:54:04


Try his hard drive scanner. I find it can help you locate this kind of mystery consumed space very easily.



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March 20, 2007 at 16:20:49

Thanks for the reply's everyone !!

Last night when i turned off my comnputer i had 400 GB left on my harddisk, and when i turned it on today i have only 398 GB left.
2 gigabytes have dissappeared just since last night ??
All i have done is turned off computer, gone to work, and get back home and turned on my computer !

I'm new to windows vista so i'm not sure where every resources goes, but you may be right about the system restore setting.
I'll check it out right now !
I also will be trying the tool provided in the link in the last message.

Thanks again everyone !

Ps: If you know of anything else using my gigabytes, then plz let me know.

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March 20, 2007 at 20:12:18

Working with your system restore!

1. Go to my computer and right click (Properties).
2. There you will find (system protection) click on that.
3. Look over your system restore fuctions.

I've learned over time this unit builds up over time so
some of the restore points should be removed!

4. Clikc on the check mark under (Available disks) which should
be your local disk. Clicking this will remove all of your past
restore points, allowing the HD to set some used space free! :)

Reclicking it will allow you to turn it back on.

I'm going to start using this, I mean at least take more control
over what it can and cannot do!

I still think (Sharing) a HD space is a waste of time but hey that's
my option. My friends and I get along just fine without it so.



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March 21, 2007 at 05:56:48

Is there a way you could just use system restore from another harddrive. I know there is a option for that, but I was just wondering if it would just work the same?

Jim R

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