Vista C Drive Memory Fluctuating/Decreasing

Acer Aspire 5630-6124 notebook
December 15, 2010 at 23:10:39
Specs: Windows Vista, 1.00 GB - 32-bit OS

I have an Acer Aspire 5630 laptop, with Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 2).
Here are the rest of the specs:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T5500 @ 1.66 GHz 1.67 GHz
Memory (RAM): 1.00 GB
System Type: 32-bit Operating System

I've been having problems with my C drive's free disk space. I've been having this issue for quite a while now. It fluctuates frequently, and keeps decreasing in general. For example, it was 2 GB (out of 32.5 GB) free this morning, and now it's 300 MB free). I have only some programs installed. I uninstalled anything that wasn't necessary so I could clear up some space. Also, I don't have any documents/music/pictures stored on my C drive. They're all on the D drive. I don't understand how I could possibly be using 30 GBs.
I've cleared up restore points and checked the settings, which say they're only using 2.8 GB from my hard drive. I don't have the hibernation option enabled. I've also done Disk Cleanup several times, and well as Defragmenter. The most they do is clear up a few 100-150 MBs and such.
I also routinely clean up temporary internet files and the recycle bin. I followed up on most of the advice given on similar posts about decreasing C drive memory (such as clearing out the Prefetch folder, etc) but they had little or no effect.
I'm using Avast now, but previously I had use AVG and McAfee, and neither of them had detected any virus.
I ran the TreeSize thing and I'm posting a link here to my folder-size breakdown.

I'd really appreciate it if anyone could help. I've been struggling to fix this for a while, and can't seem to find a way. If the problem is something I'm not seeing, it would really help to know what I need to do. I'm a proper newbie so I don't know that much about systems/windows/etc but I think I can try.

If any more details are needed, please let me know.

Thanks a lot.

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December 16, 2010 at 02:42:14
It is not memory fluctuating / decreasing, it is your hard disk space that is decreasing.

You may do a couple of things:

1) Reduce the size of System Restore even further,

2) Delete IE temporary files upon exiting IE ( use internet options for this ),

3) Use CCleaner to clean garbage,

4) Reduce the size of page file,

5) Reduce Recycle Bin capacity,

6) Check if you can add more RAM to your notebook.

7) Even if hibernation option is not enabled, the file may be on the C: drive taking up 1 GB of space. You must delete it.


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December 16, 2010 at 05:23:24
Sorry, my hard disk space I meant. (This isn't part of my question, but what's the difference?)

I should reduce the size of system restore to less than 2.8 GB?

I have the delete browsing history option enabled in IE.

I will try CCleaner.

My page file size is 1.3 GB at the moment. I'm of the impression that it should be 1.5 times the size of your memory. So I should reduce it even further?
And how do I delete the hibernation file?

Thanks a lot.

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December 16, 2010 at 06:37:03
The difference is perfection. Memory versus hard disk space.

The answers to your questions:

You can reduce system restore to less than 2.8 GB with no problem. A resore point takes about 300 MB in size. So you will have 3 restore points if you decrease the size to 1 GB.

You can also reduce page file size. If you get error messages often after reducing, you increase it again.

You can delete hiberfil.sys file in C: by unhiding hidden files in Folder Options. You have to show hidden files plus show protected operating system files as well.


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December 16, 2010 at 13:55:46
Virus checker and Windows updates also cause gradual reduction.

The only real way forward is to get your HD cloned onto a larger one and install it.

We all live on a ball.

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