consumed space on my hard drive

January 2, 2010 at 15:34:34
Specs: Windows XP
I recently had a crsh and a new 150 gb drive installed. Originally I had 34 gig og an 80 gig drive used. I was not terribly impressed with the repairs and he said the backup I had done was incorrect. I know what I lost but now my new system is using 84 gig. i have fewer programs my documents is still around 15gig. Where else is all this stuff do you think?

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January 2, 2010 at 15:48:10
Recyclebin reserves 10% of disk space = 15gb
System Restore reserves 10% = 15gb

Even though they are empty , the space is still reserved.

You can adjust the size of each. Rightclick Recyclebin and select properties. For System Restore, go to START> AllProgs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore and click on settings link.

Did the service tech recover your old data and put it in a backup folder somewhere on the new drive?

That would explain where most of your space has gone.

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January 2, 2010 at 20:09:33
He may have put the operating system files ( i386 - about 500 mb ) on your drive.

Check your cache sizes for your browsers. I set them to about 50 mb.
Managing your Internet Explorer Temporary Internet Files
Amount of Disk Space to Use
This shows the amount of disk space that will be allocated for your Temporary Internet Files. By default Windows uses 10 percent of your Windows system partition. This amount can be significant if you use the 10 percent model. It is advised that you change this setting to a lower number such as 50 MB.
Safely Delete the Temporary Internet Files
Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Offline Storage

If your computer is NOT a laptop/notebook then you can stop Hibernate.
Hibernation, reserves disk space equal to your RAM.
The mysterious hiberfil.sys
Go to Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance, Power Options, Hibernate tab, and uncheck the Enable hibernation box.

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January 4, 2010 at 14:52:29
First thanks to all those who answered me the other day. Rebrief, had crash upgraded to 250 gb drive (thought it was 150) originally had 32 gb it has jumped to 83 gb and i can not find it.
Reset recycle from 10% to 5%.
Empty browsers to 50mb and empty cache and do not hibernate.
Downloaded WinDir stat and ran and it says i am using 29.8 and I added it maually it works out.
I am unable to open system restore. If a restore point had been earlier could that bee my problem? Can you unwind a restore point if I could access it.
Thanks again to all of you.

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January 4, 2010 at 15:23:36
"Can you unwind a restore point if I could access it"

Yes, just by resetting to a lower %.

You have to be System Administrator to alter.

Another way to get there is > Start > Control Panel > System.

Windows XP System Restore Guide

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