XP folder reads 45GB in properties I only have 80GB HDD

February 11, 2012 at 05:24:20
Specs: Windows XP, Intel T2050 1GB Ram
Widows XP folder reading 45 GB in properties i only have 80 GB drive. Have cleaned up disc ,unloaded most programs, Defragged, gained a couple of GB free space but alarmed that Windows grows about a GB a week.

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#1
February 11, 2012 at 07:52:30
Turn off System Restore to regain a fair amount of disk space.
If free disk space still keeps dropping a lot, you may have a malware infection, in which case you need to post on the Security and Virus forum here: http://www.computing.net/forum/secu...

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#2
February 11, 2012 at 08:23:55
An 80GB HDD is really only 74.5GB (approx). And if you've never tweaked System Restore, the default setting is 12%, so that will account for approx 9GB of space. If you turn off System Restore, then reboot, you'll gain back those 9GB.

If you feel confident in your computer skills, you can leave System Restore disabled. But if you feel you need it, make sure to move the "disk space usage" slider as far to the left as possible. A single system restore point uses between 20-30MB. That means there's approx 30-50 restore points per 1GB of space. The chances of needing to go back that far in time to fix a problem are pretty slim. The minimum for System Restore to work is 200MB. Here's a shot of the slider:

http://www.fixitdesk.com/wp-content...


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#3
February 11, 2012 at 12:32:41
Have you checked the option if hibernation is enabled or not

Also unhide the folders and check if you have any folders hidden(which you might have set previously)


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#4
February 12, 2012 at 05:32:09
Thanks for the hibernation tip. I have done it and saved a GB. With regard to hidden folders, I am not sure what you mean and which folders you refer to. Can you explain in more detail. Many thanks.

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#5
February 12, 2012 at 07:17:09
Did you do the System Restore tweak? System Restore files are hidden, as are many others files & folders. It's stupid to have System Restore use 9GB of space. That's the equivalent of over 350 restore points! You will never need that many - EVER!

"With regard to hidden folders, I am not sure what you mean and which folders you refer to"

Microsoft keeps numerous files/folders hidden by default so the clueless don't delete them. If you didn't unhide them, then of course you don't know which folders are being referred to.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...


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#6
February 13, 2012 at 08:47:04
<<With regard to hidden folders, I am not sure what you mean and which folders you refer to>>

If you have hid some folders(other than the default windows folders)....you can also check them....I hope you know how to check the hidden folders....


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#7
February 13, 2012 at 15:09:52
another tip will be using a software like treeszie to see which folders are using how much space and then determining what is going on

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