C drive filling up

Microsoft Book/cd: office outlook 2003...
August 25, 2012 at 08:13:29
Specs: Windows 7 Home, i7 / 4 GB
Why is my C drive filling up when we all have our own drives and even a seperate drive for pictures and videos?

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#1
August 25, 2012 at 08:33:10
It's probably filling up with restore points created automatically by System Restore.
However, System Restore will never use more disk space than the amount it has to been set up to use. See this: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

System Restore can be disabled for the C: drive if you think you don't need that feature. All restore points will then be deleted and you'll find that the C: drive has more free space when you do that.

If disk space is being eaten up way beyond that used by System Restore, it could be caused by a malware infection.


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#2
August 25, 2012 at 10:13:00
Windows Updates are another thing that keep eating up space.

If you spend some time looking at the C drive and its sub-folders you might be able to identify what is filling it. You should temporarily show hidden files and protected files if you do this.

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#3
August 25, 2012 at 11:41:13
If you've never changed the default settings for Internet Explorer (if that's the browser you use), it will store 20 days worth of internet files. Try running a cleaner such as CCleaner. Pay attention when installing it & uncheck the boxes for any included software. There's usually a "slim" version that doesn't contain the extra software but there isn't one currently available:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

You should also change the settings for System Restore. I believe the default is 10-12% of the HDD capacity or partition size. The average XP restore point is approx 60MB, so that's approx 17 points per GB. The chances of having to go back that far in time to do a restore are pretty slim. If, for example, you have a 250GB HDD, that's 25GB or more of "wasted" space.


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#4
August 25, 2012 at 12:06:32
All you have to do with the normal version of CCleaner is look at what options have been pre-checked during the install and uncheck them. You should be doing this with all software you download anyway.

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