CDrive Continues to Lose Disc Space

August 6, 2009 at 10:31:02
Specs: Windows XP
I received an error that my CDrive was low on Disc space. In order to combat this issue I removed a great deal of files and programs. I gained quite a bit of space, but when I checked on my computer later, it seems that I had lost space without adding or changing anything. I'm confused as to why this would happen, especially when I went to a great deal of effort to clean out my system and gained space in the process. Please help! Thanks!

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August 6, 2009 at 10:53:09
Your CD drive could ONLY lose space IF you were using a Re-Writable disk in it.

Are you sure you don't mean a partition on a fixed drive?

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August 6, 2009 at 12:00:13
I'm sorry - I think I was unclear. I mean my C Drive (my OS drive), not my CD drive.

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August 6, 2009 at 12:01:43
You need to empty the recycle bin for one thing.

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August 6, 2009 at 12:04:57
It's emptied - I actually empty it constantly as it drives me nuts to have anything in it. For example, when I left for work this morning I had 918MB left of space on the drive. When I checked on my computer at lunch, I had 0MB left. Nothing was added or changed while I was at work so where is it all going? I deleted tons of programs to free up space and keep losing space that I had already freed up.

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August 6, 2009 at 12:16:19
First thing that comes to mind is that you may have some sort of nasty on the computer.

Do you have a broad band connection (cable/DSL)?

Legitimate items that could add files would be updates from MS or from other software. Shouldn't be anywhere that quantity though.

Another item is system restore files. Do you have something like Go Back from symantec installed?

How about imaging programs that are set to run automatically.

Where are you reading the amount of space on the drive?

Is your drive formatted FAT32 or NTFS?

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August 6, 2009 at 12:26:37
I have a cable connection. I haven't installed any updates from MS in the past few weeks.

I don't have Go Back installed. At this time, the only program that is set to run automatically is my Vipre antivirus program. It did find some viruses, but I have since removed those.

I'm reading the amount of space in My Computer when I click on the drive and it shows the info on the left hand side of the window.

I'm not sure if the drive is formatted FAT32 or NTFS. Where can I check?

I'm thinking I may just reformat the drive and switch it with one of the other drives on my computer (I have 6). This way I'll be able to use a drive with more room, and I'll hopefully get rid of any viruses. It's going to be a pain, but maybe necessary at this point. What are your thoughts?

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August 6, 2009 at 13:07:34
First off, go to Disk Management to check the space and type of format.

Right click on My Computer> manage> storage> disk management.

What size is the drive in question?

You have 6 physical hard drives? How are they connected and what type/s are they (IDE/SATA)?

Windows is set to Autoupdate by default. Unless you changed the settings Windows will download updates as they are available. I doubt that is your problem because even service packs are not that big.

Try downloading Ccleaner Slim. Install and run the cleaner module. Get Ccleaner slim at the link below.

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