Disappearing Hard Drive Space!

April 15, 2010 at 11:38:03
Specs: Windows XP
I know about the system restore, temp files, recycle bin, etc. accounting for ___% of the hard drive, but this is literally going from 7 GB to 444mb over the course of a day. No downloads, no web browsing, no “nothing”

It’s not an issue that I need a bigger hard drive. If I had a 500 GB HD, it would disappear in the same way.

I have run disk cleanup to exhaustion, but no matter how much I clear up, it magically seeps away to who knows where.
I know there are a bunch of other similar posts, but the suggested remedies do me no good.

In the words of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, “Help!”

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April 15, 2010 at 12:17:09
What are the filename(s) of the files taking up all the space?

Maybe a program like the following can help you determine the problem:

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April 15, 2010 at 12:36:21
I forgot to mention. I have already done a file folder size-up, and it's not any "thing". There is no folder that is even close to a GB total, and when I add up a lot of the larger ones, they don;t even come close to the total I have lost in the past 3 days.

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April 15, 2010 at 13:50:45
Are you showing hidden files/folders? My Computer > Tools > Folder options > View > Show hidden files and folders

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April 15, 2010 at 15:29:35
i've gotten a lot of use out of "WinDirStatPortable," which is downloadable from portableapps.com.

no installation required, just run the EXE and it shows you a break down of all directories in your system, with the MOST FULL at the TOP. it also lets you drill down into subdirectories, so if it says "Windows" is the largest folder on C:\, you can expand Windows and see that "System32" is taking up the most space in the Windows directory.

display hidden files first.

the other place i see my drive space going is for old Windows Update files. after you show hidden files, get into C:\Windows. There's probably a bunch of folders with names like "$NtUninstallKB978338$," and they may be blue because they're being compressed by the OS. So long as you do NOT need to uninstall any Windows Updates, you can safely delete all these files.

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