Hard Drive Gained 40gb Over Night

February 17, 2009 at 11:35:34
Specs: Windows Vista x86
Hey, I could probably figure this one out by
exploring the event logs, but I'm not
familiar enough with them to find the answer
myself.
Last night my C:\ drive had 6gb, today it has
46gb. Is there a way I can easily discover
exactly what caused the increase in disk
space? If it's in event logs, where should I
be looking?

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#1
February 17, 2009 at 11:39:39
Just to clarify, I know a few reasons why I
might have gained disk space without deleting
files myself, I'm not worried about it, I
just want to see in text somewhere that
"system deleted X folder" etc.
Where in the event logs, or otherwise, might
it explain what was erased?
Also note: I didn't have disk clean up or
defrag scheduled for last night.

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#2
February 17, 2009 at 13:40:51
Why do you need event logs to figure it out? What are the files? Where are they located? If you're not sure, go to Start > Search > All files & folders > When was it modified? & set "from" to 2/16/2009 & "to" to 2/17/2009. And make sure you have "Folder Options" set to "show hidden files & folders".

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#3
February 17, 2009 at 13:49:01
"What are the files? Where are they located?" is exactly what I want to find out.
The system has deleted something, most likely temp data, and I want to find out what has been deleted.

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#4
February 17, 2009 at 13:55:34
You don't free up space by deleting files. When you delete a file it is just 'moved' to the recycle bin. When you empty the Recycle bin, then the space is freed.

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#5
February 17, 2009 at 15:50:43
Was System Restore somehow turned off ?

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#6
February 17, 2009 at 16:36:01
I've considered that it might have been
turned off, and im aware that it takes up
space. But i know it doesn't take up 40gb,
and I also can't imagine why it would turn
itself off for no reason. At any rate, if
anyone knows where to find the answer in
event logs, thats all im asking...

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