Hard drive space decreases after deleting files

December 10, 2017 at 22:06:44
Specs: Windows 10
I've been trying to get more space on my laptop, my drive is 450GB but it only has 2GB free, and that's on a good day, i deleted at least 20 GB worth of files, today alone, and it didn't change, i ran out of things to delete at this point, but i need space on my laptop. I have a videogame on here, but that's about it, its probably total of 30 GB. No music, no photos, no downloads, no documents besides the game, i cannot figure out what is causing the overload of storage. ive ran cmd, powershell, deleted temp files, scanned my pc for viruses and malware, came out negative, i cannot figure this out.

Another problem is, i try to delete files, i right click it, to uninstall, i click uninstall but it doesnt. theyre larger files, ( 2.5GB ) so getting rid of them is vital too. but i cant find the source, its just in settings i can see this.


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#1
December 10, 2017 at 22:49:16
Make sure you empty the Recycle Bin because that's where files go when you delete them.
They go in there first in case you want to get them back.
Free space won't increase until you empty the Bin.

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#2
December 11, 2017 at 05:43:12
In addition to phil22's advice, I suggest you use Ccleaner slim on a regular basis. Get it from the makers site link below. Windows cleanup

Windows restore files may use up to 12% of available disk space. You should be able to remove older restore points. That still wouldn't account for all the files you evidently have. Game files can eat up lots of space so I suggest you look for saved games, etc.

Is it possible you installed Windows a second time in another folder?

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...


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#3
December 11, 2017 at 05:49:46
Also Restart the computer. In Windows 10 this does more than shut down and start up again.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
December 11, 2017 at 06:07:46
Download & install CCleaner-Slim. When you run it for the 1st time, it may take a few minutes so be patient. Remove everything it finds. Do the same with the Registry scanner. Then click Tools > Startup & review the list of startup entries. Very few are actually needed. Right click & disable the ones you don't need. Do the same with the Scheduled Tasks. After making the changes, reboot.

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...

"scanned my pc for viruses and malware"

Using what programs?


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#5
December 11, 2017 at 08:28:15
If you scans didn't include these freebies then do so (in the order given) because they often find what anti-virus programs miss:

AdwCleaner:
https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Clean" button.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
(use the "Free Download" button rather than the "Buy Now" button).
After the install go to "Settings > Protection". Under Scan Options move the "Scan for rootkits" slider over to On and Run the Threat Scan. Quarantine anything it finds.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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