I'm out of hard drive space

December 1, 2016 at 17:14:10
Specs: Windows 7
I am out of hard drive space!! I have deleted a bunch of files several times..each time getting hundred of MB back (or a GB). Then an hour later it's gone. I am a complete computer novice so please use easy terminology if possible. Thank you so much!

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#1
December 1, 2016 at 18:45:23
Download, install, & run CCleaner-Slim. It will clear out all the accumulated internet garbage. The initial run may take a few minutes so please be patient.

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

It's also possible your system is infected. After running CCleaner, download & run Adwcleaner & JRT.

https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...

https://www.malwarebytes.com/junkwa...

After you've run all 3, restart the system. Report back & let us know how much space you were able to free up & if any infections were found. There are a lot of other things to do.


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#2
December 1, 2016 at 20:15:48
After the first one, my hard drive went from 37 MB to 28GB! I ran the second and third ones too. There were 21 alerts in the second one (I got rid of everything even though I didn't know what most of them were. I hope that's okay.) I now have 24.7GB. Thank you for those simple suggestions!! What do I do if I find that these GB are disappearing too?

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#3
December 1, 2016 at 20:21:42
You can also do a couple of other things which also will be small increments like:
1- Reduce the Paging File (Virtual Memory) to about the same amount as your RAM as it might be 1 1/2 to 2 times your RAM currently. Too small here might slow down the system so use care.
2- Reduce the amount of space reserved for System Restore from the default 15% of your hard drive to between 8% and 10%. Too little and there will be limited restore points in case you need them so don't go too small there.
The final answer will be to replace the hard drive with a larger one, or if it is a desktop machine, adding a new second hard drive and moving your personal files, your Documents, Photos, Music, and Video folders over to the new drive. You can also if needed, uninstall some of your less important programs and reinstall them as custom and choose the new drive as the destination drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
December 1, 2016 at 23:15:36
Here are temp file settings for a normal user, adjust to suit your requirements.
Set Java to 100mb
https://steveshank.com/cgi-bin/arti...
All browsers, limit the cache to 50mb ( that's MB, not GB )
IE & Edge share the same setting.
Control Panel > Internet Options > General > Browsing history > Settings. Refer SS below.
http://fs5.directupload.net/images/...
Example for Firefox.
https://www.sitepoint.com/3-tweaks-...
Chrome is not so straight forward.
How to set Google Chrome cache to 50mb max temporary files.
With comps, there is always more than one way to do things, try this way.
Right click on the Google Chrome shortcut > Properties.
Copy & Paste this below after .exe" as per SS ( Screenshot )
NOTE: There is a space after .exe"
http://i.imgur.com/vgkU3X1.gif
--disk-cache-size=50000"
Click > Apply & then OK.

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#5
December 2, 2016 at 16:11:10
He (or she) doesn't appear to be running Windows 10 therefore Edge is not an issue.

I agree with with Fingers about reducing the amount of space used by System Restore. That would have been my next suggestion. It would help to know the size of your hard drive so that we can recommend a setting.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/5482...


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