Where is my hardrive space going?

June 6, 2010 at 17:27:18
Specs: Windows Vista
Hey I am currently on a PC and have a 1tb harddrive. I download crazy amounts of stuff and recently my harddrive filled up. I used to get a low disk space message but now i have noticed whenever i am getting low on space, all of a sudden my C:/ with find heaps of space instead of telling me its low. it fluctuates constanstly. The other day I had 36 gig free space, I downloaded some files and all of a sudden I had 51 gig free space. I am wondering where all this space is coming from? Why do I not get low disk message but instead have space appear? Is my PC deleting my files at its own discretion?

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June 6, 2010 at 18:18:59
RE: "I am wondering where all this space is coming from? Why
do I not get low disk message but instead have space appear?"

I'm doing that. I saw that you were running out of space, so I did
that remotely when you logged into this site.

...'er maybe not, pro'lly Vista Disk Compression at work:

Just another stupid saying...

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June 6, 2010 at 18:49:09
Are you running one huge 1TB partition? If you are, I can't imagine your system performs very well. Maybe you should start dumping "crazy amounts of stuff". You need room for the page file, plus at least 15% free space (approx 140GB) to be able to defrag.

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June 6, 2010 at 20:18:25
I have 2 500gig drives in a c:/ and d:/. My c drive is the problem because it has the download folder. I dont really care about defrag or any of that crap. I just want to know why my c;/ has 18.6 gig space. I add about 5 gig in downloads and it goes up to 20.7 space left. It should go down, not up. Why would this be occurring and is my computer personally removing my files?????

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June 6, 2010 at 23:27:33
Do you ever empty your recycle bin? Try it.

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June 7, 2010 at 07:10:32
You said you have a 1TB drive, now you say you have two 500GB drives...it's not the same thing.

If you don't know how to maintain your drives & don't understand the need for free space & for defragging, there's not much we can do to help. Other than dumping the recycle bin as mentioned by OtheHill, do you practice other forms of housecleaning? dumping files from the temp folder, history folder, temp internet files, etc? If you're constantly getting low disk space warnings, there's no way your system is performing as well as it could (or should).

"I dont really care about defrag or any of that crap"

Microsoft has an article called "5 ways to speed up your PC". The # 1 way is to free up disk space, # 2 is to defrag your drive(s):

5 ways to speed up your PC

You should also read up on partitioning:

Partitioning Strategies

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June 7, 2010 at 17:05:48
Ok. I am still kind of new to PC and am learning quickly. Clean out recycle bin???? are you for real? What a stupid answer! Also if you read my post you would notice that I do not get low disk space warnings but instead my space increases when I'm low on space. Quite simply......I want to know why? I would like answers to the question I asked. Defrag has nothing to do with space but performance. All I do is watch movies on my PC so why would I care about performance? I want to know what could be a reason for space increasing?

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June 7, 2010 at 17:36:30
Defrag CAN affect the amount of space. Besides you may not have enough space on your drive to store much of anything. When your computer refuses to boot then you will wish you had taken our advice.

When you are downloading movies you are scattering those large files all over the disk because it is fragmented.

Files sent to the recycle bin are not removed from the hard drive until the recycle bin is emptied.

If you know so much why ask us? I don't like your attitude dude.

In short, you have a LOT to learn. You are on one of the premier help tech sites on the net. You just don't realize it.

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June 8, 2010 at 15:27:35
I don't know that much that is why I am here. If its such a premium help tech why can you not answer a simple bloudy question. All you give is ridicoulous answers. Empty my recycle bin, defrag.. answer the question. Its simple, What would cause my drive to go up in space when I add more files to it? Answer that if its such a premium site. That is why you don't like my attitude because I am frustrated by so called I.T techs. None of you have ever solved my issues and most of you have caused them!

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June 8, 2010 at 15:34:03
All my files in recycle bin are still on my drive anyway. I am not low on space coz my Pc keeps adding more. And I defragged to make you happy. Yay, more performance....Pointless and still did not solve the issue.

"When your computer refuses to boot then you will wish you had taken our advice."

That statement my friend is laughable. I have plenty of space and a premium PC. Doubt that will ever happen!

Also you reckon it needed 15% to defrag....wrong! I had less than 10%.

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December 6, 2010 at 11:46:30
Same thing happening to me, my C drive shows only 215MB free space, but I never got the low disk space message. I don't really know if I add more files, its gonna add more space to it. The question is very very authentic and logical but no one is able to answer, If windows give more space on adding more files, why its not showing up the exact amount of disk space remaining??? :S:S:S

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December 6, 2010 at 12:34:52
If you don't want to clean the crap off your PC, let Crap Cleaner do it for you. You can get it off the net. You'll be amazed the crap it will clean for you, including defragging!

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