Solved C drive 34GB free space suddenly dropped to 4GB

Hewlett-packard / 2231tx
September 12, 2015 at 07:51:27
Specs: Windows 8, Core i3, 4GB RAM
I had 34GB free space in my C drive of 100GB. But free space suddenly dropped to 4GB without any reason. Please guide me to create free space.

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September 12, 2015 at 20:12:19
Maybe a fake log file. Run Malwarebytes to be sure there is no infection.
100GB drive or partition is enough for Windows but not enough for more than a few programs, I would have recommended a slightly larger drive or partition and then your programs could reside there too. Seriously consider turning off Drive Indexing for that drive, this should also save you some space as will the already suggested reducing the system restore from it's default 15% I think to simple 8% of the drive size. If you have enough memory you can turn down the Paging File (Virtual Memory) to about half of your actual memory or turn it off on that drive and turn it on for another drive instead. Empty your trash bin at least weekly as well. These will also save you drive space.

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



#1
September 12, 2015 at 07:58:52
If that happened "suddenly" - as in almost while you were watching... then it's a little suspicious?

Regardless run the disk clean utility (part of windows); as that will remove all manner of junk and so on that's likely cluttering the drive.

http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-8/h...

Also run a few cleaner utils: one to start with is ccleaner. And there will be others to run later.

http://filehippo.com/download_cclea...

When you install ccleaner - use the manual/custom option; do NOT use the automatic option. When you install via custom option, carefully watch for - and uncheck al pre-checked boxes, apart for the one for ccleaner itself. This was you avid installing all manner of "stuff" yiou neither need nor want.

"Always" use the custom/manaual option when installing "anything" from the web.


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September 12, 2015 at 08:13:55
I've performed disk cleanup but no use.

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#3
September 12, 2015 at 08:31:43
Problem Solved...!!!!! A log file of 39GB was hidden..and I deleted it...

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#4
September 12, 2015 at 08:49:38
It doesn't happen "without any reason", you simply don't know the reason.

Start with CCleaner-Slim. Run the Cleaner & the Registry Scanner:

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

What about System Restore? How do you have it configured? I'm not sure what the default percentage is for Win8 but if it's 10%, you're needlessly wasting 10GB of disk space. How many restore points do you really need?

Are you using hibernation? I believe the hidden hiberfil.sys is equal in size to the amount of RAM you have installed. If you're asking about a desktop system, hibernation should be disabled.


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#5
September 12, 2015 at 09:04:29
Something doesn't look right in the before and after equations

Before: 34GB free space suddenly dropped to 4GB

After: A log file of 39GB was hidden and I deleted it

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User

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#6
September 12, 2015 at 14:27:22
That's a really big log file. Do you remember the name or did you happen to examine its contents (it's probably all text) before deleting?

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September 12, 2015 at 20:12:19
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Maybe a fake log file. Run Malwarebytes to be sure there is no infection.
100GB drive or partition is enough for Windows but not enough for more than a few programs, I would have recommended a slightly larger drive or partition and then your programs could reside there too. Seriously consider turning off Drive Indexing for that drive, this should also save you some space as will the already suggested reducing the system restore from it's default 15% I think to simple 8% of the drive size. If you have enough memory you can turn down the Paging File (Virtual Memory) to about half of your actual memory or turn it off on that drive and turn it on for another drive instead. Empty your trash bin at least weekly as well. These will also save you drive space.

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


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