Hard drive space leaving while I watch

April 3, 2010 at 01:24:41
Specs: Windows XP
Hello All,
I have a great problem on my hands. my laptop has rainmeter and I set it to display my HDD space ect.
well my C drive is dropping in space right before my eyes... I'm not downloading or anything . I even cut my internet off to be sure. my desktop had this prob a few months ago and I had to reinstall the os :(

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April 3, 2010 at 07:18:20
It could be a virus. There are a number of them designed to fill up a hard drive with useless junk.

It could also be the size of your restore point or temp internet files.

If you used the same software on the desktop and the laptop and are experiencing the same problem, I would lean towards doing a complete anti virus scan and also check any floppys and cds you have.

You might try Symantecs site, and use their virus/bug scanner or look for (google housecall.

Any installed anti V programs already installed may have been disabled by the virus and report your system clean when in fact it's not.

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April 3, 2010 at 18:23:22
well my HDD his 0.02mb and my system just locked up. apon reboot it has 1gb and stop dropping. my firefox stop work as well but I read it was about a failed update.

I've done the housecall however found nothing. could this be just a system error it fixed by it's self ?

right now I'm looking for a hdd analysis tool to better see what's going on.

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April 3, 2010 at 19:20:31
Boot in safe mode with networking and download malwarebytes. If you no longer have enough room to install, consider installing to a USB flash drive. It will be treated as a hard drive and will work (but do not expect it to work on other computers). Running in safe mode will work better.
For a hard drive utility, go to the hard drive manufacturer's website and download their hard drive tools (no one knows it better, and if you still have a warranty it will still be safe).
While system restore can take up quite a bit of space, it can 'grow' only when creating a restore point, and it is usually limited to a % or disk size (usually 10% to 15%, but on a modern drive, 8% to 10% should be enough). And Internet accumulated junk does not grow THAT fast, but it can get very large.

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April 4, 2010 at 17:26:48
I found the prob. I had set peerblock to save history of attacks and the history file just grew to like 4.7gb plus lol
Never the less I thank you for your help.

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April 4, 2010 at 21:52:00
Thanks for letting us know.

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