How do I recover free disk space that just disapeared..?

February 17, 2018 at 07:56:22
Specs: Windows XP, P-4 2GB
My hard drive has a capacity of 79GB and recently, the free (unused) disk space has filled with something that causes low disk space warnings. Have not installed any new software and deleted many files to no avail. Free disk space keeps decreasing until it shows zero. HELP...!

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#1
February 17, 2018 at 12:08:55
You have to search the drive and note large increases against the date. Don't remove anything unless you know what it is.

See if these run on XP, if so give them a whirl because malware is likely:
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.

If either of them find something please copy/paste the associated logs on here.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
February 17, 2018 at 12:14:16
"My hard drive has a capacity of 79GB"

What size would that be? An 80GB HDD has a true capacity of approx 74.5GB so I'm guessing you have a drive larger than 80GB & it has more than one partition. There are numerous things you can do to reclaim drive space. 1st of all, let Windows handle virtual memory. You recently posted that you changed the page file - change it back.

Empty the Recycle Bin. Until it's emptied, the deleted files are still taking up space.

Next, temporarily disable System Restore. Doing so will delete all the restore points & free up some drive space.

Install CCleaner, run it & delete everything it finds. Pay attention during the installation & don't let any bundled software install: https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/b...
You can also use CCleaner to uninstall unneeded programs.

Which browser do you use & which anti-virus program are you running? There aren't many secure choices left for XP anymore so it's very possible your system is infected. You'll have to determine if there's a rogue program constantly writing to the drive. I think AVAST is one of the last free AV programs left that still supports XP: https://filehippo.com/download_avas...


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#3
February 17, 2018 at 18:44:50
Please don't start another thread for the same issue!

Disk space decreasing in XP. HELP!! - https://www.computing.net/answers/w...

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#4
February 18, 2018 at 03:56:51
... and come back to these threads so that it is a two way conversation.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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