Something is occupying too much space in HDD

Dell Inspiron mini netbook with intel at...
December 30, 2009 at 09:59:38
Specs: WIndows XP Pro, Any
I have worked on a previously infected PC, and have many experiences from working with these kind of computers that get infected with Trojan horses which open the door for more infections that mess the PC up.

However, after deleting the Windows folder and Overwriting the Windows XP Home Edition OS with the XP Professional CD, and after getting rid of most if not all infections on the PC (I used Microsoft Security Essentials to delete 5 infections, and am now running McAfee to finish anything left), and after running ccleaner to fix up any other issues a 107 GB HD only has 7 GB of Memory left.

I looked in Documents and Settings, and it is only 8 GB large, Windows about 4 GB, Program Files about 7 GB, and I only find the following folders on the HDD:

<DIR> cmdcons
<DIR> MSOCache
<DIR> Quarintine
<D(R> RECYCLER
<DIR> System Volume Information
<DIR> system.sav
<DIR> WINDOWS

Anyone have any suggestions?

Another thing, is there a program that can tell me where all of this data has gone?

like the nu command in Linux or something?


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#1
December 30, 2009 at 10:34:10
did you run disk cleanup from the accessories/system tools menu?

bring up explorer and so a search of c: *.* [all files] then sort on Size to see where the largest files are located.


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#2
December 30, 2009 at 10:38:44
Wow, why didn't I think of that? Thanks!

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#3
December 30, 2009 at 10:40:05
Still open to ideas

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#4
December 30, 2009 at 10:53:55
Have a look at something like this

http://foldersize.sourceforge.net/

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#5
December 30, 2009 at 11:06:15
Just for info, Folder Size will be useful to find out where you stand but I wouldn't recommend keeping it on your machine permanently.

It took me a heck of a time to realise it was that which was causing Windows Explorer crashes on my XP.

some other bloke...


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#6
January 8, 2010 at 08:33:11
I the end I realize the problem was in a folder that was in the users former account in "Documents and Settings" which contained over 52 GB of data, but since it was set as private I could see only 0 mb of data. I then remembered that the best thing to do in a situation like this is to take ownership of the folder under security tab.

Since the computer is not part of a domain I had to disable simple file sharing (I think that is what you call it) in folder options in "My computer" so I could access the security tab and access the "take ownership" option in advanced settings.

After that I was all set, and moved all those GBs of data into is new account.


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#7
January 8, 2010 at 15:19:32
Glad to hear you got it sorted and thx for popping back to let us know.

some other bloke...


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