Free Space Disappearing


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NadleWarrior

My free space is disappearing in a steady consistent way. I've run antivirus
and antispyware software - no problems detected. My antivirus is the paid
version of AVG. Antispyware is Ad-Aware, Spybot, and Windows Defender.

I use WindowsWasher to clear cache, cookies, temp files, and other misc
clutter so I know that isn't the culprit. Any help you can offer is
appreciated.
 
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Shenan Stanley

NadleWarrior said:
My free space is disappearing in a steady consistent way. I've run
antivirus and antispyware software - no problems detected. My
antivirus is the paid version of AVG. Antispyware is Ad-Aware,
Spybot, and Windows Defender.
I use WindowsWasher to clear cache, cookies, temp files, and other
misc clutter so I know that isn't the culprit. Any help you can
offer is appreciated.
Find out what might be using the space..

Do you have hidden and system files visible?
How's your system restore settings?
Used Disk Cleanup?
Is hibernate turned on and do you use that feature?
Uninstalled unnecessary applications lately?

Other ways to free up space..

SequoiaView
http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/

DX Hog Hunt
http://www.dvxp.com/en/Downloads.aspx

JDiskReport
http://www.jgoodies.com/freeware/jdiskreport/index.html

Those can help you visually discover where all the space is being used.

If you are comfortable with the stability of your system, you can delete the
uninstall files for the patches that Windows XP has installed..

http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/spack.htm

You can use an application that scans your system for log files and
temporary files and use that to get rid of those:

Ccleaner (Free!)
http://www.ccleaner.com/

You can run Disk Cleanup - built into Windows XP - to erase all but yuor
latest restore point and cleanup even more "loose files"..

How to use Disk Cleanup
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310312

You can turn off hibernation if it is on and you don't use it..

When you hibernate your computer, Windows saves the contents of the system's
memory to the hiberfil.sys file. As a result, the size of the hiberfil.sys
file will always equal the amount of physical memory in your system. If you
don't use the hibernate feature and want to recapture the space that Windows
uses for the hiberfil.sys file, perform the following steps:

- Start the Control Panel Power Options applet (go to Start, Settings,
Control Panel, and click Power Options).
- Select the Hibernate tab, clear the "Enable hibernation" check box, then
click OK; although you might think otherwise, selecting Never under the
"System hibernates" option on the Power Schemes tab doesn't delete the
hiberfil.sys file.
- Windows will remove the "System hibernates" option from the Power Schemes
tab and delete the hiberfil.sys file.

You can control how much space your System Restore can use...

1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2. Click the System Restore tab.
3. Highlight one of your drives (or C: if you only have one) and click on
the "Settings" button.
4. Change the percentage of disk space you wish to allow.. I suggest 5% or
higher.
5. Click OK.. Then Click OK again.
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

NadleWarrior said:
My free space is disappearing in a steady consistent way.

At what rate? How big is your drive? How much free space do you have? How
much did you have yesterday? a week ago?
 
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Guest

Check to see if any programs have been added to your add/remove program area
under control panel without your knowledge. That happened to me with a fake
ebay update toolbar.
 

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