Partition filling up


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magineer02

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 running FF with XP, SP3 , Windows Firewall, Avast antivirus, CcCleaner, Defraggler and Spywareblaster, and all the programs work well together and are up to date.

My C: partition is being used up by 'something' even though I have deleted all the system restore points and used disk cleaner but it keeps growing. At this rate my C: partition will eventually fill up and become useless.

Any thoughts/suggestions as to what might be causing this and how to resolve it?


Thanks,
Robert
 
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Paul

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 running FF with XP, SP3 , Windows Firewall, Avast antivirus, CcCleaner, Defraggler and Spywareblaster, and all the programs work well together and are up to date.

My C: partition is being used up by 'something' even though I have deleted all the system restore points and used disk cleaner but it keeps growing. At this rate my C: partition will eventually fill up and become useless.

Any thoughts/suggestions as to what might be causing this and how to resolve it?


Thanks,
Robert

Find a utility, that can list the entire contents of the partition,
file sizes and so on. Figure out which kind of file is responsible.

It's possible for a Windows Update installation, to fail over and
over again, adding entries on the C: drive in each case. Some have
experienced a loss of a couple gigabytes of space because of this.
But the "chewing action" in that case, would likely take a long time,
before it dropped your system to its knees.

Paul
 
J

jim

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 running FF with XP, SP3 , Windows Firewall,
Avast antivirus, CcCleaner, Defraggler and Spywareblaster, and all the
programs work well together and are up to date.

My C: partition is being used up by 'something' even though I have
deleted all the system restore points and used disk cleaner but it keeps
growing. At this rate my C: partition will eventually fill up and become useless.

Any thoughts/suggestions as to what might be causing this and how to resolve it?


Thanks,
Robert

How big H/D , how many partitions ?
 
G

glee

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 running FF with XP, SP3 , Windows
Firewall, Avast antivirus, CcCleaner, Defraggler and Spywareblaster,
and all the programs work well together and are up to date.

My C: partition is being used up by 'something' even though I have
deleted all the system restore points and used disk cleaner but it
keeps growing. At this rate my C: partition will eventually fill up
and become useless.

Any thoughts/suggestions as to what might be causing this and how to
resolve it?

As was already mentioned in your last thread on the same subject, you
need to find what files are taking up the space, so you can attempt to
determine what program is creating them.
I suggested in that thread and suggest again now, download Scanner from
this location:
http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/

Unzip it to C:\Program Files\Scanner (create the Scanner folder for it),
then run the Scanner executable. Read the included Scanner.txt file for
details on its usage. You can drill down in the pie chart to see what
files are taking the space. Run Scanner, then run it again in a few
days, comparing your findings. Then come back here and report what
files are being added that are filling up the drive's free space.
 
S

Stefan Patric

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 running FF with XP, SP3 , Windows Firewall,
Avast antivirus, CcCleaner, Defraggler and Spywareblaster, and all the
programs work well together and are up to date.

My C: partition is being used up by 'something' even though I have
deleted all the system restore points and used disk cleaner but it keeps
growing. At this rate my C: partition will eventually fill up and become
useless.

Any thoughts/suggestions as to what might be causing this and how to
resolve it?

I would first eliminate the possibility of malware. Download and run the
"Full Scan" option of both Malwarebytes' Antimalware and
SuperAntiSpyware. You regular background antivirus/spyware apps will
never catch everything.

After those scans, see if the problem persists. If so, start your search
for the problem or problems.

Be sure to check your Restore point configuration. It may be set to
create unnecessary ones too frequently. Also, check how much of your
hard drive is set aside for them. I usually turn the "timed" part off
since I do backups. The only time I create one is when I install
something new or change the system significantly.


Stef
 
M

magineer02

How big H/D , how many partitions ?

I have (3) partitions, I use the C partition for the OS SYS only and the D partition for data and the F was for data backup in case something happened but basically I never use it.

C: 44.58 GB
D: 47.70 GB
F: 56.76 GB

R
 
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Char Jackson

I have (3) partitions, I use the C partition for the OS SYS only and the D partition for data and the F was for data backup in case something happened but basically I never use it.

C: 44.58 GB
D: 47.70 GB
F: 56.76 GB

What good is a backup that resides on the same physical drive? If the
drive dies, that's when you need the backup, but *poof* it died along
with the rest of the drive.
 
M

magineer02

I've already run a Malwarebytes full scan on all the partitions and it came back with nothing found.

R
 
M

magineer02

As was already mentioned in your last thread on the same subject, you

need to find what files are taking up the space, so you can attempt to

determine what program is creating them.

I suggested in that thread and suggest again now, download Scanner from

this location:

http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/



Unzip it to C:\Program Files\Scanner (create the Scanner folder for it),

then run the Scanner executable. Read the included Scanner.txt file for

details on its usage. You can drill down in the pie chart to see what

files are taking the space. Run Scanner, then run it again in a few

days, comparing your findings. Then come back here and report what

files are being added that are filling up the drive's free space.

--

Glen Ventura

MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009

CompTIA A+

I tried to do this and started the download but it would not let me create a folder in the programs files.
 
G

glee

I tried to do this and started the download but it would not let me
create a folder in the programs files.


Windows XP? Administrative account? You should not be having any
troubles adding a folder to Program Files in XP from an account with
admin privileges.

Don't DOWNLOAD it to Program Files, download the .zip file to the
Desktop, then open it and extract the files to a new folder in
C:\Program Files that you create yourself, and name Scanner. You DO
know the difference between downloading a zip file, and extracting files
from a zip file, yes?

Make the Scanner folder in Program Files first, prior to downloading and
extracting. If you can't do that on XP from an administrative account,
you have far more serious issues.

As an alternative, if for some reason Program Files fails (and it should
NOT.... you are doing something wrong), make a new folder in the root of
C:.... C:\Scanner..... and extract the files there instead.... but that
should not be necessary.
 
K

kimjiongs

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 running FF with XP, SP3 , Windows Firewall, Avast antivirus, CcCleaner, Defraggler and Spywareblaster, and all the programs work well together and are up to date.



My C: partition is being used up by 'something' even though I have deleted all the system restore points and used disk cleaner but it keeps growing. At this rate my C: partition will eventually fill up and become useless.



Any thoughts/suggestions as to what might be causing this and how to resolve it?





Thanks,

Rob

Some software you used will create data on the partition, and that files will not be deleted by CcCleaner
 
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Bob Willard

What good is a backup that resides on the same physical drive? If the
drive dies, that's when you need the backup, but *poof* it died along
with the rest of the drive.

The value is that many cases of lost files are due to fumble fingers,
not dead HDs. And, the HD is one of the most reliable pieces of a PC,
*if* cooling is adequate.
 
Z

Zaphod Beeblebrox

On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:13:27 -0400, "Bob Willard"
the HD is one of the most reliable pieces of a PC,
*if* cooling is adequate.


Surely you jest? As a mechanical component it is one of the *least*
reliable components in a PC. At my company we provide technical
support for thousands of computers in the field and the number one
failure mode for those computers is hard drive failure - in fact, hard
drive failures outnumber all other failure modes *combined*. It
doesn't matter if the computer is in a temperature-controlled office or
in the back room of gas station, drive failures trump all else.

Google analyzed hard drive failures across their server population and
one of their findings was that there was a higher correlation of lower
temperature to hard drive failures than there was for high temperature.
To quote their study:

"The figure shows that failures
do not increase when the average temperature increases.
In fact, there is a clear trend showing that lower
temperatures are associated with higher failure rates.
Only at very high temperatures is there a slight reversal
of this trend."

"One of our key findings has been the lack of a consistent
pattern of higher failure rates for higher temperature
drives or for those drives at higher utilization levels."

http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/res
earch.google.com/en/us/archive/disk_failures.pdf

(Sorry for the wrapped URL - anyone who can tell me how to keep that
from happening in the Gravity newsreader, please feel free to educate
me...)

--
Zaphod

Adventurer, ex-hippie, good-timer (crook? quite possibly),
manic self-publicist, terrible bad at personal relationships,
often thought to be completely out to lunch.
 
C

Char Jackson

On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:13:27 -0400, "Bob Willard"



Surely you jest? As a mechanical component it is one of the *least*
reliable components in a PC. At my company we provide technical
support for thousands of computers in the field and the number one
failure mode for those computers is hard drive failure - in fact, hard
drive failures outnumber all other failure modes *combined*. It
doesn't matter if the computer is in a temperature-controlled office or
in the back room of gas station, drive failures trump all else.

Yeah, I figure he was kidding. Thanks for the solid support.
Google analyzed hard drive failures across their server population and
one of their findings was that there was a higher correlation of lower
temperature to hard drive failures than there was for high temperature.
To quote their study:

"The figure shows that failures
do not increase when the average temperature increases.
In fact, there is a clear trend showing that lower
temperatures are associated with higher failure rates.
Only at very high temperatures is there a slight reversal
of this trend."

"One of our key findings has been the lack of a consistent
pattern of higher failure rates for higher temperature
drives or for those drives at higher utilization levels."

http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/res
earch.google.com/en/us/archive/disk_failures.pdf

(Sorry for the wrapped URL - anyone who can tell me how to keep that
from happening in the Gravity newsreader, please feel free to educate
me...)

I only know how to do it with Agent...wrap it in brackets.
<http://static.googleusercontent.com...ch.google.com/en/us/archive/disk_failures.pdf>
 
G

glee

J. P. Gilliver (John) said:
[]
I suggested in that thread and suggest again now, download Scanner
from

this location:

http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/



Unzip it to C:\Program Files\Scanner (create the Scanner folder for
it),
[]
Windows XP? Administrative account? You should not be having any
troubles adding a folder to Program Files in XP from an account with
admin privileges.

Don't DOWNLOAD it to Program Files, download the .zip file to the
[]
All glee says is good stuff, but temporarily, if all else fails, I
think the .exe part of scanner is standalone, i. e. will run from
anywhere you can put it.

....which is what I stated in the last part of my reply, which you edited
out.
 
M

magineer02

[]
I suggested in that thread and suggest again now, download Scanner
from

this location:

http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/



Unzip it to C:\Program Files\Scanner (create the Scanner folder for
it),
Windows XP? Administrative account? You should not be having any
troubles adding a folder to Program Files in XP from an account with
admin privileges.

Don't DOWNLOAD it to Program Files, download the .zip file to the

All glee says is good stuff, but temporarily, if all else fails, I
think the .exe part of scanner is standalone, i. e. will run from
anywhere you can put it.



...which is what I stated in the last part of my reply, which you edited

out.

--

Glen Ventura

MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009

CompTIA A+

OK, I created the scanner folder in the program files but when I tried to extract the files it said it was password protected? I actually was able to run the scan for the C: partition earlier when the files was in my documents and settings but I forgot to read the txt file in order to know how to read the pie chart. This sure isn't as easy as it sounds.

R
 
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magineer02

[]
I suggested in that thread and suggest again now, download Scanner
from

this location:

http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/



Unzip it to C:\Program Files\Scanner (create the Scanner folder for
it),
Windows XP? Administrative account? You should not be having any
troubles adding a folder to Program Files in XP from an account with
admin privileges.

Don't DOWNLOAD it to Program Files, download the .zip file to the

All glee says is good stuff, but temporarily, if all else fails, I
think the .exe part of scanner is standalone, i. e. will run from
anywhere you can put it.



...which is what I stated in the last part of my reply, which you edited

out.

--

Glen Ventura

MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009

CompTIA A+



Ok, I ran the scan and the summery had jumped from 8727 to 8843 Mbytes. Thedirections said to right click it for options but it didn't have the ones specified. It had hide,zoom,rescan,open,recycle, and remove. So I selected open and it gave me a page with ALLOT of uninstall files.

R
 
H

Hot-Text

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 running FF with XP, SP3 , Windows Firewall, Avast antivirus, CcCleaner, Defraggler and
Spywareblaster, and all the programs work well together and are up to date.

My C: partition is being used up by 'something' even though I have deleted all the system restore points and used disk cleaner but
it keeps growing. At this rate my C: partition will eventually fill up and become useless.

Any thoughts/suggestions as to what might be causing this and how to resolve it?

my Computer came out with XP Pro. sp1 on a 140Gb for C:\NTFS partition,
and a RECOVERY 8.49Gb for D:\Fat32 partition on a 150 HD.......

my 140Gb C:\NTFS partition is at 89.9GB I have 50.6GB free,
with XP Pro. sp3

I have window 7 and it's not on the same Computer.....
 
M

magineer02

I suggested in that thread and suggest again now, download Scanner
this location:
Unzip it to C:\Program Files\Scanner (create the Scanner folder for
Windows XP? Administrative account? You should not be having any
troubles adding a folder to Program Files in XP from an account with
admin privileges.
Don't DOWNLOAD it to Program Files, download the .zip file to the
All glee says is good stuff, but temporarily, if all else fails, I
think the .exe part of scanner is standalone, i. e. will run from
anywhere you can put it.
...which is what I stated in the last part of my reply, which you edited

--
Glen Ventura
MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
CompTIA A+







Ok, I ran the scan and the summery had jumped from 8727 to 8843 Mbytes. The directions said to right click it for options but it didn't have the ones specified. It had hide,zoom,rescan,open,recycle, and remove. So I selected open and it gave me a page with ALLOT of uninstall files.



R

So how do I remove all the uninstall files or should I?

Thanks,
R
 
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G

glee

J. P. Gilliver (John) said:
glee said:
J. P. Gilliver (John) said:
[]
I suggested in that thread and suggest again now, download
Scanner from

this location:

http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/



Unzip it to C:\Program Files\Scanner (create the Scanner folder
for it),
[]
Windows XP? Administrative account? You should not be having any
troubles adding a folder to Program Files in XP from an account with
admin privileges.

Don't DOWNLOAD it to Program Files, download the .zip file to the
[]
All glee says is good stuff, but temporarily, if all else fails, I
think the .exe part of scanner is standalone, i. e. will run from
anywhere you can put it.

...which is what I stated in the last part of my reply, which you
edited out.

Sorry; I didn't get to it, because of the amount of (all good) advice.
All I can say in my defence is that possibly the OP might not have
either (-:

Really?? My reply was only 7 sentences. You didn't get to the last
sentence? LOL... you'd better go get some sleep!
 

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