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Hard drive just keeps running lower and lower on space

  1. #1

    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Hard drive just keeps running lower and lower on space

    About 1-2 weeks ago, I had 15GB of space left on my SSD that is solely committed to OS and drivers. Today, I have 2.9GB left. I have downloaded nothing, and I have changed nothing. What is going on? Any programs to help me take a closer look at why my SSD space is disappearing? I've had this OS for 2 months now and it wasn't a problem until recently.

    SpaceSniffer Details:
    C:\ [35.2Gb]
      [   6.3Gb] hiberfil.sys
      [   4.3Gb] pagefile.sys
      [   256Mb] swapfile.sys
      [   392Kb] bootmgr
      [     4Kb] BOOTNXT
    C:\Windows [18.7Gb]
      [   2.2Mb] explorer.exe
      [   1.9Mb] RtlExUpd.dll
      [   864Kb] HelpPane.exe
      [   544Kb] WindowsUpdate.log
      [   312Kb] WMSysPr9.prx
      [   240Kb] notepad.exe
      [   156Kb] regedit.exe
      [   124Kb] splwow64.exe
      [    76Kb] bfsvc.exe
      [    68Kb] bootstat.dat
      [    56Kb] mvtcpui.ini
      [    52Kb] twain_32.dll
      [    44Kb] mib.bin
      [    44Kb] avastSS.scr
      [    32Kb] Starter.xml
      [    32Kb] Professional.xml
      [    20Kb] hh.exe
      [    12Kb] write.exe
      [    12Kb] winhlp32.exe
      [     4Kb] WindowsShell.Manifest
      [     4Kb] win.ini
      [     4Kb] system.ini
    C:\Windows\WinSxS [10.2Gb]
      [     4Kb] poqexec.log
    C:\Windows\WinSxS\Backup [385.2Mb]
      [  20.5Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-f..type-microsoftyahei_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_939ce994b9dd8090_msyh.ttc_e9e03d20
      [  20.3Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-f..e-microsoftjhenghei_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_be0a5fe769d9282a_msjh.ttc_ea675e59
      [  18.8Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16497_none_c4eb051a9bc588d3_shell32.dll_0d29dca9
      [  16.7Mb] wow64_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16497_none_cf3faf6cd0264ace_shell32.dll_0d29dca9
      [  13.7Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-f..-microsoftyaheibold_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_678f3acc3db71a89_msyhbd.ttc_16e5cc5a
      [  13.6Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-f..crosoftjhengheibold_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_b77a40c1366af9dd_msjhbd.ttc_176ced93
      [  13.0Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-directui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_0ffc7b57782d258f_windows.ui.xaml.dll_9c9d9ec9
      [  10.2Mb] x86_microsoft-windows-directui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_b3dddfd3bfcfb459_windows.ui.xaml.dll_9c9d9ec9
      [   9.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-f..truetype-meiryobold_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_26174722016a6780_meiryob.ttc_d9ebd964
      [   9.0Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-font-truetype-meiryo_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_cd293cd4d13485d9_meiryo.ttc_ab0401d6
      [   9.0Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-f..uetype-malgungothic_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_5e1985dc4fedf0ec_malgun.ttf_166813d8
      [   8.4Mb]
      [   6.6Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16500_none_c54c8b093da9fdc9_ntoskrnl.exe_0fb0ab79
      [   4.6Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-security-spp_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_732afedcaab728dd_sppsvc.exe_fc6922a9
      [   3.8Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-win32k_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16504_none_1213a44b240a1a7d_win32k.sys_0d7a6fb3
      [   3.6Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-d2d_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_00a36e6ee5881f4e_d2d1.dll_ef77984b
      [   3.1Mb] x86_microsoft-windows-d2d_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_a484d2eb2d2aae18_d2d1.dll_ef77984b
      [   2.3Mb]
      [   2.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-store-service_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_18ec3d4540af9ce7_wsservice.dll_bebbea79
      [   2.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-msxml60_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16447_none_e165e61b20777e7e_msxml6.dll_ebe15265
      [   2.1Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-a..on-authui-component_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16465_none_35b79452998ace9c_authui.dll_05ff9fd2
      [   2.1Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-tcpip-binaries_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16516_none_0c356d8aefefe052_tcpip.sys_3339bd51
      [   2.1Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-d..wmanager-compositor_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_5e810b93c8fa7c8f_dwmcore.dll_523baf47
      [   1.9Mb]
      [   1.9Mb] x86_microsoft-windows-a..on-authui-component_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16465_none_d998f8cee12d5d66_authui.dll_05ff9fd2
      [   1.8Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-ntfs_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16497_none_ff3303f9a6b534a7_ntfs.sys_e80dca04
      [   1.8Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-crypt32-dll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_b43969406797fcd1_crypt32.dll_9c3ccf73
      [   1.8Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-setupapi_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16497_none_8db733ed50077569_setupapi.dll_8d9de2e7
      [   1.7Mb] x86_microsoft-windows-d..wmanager-compositor_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_02627010109d0b59_dwmcore.dll_523baf47
      [   1.7Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-ntdll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_b1dd65ec85c4d232_ntdll.dll_ae4ef39c
      [   1.7Mb] wow64_microsoft-windows-msxml60_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16447_none_ebba906d54d84079_msxml6.dll_ebe15265
      [   1.7Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-dui70_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_b07e573587defcee_dui70.dll_5f097b0b
      [   1.6Mb] wow64_microsoft-windows-setupapi_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16497_none_980bde3f84683764_setupapi.dll_8d9de2e7
      [   1.6Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-com-base_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_66f4be21b01ca45f_combase.dll_a2567a6a
      [   1.6Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-eventlog_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_358e037e9c9d657b_wevtsvc.dll_add42ce6
      [   1.6Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-font-truetype-segoeui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_2985ab1d9c00e45f_seguisym.ttf_e095394a
      [   1.6Mb]
      [   1.6Mb]
      [   1.6Mb]
      [   1.5Mb] x86_microsoft-windows-crypt32-dll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_581acdbcaf3a8b9b_crypt32.dll_9c3ccf73
      [   1.4Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-com-base-qfe-ole32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16451_none_0504bf8c7bfff3ca_ole32.dll_e9dcc2e3
      [   1.4Mb] amd64_windows-defender-service_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_1e6fca32e090c9e9_mpsvc.dll_2d2efa15
      [   1.3Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-lddmcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16497_none_048a72db6d566090_dxgkrnl.sys_8aad3dfb
      [   1.3Mb]
      [   1.3Mb]
      [   1.3Mb]
      [   1.3Mb] x86_microsoft-windows-dui70_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_545fbbb1cf818bb8_dui70.dll_5f097b0b
      [   1.3Mb] wow64_microsoft-windows-ntdll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_bc32103eba25942d_ntdll.dll_ae4ef39c
      [   1.3Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-b..vironment-os-loader_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_b42572cef6436e5a_winload.efi_75834aa0
      [   1.3Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-windowsuiimmersive_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_8ace8bbd5da5cce2_windows.ui.immersive.dll_549e9b42
      [   1.3Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16497_none_c4eb051a9bc588d3.manifest
      [   1.3Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-grouppolicy-base_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_80ed094370c6dbfc_gpsvc.dll_970be02b
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-b..ore-bootmanager-efi_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_e087708225f70134_bootmgfw.efi_139dd311
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-b..ore-bootmanager-efi_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_e087708225f70134_bootmgr.efi_da0f14a8
      [   1.2Mb] wow64_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16497_none_cf3faf6cd0264ace.manifest
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-f..-truetype-nirmalaui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_5e650e0ff9ba209e_nirmala.ttf_2e14013a
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-user32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_263ef3ebf6f3a54e_user32.dll_55f4ed20
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-rpc-local_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_0cc4467bced88556_rpcrt4.dll_5aa847dd
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-f..-truetype-nirmalaui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_5e650e0ff9ba209e_nirmalab.ttf_63b65f82
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-gdi32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_b27d6298d2ee197d_gdi32.dll_1f014d57
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-b..vironment-os-loader_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_b42572cef6436e5a_winload.exe_75835076
      [   1.2Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-lsa_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_ff49435ee667c648_lsasrv.dll_56db747f
      [   1.2Mb]
      [   1.1Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-kernel32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_ec878ca5e00fbea5_kernel32.dll_ef9eca7e
      [   1.1Mb] wow64_microsoft-windows-com-base_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16420_none_71496873e47d665a_combase.dll_a2567a6a
      [   1.1Mb] wow64_microsoft-windows-windowsuiimmersive_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_9523360f92068edd_windows.ui.immersive.dll_549e9b42
      [   1.1Mb] amd64_microsoft-windows-b..vironment-os-loader_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16433_none_b42572cef6436e5a_winresume.efi_85cd069f
      [   1.0Mb] x86_microsoft-windows-com-base-qfe-ole32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16451_none_a8e62408c3a28294_ole32.dll_e9dcc2e3
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    Last edited by Alkajak; 05 Mar 2013 at 01:01.

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  2. #2

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Disk Cleanup ?

    I don't know if you have tried Disk Cleanup or not.
    It's worth a try.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Frees up about 3.00 MB. My harddrive shifted upwards to 3.28 GB free, but still nowhere near the original 15GB.
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  4. #4

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    System Files ?

    I just now cleaned up System Files/Old restore points & got rid of around 5 GBs of junk---
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  5. #5

    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    I am happy for you, but as I said, it only cleaned 3.00 MB for me.
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  6. #6

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Alkajak View Post
    I am happy for you, but as I said, it only cleaned 3.00 MB for me.
    Did you delete old restore points ?
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  7. #7

    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    I never had old restore points. By default, my system restore is set to store 0 MB of system restores. I cleaned up my system restores to make sure.

    I haven't touched anything on my computer and now have 1.67 GB, down from 3.28 GB when I posted 2 days ago.
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  8. #8

    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Alright, I downloaded WinDirStat.
    is 22 GB large. This consists of 39% of my hard drive currently.

    57% of my hard drive, which is almost the rest, is allocated in
    where there are thousands of amd64, msil, x86, wow64 files.
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  9. #9

    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
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  10. #10

    Posts : 2
    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 2008, 2012

    Alkajak, I am facing the same issue as yours, what did you do to free up some space. This winsxs folder drives me nuts, it takes more than 50% space, on my 64 GB HDD, this folder takes more than 12 GB, thanks to me installing and uninstalling.

    I generally re-install to keep the system clean, but its not always the best approach. Please share your thoughts.
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