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Hard Drive full is this normal?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    windows 8

    Hard Drive full is this normal?


    Hi

    Am really new to this forum, hopefully somebody will be able to help, or this issue may have already been raised and resolved elsewhere on the forum.

    I have a Toshiba Satellite hybrid, with Windows 8, 4GB RAM and 128 SSD hard drive. I have full Microsoft office and very few other programmes, there are the Toshiba installed software which I don't use and the windows 8 based 'apps' which i also hardly use.

    my 128GB was about 70% full from week one, but now it is almost 100% full, I regularly carry out disk clean up, but I unable to get more than 1GB free on my hard drive, can this be right?

    How can I resolve this?

    Any suggestions please?

    thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You probably have some image backups on your drive, Windows 8.1 should not use up more than a quarter of your drive.

    Check for folders on your drive that are huge, change your View settings so you can see what is in them, a Backup set will have an Icon on the main Backup file, that when clicked will open whatever backup program Windows 8.1 uses. You can delete any unused backups from there.

    I worked on a laptop that was running Windows 7 file recovery, the guy had a 300 GB D drive that was totally filled. His Backup was filling the drive up. Windows 8 could use this, but 8.1 does not, just check your Backup settings and delete the backup, or move it to an external drive.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Where you have an SSD there may be some issue where deleted files aren't marked as free space due to Trim not happening. Writing to SSD free space (deleted files) will be slow unless the memory is treated. See SSD and Trim.

    Or it may be some virus creating garbage data. Try malwarebytes scan if Trim or shadow storage deletion doesn't fix it.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    You probably have some image backups on your drive, Windows 8.1 should not use up more than a quarter of your drive.

    Check for folders on your drive that are huge, change your View settings so you can see what is in them, a Backup set will have an Icon on the main Backup file, that when clicked will open whatever backup program Windows 8.1 uses. You can delete any unused backups from there.
    Thank you very much for your super fast reply.
    However I haven't yet upgraded to 8.1 (I don't think my Hard drive will allow the upgrade because it's so full)

    Please, please explain to me step by step (like I am a 4 year old) How i can check if back ups are mirrored and how I correct this. I have tried something like this but keep getting told administrator access only, which can't be right as it's a personal computer used only by me so there are or i did not set any restrictions at setup.

    Please help if you can.

    thanks
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    In that case you will have to log in to your Administrator account in Safe Mode and grant Admin Access to your User Account.

    You may also be able to get into that folder by changing the Security Properties of it. To be able to do that, you have to open File Explorer and go into View Settings, and check "Show System Files and Folders" as well as "Hidden Folders and Files". Athen at the very bottom, there is a check for "Use Sharing Wizard" - Shut that OFF so you can get to the Security Tab in File/Folder Properties.

    There should be a Tutorial for how to do it in the Tutorials section, I'll try to find it.

    I did find this:

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...d-folders.html
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  6. #6


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    Hello XweAponX

    Hope you're still there, I have been trying for hours to change my access to full administrator status. Ironically Windows 8 clearly states I have 'administrator privileges' but when I try and delete certain files I am informed I do not have sufficient administrator privileges.

    I have been able sign into Windows 8 in safe mode, but I am unable change my Administration profile from where it currently is.

    Can you advise me please. thanks in advance
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