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Lost 15 GB over the past months for nothing.. realized now

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    Lost 15 GB over the past months for nothing.. realized now


    On my C: Drive that is SSD I used to have around 38GB free (was even 42GB but after accidental turning the windows update on I lost to 38GB). Since I stayed at 38GB without wasting space with silly windows updates (turned off ofc) and I installed only tiny programs, I don't see how did I become from 38GB to 23GB of free space?? I may have searched files through 15K photos a month ago if such thing ever reduces disk space (such as indexing) but I checked one windows.ecb (or something like that) file was only 133MB, I don't see where all the space got lost?? I was installing a few (3-4) small programs that when I saw are of no use to me - uninstalled. I have run disk cleanup many times and I don't see where all that space went?

    I may have accidently enabled 'Windows 7 file recovery' but I made sure to disable this trash immediately, meaning I do not have any folders on the disk space that would take so much memory.

    I know that sometimes if you delete a lot of files like thousands of files, 20GB + of space, the space doesn't restore immediately (whenever it comes from many deleted files) but for that reason I deleted files from removable disk, to not get any traces on the main HDD.

    Is there any tool to check over the months, how your free space got lowered, I could then see on a graph if the drop of space got sudden or not, to identify what could have caused it. And I dislike using any 3rd party 'cleaners' or whatever software

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You can set how much space is used for System Restore, check and see how much space is allotted and how much percent wise is being used.

    Check it here:

    System Protection - Change Maximum Disk Space Usage in Windows 8


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    Last edited by Brink; 16 Dec 2013 at 23:40. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Posts : 46
    Windows 8


    Deleted and turned off all protections, freed only 3 GB, I had only one irregular shut down of windows, unless something loaded the memory then. Still a lot missing
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    The rest may be in File History - Check that. But you should have left at least one or two restore points, it is worth having more, believe me.
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    Install Treesize Free. It will show you exactly where your drive space is going.
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    A +1 on TreeSize,i think nothing gets away from that app.Take a look at your pagefile,custom set or system managed?Prefetch folder too bulky over time maybe?Device manager-show hidden devices-storage volume shadow copies(since you do not use system restore)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Install Treesize Free. It will show you exactly where your drive space is going.
    Treesize is Garbage it's worthless and junk to just fill up your hard drive with another nothing program.
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    That's your opinion, not mine or anyone else I know of. It's a great little program (2.4MB in size) that shows you where your hard drive space is being used. Whats not to like about it?
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    Florida, USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    That's your opinion, not mine or anyone else I know of. It's a great little program (2.4MB in size) that shows you where your hard drive space is being used. Whats not to like about it?
    +1 Agree!
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    Posts : 46
    Windows 8


    Does it show at what time how much space was used? Or is there a graph that shows how the disk space went down over a few months? - That's what I needed to know WHEN the sudden drop, in order to identify the cause, just showing me what it takes already isn't of much use. For example the below files may have had such size long before the drop of disk space...

    Anyway, used that tree program and while other seems normal..


    Last modified 4 hrs ago, I do leave the laptop a lot of times on battery/sleep mode if this has increased the hibernation size. I don't know if I can clear the file to start new or it has to remain.
    Last edited by Emtr; 17 Dec 2013 at 11:43.
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