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  1. #1


    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    HDD loosing space


    I am having an issue with my HDD space. At times the free space on my Local Drive C: decreases by 2 GB.

    If i reboot it usually increases back to the 2 GB i lost. I can not seem to figure out what is causing this to happen.
    I read sometimes a virus can duplicate files, i ran numerous full system scans with Norton and Windows malicious Removal tool, they have shown nothing.

    Also thinking it can be caused by Windows defragment tool but that is set to a weekly schedule. I think it may be a program doing this, but which one. Something updating, but would it take 2GB to do this.

    I posted a Speccy file to look at what is on the system and running and on system, even though this could be something that is not always running.

    Not sure what else to think it could be, but it strange, not a great loss of space because of the sizes having 2 drives on the system. Any help or advice is appreciated.ty
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  2. #2


    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    The hibernate file uses a lot of space. temporary files use a lot of space. page file uses a lot of space. unnecessary updates (old) use lots of space. Programs can use a lot of space, and may often update themselves.

    Hibernate - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use - Windows 7 Help Forums

    You could use an additional scan through malwarebytes free 'mbam' program to check if your antivirus overlooked some items, but other than that, it may not be too big of a deal. If you are still curious, someone else may provide more suggestions, as I've run out. If I think of anything more, I'll be sure to post

    I suppose defragmentation might do something like this as files are moved around, but I'm not positive.
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  3. #3


    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
    The hibernate file uses a lot of space. temporary files use a lot of space. page file uses a lot of space. unnecessary updates (old) use lots of space. Programs can use a lot of space, and may often update themselves.

    Hibernate - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use - Windows 7 Help Forums

    You could use an additional scan through malwarebytes free 'mbam' program to check if your antivirus overlooked some items, but other than that, it may not be too big of a deal. If you are still curious, someone else may provide more suggestions, as I've run out. If I think of anything more, I'll be sure to post

    I suppose defragmentation might do something like this as files are moved around, but I'm not positive.
    I regularly clean temp files using CCleaner, page files i know not to much about to mess with any of those settings. I usually control my programs from either unnecessary updates or too frequent updates and also to notify me of updates before downloading them if it can.

    I do have hibernate disabled. Yes i knew of Malewarebytes, a good software and also SuperAntiSpyware, i can try them, free versions. Yes, i knew a defragment software can do this,i had Diskeeper and the intelliwrite can use up to 2gb but i do not use this anymore and as said my Windows optimize is set to weekly defrag..
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  4. #4


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    My guess would be that it is the shadowstorage usage that is expanding and contracting. Keep an eye on the Allocated part with this command:

    vssadmin list shadowstorage
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    Southern California
    Posts : 788
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    My guess would be that it is the shadowstorage usage that is expanding and contracting. Keep an eye on the Allocated part with this command:

    vssadmin list shadowstorage
    Ah HA! I forgot to mention that and system restore points that also use space
    System Protection - Change Maximum Disk Space Usage in Windows 8
    OR
    System Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Also, my previous post, including the bit about the page file, was meant to make you aware of things taking your storage space. I would NEVER recommend removing your system page file, etc. So that list is only to show you what you got.
    Just attempting to be helpful
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    My guess would be that it is the shadowstorage usage that is expanding and contracting. Keep an eye on the Allocated part with this command:

    vssadmin list shadowstorage

    Hi whs,

    O.k. i regularly delete restore points and create new ones and not to long after i know an install or update went o.k..
    Not sure i understand the expand and contract, it would expand if i installed something or made changes, but remain that way till i either added another install or change, correct?

    So i do not think it is this, here is an image of the command done recently, i knew to check this also,ty
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    My guess would be that it is the shadowstorage usage that is expanding and contracting. Keep an eye on the Allocated part with this command:

    vssadmin list shadowstorage
    Ah HA! I forgot to mention that and system restore points that also use space
    System Protection - Change Maximum Disk Space Usage in Windows 8
    OR
    System Protection - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Also, my previous post, including the bit about the page file, was meant to make you aware of things taking your storage space. I would NEVER recommend removing your system page file, etc. So that list is only to show you what you got.
    Just attempting to be helpful
    Thanks Dusty for your help i do appreciate it. I like to have System Restore running on my computer and was aware that this could of been the cause of my issue. thanks again.
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    Give TreeSize Free a try. It will show you exactly where disk space is being used.
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    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Give TreeSize Free a try. It will show you exactly where disk space is being used.

    Thanks for the reply, will look into that!
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  10. #10


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Possible solution!!!


    Hey mate,

    I had a similar problem with a 'little piglet' of a program called PC Tools Registry Mechanic. Great for cleaning the registry, not so good in Windows 7 at leaving free space on the hard drive. If you have this program installed, delete it, then go to Program Files and delete any left over folders. In my case I removed the program, but it not so generously left a 120Gig 'temp' file on C: drive!!!

    I noticed that you have CCleaner, which is a similar program to Registry Mechanic, I recommend that you remove it too...

    However to be "scientific" about the program that is at fault simply open Resource Manager, then look at how much disk space is being consumed by respective programs -



    I hope that this helps.

    Kind Regards,

    Davo
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