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Solved Hard Drive RANDOMLY filling up


davidvkimball

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Seattle, WA

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117
#1
Randomly my computer (running Windows 8) told me that I had 74MB of space left.

WHAT?!?! Last time I checked I had at least 200GB free.

I recently downloaded Gary's Mod on Steam and Photoshop CS2, but I've maybe added 20GB of games...and mere MBs of images.

I tried deleting a 5GB movie, and when I did, it said I had 5 GB free, and then in a few minutes, it said I had 560KB of space left.

Did a desk cleanup recently, defragmented, virus scan with Windows Defender, and did a lookup of the largest files on my had drive. No significant change.

What is going on??

Thank you so much for your help,

David
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Memory
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D and 20" 2009m HP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 and 1600 x 900
    Hard Drives
    Intel 730 Series 2.5" 240GB SSD (OS + programs) WD Blue 1 TB HDD: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM (personal files)
    PSU
    Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V
    Case
    AZZA Solano 1000 Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front MicroATX/ATX/Full ATX
    Cooling
    Fans. Everywhere. (but they're surprisingly silent)
    Keyboard
    HP USB keyboard, 6 ft cable, Height: 1.1 inch, Width: 6.3 inches, Length: 17.3 inches
    Mouse
    HP USB mouse, 6 ft cable,
    Internet Speed
    36 Mbps download, 6 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + MalwareBytes

archie123

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78
#2
anything showing up in disk management?

and i realise im stating the obvious here but have you tried uninstaling garys mod ? (i used to love playing around with that its been out years :) )
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8gig DD3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Sound Card
    integrated realtech with Harmon/Kardon speakers 3D SRS Premium sound

davidvkimball

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Seattle, WA

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117
#3
WAIT I found the offending file. It's Windows.edb in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows. It's growing like crazy for no reason!!

I've tried to change how Windows indexes search but it didn't fix the problem.

Apparently this is a problem when you clean install from 7 to 8???

how do I fix this?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Memory
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D and 20" 2009m HP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 and 1600 x 900
    Hard Drives
    Intel 730 Series 2.5" 240GB SSD (OS + programs) WD Blue 1 TB HDD: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM (personal files)
    PSU
    Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V
    Case
    AZZA Solano 1000 Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front MicroATX/ATX/Full ATX
    Cooling
    Fans. Everywhere. (but they're surprisingly silent)
    Keyboard
    HP USB keyboard, 6 ft cable, Height: 1.1 inch, Width: 6.3 inches, Length: 17.3 inches
    Mouse
    HP USB mouse, 6 ft cable,
    Internet Speed
    36 Mbps download, 6 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + MalwareBytes

davidvkimball

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Seattle, WA

Posts
117
#4
Found the solution (I think)


1) Search for "Indexing Options" (under "Settings"). Open it.
2) Search "services" (or run "services.msc") and find "Windows Search". Stop the service.
3) Delete the Windows.edb file
4) Click "Modify" in the already-open "Indexing Options" panel, then click "Delete and Rebuild" for the index. You can also specify a different drive to store the index on.


Hope that helps.
Found it on this thread: How to clear out the Windows.edb file in Windows 8 - Microsoft Community
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Memory
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D and 20" 2009m HP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 and 1600 x 900
    Hard Drives
    Intel 730 Series 2.5" 240GB SSD (OS + programs) WD Blue 1 TB HDD: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM (personal files)
    PSU
    Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V
    Case
    AZZA Solano 1000 Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front MicroATX/ATX/Full ATX
    Cooling
    Fans. Everywhere. (but they're surprisingly silent)
    Keyboard
    HP USB keyboard, 6 ft cable, Height: 1.1 inch, Width: 6.3 inches, Length: 17.3 inches
    Mouse
    HP USB mouse, 6 ft cable,
    Internet Speed
    36 Mbps download, 6 Mbps upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + MalwareBytes

archie123

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Posts
78
#5
its odd that a clean install creates any issues , an upgrade maybe but clean install is the way to go usually. Glad its sorted!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8gig DD3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4000
    Sound Card
    integrated realtech with Harmon/Kardon speakers 3D SRS Premium sound

Monyi

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16
#6
This was very helpful to me. For 6 months, I was trying to find an answer to this, but nothing.

Quick one, is stopping the "windows search" going to change any thing on the PC. Like, in a lay man's term, "Any side effects"?
 

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    windows 8
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#7
This was very helpful to me. For 6 months, I was trying to find an answer to this, but nothing.

Quick one, is stopping the "windows search" going to change any thing on the PC. Like, in a lay man's term, "Any side effects"?
Yes. If you disable search you'll not be able to search within documents. If you have search enabled you can look for "Village Hall Budget" inside all of your Word, Excel or PDF documents. If you don't index then you can't - you'll only be able to look at the title which might be "Budget 2015.xls" and not mention anything else.

Whether you care about searching for words inside your documents is of course up to you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    MacBook Pro Core2Duo
    CPU
    T7600
    Memory
    3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon X1600
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 800
    Hard Drives
    40GB
    Keyboard
    Apple
    Mouse
    Apple
    Internet Speed
    Varies
    Browser
    Various
    Antivirus
    Defender
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#9

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    MacBook Pro Core2Duo
    CPU
    T7600
    Memory
    3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon X1600
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 800
    Hard Drives
    40GB
    Keyboard
    Apple
    Mouse
    Apple
    Internet Speed
    Varies
    Browser
    Various
    Antivirus
    Defender

sailorboy

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#10
I have a 500 GB hard drive on my Toshiba Laptop and noticed that it was filling up and couldn't figure it out. Checked all files and folders but couldn't account for why my C: drive was so full. After reading articles in this forum I downloaded windirstat and ran it. It only took a few minutes to realize that my Kaspersky AV program was continually loading virus definitions and updates constantly. I used windirstat to delete over 300 GB of redundant files. Ran Ccleaner and optimized my drive. Thanks to all who posted on this topic you were all a great help to me.
Cheers.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0