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    What's eating my HD?

    I have a one year old HP machine running Vista Home Premium x64.

    It is in almost pristine condition since I have only turned it on a few times and done MS updates and a small amount of customization. (I've not done the latest 'patch Tuesday updates'. There are so many I'm waiting a few days to see if anyone runs into problems.)

    It has 8GB of main memory and a 750GB HD. (I've filled out most of the 'specs' section on your site.) This is divided into two partitions: 685GB for C and 13.3GB for the D drive/recovery partition. (I realise there is a counting difference between the OS's GB and the HD vendor's GB).

    Apart from deleting a little bloatware and uninstalling the Norton freebie I have made no changes to the system except to install ZoneAlarm Extreme Edition. I have not transferred any data from my old machine. I have not downloaded any movies or music or anything except ZoneAlarm. I have not surfed the Internet except to check out a couple of the MS updates. But something is eating up my HD space.

    Two days ago a check of the C drive properties indicated I had consumed 118GB. Unhiding everything I could and adding up all the folder property sizes gave me a total of 30GB of identified usage. So 88GB was missing in action. The next day it was up to 120GB total and yesterday it was 123GB. at this rate I'll run out of disk space by next July without doing anything to my M/C.

    An obvious contender for guilty party status was System Restore, but it is supposed to be limited to 38GB on that drive. I went into the Disk Cleanup function and it said I could delete 3.5 MB (yes MB not GB) of temporary files and suchlike. I went to the button to delete all but the latest System Restore points and it (seemed to lock up but) gave me back 20GB for a total of 103GB consumed and about 73 GB gone AWOL.

    So, what's eating my disk?? And what can I do to stop it??

    Jack

    PS Today it got interesting. I switched on the new M/C and checked the C drive and it is down 42.3GB consumed. But this still doesn't explain what is going on and is still rather large - and who knows what it will say tomorrow.

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    Vista stores a lot of useless crap, like old DLLs when you install service packs (in case you want to uninstall) and so on. Every time you install a patch/update, the old files are retained and must be cleaned out, for which purpose many utilities exist on the web including Microsoft's website.

    Finished Installing Windows Vista SP1 ? Now Remove All The Junk Files

    Service Pack Cleanup Tool In Vista SP2 To Clean up Old RTM & SP1 Backup Files My Digital Life

    and so on.

    I also personally don't use System Restore, it's just a waste of space in my opinion. All I have ever seen inrestore images is copy after copy of the same viruses that have been on a client's computer for months or years.

    Also, don't use a self-adjusting swap file, that's another space-eater. Make a partition, prefferably on another hard drive, that is about 25% larger than the size of swap file you need and then put the (fixed-size) swap file there. Some people like to keep a small (200-500GB) swap file on the C: drive and then put the rest elsewhere, to handle kernel dumps. If you don't know what a kernel dump is, just put the whole thing on the new partition. I use 4GB on my laptop because that's the largest 32-bit Vista will use (so my partition is 5GB to avoid the low-space warnings) and 500MB on my 8GB 64-bit Vista machine (because I really don't want the swap file to be used unless it really has to be to prevent crashing).

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    Hi jgardin1,
    Your system restore uses up to 15% of your HD space. This Tutorial explains in detail:
    System Restore - disk space
    HTH.

    Edit: it seems you have already looked in to it.

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    Hi Folks,

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    Quote Originally Posted by jgardin1 View Post
    Hi Folks,
    Hi and welcome to vista forums

    Take a look around and ask questions if you need help


    Ken

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    Hi Folks, I just wanted to post a quick thank you for your ideas and helpful suggestions. I set out to say 'thanks' to you guys 3 days ago and guess what - as I was actually typing this note my worst fears happened and my old PC just died on me as I was hitting the keys. Luckily it was just the CMOS battery, though it took me 2 days of gut churning worrying to figure it out, and replace the battery with one from my garage door opener remote control!!!
    It also took me all of yesterday, once my old M/C was working again to get my mail across. (What a totally useless piece of garbage the Windows Easy Transfer Program is. No help at all. And I have found so much to hate about Vista in 3 days that I could write a book on it. I am going to have to have a few words with Jim Allchin about that.) Anyway, enough whining. I will follow the links to acquire the clean up stuff from MS and give it a whirl. I will keep System Restore switched on, it saved my sorry backside 3 times on my old M/C, but thanks for the suggestion. Anyway, I'm stuck with Vista now and am busilly transferring tons of data from my old box, so, fingers crossed and thanks again, folks. Keep up the good work! Jack

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    BTW Brummyfan: Does your name mean you are from Brummagem in the Old Country? I lived there in the Moseley area in the early 60's, in my first programming job, (1st gen box, valves, engineer living inside it, 1hour uptime max, 1024 words (grand total!) of memory on a drum, no OS, no languages, no nothing, wrote code in hex). Anyway I still long for a trip to a pub for a plate of faggots, chips and peas. Certainly not to be had where I live now. Jack

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    Quote Originally Posted by jgardin1 View Post
    BTW Brummyfan: Does your name mean you are from Brummagem in the Old Country? I lived there in the Moseley area in the early 60's, in my first programming job, (1st gen box, valves, engineer living inside it, 1hour uptime max, 1024 words (grand total!) of memory on a drum, no OS, no languages, no nothing, wrote code in hex). Anyway I still long for a trip to a pub for a plate of faggots, chips and peas. Certainly not to be had where I live now. Jack
    Yes Jack, not too far from Mosley. Despite all the rain and muggy evenings a pleasant place to live. All the best.

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    Quote Originally Posted by jgardin1 View Post
    I have found so much to hate about Vista in 3 days that I could write a book on it.
    Well, as of today you could use 7. Actually you could have been using it for months now if you downloaded the RTM version. For the most part I like Vista, I use both 32 and 64-bit versions, but in no uncertain terms 7 is leagues above Vista in almost every way. It could almost be called Vista SE (in the way 98SE made 98 even more awesome), except the improvement is even greater.

    P.S.: I have two O'Reilly books on Vista, and they are great:

    http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596529598/

    http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527624/

    P.S.: However much you may want to turn off UAC, do not do it until you get a good, comprehensive antimalware package installed!

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    Re: What's eating my HD?

    Hi GlassDeviant

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