I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 (laptop), running Vista HomeSP2, 32 Bit
Two days ago, after clearing history and cookies the lowdisk space warning balloon appears. Icheck C drive and it indicates I have 5g of free space remaining. I have a 160g hard drive and after most recent download still had 43g free spaceleft. I ran disk cleanup and was able torestore about 5g’s of space, but thismysteriously disappeared within minutes and the low space warning came back on. At this pint I rebooted and WA-LA…all 43g’s we back and everything seemedto working normal. About 15min later thelow space warning balloon comes on AGAIN!! I’m down to less than 5g’s. Iimmediately attempt a system restore only to find out…I HAVE NO RESTOREPOINTS!!
I’m stumped because I’ve goggled and read a lot of similarpost about this problem and tried several solutions but none have worked tokeep my free space intact and available. This is vital because when I drop to less than 5g’s of space my computeracts erratically, freezes then blue screen crash! What’s especially puzzling is that AFTER I REBOOT, MY DRIVE SPACE IS ALWAYSRESTORED TO THE CORRECT AMOUNT of 43g’s (which is different from any post I’veread concerning this problem) BUT IT DISAPPEARS RAPIDLY WITHOUT ME DOINGANYTHING. This occurs whether mycomputer is ON or OFFLINE!!
Ran Avast antivirus - nothing
Ran Malewarebytes - nothing
Ran Registry Mechanic – corrected low and medium leveladware
Ran PC Tools Spyware Doctor - corrected minor infections
Ran Trendmicro Housecall - nothing
Ran Windows Check Disk (Scan Disk) - the volumeis clean
Ran PC Doctor (Dell support Center) - passed all test
Ran Windows Memory Diagnostics Scan - found no errors
System Restore showed no restore points, disabled systemrestore and deleted all shaodow copies
Disk Defrag - useless
Disk Clean up - no space to be gained.
PLS NOTE: WHEN I RANMISK SPASCE MANAGER (AT DELL SUPORT CENTER)… SCAN REVEALED 43G’S OF AVAILABLEFREE SPACE…BUT AT THE EXACT SAME TIME WHEN I CHECK C; DRIVE ON MY COMPUTER,IT SHOWS ZERO g’s.
I don’t have an external hard drive to back up many photo’s,video’s, work projects, music, and other vital info and I’m trying to avoid afactory restore if at all possible! Anysuggestions? Please Help. Thanks.