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How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

  1. #1


    Joe91 Guest

    How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

    Hi,
    I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
    considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
    <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
    Many of the folders/files were months old.
    Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
    shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
    Many thanks
    Joe


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  3. #2


    Joan Archer Guest

    Re: How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

    Use disk cleanup to clean up temp files and other settings, if you want to
    clean Internet temp files go into Internet Options and on the advanced tab
    scroll down to the box to delete temp files when the browser is closed.

    You really should do regular maintenance on your machine to help keep it
    running well. <g>
    --
    Joan Archer
    http://www.freewebs.com/crossstitcher
    http://lachsoft.com/photogallery

    "Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

    > Hi,
    > I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
    > considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
    > <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
    > Many of the folders/files were months old.
    > Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
    > shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
    > Many thanks
    > Joe

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  4. #3


    Joe91 Guest

    Re: How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

    Having cleared the folder earlier I now find that I have another 92 folders
    in this TEMP folder. Many of them have a name of the type
    'Temp10_IfraAdConnexion1.1R2-samples.zip'. The part after the underscore is
    a valid file name that I recognise but it is not a file I have looked at for
    many months, if not years nor have I opened the containing folder.
    Joe
    "Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

    > Hi,
    > I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
    > considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
    > <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
    > Many of the folders/files were months old.
    > Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
    > shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
    > Many thanks
    > Joe

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

    It sounds like you have a misbehaving program that does not clean up after
    itself when the program is closed down. A well designed program WILL clean
    up its temporary files after it closes and leave little behind.

    Many people use CCleaner to handle these chores and run it on a regular
    basis to keep the crud at an acceptable level.

    http://www.ccleaner.com/

    Did I mention that this little program is free?

    --

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience


    "Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:uf9jXdpOJHA.1164@xxxxxx

    > Having cleared the folder earlier I now find that I have another 92
    > folders in this TEMP folder. Many of them have a name of the type
    > 'Temp10_IfraAdConnexion1.1R2-samples.zip'. The part after the underscore
    > is a valid file name that I recognise but it is not a file I have looked
    > at for many months, if not years nor have I opened the containing folder.
    > Joe
    > "Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

    >> Hi,
    >> I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
    >> considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
    >> <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
    >> Many of the folders/files were months old.
    >> Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
    >> shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
    >> Many thanks
    >> Joe
    >

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  6. #5


    Joe91 Guest

    Re: How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

    Thanks, I ran that (and will run it regularly) and it cleared the 2GB of
    files created in the last 6 hours. However, almost as quickly as those
    files were being deleted more were being created. Don't know whether it is
    Google desktop or Windows indexing service, they are the only two services
    that are likely to be trawling through these files.
    thanks again
    Joe
    "Joan Archer" <joanarcher@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:eLjJWCpOJHA.1576@xxxxxx

    > Use disk cleanup to clean up temp files and other settings, if you want to
    > clean Internet temp files go into Internet Options and on the advanced tab
    > scroll down to the box to delete temp files when the browser is closed.
    >
    > You really should do regular maintenance on your machine to help keep it
    > running well. <g>
    > --
    > Joan Archer
    > http://www.freewebs.com/crossstitcher
    > http://lachsoft.com/photogallery
    >
    > "Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

    >> Hi,
    >> I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
    >> considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
    >> <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
    >> Many of the folders/files were months old.
    >> Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
    >> shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
    >> Many thanks
    >> Joe
    >

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  7. #6



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    Re: How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

    Use WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
    to diagnose what fill disk...

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  8. #7


    Beoweolf Guest

    Re: How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

    You can limit the size of IE (Internet explorer) temp files, Under General
    tab (tools > Internet options; under "browsing History" you can delete
    immediately using the delete bottom and change/configure how much history
    you want to keep by using the Settings button and making adjustments.

    You have a lot of options; move folder to a disk other than your sysvol,
    change how much disk space is devoted/allocated to temp files, how many days
    of history to keep.

    Other temp files, as well as paging.swap files can be move to disks other
    than sysvol, its pretty much up to you to customize things outside of
    default configuration. As someone mentioned, if temp files are being
    generated at an excessive rate either some App is not cleaning up after
    itself or you have configured excessive logging, generating errors way
    outside of the norm.


    "Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

    > Hi,
    > I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
    > considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
    > <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
    > Many of the folders/files were months old.
    > Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
    > shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
    > Many thanks
    > Joe

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #8



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    Join Date : Dec 2008
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    Vista Ultimate x32
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    Re: How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

    I too am seeing lots of Tempnn_name.zip directories getting created in my temp directory. I have confirmed that these are getting created by Google Desktop Search (If I disable GDS and download a zip file nothing happens, if I enable GDS and download a zip file then I get several Tempnn_name.zip directories with the contents of the zip expanded. I have searching in Zip files turned off in my GDS configuration)

    There is a closed thread here (zip files automatically extract in vista temp folder!) of someone else having the same issue.

    And there is a (not very active) thread on Google Groups that at least acknowledges that the problem exists.

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