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hard drive filling up by itself

  1. #1


    tigeress357 Guest

    hard drive filling up by itself

    My hard drive all of a sudden has decided to show its self as full and
    filling more every minute. I have a new 3 month old HP laptop with a 140 GB
    drive. I don't have anything that is taking up any amount of space and have
    done everything possible to free up more space. I have deleted the old system
    restore and shadow files , cleaned up the drive and deleted cookies and temp
    files along with every unused program i had there is almost nothing in the
    drive except what came in it and about a dozen or so very small programs i
    had installed. In a matter of 1 hour today I lost 5GB of space by doing
    absolutely nothing. Just a few days ago it was at 45% free. I had managed to
    get it back to 47GB free but now it is back to 41 already and losing ground
    fast. no unusual processes or programs running. nothing recently installed.
    NEED HELP FAST


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  2. #2


    otj Guest

    RE: hard drive filling up by itself

    I had the same problem once. It may be that a virus or a worm has installed
    itself in your hard disk, unnoticed by your anti-virus software, if you have
    one.

    If you have a usb drive, I suggest that you back up all your important files
    from your hard disk to the drive. Then re-format your hard drive and
    re-install your windows OS, anti-virus and programs. Reformatting the hard
    disk is the only solution I can think of. It worked for me.

    Good Day!

    "tigeress357" wrote:

    > My hard drive all of a sudden has decided to show its self as full and
    > filling more every minute. I have a new 3 month old HP laptop with a 140 GB
    > drive. I don't have anything that is taking up any amount of space and have
    > done everything possible to free up more space. I have deleted the old system
    > restore and shadow files , cleaned up the drive and deleted cookies and temp
    > files along with every unused program i had there is almost nothing in the
    > drive except what came in it and about a dozen or so very small programs i
    > had installed. In a matter of 1 hour today I lost 5GB of space by doing
    > absolutely nothing. Just a few days ago it was at 45% free. I had managed to
    > get it back to 47GB free but now it is back to 41 already and losing ground
    > fast. no unusual processes or programs running. nothing recently installed.
    > NEED HELP FAST
    >

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  3. #3


    jkakar2 Guest

    Re: hard drive filling up by itself

    If it was vista, it might be the backup software that comes up wiht
    it. It automatically starts backing up your documents ending up
    costing you twice as much space in the process. Google out a way to
    figure out how to remove that backup. hope this helps.

    On Dec 10 2007, 1:58 pm, tigeress357
    <tigeress...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > My hard drive all of a sudden has decided to show its self as full and
    > filling more every minute. I have a new 3 month old HP laptop with a 140 GB
    > drive. I don't have anything that is taking up any amount of space and have
    > done everything possible to free up more space. I have deleted the old system
    > restore and shadow files , cleaned up the drive and deleted cookies and temp
    > files along with every unused program i had there is almost nothing in the
    > drive except what came in it and about a dozen or so very small programs i
    > had installed. In a matter of 1 hour today I lost 5GB of space by doing
    > absolutely nothing. Just a few days ago it was at 45% free. I had managed to
    > get it back to 47GB free but now it is back to 41 already and losing ground
    > fast. no unusual processes or programs running. nothing recently installed.
    > NEED HELP FAST

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    veebeegee Guest

    Re: hard drive filling up by itself

    I am having the same problem, the only backup program that I have is Windows
    One Care which backs up my computer every month. I recently reformatted my
    hard drive to regain the space and now it's filling up again, any advice or
    help will be appreciated.

    "jkakar2@xxxxxx" wrote:

    > If it was vista, it might be the backup software that comes up wiht
    > it. It automatically starts backing up your documents ending up
    > costing you twice as much space in the process. Google out a way to
    > figure out how to remove that backup. hope this helps.
    >
    > On Dec 10 2007, 1:58 pm, tigeress357
    > <tigeress...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > > My hard drive all of a sudden has decided to show its self as full and
    > > filling more every minute. I have a new 3 month old HP laptop with a 140 GB
    > > drive. I don't have anything that is taking up any amount of space and have
    > > done everything possible to free up more space. I have deleted the old system
    > > restore and shadow files , cleaned up the drive and deleted cookies and temp
    > > files along with every unused program i had there is almost nothing in the
    > > drive except what came in it and about a dozen or so very small programs i
    > > had installed. In a matter of 1 hour today I lost 5GB of space by doing
    > > absolutely nothing. Just a few days ago it was at 45% free. I had managed to
    > > get it back to 47GB free but now it is back to 41 already and losing ground
    > > fast. no unusual processes or programs running. nothing recently installed.
    > > NEED HELP FAST
    >
    >

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  5. #5


    DL Guest

    Re: hard drive filling up by itself

    If you are backing up to the same hard drive, or even another partition on a
    single hard drive, you are wasting your time, since if that hard drive or
    the system fails so do your backups

    "veebeegee" <veebeegee@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:0D08F576-0563-48A6-BF14-3EF3FF573CD8@xxxxxx

    >I am having the same problem, the only backup program that I have is
    >Windows
    > One Care which backs up my computer every month. I recently reformatted
    > my
    > hard drive to regain the space and now it's filling up again, any advice
    > or
    > help will be appreciated.
    >
    > "jkakar2@xxxxxx" wrote:
    >

    >> If it was vista, it might be the backup software that comes up wiht
    >> it. It automatically starts backing up your documents ending up
    >> costing you twice as much space in the process. Google out a way to
    >> figure out how to remove that backup. hope this helps.
    >>
    >> On Dec 10 2007, 1:58 pm, tigeress357
    >> <tigeress...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    >> > My hard drive all of a sudden has decided to show its self as full and
    >> > filling more every minute. I have a new 3 month old HP laptop with a
    >> > 140 GB
    >> > drive. I don't have anything that is taking up any amount of space and
    >> > have
    >> > done everything possible to free up more space. I have deleted the old
    >> > system
    >> > restore and shadow files , cleaned up the drive and deleted cookies and
    >> > temp
    >> > files along with every unused program i had there is almost nothing in
    >> > the
    >> > drive except what came in it and about a dozen or so very small
    >> > programs i
    >> > had installed. In a matter of 1 hour today I lost 5GB of space by doing
    >> > absolutely nothing. Just a few days ago it was at 45% free. I had
    >> > managed to
    >> > get it back to 47GB free but now it is back to 41 already and losing
    >> > ground
    >> > fast. no unusual processes or programs running. nothing recently
    >> > installed.
    >> > NEED HELP FAST
    >>
    >>


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