Missing space on my computer

Sinesthera

New Member
I can't account for around 200 gb of space on my computer.
C folder is 450 gb I've been looking through my files and folders and I can only account for about 200-250 gb and I am almost out of space.

I am trying to defrag my hard drive and I started compressing file folders which is saving some space but I am not sure if this should account for the entirety of the problem. I haven't downloaded anything in a while and still I've just watched 5 gb disappear in about a two week period of time. I've been deleting files and I have been clearing out the trash bin but it doesn't seem to be helping
 

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whs

Vista Guru
Gold Member
1. Check the real story on the files with WinDirStat. I bet there are a lot more than you think.
2. Check your shadowstorage which can be up to 67GB on your C disk. Run vssadmin list shadowstorage in elevated cmd. Look for Allocated on C.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Q6600
    Memory
    4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w2207h
    Hard Drives
    2x250GB HDDs
    1x60GB OCZ SSD
    6 external disks 60 to 640GBs
    Other Info
    Also 1xHP desktop, 1xHP laptop, 1xGateway laptop

Sinesthera

New Member
OMG my temporary internet files account for all the missing space... How could that happen?
Can I just delete them. It poped up with something saying I might damage my computer if I did?
Actually looking at it again its Windows subfolder Temp and then the files in that subfolder. Not the internet temp files
 

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Sinesthera

New Member
I tried running Disk Cleanup and it doesn't touch the files that are causing the problem. I compressed the C drive to try and clear up some space that got me about 20+ gb back so some of it was that it was sloppy and defrag bairly helped. From what it looks like about 6gb of temporary files are added a Month!
The names are pretty crazy looking
TMP000001BD40B152FD16B2F372
And is a .DAA file if that helps at all?
Thank you for the tip on Win Dir Stat! I can now chart all the weird changes and find their cause quite useful. I knew I wasn't just imagining it was disappearing!
 

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whs

Vista Guru
Gold Member
How do you access vsadmin? I'm currently dowloading windirstat

vssadmin is a command in Command Prompt (All Programs > Accessories) that you have to open as admin (right click on it).
To clean up your temporary internet files, use CCleaner. It is safe to use.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Q6600
    Memory
    4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w2207h
    Hard Drives
    2x250GB HDDs
    1x60GB OCZ SSD
    6 external disks 60 to 640GBs
    Other Info
    Also 1xHP desktop, 1xHP laptop, 1xGateway laptop
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