Hard disk mysteriously full
Posted on 2006-06-16
I've got a laptop with a 40 GB hard drive, Windows XP home, SP2, that my wife uses. It's not heavily used, only MS Office really, and has anti-virus and spyware running on it. Normally I'd have expected it to have loads of HDD space, but recently she brought it to me saying it was telling here it had run out of space.
Looking with Explorer, it had only about 100 MB free. I tried to locate any big files, and found few over 10 MB. I found a large number of .cab files which I thought were used update files, so I deleted them, but that now still only leaves it with 33.8 GB used, 1.12GB free.
If I search for *.* using Explorer, I only find about 400MB total of files >10MB
If I use a program called Disktective which I find quite handy for analysing disk usage, it show the vast majority is used by "Windows" - 29.4 MB, 89% of which is "Installer" - but it can't show me exactly what these files are.
So wherever the majority of the used space is, I can't account for it and free it up.
Can you help please?