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Hard-drive Issue

Posted on 2006-07-08
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A week ago I had about 12 gigs of free space on my hard drive.

Two days ago there was less that 200 megs.

I deleted programs and got back to 3 gigs.

Today I had less than 200 megs again.

I haven’t downloaded anything to cause this.

Ran spyware programs; no help.

Any suggestions?

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Question by:ycguy1117
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by:bwalker1
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A quick suggestion.  First of all do a windows search on your hard drive for files modified between last week and two days ago.  Then look for large files or a large amount of a particular file created during that time.  

Perhaps one of your applications is creating error logs which are getting out of control?  But even that shouldn't take up that much space.
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by:ihnet
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Another thing that can waste space is an application that requires a lot of RAM. the operating system will increase the size of the hidden system file pagefile.sys (usually found in c:\ )
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by:Metropoliten
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But most possible it's Virus or spyware .
Do u have any antivirus programs ?
u can download some trial/free versions(say, this http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/privacyexpert/) and scan for virus presence in ur PC
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by:garycase
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Download TreeSize from here:  http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

Install and run it.   That may give you enough information to resolve this yourself.   If not, post the display from TreeSize here -- especially any folders that show "Access Denied" in the TreeSize display.
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I think the most likely cause is a virus that fills your free space with junk.  Download some virus scan trial and scan all of your existing drives (this will probably take a while).

McAfee is usually pretty good: http://download.mcafee.com/us/eval/evaluate2.asp
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