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Disk space is RAPIDLY disappearing XP SP2

My Windows XP (SP2) computer is QIUCKLY losing drive space. I have a 250gb drive that was only about 175gb full as of Monday. However by Wednesday my PC was warning me of low disk space, and when I checked I had less than 5mb available.

On Wednesday I either moved (to external storage) or deleted (yes I cleared my recycle bin too) approx 30gb of files but almost as fast as I removed the stuff, the disk space I was clearing was also disappearing. At the time I left my office on Wednesday evening, I was down to 175mb of free space on Drive C. I turned the PC off when I left and when I restarted it today I had only 4mb of free space.

So, in short I removed 30gb and ended with 4mb of free space? At the moment I am backing up and moving all remaining docs and files as a precaution, but I would prefer NOT to have to do a re0install of XP to fix this issue.

FWIW, the ONLY significant thing I've been doing on this PC for the past week or so involve photo editing with Photoshop, print layout with Quark and a considerable amount of ID3 tag editing in iTunes. Also, I installed a program called Tag & Rename early this week.  
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orangutangCommented:
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yasserdCommented:
Hi,

1. You have to check your machine for viruses and spyware.
2. Find out where that free space is going by going to the drive root and checking the size of some folders if you find it very big select one by one till you find the one having the problem then open it and do the same untill you find the files causing the problem. This will give you a clue about what's going on.

Regards,
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garycaseCommented:
Step #1 => Figure out what's using the space.   Install this and see who's using the space:  http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml
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bishopandsixAuthor Commented:
OK, I will try that, but will it help me to determine where my space "leak" is? Right now I have moved 48.6 gb of files just this morning alone which has only cleared 42.8gb of space on my C drive? I am literally losing space as we speak, even though I'm clearing stuff from the drive?
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garycaseCommented:
Knowing what's using the space will certainly help isolate the issue.  Also, what's the make/model of the PC (or the system details if a custom build)?
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Dr-4NCommented:
The most common cause of such a behaviour is virus so better to do a thorough disk check for viruses and moving files or deleting them is only a temporary solution that will fade quickly if you have a virus
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bishopandsixAuthor Commented:
Ok, I installed and ran the Jam Soft software suggested abouve and found something interesting in the WINDOWS folder. There is a sub-directory in there that is named CSC and is consuming about 137gb of my drive space. Any clue as to what that is?
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bishopandsixAuthor Commented:
Apparently this folder is the Offline Files sync folder. What would cause this folder to fill up continuously and would doing a reinitialization of the folder likely repair my issue?

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ac24Commented:
use "SizeExplorer" http://www.sizeexplorer.com/sel373.zip and generate a report when u start using ur PC

then

when u get low space error or u see u r low in space start Size Explorer and make another report now COMPARE both and see where is it going and which application is causing this -

are u using any antivirus or spyware - update it and scan ur whole PC

i hope - u will soon get rid from it


regards

i m waiting ......
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bishopandsixAuthor Commented:
I ran the Jam Soft software suggested above and found in the WINDOWS folder a sub-directory named CSC and it's consuming about 137gb of my drive space.

Apparently this folder is the Offline Files sync folder. What would cause this folder to fill up continuously and would doing a reinitialization of the folder likely repair my issue?
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bishopandsixAuthor Commented:
The CSC folder has already consumed nearly 1gb since my last response only 10 minutes ago.
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ac24Commented:
hi bishopandsix


are u on NETWORK ????


cuz this happen wen u browse network attachec PCs and at that time u have enabled this Offline Folder/File Sysnc option on some shared folder  -

for more u can see
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_21219537.html#a12701614


or try to use this >>>>>

Type 'gpedit.msc' (w/o quotes) in RUN from StartMenu


NOW here u have to go thru this way ....
select the following at LEFT side pane
                - User Configuration >>>> Administrative Template >>>  Network >> Offline Files

now go to RIGHT side pane
             double click on >>>>  Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline.
and select DISABLE


do it and let me know



regards


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ac24Commented:
also see

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307853


here u will know how this starts and also u can disable the same way -
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ac24Commented:
here is one more - like ur case

http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-72318.php


regards
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garycaseCommented:
The simplest way to stop the behavior is to simply turn off the Offline files synchronization.   Short of that, you can change the settings for which files you want to keep synchronized.   I suspect you have your photos or your music files (or both) marked for synchronization since you've been making a lot of changes in those while this has been happening.
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bishopandsixAuthor Commented:
Yes I'm on a network, and all of this offline file stuff makes good sense considering I lost about 130gb of space, and that's almost exactly how much space my iTunes library i was editing (over the network) is. I haven't disabled offline files yet or tried to clear the cache from the CSC folder because I am still copying/backing up some stuff, but as soon as it finishes I will disable oiffline files and clear the CSC and report back here on the status.

Thank you
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garycaseCommented:
Give the file size match, that's absolutely the issue ==> once you disable the synchronization your space wll all magically reappear :-)
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Dr-4NCommented:
Check your system for viruses
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Computer101Commented:
Forced accept.

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