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Hi
My hard disk show it is full
And always I get a message tills that it is close to be full
Do u think it is virus? How can I avoid it? please
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Question by:Mohammad Alsolaiman
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by:willsorrell
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The simplest explanation is that your hard drive, is, in fact, close to full.  One way to  tell this by going into My Computer, changing the view to "Detail" and looking at the amount of free space on your drive.

If your drive is full, you'll need to clean it up (or get a bigger drive, or buy a new computer, etc., but let's not jump the gun on this).  To do this, you can:

1 - Delete unneeded temporary files.  You can use Windows Disk Cleanup (should be under Programs, Accessories, System Tools) or a 3rd party tool like CCleaner (free - go to www.ccleaner.com).
2 - Remove unneeded files like pictures, movies, mp3s, etc. that you don't need anymore.  Just find them and delete them.  A word of caution - I've seen folks start deleting stuff willy-nilly trying to make space and ending up hosing their system instead.  Good rule of thumb- if you don't know what it is, leave it alone.
3 - Remove programs you don't use.  Open Control Panel, then Add/Remove Programs, find programs that you know you don't use anymore and remove them.  Just be sure you know what you are removing (don't remove something just because you don't know what it is).

Although you mentioned a virus, nothing in your post indicates one.  If you don't already have a good anti-virus program installed, get one (Avast is a good one, and free - go to www.avast.com).

Hope that helps.  If there are more pieces to the puzzle we are missing let us know (or if you need more info on any of the suggestions).
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by:smiffy13
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Is this your C: drive or a recovery partition?
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by:nobus
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if your drive is not full, run a scandisk for errors on the drive (right click it, select properties>tools )
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Mohammad Alsolaiman earned 0 total points
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no my disk is not full , but network people in my site, they tell me that the network engineer make something to the network make this happen to some clients.
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by:smiffy13
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so is this your C: drive or some other partition?

I had a customer recently who bought a new PC, it keeps saying that their hard disk is nearly full - just like you. However the warning was related to the E: partition which was a recovery partition, the recovery file was 2.96Gb in a 3Gb partition, as the recovery file is not going to increase and increasing the E: partition is going to reduce the size of the C: drive, I've told them to ignore the message.
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by:Mohammad Alsolaiman
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it is my C:\ drive
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by:smiffy13
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It could be spyware/virus or it could be a hardware issue. You say it's not full: for the record how big is your hard drive and how much is used? You can get these details by looking at the properties of the C: drive. While your looking at properties, click the button to do a disk cleanup, this will remove temporary files etc.
Try installing the free version of Malwarebytes: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php and doing a scan.
And as nobus suggested scan your disk for errors. Also try doing a defrag: although this won't work unless you've got 15% free space.
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