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How can I tell what the largest files are on my C: drive?

I have a Sony laptop with Windows 7 Premium loaded.  It has a 1 Terabyte hard disk.  When I go to "Computer" and click on the Properties of the C: drive it tells me that I have only have 2 Gb free on my hard drive.  Now this is absolutely impossible.  I probably have used a maximum of about 50 Gb.  I check my machine for viruses and it is coming up clean using Norton Internet Security 2010.  What now?  Is there a way to sort all the files on my hard disk in Size Order so I can identify what the largest files are?  Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thx.
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herbro
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hatheharikenCommented:
very simple!

download WinDirStat, install it, and let it analyse your C drive.
from the visual matrix, and from the folder by folder and file by file size count, you will be easily able to visualise a map of the drive indexed by file size

http://windirstat.info/
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bank_on_itCommented:
Here is a free software download
http://directorysize.moleskinsoft.com/find-large-files-folders.php

You may also try to do a search. On XP you were able to do a search and choose a file size range and it would bring up all the files within that size.
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hatheharikenCommented:
if you want, you can post a screenshot of the analysis visual matrix - and we can have a look and tell you where to look for trouble.
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

TreeSize Free
V2.3.3

Every hard disk is too small if you just wait long enough. TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system, can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report. TreeSize Free is freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7.


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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
see screenshot

treesize.gif
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John GriffithCommented:
Use Treesize Free or trial version of Treesize Professionasl -
Treesize Free -> http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml
Tree Size Prof trial --> http://www.jam-software.com/treesize/
Whichever, RIGHT-click on icon, select "Run as admin"
You will also be missing space b/c of VSS/System Restore.  Download the ZIPPED attachment, extract the TXT file - save to desktop - rename it so it ends in .bat - strip off the .TXT.
RIGHT-click on the batch file, select "Run as admin".  A notepad will open when completed with results.
Regards. . .
jcgriff2

vss-01-08-10--jcgriff2--.bat.TXT.zip
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senadCommented:
Your space is being used by the System Restore feature.
You must either turn it of or reduce its size.
Here :
http://www.blogsdna.com/2039/exploring-windows-7-system-restore-restore-previous-versions.htm

Also run system disk clean up utility and delete all restore points and
microsoft installations cache folders (if you do not need them).
Also clean all ofyour temp folders especially C:\Users\*****AppData\Local\Temp

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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
to cleanup your system you can use ccleaner:

http://www.ccleaner.com/

 Last updated on 23rd December 2009  
 Over 375 million downloads!!!  
 CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
@ jcgriff2: out of curiosity what is this:

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echo  DFLIJDJGDTRJITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKMJNHBGVFSXZLOKIJUHYGTFRITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWK
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echo  ;DXLFUGVNLKGNLDIFHUUUUUUUUJKDFJMDFLIJDJGDTRJITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKMJNHBGVFSXZLOKIJUHYGTFRDJUHYGTFRDESWKff
echo  DFLIJDJGDTRJITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKMJNHBGVFSXZLOKIJUHYGTFRITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWK
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echo  AWKLUHLKUFHGVNLKXUXHNLISLJPHUFJIDSFDGYFUIDOHGFJDKTRIEOWVNCMXEPS;ODLFKJHNJERIODKJOIKJFRHMTDCVJHDFKBGVLDRJFLCVJHJUHYGTFRDESWKJUHYGTFR
echo  ITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKI
echo  ITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;Lgdr
echo  ;DXLFUGVNLKGNLDIFHUUUUUUUUJKDFJMDFLIJDJGDTRJITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKMJNHBGVFSXZLOKIJUHYGTFRDJUHYGTFRDESWKij
echo  DFLIJDJGDTRJITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWKMJNHBGVFSXZLOKIJUHYGTFRITGRNHJGJKIFHBKFBHJGFK;VK;HJ;P;LOKIJUHYGTFRDESWK

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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
I think the core part is

vssadmin list ShadowStorage > %temp%\$vssinfo.txt
vssadmin list Shadows >> %temp%\$vssinfo.txt
vssadmin list Volumes >> %temp%\$vssinfo.txt
vssadmin list Writers >> %temp%\$vssinfo.txt & start notepad %temp%\$vssinfo.txt

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senadCommented:
Here you have a tutorial on how to search for
large files in Windows 7 :
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/windows-7-findsearch-files-by-date-and-size/
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Francois_ITCommented:
all software stated above are nice tools that would tell you on what file is the largest.... for my part, i like to use spacemonger wich give you a visual layout of your partition... cool app imo.
http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/v1x.php
As for your current issue, i DOUBT very much that 1T is used by any system page files\restore points... one thing come to mind:
1- Partition is less then the total of your drive capacity. Good way to check this would be to right click on "Computer" and select manage --> then click on the disk management. This will tell you exactly how your drive is partitioned.
 
 
 
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McKnifeCommented:
Herbro, you say you have a 1TB-harddrive in your laptop? There are no 2,5" drives of that size. Could you tell us how you connected it to your laptop?
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Speaking of tools: jdiskview is my favorite. Run it it administrative rights.
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