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Window's 7 Pro Using A LOT of disk space on C:\

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Hello everyone.

I have a new XPS L521 iwth 3rd Gen i7 and 8 GB RAM with 100 GB partition for C:

Something is using a massive amount of space on the C: As of yesterday, I had almost 40 GB of free space.

See the attached screenshot from WinDirStat.

Here is what I have done, recently:

1. Empty Recycle Bin
2. Removed unnecessary crap programs
3. Seems like I enabled a backup through Norton to go to my external hard drive destination. See attachment for screenshot confirmation
4. I was going to do a windows backup, but stopped it this morning because I have other things to do.
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by:Dirk Mare
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Have you tried running disk cleanup to get rid off temp files update installation files..

Open My Computer
Right click drive C:
Go to Properties
Select disk cleanup

You might be able free some space.

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by:Seth Simmons
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well, ted's folder has some 20gb in it
you could run disk cleanup (right click C, go to properties; click disk cleanup button); could have some dmp, temp, IE cache, unneeded windows update files that can be cleaned out
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by:wrt1mea
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Thanks guys...

I tried that. Only freed up 100 MB or so....

I am moving all media, pics and music to cut down on the 20 GB.

Seems as though the disk usage just started growing between yesterday and today. FYI
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by:nobus
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is there a backup tool running?
also - post a screenshot of disk manager - the figures here seem faulty to me
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Have you tried deleting your restore points?
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/3187/disable-system-restore-in-windows-7/

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by:Gerald Connolly
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You need to look at Ted Wyn's account, he has 20GB used in 17,371 files across 2,320 sub-directories.

iTunes maybe?
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by:wrt1mea
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Turns out it was the App folder in iTunes and the system restore....I could literally start watching the GB being used.

All good now. Thanks for the help.
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