i have a windows 7 machine hard dive is almost full...

but I don't have any data on it or huge programs installed. i'm wondering what is taking all the space?
frankbustosSystems AdministratorAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Get a copy of Tree Size (Jam Software) and run it. It gives you a picture of what folders take up what space.

Are you running backups?  My guess is Yes because it may be default on your machine. Windows has a backup application and Lenovo has Rescue and Recovery if you are using a Lenovo machine.

Backups is the most likely cause of huge space consumption.

After that run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defrag to do more cleanup and organization.

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Abdul Khadja AlaoudineTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Use TreeSize Free software to find which folders / files is taking up the space.

To free up space...
Run disk cleanup.
Move users' profile to D or any other drive on the PC (if available)
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Most possibly a backup program which is saving the backups on the same drive. What kind of computer is it? Laptop? Have you enabled MS System Recovery on it?
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nobusCommented:
a bit more info plse
what system are we talking about?
what is the disk size, and free space?
if you want to get more space - first look in the installed applications, and uninstall all old - or not used software
or copy your data to an external drive, or other partition

you can also right click the disk drive, select properties, and clean up disk from there
frankbustosSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
great! this worked and i was able to find the file that was 10gb!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@frankbustos  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.
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