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but I don't have any data on it or huge programs installed. i'm wondering what is taking all the space?
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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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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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by:Abdul Khadja Alaoudine
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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)
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by:noxcho
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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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by:nobus
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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
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great! this worked and i was able to find the file that was 10gb!
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@frankbustos  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.
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