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DAVID SALAZAR asked on March 13, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Windows 7 Out of Drive Space

» So I have read all the ideas around freeing up drive space - but something doesn't make sense - I have a 500 gig internal hard drive - and if I walk all the sub directories - I can only find 300 gig of data - but my hard drive shows full - is there a way to see hidden files, or is there something else I am missing?


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» System Restore is a feature that not everyone knows about, is useful because it means you can effectively restore all the settings, drivers and programs in your system to how they were days, weeks or even months ago.

A side effect of this feature is that in Windows Vista and Windows 7, you get a feature called "Previous Versions." This often overlooked feature can be an absolute lifesaver if you have spent the last month writing a long document only to discover that all of a sudden it has been replaced with garbage. If your computer has been creating restore points properly and regularly then chances are you may only loose a day or two of work, rather than the whole document. In order to use it all you need to do is right-click any file and then select "Restore previous versions" and it will list all versions that have been kept, you can even open and browse folders from particular dates to find an exact file.

The downside to these features is that they can make a horrifyingly large percentage of your hard drive disappear without you even installing or changing anything. Every time a new restore point is created it will start keeping copies of new changed files and eat up your hard drive space. The main problem with System restore is that the files it uses are in a protected system folder called "System Volume Information" and in general users are prevented from seeing how much space has been taken up.

If you want to know how much space System Restore is using on Windows 7 then, as an administrator, simply click the Windows Start menu icon, enter "SystemPropertiesProtection.exe" in the search box and press Enter. After that you can simply click a drive that is protected and click configure to find out how much space has been allocated to System Restore. It is from this page that you clear all your older restore points to get some of that space back as well.

In case that there is virus/Trojan(VirTool:Win32/CeeInject.gen!IX) infection, your frive space will also be consumed, you need to remove it first, and then use DLL Suite to fix the associated dll files, and finetune your system to a normal level.

ROSS DIXON replied on March 19, 2013


All Answers:

  1. BRANDY BROWN replied on March 13, 2013: » Control Panel | Folder Options | View will let you show hidden files and folders and protected and OS files.

  2. PAUL STASIEWICZ replied on March 14, 2013: » please download the program TreeSizeFree [1] and run it. It shows you which folders use all the space. Are you able to locate the folder which uses most space?

    http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/

  3. KARLIA SCHLUTER replied on March 15, 2013: » I have this same problem, but I have Windows Xp, and I do download and uninstall games fairly often. I have a very small hard drive, like 86Gb, its crappy. But I have noticed that over a couple of weeks, I have lost about 20Gb doing nothing. I have noticed that deleting some of the more CPU demanding games has stopped most of it, but it still goes down slowly. Approx how much stuff do you have on your disk? Because when your computer creates a restore point, that file gets larger and larger depending on how much you have installed. You can try using CCleaner, just uncheck everything in the windows boxes, and other things you don't want deleted. It should clear up a lot of space.

  4. KEVIN LEWIS replied on March 16, 2013: » There would be several System files that would consume the hard disk space on your computer apart from the personal files.

    This could be due to c:\pagefile.sys or c:\hiberfil.sys that can take up several GB depending on your size of RAM and other parameters. Crash Dump files can take various amount of hard disk space.

    You can begin to free up disk space on your computer by running disk clean up.

  5. CARTER REESE replied on March 17, 2013: » If it is eating up disk space in a short time, viewing the resource monitor Disk Tab might reveal something. Viruses will sometimes use the temp location, as a base of repetition. On the other hand system restore finds a hole and fills it, and the recycle bin is self cleaning of older files. Any way you look at it, finding out what it is.

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