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Hi, I've been having a problem with my PC, for some reason it keeps eating space by itself, It's not a Virus nor any Spyware Adware, I was thinking maybe the Page File? But then again its suppose to give back space after you reboot, and it doesnt do that. What's wrong?

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How would I check this?

Most programs that would do this use the file extension .BAK ,
go to start /search files and folders and type in *.BAK ,and search and see what it finds .
You could also search for *.tmp and see what showes up .

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I tried this, and some files came up, most of which I knew. Except a couple I dont know how got there, but how is this related to the mass amount of space loss that just randomly keeps disappearing by itself

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iI dont know you tell me !LOL
When you look in mycomputer and right click on the hardrive ,what does it give for the size of you hardrive and space used and space remaining !

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Do you have Google desktop installed?
That will eat up harddisk space rapidly as it caches everything it recognises even somewhat (effectively doubling your storage requirements).

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I do not have Google Desktop installed, I have 35.8 Gigs Used with 1.44 Gigs Left, I just had 2.1 gigs available not too long ago. I dont know whats eating all the space. As I stated, my guess is maybe the page file? Since whenever I open a large program such as the game Counter Strike, it kills 100's of megabytes of space. I was wondering if anyone has had this problem and knows how to fix it WITHOUT Reformatting or any of the such.

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Page file (swap space) usage can largely depend on how much real RAM you have installed- what's the amount of physical RAM in your system?

Also: one possibly simple way to figure out what's eating your drive space is to open Windows Explorer and have it sort your files/folders by "Date Modified" or "Date Created". If you do that, do you see any files/folders which have experienced "unusual growth" after you notice the increased disk-space usage?

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Page file (swap space) usage can largely depend on how much real RAM you have installed- what's the amount of physical RAM in your system?

Also: one possibly simple way to figure out what's eating your drive space is to open Windows Explorer and have it sort your files/folders by "Date Modified" or "Date Created". If you do that, do you see any files/folders which have experienced "unusual growth" after you notice the increased disk-space usage?

I have 256 RAM, I tried what you stated above, but didnt see any noticble results.

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hi my friend,
try this 2 softwares that removes junk files


CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimisation tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing it to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast! (normally taking less that a second to run) and Free. :)

Cleans the following:


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and this
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download it here
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and post for the results (harddisk space) after you use this softwares
:mrgreen:

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It could be a problem with the metafiles that report your free space, if you can't find the offending file, this is probably the case. There are issues with XP (actually NTFS) that can cause the free space to be misreported. I had the same issue at work on a few machines. Here is the Microsoft article with some things you can try to fix this issue.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315688

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I've got the same problem (I think) and I really want to know how to fix it!

My hard disk is partitioned into two NTFS drives. Once I've started an internet connection the C: drive gradually appears to fill up. It happens even when explorer isn't running, faster when it IS running, and happens even though I'm not actually hitting any web pages. (Explorer is set to use 312Mb for temporary files but I shouldn't even be using that because I'm not actively surfing!).

After a restart I have the correct amount of disk space showing - about 5 Gb of a 10Gb partition.

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Hi db_york,

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Thanks for understanding.

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Of course not! You know it was just all those porn downloads coming through...

...little humor there, i couldn't resist.

I was going to recommend doing a search on the drive for *.* and sorting by size/date to see if there were any files growing in size...very easy way to find large files that are chomping up space, but instead i guess now i'm just bumping to bump bump.

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i have the same problem too. the only answer i could come up is this one: windows is freakin' stupid !!!

after i installed windows, with everything i had 2.21 GB free on c:

then i watched a few movies... restarted... (didn't install anything)... the next day i see i have only 1.82 GB free on c: !!

and no, it's not the swap file cos i set it to 512 MB right after it finished installing. it doesn't grow bigger except if i'm playing high-requirements games.

must KILL BILL !!!!!!

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