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C drive has no free space

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sucosam, Jul 9, 2012.

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  1. sucosam

    sucosam Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I have an issue that likely has already been covered, yet the solutions I've found / tried have not given me the desired results.

    About 4 months ago I had an issue with my C drive filling up. I ran through some solutions such as reducing the amount of space taken up by System Restore, by Recycle Bin. I've cleared out the C:\Windows\Prefetch folder. Not too long ago I was at about 4 Gb of free space. Any software installs are done to the D or F drives but still I'm in the space issue scenario.

    Statistics of my Computer:

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 2013 Mb
    Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 3470 - Dell Optiplex, 512 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 66125 MB, Free - 0 MB; D: Total - 86451 MB, Free - 7903 MB; F: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 771767 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0M858N
    Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, Updated: No, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    The C drive was at 7 Mb of free space, but when I deleted files the free space actually went down. My F drive is an external USB drive.

    I only have 7 root folders on my C drive. The Windows folder of course takes up the bulk of the space at 53.5 Gb. The other big one is Program Files at 8.8Gb. Any thoughts on where the space goes? I don't even do anything and the space decreases.

    Thanks.
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Download and install TreeSize.

    It will tell you what is taking up space on your harddrive by sorting all the files out from largest to smallest.
     
  3. sucosam

    sucosam Thread Starter

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    Thank you TheShooter93. I wasn't sure what I needed to do at first, but I went to the Top 100 Files tab, and removed the biggest sized ones that were not from today's date. After doing so I am now at 6 Gb of free space. We'll see how long it lasts :)
     
  4. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Your total harddrive space is very low anyway.

    I would consider purchasing an external harddrive or another internal harddrive.
     
  5. sucosam

    sucosam Thread Starter

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    So after having 6 Gb of free space I left the computer alone, finished up work, played softball, watched some of the home run derby....and now there is once again 0 bytes available. What the heck is up with this thing. Something fishy going on here methinks.
     
  6. DoubleHelix

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    Randomly deleting files is never a good idea. You need to look at what those large files or folders are to determine what the problem is. You already have the utility needed to do this.
     
  7. sucosam

    sucosam Thread Starter

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    Having the utility to determine what the problem is, and actually knowing how to use a random utility are two very different things.
     
  8. DoubleHelix

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    Open TreeSize, and point it to your C: drive. What are the names of the files and folders consuming the most space? You said you randomly deleted the top 100 before. I'm surprised you haven't had other issues since then, but now you need to actually look at the names.
     
  9. sucosam

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    Actually, I did not state the I randomly deleted all of the top 100 files. I deleted what I determined to be unnecessary files based on file date, and file location. so of 100, I may have deleted 20 or so. I had many files like Microsoft .NET KB9### files in a temp folder that I had removed. I also had removed files (virus def I think) for McAfee because that came with the computer and I haven't used it in 6 years.

    If you look up above at my first post, I had listed in the folder taking the most space...that being the C:\Windows folder @ 86.7%. Of that, system32 takes the most space.

    If I look at the top 100 files tab, the biggest file is located in C:\Config.Msi\ and is called: 3674864f.rbs. It is almost 6.7Gb in size. After that, nothing over 250 Mb.
     
  10. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    I agree, something weird is going on.

    And if you haven't used an antivirus program in 6 years, it's more than likely that you are infected with some sort of malware.

    You should always used an antivirus program. I suggest Microsoft Security Essentials -- it's free, light on resources, and effective.

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    You need to start a thread in the Virus & Other Malware Removal section of this site.

    Before you post though, you need to read THIS guide.
     
  11. sucosam

    sucosam Thread Starter

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    My apologies, I should clarify that I have not used McAfee in 6 years, but that I do use Norton 360 Premium Edition. LOL, that would have been very bad to have no AV in 6 years. :)
     
  12. TheShooter93

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    Ah, ok.

    Well it still wouldn't hurt to get checked out for malware.
     
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