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Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by abstracts, Mar 12, 2016.

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  1. abstracts

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    Is it normal for space on your hard drive to be used up this quickly.
    Four days ago I had used up 21.1GB of space, today that has increased to 21.8GB. If my maths is correct that adds upto 700mb of space used in just 4 days. It appears to have been using space up at this rate since I had Win 10 put in. I haven't downloaded anything to have used up so much space.
     
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    Surfing the internet will save files onto the PC
    so if you wanted to clear all your temporary files - there is a program in windows 10 called Disk Cleanup

    goto the windows logo - bottom left
    all apps
    Windows administrative tools
    disk cleanup

    that will remove all the temporary files

    How long ago did you upgrade to W10 ?
    I ask as you have a copy of all your data in a windows.old folder - BUT its only there for 30days following an upgrade
    That will also use a lot of space
     
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    I upgraded about 3-4 weeks ago. If my memory serves me correctly I had about 13gb of space used up at the start. So in a month I've lost 7-8gb.
    Disk cleanup reveals 290mb it says can be cleaned up. This includes 2.5mb of temp files and 261mb of something called System Error Memory Dump files.
     
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    windows 10 installation files and also the windows.old would take up a lot of space and be removed after 30days , that would easily account for 7-8GB
     
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    Wouldn't the 13GB taking up space on my hard drive immediately after the upgrade be the installation files? The 7-8GB that have been added since, at present being added to by over 100mb a day, are what I can't understand.
     
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    My space used now is 22GB, up from 21.8 3 hours ago. This doesn't seem right to me.
     
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    as said above about the upgrade and 'old' files and ccleaner to clear browser files, etc.

    additionally, an infection of nasties replicate numerous files. try a malware scan to be sure.
    the onboard AV, MWB's and Adwcleaner are my choice.
     
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    I'm a bit confused.
    I do have Avast anti virus and run it regularly. I also run Malwarebytes Anti Malware regularly. Neither show any issues.
    If someone could tell me one way or the other what might be gobbling up my hard drive I would be very much obliged.
     
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    Do you have the Chrome browser installed?
     
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    Yes I have Google Chrome.
    I'm not familiar with the System Restore facility, or the use of programs such as ccleaner.
     
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    the cleanup of .old folder?

    ccleaner. uncheck any possible, bundled offers. other then that its solid. install> tools> and click, system restore to check for a list of saved entries. if so, delete oldest first, (bottom up wards). other cleanup, (brush symbol) on the left, will also help.
    https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
     
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    Chrome will check and download update several times every day.
     
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    Would these downloaded updates be responsible for nibbling away space on my hard drive then?
    Sorry "bob's - here" but I don't quite understand what piriform/ccleaner is supposed to do.
     
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    Yes, these Chrome downloads can eat up the disk space.
     
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