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Lost ALOT of Drive Space

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mixx941, Sep 30, 2003.

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  1. mixx941

    mixx941 Thread Starter

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    Hello everybody. I hope I can keep this post as non-confusing as possible, but the other day when I was going through my drives, I saw like 2.5 gigs free on my D drive, which has all my music and programs.

    Today, I come to my machine after installing nothing and I see 35mb free space...and that very annoying "Low Disk Space" bubble in WinXP.

    Does anyone have any ideas what could've happened?

    Thanks

    -Mark
     
  2. mobo

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    It may have refreshed itself. Try a disk cleanup and defrag.
     
  3. kiwiguy

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    One strain of virus inflates files to fill up disk space, have you checked your system's health at an on-line scanning service?

    Also, which drive is your system using for its pagefile, and is it set for dynamic operation or fixed filesize?
     
  4. mixx941

    mixx941 Thread Starter

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    Motherboard: I cannot defrag because there's so little space. It required 12% free if I'm not mistaken. And with 32mb out of 40GB, that's not gonna work :(.

    kiwiguy: The C drive is used for pagefiling...I will scan with Panda AV on my hard drive, but I dont open attachments and I have Panda running all the time and I dont get viruses much so....

    -Mark
     
  5. mixx941

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    Did a scan, nothing came up. Any other ideas, because I need this space.

    -Mark
     
  6. JohnWill

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    Did you look around and try to determine where all the space is used? Start at the top level and check properties of each folder to see which one is really huge. Drill down doing the same thing, you'll soon be at the offender's doorstep, that will help figure out what's filling up the disk.

    I'd also check Task Manager and see if any tasks are running and consuming processor while you're idle, that's another clue.

    Of course, the usual ideas apply, scan for spyware, run HijackThis and check for undesirable residents of the system. :)
     
  7. mixx941

    mixx941 Thread Starter

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    I know to search folders and the such, and I know all that, but the thing I cant get a grasp on is that I went to bed Sunday night with just about 3 gigs free, and wake up the next morning with 32mb free. Nobody touched this computer or installed anything.

    I'll run HijackThis, want the results here?

    -Mark
     
  8. mixx941

    mixx941 Thread Starter

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    Here is my HijackThis Log:

    -Mark
     
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    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SiS Tray] C:\WINDOWS\System32\sistray.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SiS KHooker] C:\WINDOWS\System32\khooker.exe
    C:\Program Files\xchat\xchat.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\klm\ws32kza.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\crypserv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Promise\FastTrak\FtrakSvc.exe

    delete these if you did not install anything that is associated with these. Also do a search for all files on your D Drive and then sort them in descending order. Then you will be able to see what files have been *blown* up to cause your disc space shortage.
     
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    O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - (no file)
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SiS KHooker] C:\WINDOWS\System32\khooker.exeO4 - HKCU\..\Run: [kza] C:\WINDOWS\system32\klm\ws32kza.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TxVgaSet] C:\TRIPLEX\vgaset.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [savenow] C:\WINDOWS\savenow.eO4 - HKCU\..\Run: [kza] C:\WINDOWS\system32\klm\ws32kza.exe
    xe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Eraser] D:\Program Files\Eraser\eraser.exe -hide
     
  11. mobo

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    As well please run a scan Here
     
  12. JohnWill

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    If he has a Promise controller, killing off the promise driver may not be a good thing. :)
     
  13. Kazrath

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    I've found issues where 1 of two things can happen.

    Either the system restore feature is not releasing space.. IE its busted.

    Or your paging file is doing the same thing.

    You may want to try disabling system restore

    Also set your paging files Max size to 1 meg under the current minimum size and restart your computer.

    See if that has any effect.

    good luck.
     
  14. mixx941

    mixx941 Thread Starter

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    Some of that (most of it) I know I have installed:

    SiS Tray-I use a SiS based video card
    XChat-That's my IRC Program
    ws32kza-Could this be Kazaa
    FastTrak-Is my promise driver

    Also, the paging file is on the C drive only, which hasn't had this problem.

    System restore is set to allocate 4.8 gb of space on my D drive, and space on the others. What would happen if I disabled it on the D drive, which doesnt have Windows installed?

    My drive structure is like this:

    C:Windows
    D:programs & Music
    G:Video

    -Mark
     
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