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Chewbubba

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When I came back to work from the summer, I was looking at my hdd space, and out of 150GB, I only have 15 GB free. I used WinDirStat (ran as Administrator) to see what was suddenly hogging up all my hdd space, and "Unknown is a whopping 93 GB. Like I said, I did "Run as Administrator", and I have no idea what that is and can't seem to find out with all the system files and hidden files "shown".

Any clues about what to do next?


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1995 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express Chipset, 773 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152485 MB, Free - 18671 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 03NVJ6
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
 

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Unless someone used that HD to create an encrypted partition or similar item on, perhaps it is a collection of "System Restore" images. (I'm not sure how Win7 handles them, but WinXP just keeps adding and adding and adding....)
 

Chewbubba

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I removed all but the most recent restore point, and now I'm only up to 23GB free. :p
 

Chewbubba

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Ok, in the C:/Windows/Temp folder, there gobs of files there that are .txt files(?!) that range in size from 4MB to 29MB. Everyone of them is named "bla-bla-Microsoft.NET Framework 4 Client Profile-MSP0.txt"

Delete 'em? No? Any ideas?

[EDIT: I thought the files were GB, not MB. My bad.]
 

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You should be able to delete all the files in all the .tmp folders. Just make sure that it is not in the middle of an install (like Windows needs to reboot to complete installation)
You should also clear the cache in your browser(s)
 

Chewbubba

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According to the treesize software, 93GB, yes GIGABYTES(!) is in the Windows/System32/winevt/logs folder. So, googling that, I see that those are windows system events, but I don't see whether it's safe to delete them or some of them. That's 62% of my HDD! :eek:

[EDIT: Well, I see a lot of IT guys don't like the idea of nuking the event logs, and their reasons make sense. But 93GB????? Is there a way to change this so it doesn't get so huge?

Btw, mods, feel free to move this to a more appropriate forum if necessary.]
 
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