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Where did my storage go?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Bleckydoodle, Oct 14, 2015.

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  1. Bleckydoodle

    Bleckydoodle Thread Starter

    Oct 14, 2015
    ok I have a newish dell Inspiron laptop that I bought maybe two or three months ago. Basically nothing on it except for Microsoft office and some of my personal documents Web browsers etc. The laptop has a total of 500 GB of storage, and now the system is telling me that my storage is full, even though I know I couldn't possibly have done anything to use that much storage. I have been trying to see where all the space on the hard drive went, but all the system gives me is 444 GB of my 465 GB reserved for System files!!!??? Honestly I'm not that technologically illiterate, but I don't understand how this happened at all. Could it be some sort of a virus or possibly correlated to my recent update to Windows 10? (Refer to picture) Has this happened to anyone before?I haven't downloaded 400 GB worth of info in my life, and there's no way available to see what exactly this space is for. The PC didn't come like this, if I recall it showed the space as available. In any case there really isn't 400 GB of information on the computer, and it's really frustrating. Does anyone know anything about what this might be or what to do about it? I appreciate your help!

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  2. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    Could be any number of causes. The most common, especially over a couple of years are restore points. Also, if you upgraded from WinX to Win10 (ie: did not perform a fresh install), there are leftover files from the old OS also present (the equivalent of having two OS's installed). Plus there is the normal collection of random software, temp files, and other garbage that accumulate for those that don't spend time keeping their system clean. And lastly, the normal accumulation of documents, pictures, mp3's, video files, etc. that everyone collects over time.

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  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    See what you can discover in File Explorer. If that is not enough try Tree Size Free (I haven't tried it in Windows 10, but it should work).
  4. CoolBurn


    Dec 5, 2013
    In the picture, if you actually click on “System & Reserved” you should see a more detailed breakdown of the data in question.
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