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Windows Folder is HUGE

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by windowswoe, Jun 28, 2007.

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  1. windowswoe

    windowswoe Thread Starter

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    I have the same problem except my Windows directory is taking up a whopping 46.4Gb. If I "select all" of the files within the directory (even with 'super hidden' showing), its only 4.05Gb. This isn't a sudden problem- I've been battling space issues for nearly a year - only keeping my Programs, Email, and OneNote files on the internal drive and all other files, data (My Docs, music, mail archives, etc) on an external drive. Its just now that I decided to determine exactly what area was taking up too much (I assumed it was big programs like Office and Adobe CS suite).
    I can't find any large files but somehow my Windows directory is hogging almost 75% of my drive capacity. What am I missing?
    I have up-to-date Trend Micro Internet Security/Virus, I regularly check for Spyware etc.
    any more ideas. All the files in the Windows/Temp directory combine are less than 2mb. I have used Disk Cleanup, defrag, etc.
    out of ideas....
     
  2. raskapopolis

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    hi windowswoe,

    sounds like we have the same problem alright

    failing formatting and reinstalling i've run out of ideas myself...

    so i can eliminate a potential cause from the list, have you ever used a windows maintenance program called Ace Utilities? its does registry clean ups, disk space clean up, wiping "deleted" file data, etc. its one of the few programs I can think of that I installed before I noticed this massive windows directory.
     
  3. ozrom1e

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    windowswoe Since you are experiencing a same or similar problem would it be possible for you to start a new thread for this, it would make troubleshooting much easier since there would only be one person to direct answers to instead of two.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

    I've created a new thread for your issue here.

    Thanks for your cooperation.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Try WinDirStat to see where the space actually is.
     
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