C:\ Filling Up

Yesterdays Hero

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I've my HD split into two drives. C:\ and D:\.

D:\ is for storage. Games, music, movies, videos, pictures, porn, etc.

C:\ has windows on it. Apart from a couple of menial programs, that's it.

C:\ is around 50gb. D:\ is 450gb.

Problem is, C:\ has been slowly filling up over the past 2 months or so. With what exactly, I don't know. It's not a virus, of that I'm sure. I've Windirstat, though it's showing nothing out of the ordinary as gobbling up room. Something sure as fuck is, since there's less than 5gb left and it's dropping daily.

Anyone know of something, anything, that could be the issue?
 

fletcher

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Do you have automatic backups running?
 
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Assuming this is windows 7 go into the windows folder and look for winxs folder and see how big it is. C:\windows\winxs

This can vary from one computer to another but sometimes this folder can grow quite a bit. Dont remember off hand what exactly it is but it can be cleaned. Google: winxs cleanup and you should be able to shrink it down to a reasonable amount.

If that is not the bulk of your C: then download a free program called folder size and let it scan your c: drive to find out what the biggest folders so you can figure out why its filling up.
 

Yesterdays Hero

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Do you have automatic backups running?
Nope.

Assuming this is windows 7 go into the windows folder and look for winxs folder and see how big it is. C:\windows\winxs

This can vary from one computer to another but sometimes this folder can grow quite a bit. Dont remember off hand what exactly it is but it can be cleaned. Google: winxs cleanup and you should be able to shrink it down to a reasonable amount.

If that is not the bulk of your C: then download a free program called folder size and let it scan your c: drive to find out what the biggest folders so you can figure out why its filling up.
Yup, Windows 7.

Holy Cock. 'Do you want to move these 17,381 files to the recycle bin?'
 
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I double checked the folder name is WINSXS, I left off the middle S.

Not sure you want to just delete stuff out of it, I dont think there is a straight answer on how to shrink it. I think somewhere around 7-8GB is normal but it can balloon to much more than that.
 

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Have you been downloading a lot of free programs suggested to you on a message board and installing them to the C:/ drive?





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fletcher

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Have you tried deleting your cache?
 

Yesterdays Hero

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Did you check the Restore Point thing? I know mine needs to periodically be purged of old restore points.
Nope. Will give that a go after the winsxs thing.

Have you tried deleting your cache?
Going to empty my cache all over your face. Unless you're serious, in which case it's always deleted.
 

Yesterdays Hero

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*Shrugs* History repeats.

Delete your extra porn
Heathen.

Delete all the files in the system32 folder.
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Ran a cmd for winsxs (C:Windows\system32>dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded /hidesp) and the disk clean up tool. Both gave around 6gb back.

Fucking winsxs. Big of a function.
 
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blazin

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Also, if you have hibernation enabled, there will be a hiberfil.sys file on the root of your c drive, hidden, that will be taking up as much RAM as you have.

nobody hibernates anymore, so if its enabled turn it off.

at command prompt ---> powercfg.exe /hibernate off
 

Bobobie

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Backup D partition to it's own second drive. Use partition magic to delete the D partition and make the entire drive the C drive.