free disk space slowly decreasing

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by plzhelp, Dec 30, 2008.

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    plzhelp Guest

    hello everyone, i am glad to of found this forum. It looks like i wil
    be active here, this has a lot of great things. BTW i am a nooby when i
    comes to this computer stuff

    I have just purchased a computer operating under Windows Vista, it i
    said to have a 250GB HDD. well now when i go to "computer" it say
    X(variable) free of 231 GB. im not sure what thats all about. I though
    it would say free of 250.

    But besides that, i have been downloading a few things, such as cds
    low MB games, a few programs, this and that, and 'X' keeps dropping G
    by GB every few hours. I KNOW there is no way possible i could o
    downloaded that many GBs within the time it dropped. My music folder i
    under 2GB, my videos are under 1 GB, my pictures are 8 MB, and th
    programs i downloaded were like winamp, vuze, AVG, itunes, an
    hypercam2. none of these are that big. I also downloaded a few ROM
    (sega games that play on the computer, which are the low MB games) an
    these only take up about 10 MB each, I have about 4 of them. now as yo
    can see, that isnt that much space used at all; for all of those things
    ATM it says I have 182 GB free of 231 earlier today it was 186, i hav
    no idea where the 4gb went because i havnt downloaded nearly that much
    I am starting to think maybe i have spyware or viruses or somethin
    where another person could be using my HDD for storage. is that eve
    possible? i have scanned my computer freakishly with AVG and no viruse
    or spyware detected

    I think i heard something like "computers keep logs of everything yo
    do" well i have been on the computer all day since i got it ( 3 day
    ago) (x mas break :p) so im guessing there might be a huge log o
    unnecessary files that i can delete right? where can i find these an
    delete them

    I have downloaded Jdiskreport, and my biggest file are WINDOWS>winsx
    at 5.4 GB there is also WINDOW> system32 at 2.5 GB. what are they?

    Lastly, if a file gets deleted, does it become considered as free spac
    again? because i do know that once you delete something from the recycl
    bin it doesnt get deleted right away.

    Thank you guys in advance
     
    plzhelp, Dec 30, 2008
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    Airbot Guest


    Hi plzhelp,

    As to your HDD saying 230gb out of a 250gb HDD. This is because of the
    way the computer sees the GBs compared to how we would usually compute
    it. It has to do with Decimal GBs being let's say 1 GB would be 1000mb
    compared to Binary Gbs which would be 1024mb. So the ratio between them
    is roughly 0.931. So 250 x 0.931= 232.75 gbs.

    And as to why your space is always being eaten up? This is because of
    System Restore Points. The task scheduler has system restore make a
    restore point at every boot up and also one other time of the day. Now
    you can also minimize the space System Restore takes up.

    And you can also use Disk Cleanup to wipe all the restore points except
    the last one and you will get your space back.

    The best thing to do if you want your space back is to use Disk Cleanup
    to get it back. Now all this can be a hot topic, considering if you
    limit your Sytem Restore points and minimize the space used for it, you
    can come into trouble when you really need to fall back on SR. So what I
    would suggest is to not mess with any other SR aspect except using Disk
    Cleanup. ANd only then when you're sure you have a stable system and can
    afford to wipe all other points away expect the most recent one. After
    you do this it will slowly start making more restore points.

    And it's always good to have regular backups as well.

    'Why Is My New Hard Drive Missing Space? - Text Files on BrettBits.com
    (Flash Games, Music, Video)'
    (http://www.brettbits.com/Text/MissingHardDriveSpace/)

    Brinks tutorial
    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76073-disk-cleanup.html


    --
    Airbot

    If I helped you then you can click on the scales :party:
    If you helped me then Thank You.
    Aaron
     
    Airbot, Dec 30, 2008
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  3. plzhelp

    Airbot Guest




    Hi plzhelp,

    As to your HDD saying 230gb out of a 250gb HDD. This is because of the
    way the computer sees the GBs compared to how we would usually compute
    it. It has to do with Decimal GBs being let's say 1 GB would be 1000mb
    compared to Binary Gbs which would be 1024mb. So the ratio between them
    is roughly 0.931. So 250 x 0.931= 232.75 gbs.

    And as to why your space is always being eaten up? This is because of
    System Restore Points. The task scheduler has system restore make a
    restore point at every boot up and also one other time of the day. Now
    you can also minimize the space System Restore takes up.

    And you can also use Disk Cleanup to wipe all the restore points except
    the last one and you will get your space back.

    The best thing to do if you want your space back is to use Disk Cleanup
    to get it back. Now all this can be a hot topic, considering if you
    limit your Sytem Restore points and minimize the space used for it, you
    can come into trouble when you really need to fall back on SR. So what I
    would suggest is to not mess with any other SR aspect except using Disk
    Cleanup. ANd only then when you're sure you have a stable system and can
    afford to wipe all other points away expect the most recent one. After
    you do this it will slowly start making more restore points.

    And it's always good to have regular backups as well.

    'Why Is My New Hard Drive Missing Space? - Text Files on BrettBits.com
    (Flash Games, Music, Video)'
    (http://www.brettbits.com/Text/MissingHardDriveSpace/)

    Brinks tutorial
    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76073-disk-cleanup.html


    --
    Airbot

    If I helped you then you can click on the scales :party:
    If you helped me then Thank You.
    Aaron
     
    Airbot, Dec 30, 2008
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    plzhelp Guest

    Oh, very nice piece of information there, helped me out a ton. Seemed to
    of answered all of my questions. Thank you very much, I really
    appreciate it.
     
    plzhelp, Dec 30, 2008
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    Airbot Guest

    You're welcome plzhelp. I have a headache after writing that. lo

    --
    Airbo

    If I helped you then you can click on the scales :party:
    If you helped me then Thank You.
    Aaron
     
    Airbot, Dec 30, 2008
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    plzhelp Guest

    geez, i bet, i got a headache reading it!
     
    plzhelp, Dec 30, 2008
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    Airbot Guest

    Airbot, Dec 30, 2008
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    plzhelp Guest

    Thank you, I will read it shortly. i have glanced at it and it seems t
    be very knowledgeable
     
    plzhelp, Dec 30, 2008
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