Hard drive rapidly filling - Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Matt P, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Matt P

    Matt P Guest

    I have a new computer with Vista Business. The hd is 105 GB. Every day about
    5-10 GB disappears, even though I am not installing any programs, or files,
    now I only have about 60 MB's left. I have tried deleting temporary internet
    files, emptying the recycle bin. Any suggestions?
    Matt P, Jul 31, 2007
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  2. Use Disk Cleanup, and don't forget to click on the 'More Options' tab and
    clean up System Restore and Shadow Copies..


    Mike Hall
    MS MVP Windows Shell/User
    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 31, 2007
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  3. Or rather, don't. System Restore and Shadow Copies can be incredibly
    useful. They should limit to 15% of your total disk space, I believe.

    Steve Thackery, Jul 31, 2007
  4. I don't think that it removes all of them..


    Mike Hall
    MS MVP Windows Shell/User
    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 31, 2007
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    Dave V Guest

    Dave V, Jul 31, 2007
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    Swingman Guest

    "Matt P" <Matt wrote in message

    LOL. Know the feeling ... but you can get a boatload of it back if you
    delete all but the last System Restore point that you're comfortable with.
    "More Options" Tab on the Disk Cleanup screen.
    Swingman, Jul 31, 2007
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    cattyhottail Guest

    I have this same problem, only my disk is full. I can't find the more options
    tab, and have been deleting everything I think that I don't need, which is
    going to get me into trouble. "Help" has said to delete old backups, But I
    can't find a way to do this. Can someone tell me in easy to understand
    language? I really am starting to miss my old computer, Vista was designed to
    make people crazy!
    cattyhottail, Oct 7, 2007
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    John Adams Guest


    I had this problem back when I was using the Beta version of Vista a long
    time ago. The cause was related to me upgrading the OS without wiping the
    hard drive first. Essentially, the upgrade formatted the drive but did not
    change a few settings related to how much space System Restore is allowed to
    occupy. By default, system restore should only take about 10% or so of your
    drive and delete its own excess beyond that point. Here is what to do:

    A short-term fix:

    Find and click on "Computer". Then click on your hard drive icon once and
    then right-click it and select Properties. Then click on "Disk Cleanup"
    near the bottom-right of that window. Then click "Files from all users on
    this computer" and continue through the security prompt. Then click on the
    "More Options" tab at the top and choose the "Clean up" button under "System
    Restore and Shadow Copies" at the bottom. This should free up an enormous
    amount of hard disk space because your System Restore has gone crazy.

    Permanent fix:

    Have someone help you clean-install Vista by deleting all the volume
    information on your drive, formatting, and then installing the OS from

    - John
    John Adams, Oct 7, 2007
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    Chad Harris Guest

    Check and see what is on the hard drive. Often if you have Google desktop
    installed, if you look at C:\Users\Your Vista Profile\AppData\Local\ or put
    whatever drive Vista is on in the file path--check to see if you have Google
    there. You can safely delete the file and Google desktop will work fine.
    It can take up a lot of space.

    As to system restore, you can control the amount of space it takes up in



    Chad Harris, Oct 7, 2007
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