Lost 45 GB hard disk space

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by born2b-wild, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. born2b-wild

    born2b-wild Guest

    Hey again I’m here as a new user of vista and I’m going trough a bunch of
    problems. As for now one day I ran the diskeeper and some how I lost 45 GB of
    hard disk space for no real reason. After that I ran it again but it didn’t
    help, I don’t know if it has to do with the diskeeper or maybe some other
    type of problem with the computer applications. So any help you can give me
    I’ll be thankful for.
     
    born2b-wild, Feb 11, 2008
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    Victek Guest

    Hey again I’m here as a new user of vista and I’m going trough a bunch of
    Are you aware of System Restore Points and Shadow Copies? They can be
    deleted as part of a disk cleanup (go to the "more options" tab). Of
    course, you want to feel confident that you don't need the Restore Points
    and Shadow Copies before deleting them.
     
    Victek, Feb 11, 2008
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  3. born2b-wild

    born2b-wild Guest

    yeah it helped, but I'm still missing 30 GB; but thanks for your help. if you
    have any more advice please tell me.
     
    born2b-wild, Feb 11, 2008
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    gerryf Guest

    First you need to see where it is going

    Download a tool like spacemonger
    http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/

    This will help you determine where it has all gone and then maybe people can
    make some suggestions
     
    gerryf, Feb 11, 2008
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    Victek Guest

    Hey again I’m here as a new user of vista and I’m going trough a bunch
    Try SequoiaView or WinDirStat which both provide graphic maps of files.
    These will show you quickly how the space is being used. Also, Disk Cleanup
    Doesn't always fully empty the temp directories. Something like CCleaner
    does a thorough job. These are all freeware and can be downloaded from the
    major sites, such as majorgeeks, tucows, etc. Just do a Google search for
    links.
     
    Victek, Feb 12, 2008
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  6. born2b-wild

    born2b-wild Guest

    I tried WinDirStat and it said 45 Gb unknown so it doesn't really help....I
    have CCleaner but it also doesn't help. So I don't know what to do...thanks
    alot...
     
    born2b-wild, Feb 13, 2008
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    Victek Guest

    I tried WinDirStat and it said 45 Gb unknown so it doesn't really
    Although it doesn't identify the 45 gigs does it say what folder(s) it is
    in?
     
    Victek, Feb 14, 2008
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    born2b-wild Guest

    It doesnt have any it just says unknown thats all.
     
    born2b-wild, Feb 15, 2008
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    barracuda Guest

    Hi, I am not 100% sure of this, but I think it may have happened if yo
    used the -normal- defrag mode on a volume shadow copy (VSS) enable
    volume. When defrag commences, I -think- the VSS makes backup copies o
    files that are being moved about or something, and that causes a
    increase in space occupied.

    It's best if you use the -VSS -compatible- defrag mode of Diskeepe
    2008 with Vista to avoid conflict between defragmentation and VSS. No
    many defraggers have this very useful option- Diskeeper is one of th
    very few, if not the only one.

    Again, let me reiterate that this is only a guess, you may want t
    double check the VSS-Diskeeper thing
     
    barracuda, Feb 17, 2008
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    ---Fitz--- Guest

    Try Victek's advice and install SequoiaView. Free and good program.
     
    ---Fitz---, Feb 20, 2008
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    RedDevil Guest

    I had a simular problem on my laptop running Home Premium.
    I disabled the Shadow Copy service (dont know why it was running as it
    not suposed to be available on Home Premuim) and then ran ccleaner an
    defraged a few times, and the space came back
     
    RedDevil, Feb 20, 2008
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  12. born2b-wild

    born2b-wild Guest

    Ok so how do I Disable the Shadow copy service?
     
    born2b-wild, Feb 21, 2008
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  13. born2b-wild

    born2b-wild Guest

    Thanks, but how to i find out and if so How do I get rid of it?? Thanks so
    much
     
    born2b-wild, Feb 21, 2008
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    RedDevil Guest

    Click on the start thingy, and in search type services.msc. Click
    continue.
    Scroll down the services untill you see VOLUME SHADOW COPY.
    Right click on it and go to properties.
    Under service status click on STOP.
    On START UP TYPE change it to MANUAL.

    This will stop it from running when you boot up your PC.
     
    RedDevil, Feb 21, 2008
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  15. born2b-wild

    born2b-wild Guest

    Thanks, but it was already like that when I went to the service, so I don't
    know what to do. Thanks for your time...
     
    born2b-wild, Feb 23, 2008
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    ---Fitz--- Guest

    You never said (or I may have missed it) if you tried SequoiaView.
     
    ---Fitz---, Feb 26, 2008
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    born2b-wild Guest

    No doesn't help, just says that it's missing 45 gb...
     
    born2b-wild, Feb 27, 2008
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