Windows XP forum: Whats eating up my hard drive space?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) December 18, 2008 1:31 PM PST

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Whats eating up my hard drive space?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 12/18/08 1:31 PM

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Hi, Im running Windows XP and I recently noticed that my
"C:" drive has very little hard-drive space remaining--less
than 2GBs out of about 38GBs. (My hard drive is partitioned
into a C: and a D: drive.) I set about trying to free space
on the C: drive. I have uninstalled a number of programs, I
cleared my browsers' caches, deleted temporary internet and
Windows temp files, used Windows disk cleaner and crap
cleaner to remove junk, and reduced the space on the drive
available to System Restore. Over the last several days, I
have cumulatively freed up about 6GBs of space; however, each
time I take some action, I find that the space gets
mysteriously used up and I'm left once more with less than
2GBs of free space. I have run my antivirus software (Avast!)
and my spyware programs (Spybot Search & Destroy and Windows
Defender). I am also using Zone Alarm free firewall. I don't
know what more to do and cannot figure out what is eating up
my hard drive space. My drive is in need of defragmentation,
but cannot be defragmented because there is not enough space
available. Help!!

Submitted by: Marie R.

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but please read through all the advice and suggestions that our members have contributed to this member's question.

Running out of free drive space --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=321026&messageID=2932843#2932843

Please try WinDirStat --Submitted by tonyny77
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=321026&messageID=2931918#2931918

Eating up hard drive problem --Submitted by dumafach
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=321026&messageID=2932037#2932037

I have a 16 gig C partition too --Submitted by djrobsd
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=321026&messageID=2932508#2932508

What eats up disk space? --Submitted by TWLAAAS
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=321026&messageID=2932072#2932072

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