Storage forum: Help! Hard-drive space doing the disappearing and reappearing act!

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) October 2, 2009 9:35 AM PDT

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Help! Hard-drive space doing the disappearing and reappearing act!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 10/2/09 9:35 AM

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Help! Hard-drive space doing the disappearing and reappearing act!


I enjoy reading and learning from your column. I have learned
a lot of helpful things from your members, but I am still
definitely a newbie. My question is about my hard drive. I
have a two-year-old Dell with Intel Core 2 Duo running
Windows Vista, 32-bit. Hard drive C is 300GB. A few weeks ago
it showed that I had 3.8GB left and the line was way in the
red. I did all the usual things like disk clean up, defrag,
clearing the cache, and I uninstalled a few things that I
don't use. I managed to get it up to 34GB available. I should
tell you that there is no way that I have that much stuff on
my computer. Just to be sure I bought a 1TB external hard
drive to transfer some of my pictures to. Before it arrived,
one day I checked to see what was left on my C drive and wow
it was back down where it should be at about 180 used. Today
the same thing happened. I'm back at having only 7.7GB free.
What the heck is going on? I have hardly added anything to
the computer since the last incident. Everything that I
download now goes directly to the external HDD. I have no
idea how it fixed itself the first time or why it has
happened again. I need helpppp!

--Submitted Lorilou L.


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

Windows Swap File and program caches --Submitted by darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3143203#3143203

Hard drive space variation --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3140739#3140739

Where is your space going? --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3140712#3140712

Could easily be System Restore, Lorilou --Submitted by warpete
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3141036#3141036

Re: hard drive space --submitted by Kees Bakker
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3141305#3141305

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