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Thread: Hard drive space disappearing

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004


    I am curious if someone could help me. I have a large hard drive 120Gig, and when I add up all the folders it only amounts to 1/3 of the total space for the hard drive, yet I keep getting a listing in my computer, drive, properties that it is only 9% free space on it. I am not running my OS or any programs from it, it's basically archived files. What could be the culprit?
    Could someone be using my computer as a server without my knowledge? I have Norton Firewall 2004 installed and the latest Antivirus def's as well as running a full system scan in safe mode, and ran lavasoft's adaware as well.
    Please shed some light...It's really annoying me.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States


    When you "add up the folders" you're probably adding wrong or something. Right-click properties the drive. It should show you that you only have 9% free. Get SeqouaiView
    to help find what's taking up so much space.

    And just in case you haven't (you probably have), empty the recycle bin. You could also use disk cleanup (start > programs > accessories).

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2002


    In case you use Nortons data erase protection make sure to emty "norton protected recyckle bin" or you old trashed files will be kept there consuming space.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2003


    Check on system restore too. By default it uses an insane amount of disk space. Knock it down so it uses 1GB at the most. Go to system properties and click on the tab system restore, and you're there. : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2002


    let's just make this easy, go download this nice tiny piece of freeware: [SequoiaView]

    it will give you a graphical representation of what it using up space, it should show you the problem file(s) immediately

    *nevermind, i see Yawgm0th already suggested it
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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