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(Solved) - Lost Disk Space

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  • Started 1 year ago by Highsierra
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Highsierra
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Have a Dell Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 with 156GB HD running Windows XP Pro SP3 @1.86GHz. Switched to NTFS 3 months ago and this morning I discovered that I had lost 7GB in available space, after dumping several programs (like AVG). The partitions:

Basic Fat Healthy (EISA config) 47MB (39MB free)
Basic Fat32 Healthy (unknown partition) 4.73GB (584MB free)
Basic NTFS Healthy (system) 144.2GB (124.65 free)

Pagefile 1.50 GB
Hibernate unchecked
MFT 122MB
MFT % used - 99
MFT fragments - 3

How can I recover the lost space, or is this a non-issue. I have had 90% space available on the HD until it dropped to 86% today.
ETA: I run CCLEANER every day and DEFRAG when it reaches 4% fragmentation.

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Ruja
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It could be caused by System Restore keeping restore points of that drive, you can disable that:

1. Click Start and click Control Panel.
2. In Control Panel, click System or click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
3. Click the System Restore tab, and then select the drive that you want to configure or to exclude.
4. Click the Settings button and make the changes you want.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287505

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Highsierra
Posts: 13

Thanks for the reply. The SR is set at 1952MB max space and I keep two points, which I roll over.

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whs
whs
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Run WinDirStat. It will give you an exact map of your HDD.

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Highsierra
Posts: 13

Thanks for the link whs. I don't have a baseline with which to compare and identify a sector with excessive files. Nothing appears abnormal.

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Highsierra
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I ran WinDirStat again, only this time I found an "unknown" .cab file which has now expanded to 51.5 Gb. This represents an additional 39% of used space on the disc over the past few days. Can I compress this file, and how?

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whs
whs
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The .cab is some MS program distribution file gone wild. I would just delete it. In WinDirStat, right click on the file and delete it. Then check whether some MS program is doing that.

Press Start > All Programs Accessories > right click on Command Prompt > Run as Administrator. Into the little black window (drag it to make it bigger), type "schtasks" (without the quotes). Then scan thru all the programs that get started whether you notice any suspicious one.

If you cannot decypher what you see, right click on the command prompt window > Sekect All > right click again. Now all that info is on the clipboard and you can paste it here. We'll have a look and see whether we can see anything - maybe (no promises).

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Highsierra
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Ok, deleted that file. Was unable to run "schtasks" as the response was "no enabled devices associated with this service." However, used space is back to 10% and I was also able to use WINDIRSTAT to clean out some remnants of programs which were uninstalled years ago. Much thanks to all.

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whs
whs
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You are welcome. For schtasks, try schtasks /query

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