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3 years ago#1
because the computer somehow doesn't free it up regardless if you're deleting stuff or not?

i just pushed my HDD past 0MB with a download and it just "gave me back" 20GB not to mention the computer behaved as if there weren't any space left up until that point by slowing operation down to a crawl.

anyone know what i'm talking about and why or how it happens?
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3 years ago#2
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3 years ago#3
Clear your temp folders.
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3 years ago#4
definitely not a temp folder issue since i've run them through 3rd party clean up software and window's own disk utility etc.
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3 years ago#5
Not sure, but you really shouldn't (at least no on a main/OS drive) use up all the space on a drive as your OS needs space for Virtual RAM, programs and drivers need paging room etc. - I would say you should always leave at least a few gigs free (and of course if you get that low on space, performance is usually going to suffer).
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3 years ago#6
it wasn't my OS drive but it still slowed operation down enough to a crawl when i was accessing files from the drive which makes little sense since the space was still there but just not recognized or something.

i knew i had to push it past 0 because i've done it once before a long time ago when space just disappeared and nothing i did like cleaning temp folder or compressing old files etc. helped in bringing it back.

just wanted to see if somebody knew what it really that caused this.
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3 years ago#7
The cache?
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3 years ago#8
HDD cancer?
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3 years ago#9
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3 years ago#10
From: AsucaHayashi | #006
just wanted to see if somebody knew what it really that caused this.


The only thing I found by googling it was that people had some kind of antivirus that would clog up the hard drive with useless files.
http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/memory-fills-up-by-itsself
That guy says it was "Trend micro" and that uninstalling and reinstalling the program fixed it...

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/281976-32-harddrive-filling-invisible-files-vista
That guy said he noticed it after installing "carbonite" which I'm assuming is a backup program and so maybe he's filling up his drive with incremental backups or something.

There were some other people who suspected it was a WORM (That's a virus that replicates itself until it fills the hard drive)...

I'd try using windirstat and see if it can tell you what's taking up the space.
http://windirstat.info/
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