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I was looking through the uninstallation section of the Control Panel and found that firefox is taking up a massive 27.2GB of storage space. Why is it using so much? This doesn't seem normal.

firefox GB.png 27k .png file
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Did you try looking at it through something like Treesize? Could be cache, maybe
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Mine is only 42 mb. Try re installing.
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reinstall or clear firefox temporary cache files
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by geoxile View Post

Did you try looking at it through something like Treesize? Could be cache, maybe
I've never heard of that before, I'll see if I can download it then see what I can find.
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Mine is only 42 mb. Try re installing.
I was wanting to avoid this just so I don't have to go and find all my add-ons again.
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reinstall or clear firefox temporary cache files
I tried clearing the history (includes clearing cache) and it didn't make and difference frown.gif
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I was wanting to avoid this just so I don't have to go and find all my add-ons again.

Think I may have found your problem. wink.gif

How many add-ons are you using that it's an issue to reinstall.
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i see he is also on version 12 not the newest 18.
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Quote:
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I've never heard of that before, I'll see if I can download it then see what I can find.
I was wanting to avoid this just so I don't have to go and find all my add-ons again.
I tried clearing the history (includes clearing cache) and it didn't make and difference frown.gif

Use spacesniffer to see whats taking up that space http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/

Use Mozbackup to backup you current browser and add ons, settings, passwords, etc. http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/

Go to about:config in the URL bar and accept the warning, search for "cache" and double click "browser.cache.disk.enable" to change it from true to false to disable caching of webpages to your HDD.
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You must have an awful lot of add-ons if you don't want to look for all of them if you were to reinstall.
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Just as a conclusion to this, I didn't have that many addons it was more of case that I didn't want to have to go and find them all again (various ad blocking related ones etc). I tried the steps Aslan posted (thanks!) but the size didn't seem to change. It's odd because I never even use Firefox, I just use Waterfox. I think it might have had something to do with me always having 20+ tabs open usually with a lot of youtube videos as I don't use bookmarks. I re-installed it though and it's back down to a normal size, thanks for the help!
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