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I have a 60GB SSD where I loaded windows 8. I made sure that my Documents, Downloads, Desktop, Music, Picture are all mapped to a 500GB hard drive. I did install a few programs in the SSD - such as office suit. All of a sudden, I am finding that my SSD is out of space. I am trying to figure out what is consuming all that space.

1. Is it the patches that came in?
2. I believe I have temporary internet files going to it - would that cause it to swell up? I do clear it every once in a while
3. I have not checked it yet, but when you open a PDF file from a website, does that go to temporary internet files or to download files?
4. How do I look for hidden files/folders to make sure I am seeing everything in that drive?
5. Any other tips will be greatly appreciated.
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I noticed my SSD kept creeping up on used space, here's a helpful article. It freed up over 15Gb. I know it says win 7, but all tips work in 8 also.

http://www.pvladov.com/2012/10/free-up-disk-space-on-ssd-in-windows-7.html
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One thing is some antiviruses don't restrict the size of their quarantine vaults. I was using AVG once upon a time and that happened to me. Emptying out the Virus Vauit and switching to Avira did the trick.
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post #4 of 9
run CCleaner, free download, used it for years
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I will try the instructions on the article and/or cc cleaner.

I do not have any antivirus installed on Win 8 - just whatever comes with the OS (win defender I believe). I have dual boot with windows 7 (stupid WEKA gives me fit with windows 8 - so use it occasionally), which has McAfee - but I think it is expired many moons ago.
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post #6 of 9
also if you have system restore enabled you should delete all the restore points it has saved and start a new restore point.
myself I have system restore disabled, but I clone my OS ssd once a week to a drive in a docking station.

edit: just checked my drive and saw 3 gigs missing since the windows update yesterday, ran cCleaner and it found a boat load of old microsoft silverlight entries.
Edited by jlhawn - 5/13/15 at 9:19am
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post #7 of 9
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Good suggestion on restore point...did not think about that. Looks like I got some work as soon as I get home.
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post #8 of 9
While you're checking system restore. Check to see how big page file and C:\windows\softwaredistribution (Windows update packages) check to see how much space its eating up.

I use a program called "space monger" at work sometimes on file servers. No installation. Just run the .exe http://m.en.softonic.com/app/spacemonger (this is the old version which is free. New one requires license) see if something sticks out.
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    Another place space can go: Windows Updates.  Here's how to get some of that space back:

  1. Press [Windows]+[R], type "cleanmgr" and press [Enter].
  2. In Disk Cleanup, select your C: drive and click [OK].
  3. When if is finished scanning, click [Clean up system files].
  4. It will ask again what drive to clean.  Just click [OK] again.
  5. When it is finished scanning, tick all the items and click [OK] to begin cleanup.
  6. When it is finished cleaning up, reboot your computer so that Windows Update can finish removing all the outdated system files.
  7. In File Explorer, navigate to "C:\Windows\Software Distribution\Download". This folder is the temporary download folder for Windows Update, and it should be empty (or only have several folders in it).  If it has lots of stuff in it, press [Ctrl]+[A] to select all its contents, and then press [Shift]+[Delete] to remove them.
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