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where would you have to look to find what's taking up so much space on your hard drive? I have 1tb of memory and it already uses about eighty to eighty five gb's just for the system itself to run. have been in and out of everywhere on the pc and can't find what's taking all the space. I noticed the other day I installed and uninstalled a game like five times and each time it never took it off the memory. maybe there's some hard drive cleaner out there I don't know about. do you?
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post #2 of 17
Download Auslogics Boost Speed, it had a little HDD program in there telling you whats taking up what. or use Windows Add or Remove programs? (Control Panel)
    
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Awesome free software.

I always keep a copy on my flash drive for helping friends. Easy to use, navigate to larger files and great visual display of what's being used.

http://windirstat.info/

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hey thanks guys. I'm going to try both of them. as for going to the add/remove programs menu I usually go through it all the time. right now I have very little there since I just re-installed my windows 7. somebody told me that you can have a virus taking up a lot of space on a hd and you wouldn't even know you had the virus. is that true?
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post #5 of 17
I'd guess it's a possibility.

Run windirstat and you'll immediately see what's taking up the space. If it looks suspicious then google te filename.
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post #6 of 17
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hey thanks guys. I'm going to try both of them. as for going to the add/remove programs menu I usually go through it all the time. right now I have very little there since I just re-installed my windows 7. somebody told me that you can have a virus taking up a lot of space on a hd and you wouldn't even know you had the virus. is that true?
This is true, but I think you would notice, just to be sure you could always download the free version of Malware bytes.
    
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post #7 of 17
I use Glary utilities-best utility I have used
http://www.glarysoft.com/
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by onmiway75 View Post
I have 1tb of memory disk space
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each time it never took it off the memory freed the disk space
Fixed.

For starters, do a chkdsk /r of your C: drive (chkdsk C: /r in an elevated command prompt).

Second, you can Windowskey+F in order to find files. Put *.* in the box, hit enter and go make a sandwich. When you come back, sort by file size. This will give you a list from largest to smallest of all the files on your PC.

Last, malware scans/cleanup.

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It takes 80-85 GB just to run
Doubtful, right click the Windows folder and hit properties, will likely be 15-18 GB.
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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by onmiway75 View Post
hey thanks guys. I'm going to try both of them. as for going to the add/remove programs menu I usually go through it all the time. right now I have very little there since I just re-installed my windows 7. somebody told me that you can have a virus taking up a lot of space on a hd and you wouldn't even know you had the virus. is that true?
Thats incredibly unlikely but hey, anythings possible. Viruses usualy tend to be small and route themselves in other programs or in complex places as to avoid detection. A virus that big wouldnt avoid detection, and if it was meant to take up HDD space it would probably not let you know it was doing it.

Is 915gigs free? Beacuse 1Tb doesn't ever actually have 1000gigs of usuable space, more like 960gigs. Windows 7 is also unloading a page file on your HDD (virtual Ram) and creating periodic BACKUPS! these backups take a good chunk of space and arnt easy to find. Empty your recycle bin.
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post #10 of 17
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thanks for all the replies everybody. not sure where all my disk space is disappearing to. when you click on my computer, it says I have 878 of 919gb's free. so yes, 81 of my gb is being used on something just for the pc to run. I only have a few programs installed so I don't think I'm using 41 gb's of disk space. I tried using Windirstat and it shows I have 14 gb's in files and 13.4 gb's used in windows if I'm reading it correctly. there is not much more than that except a few gb's for program files, users and sources.

also, where do I find the hdd backups?
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