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3.2gb of unknown detected by windirstat

By Elliah
May 4, 2008
  1. i just noticed my harddisk size shrink one morning even though i didn't install or download anything spectacularly large. aside from the fact that i had my computer go to sleep the night before. how do i get rid of this space that's hogging my hard disk?
    my computer is a dell inspiron 1420 running on vista sp1.
     
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    That 3.2 Gb is probably the hibernated operating system. I don't know offhand if there are settings to cause it to disappear if it successfully wakes up (I do know many people find it wont wake up !) and it will probably hang around until you find out how to clean it away yourself.
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I agree, but you could also:

    Download FULLDISK it will show you where all the big files are
     
  4. Elliah

    Elliah TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 84

    how do i clear the file then? it's expanded itself to 4.0gb >_< it's taking over my harddrive bit by bit....rarrrrrr
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Clear what file exactly? Where did fulldisk say all the space is taken up?

    C:\?\?\?
     
  6. Elliah

    Elliah TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 84

    what's the difference between fulldisk and windirstat?
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I hadn't used Windirstat until right this moment!

    Looks good
    But I still like the circle graph, and I think Windirstat takes longer
     
  8. Elliah

    Elliah TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 84

    ok...so this had been an intermittent problem from time to time...and usually i ignore the expanding 'unknown' because after a week or two, when i run mcafee quickclean, it will miraculously be deleted...however, the problem came back and refused to go away this time...with unknown expanding each time i switch on the computer...>_<
     
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