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The ever expanding hd space loss

By omegafate
Jan 26, 2009
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  1. i been recently having issues with vista

    the space on my hd is ever decreasing even though i only have about

    20-40 gb worth of stuff from dl's,games,protection programs and utilities programing

    other than that the hd has been suffering loss and loss of space even though i stopped

    i have a hitachi 160 gb hd

    i need some help with this one
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. omegafate

    omegafate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 117

    hmm thanx

    lol vista is a awkward beast to say the least XD
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    Try this

    Use Disk Cleanup every day.Delete all Tmp and gid files.
    Delete all Windows Prefetch (pf only) Not the folder.
    Then do a Defrag,then
    Do a chkdsk.
  5. omegafate

    omegafate TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 117

    after using the stuff that kimsland said

    i also went an googled it and found a interesting link form another forum that went to zdnet

    heres the link

    apparently its a program in windows called shadow copy and in vista it takes up 15% of your hd (depending on the size of it)

    it interesting to find this stuff out and change the amount of it

    it fixed it and i cleaned up the space and gained up to 67 gb including uninstalling a game

    also ive found out that the games and such take up a ton in vista i think it could be related to shadowcopy

    thanx for the help though
  6. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,793

    That is it!

    That is why my closing of Malware threads contain the following!
    Code:
    The issues can and are likely found is in System Restore so do the below
    
    Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk- System Restore 
    and create a new Restore point. Name it "After cleanup at TechSpot".
    
    Then Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk Cleanup
    Click OK to accept C:
    Select all Boxes
    Then click More Options
    Here click System Restore and OK to "Are you sure" and the OK to Run.
    
    As this runs it clears all but the most recent Restore Point
    but it does one other thing that can contain infested files and a huge
    amount of disk space.
    
    It clears what is known as Shadow copies which are used by specialized 
    back up programs.
    
    This is if you have the Volume Shadow Copy running which is the default.
    If you have a corrupted program, I have seen Office 2007 and Itunes keep filling up VSS.

    If you don't need it (only used by specialized backup programs) then in services turn off Volume Shadow copy (VSS)!

    Mike
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