Hard drive space question?!?!

By aldboomer7 ยท 12 replies
Mar 11, 2006
  1. I have been wondering what has been taking up space on my hard drive.. so after reading some things in this forum, i've downloaded "Diskpie" and i was looking at that.. and am now wondering what $NtUninstallKB873333$ means?!?! I've was doing a system restore several times.. did this space usage come from that.. and when you do a system restore.. does it use up space on your hard drive????
    as i'm using the "Diskpie".. i have a pie made up for C:\WINDOWS and a large majority is used for "system32" and when i double click on that.. thats where i'm finding an amount of about 38 lines like the one i typed above ($NtUninstallKB873333$) ..except w/different numbers of course..
    if someone has any infor on this information.. it would be appreciated.. and if someone could tell me if using system restore will take up hard drive space, that would also help me. I'm trying to free up some space on my hard drive.
    This computer is only a few months old.. and the only things i'm installed on it were the printer, camera.. scanner..
    thank you much for any informative help
  2. Frank Smith

    Frank Smith TS Rookie Posts: 75

    ($NtUninstallKB873333$) as it says it is how you uninstall that part.. it also is a auto update from Microsoft. Yes, System Restore takes space on your HD..you can remove almost all the OLD-obsolete restores several ways,
    1. Disk cleanup -> more options -> click restore cleanup.
    2. turn off restore on C: drive. reboot... they are all gone
    2a. turn-on restore and then make a new restore....
    then I recommend you use some program to clean your system of junk (bad links, un needed tmp, bak files) such as SysMechanic 5.5 or Advanced System Optimizer - there are many good programs to choose from. You can also delete all the ($NT$NtUninstallKBxxxxxx$) files...to save space.
  3. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    Yes,system restore can take up a lot of space.It takes snapshots of your system.These can add up.
    12% of hard disk is the default.You can delete all but the most recent in it in Disk cleanup/Advanced.
    and adjust the reserved space in control panel/system - http://www.petri.co.il/whats_system_restore_in_windows_xp.htm

    Yes,the uninstall folders can be removed.LEAVE the $hf_mig$ folder and all its subfolders. - http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/spack.htm

    There`s a general cleanup utility here - http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4191.html
  4. aldboomer7

    aldboomer7 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm not too aware of the procedure of "searching" for those "uninstall files" on my computer .. I just happened to find them while using "Diskpie"..
    could you maybe help me out .. about where to go ..as far as locating them to delete them?
    thank you for helping out someone who needs alot of teaching on these things !! :slurp:

    I went into Explore.. but i still could not see where they were.. Thx !
  5. bradthegreat

    bradthegreat TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    they are in the windows folder on the C: drive. However, you have to go to:
    Tools>Folder Options>View and select the "show hidden files" bubble (this is in XP; 2000 should be the same idea). They should then just be in the begining of the Windows folder.
  6. aldboomer7

    aldboomer7 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok.. thank you...
    one more silly question for you :eek:)
    are these files the files that are the restore points?? or are they something altogether different?
    ok.. thanks again!
  7. bradthegreat

    bradthegreat TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    my impression was that they were the cached installer files for the Windows Updates. basically, they have the uninstall information for the updates. If you go into control panel and add/remove programs, and expand the Windows Updates tab at the bottom, they are there. I am not sure if deleting them makes it impossible to uninstall them or not, but I think so. It shouldn't affect anything if you delete them, and sometimes it can save you a wad of space.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    do search on net for tweak xp remove uninstall backups for windows updates
    I don't let my machine load updates
    I have autoupdate off
    I go to M$ and fine what I want forget the rest
    I don't use virus protection softwarez most of them mess up machine
    some of M$'s updates do the same thing
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    not using an anti virus is extremely foolish.
  10. aldboomer7

    aldboomer7 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so.. should i just remove them from "add and remove".. or go and in and remove the uninstall files themselves only ??!!
  11. Frank Smith

    Frank Smith TS Rookie Posts: 75

    NO DO NOT uninstall files using the add/remove via control panel, You will simply have them all reinstalled cause MS will see you need them...(You only need to remove the uninstall files to save space.)
    These files are NOT NEEDED...
  12. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    since I stopped using av software I have no problems on any of my machines
    I do use antispy and 2 diff firewalls
    trojans are another matter no pirated softz no porn sites don't open stupid emails not from the machine anyway

    I have a few vey knowledgable software programing clients ,they don't use AV
    all been running just dandy

    let us know when your AV breaks
  13. Frank Smith

    Frank Smith TS Rookie Posts: 75

    Thats where all the excitement is... and then use all the beta software you can load into your machine.,

    :angel: :knock: :hotbounce :grinthumb
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