Help with hard drive space - massive User folder?

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  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 29 Sep 2012 09:43:33 7,022 posts
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    I should probably start by saying I'm not massively tech savvy. I try and ensure my computer is virus free and updated, back-up my files regularly and clean out the recycle bin, downloads folders and caches on a semi-regular basis but that's about it.

    I've got a partitioned hard-drive in my Dell laptop which has about 60GB dedicated to OS and programmes (with the other partition of 240gb where photos, music, media etc is all kept) however this is filling up. Having a quick look at the folder sizes and there are two that are taking up the lions share:
    Windows - 23.6GB
    Users - 19.3GB
    (with Programme Files taking up about 5GB)

    Windows I guess is right (?) however there are only 3 folders in the User folder and together they seem to add up to less than a 1gb size so am I missing something or overlooking something?

    Any help appreciated.
  • nickthegun 29 Sep 2012 09:45:33 61,355 posts
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    maybe a log file running wild. turn on 'view hidden files and folders' and see if anything appears and/or do a search for files over 100mb or so.

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  • nickthegun 29 Sep 2012 09:46:23 61,355 posts
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    Also disk cleanup isnt the worst thing in the world just for a bit of a spring clean.

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  • Dirtbox 29 Sep 2012 09:52:22 79,217 posts
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    Music and all that counts as user files.

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  • sport 29 Sep 2012 09:56:05 12,817 posts
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    Try the porn tube sites instead of downloading clips.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 29 Sep 2012 09:59:03 7,022 posts
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    @Dirtbox but that's all saved on the other partition as far as I can tell.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 29 Sep 2012 10:00:18 7,022 posts
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    @nickthegun did a search files over 128 mb and over 5 show up, disk clean-up says it'll only free up 2mb... :(
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 29 Sep 2012 10:00:49 7,022 posts
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    @sport don't worry - fuq is the site for me. ;)
  • Dirtbox 29 Sep 2012 10:13:02 79,217 posts
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    Your desktop and so on are also all in the user directories, documents, all that.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 10:13:10 29-09-2012

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  • itamae 29 Sep 2012 10:32:32 9,897 posts
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    Whenever I'm not certain why I've run out of HDD space again I have WinDirStat (there are probably better tools, but it works for me) give me a graphical overview over my files. Personally I find that a visual representation of the data helps a lot in spotting wastes of space.
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 29 Sep 2012 11:54:23 7,022 posts
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    @Dirtbox I keep my desktop pretty clear and use shortcuts to the other partition for regularly used files and folders. Documents are stored on the other partition too.

    That's what's really annoying - all the stuff I'd usually associated with GB of storage aren't on the OS drive... :(

    @itamae I'll have a look at that and see if that can isolate where the storage bloat is occurring...
  • Dirtbox 29 Sep 2012 11:59:16 79,217 posts
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    Come to think of it, the appdata folder is in there, which can get pretty hefty. It's hidden so you'd have to change your view settings to see it.

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  • hypernova 29 Sep 2012 12:00:44 1,967 posts
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    This happens to me often, even using things like crapcleaner, then GB's of hd space will re-appear out of the blue :/
  • monkehhh 29 Sep 2012 12:01:22 3,530 posts
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    Yeah, appdata ends up full of allsorts of shit..

    C:\Users\You\AppData - check for temp files, caches, stuff you've uninstalled, etc.

    Deleting all but the most recent restore point gives me loads of space back too.

    Edited by monkehhh at 12:01:58 29-09-2012
  • brainbird 29 Sep 2012 12:01:44 2,232 posts
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    There a rather recent Windows version (don't know which one though) that saves and keeps all backup and reset points automatically.

    My mother had the same problem with her new laptop. And I'm pretty sure she doesn't download a lot of porn. There a box to tick/untick in the system settings. Just keep the most recent backups and reset points.
  • skuzzbag 29 Sep 2012 14:15:57 5,759 posts
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    itamae wrote:
    Whenever I'm not certain why I've run out of HDD space again I have WinDirStat (there are probably better tools, but it works for me) give me a graphical overview over my files. Personally I find that a visual representation of the data helps a lot in spotting wastes of space.
    TreeSizeFree is another popular one.
  • mrpon 29 Sep 2012 14:28:31 29,593 posts
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    Spacesniffer, another fabulous graphical representation of disc space usage.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

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