Local disk full but no files

There"s a desktop computer device right here that reflects the C drive is nearly complete. (500Gig) I open, dig in, thinking tbelow have to be some programs or movies, or other information eating up the space. Nopoint. No movies, music, pics. No big papers, other than Windows 10, Office, etc.

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I"ve opened Program Files, Temp (empty), Windows, downlots. Nothing appears huge or out of area. When I check the properties on the folders, everything is in the low kb or mb range.

What am I missing?


I"ve had actually the IE11 cache break (not certain how) and stuff over 100,000 records in that folder till the disk fills up. Good luck trying to delete them. The clear momentary folders alternative in IE wasn"t able to check out them and also you couldn"t rerelocate them even with safe mode. I wound up booting a LiveCD and also deleting them manually. It took practically an hour! but that did the trick. The PC was method much faster after. No means I would have found that as quick if I hadn"t supplied Spacesniffer.

Which of the adhering to retains the information it's storing as soon as the device power is turned off?



I would certainly usage an application called windirstat, it will present all the concealed records and items that could be filling up the drive such as hiberfil.sys.


What does Disk Management say about the drive? Partitions? Have you run a utility like WinDirStat on the drive?

Anvarious other +1 for WinDirStat and SpaceSniffer. Personally I prefer the nice blocks of Spacesniffer, be sure to run as admin or you"ll gain a bunch of errors as it tries to access system papers in C.

Was this device upgraded to 10 via an in place upgrade? May be a Windows.old folder.AppFile folder is always worth a examine.TempFiles from updates?

I would certainly additionally recommend WinDirStat or also TreeSize... they will show you what directories are taking up room easily.

Tright here should be some folders below you execute not have actually permissions, It won"t display its dimension thats why you are absent them run Windir stat as provide

I likewise favor to inspect out CCleaner and also watch if it finds a big amount of files (Like Temp files) that are filling up the HD. Also, inspect your downloads folder.

exactly how much is in C:WindowsSoftwareDistributionDownload ? this is where home windows update caches your updates (random thought mostly)

thomasrhyndress wrote:

Also inspect your pagefile. I have actually a couple of units via the auto pagefile utilizing 40+ GB.

Great tip, and one I hadn"t taken into consideration given that I haven"t believed a lot around pagefiles since the civilization switched to SSDs.CCleaner is excellent also, can def help discover some rogue data eating room.

Assuming that you"ve collection your folder alternatives to display covert and system records, I would certainly use something favor the apps mentioned. I"ve offered TreeSize Free as an admin to find large records and also folders containing numerous documents once a normal examine didn"t display them. 

You can always run a disk cleanup on C:/, don"t foracquire to click the system file box, this is where that pesky "home windows.old" file may be located. Please remember if this is deleted there is "no method back" from any OS upday you may have performed.

To add to the chorus, absolutely WinDirStat. Shows pretty blocks reflecting huge files.

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The pagefile.sys and also hiberfil.sys will definitely be LARGE papers in the root of C:

- If that does not show anypoint beneficial, attempt running CCleaner.

Also check if Volume Shadow Copies are enabled.

- Open file traveler, Right Click on C: and also click Properties. Check the Shadow Copies tab. Go with old Shadow Copies and delete anypoint over a week.

- While you"re in that dialogue, click the General Tab and also run Disk Cleanup. (I know you"ve run CCleaner yet this might pickup various stuff than CCleaner).

- Then on the Tools tab and also run a disk inspect, then Optimise and also Defrag.

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Aaron Fenwick Aug 4, 2017 at 10:20 UTC

downpack Treesize.

It will offer you a break down of everything.


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Joe Long Aug 4, 2017 at 11:40 UTC

+1 for treesize, I have actually provided the totally free portable variation a few times to gain understanding into where my free space is being consumed up.

Somepoint else to examine is if Hibernate is enabled, c:hyberfil.sys is the size of exactly how much system memory (RAM) you have set up. No reason to have actually hibernate allowed and taking up all that area (on a desktop no less)

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Joe Long Aug 4, 2017 at 11:45 UTC

Also examine C:Users\appdatalocal emp as that directory deserve to sometimes obtain out of regulate. I have actually had actually a couple of AutoCADVERTISEMENT individuals that had actually a couple hundred gigabytes of area wasted to an insane variety of *.bak papers that AutoCAD dumped there.

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Bowen151 Aug 4, 2017 at 12:46 UTC

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Aug 4, 2017 at 12:50 UTC

Check the C:windows emp folder. I see it all the time


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