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Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:57 pm

Ok this has me stumped peeps. This morning my 60gb ssd boot drive had 11-12 gb of free space on it. Now i looked at it tonight and i am down to 1.5gb of space left and i have no idea what filled it and where the heck it has gone.

Any ideas of finding what is filling the 60gb corsair force drives previously free space? I already looked at my files by date and see nothing out of the ordinary. I installed nothing. When i do install something its to my other 3 HDDs anyways 2 x2tb greens and a 320 gb samsung.

Any help would be very much appreciated.
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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:08 pm

Old System Restore checkpoints? Use the Disk Cleanup utility.
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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:17 pm

I ran ccleaner i will have to try disk cleanup and check system restore points but 10gb of space from 7 am till now seems fishy to me.
Thanks for the reply.

I cannot do it right now i will have to do it later.

Any other thoughts? anyone? might as well make a list of checks for later:(
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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:20 pm

I use this program called WinDirStat which maps out your hard drive and shows you which folders are taking up the most space. You can look for a similar visual directory browser or use that one to quickly track down the issue.

There are other versions for other OSes too.

http://windirstat.info/
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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:36 pm

1) New restore points were created?
2) Someone downloaded something without notifying you? :wink:
3) Windows crashed and made a full memory dump?
4) SSD's controller is trying to use more free space because of some memory "wearing out"?

Like people already said, use the Disk Cleanup utility, see if it can reclaim all of this space...
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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:53 pm

ShadowTiger wrote:I use this program called WinDirStat which maps out your hard drive and shows you which folders are taking up the most space. You can look for a similar visual directory browser or use that one to quickly track down the issue.

There are other versions for other OSes too.

http://windirstat.info/


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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:30 am

1st i thank you all for the replies.

2nd i ran disc cleanup and i got 3mb of space back.
So i hope sys restore points are the cause, but i am going to try that program. I will update once i go through some more checks.

thanks again everyone :)
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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:47 am

Thanks shadowtiger & airmanthart that program rocks!!!!makes a pretty graph i must say. I think it used almost every color my tv/monitor can produce:)
The used space was buried in my users folder in a cache file for a program i use:) I now have 13gb of free space. I had what seemed like a thousand 750,000 byte files in there.

Thanks everyone !!!
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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:58 am

JohnC wrote:1) New restore points were created?
2) Someone downloaded something without notifying you? :wink:
3) Windows crashed and made a full memory dump?
4) SSD's controller is trying to use more free space because of some memory "wearing out"?

Like people already said, use the Disk Cleanup utility, see if it can reclaim all of this space...

1-3 are all possibilities, 4 is not. The SSD operates below the file system level; it is impossible for it to allocate file system space behind your back. SSDs keep a certain percentage of flash cells in reserve to deal with cells wearing out; these reserved cells are completely invisible to the OS (and would never have been included in the total free space to begin with).
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Re: Vanished 10gb of ssd space

Postposted on Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:22 pm

download WinDirStat. It's the finest tool in existence for just this sort of issue.

Assuming you've turned on the viewing of hidden and protected operating system files, you'll have identified that it's not hibernation or swapfile changes, and the cleanmgr.exe suggestions above will cover temporary files, system restore points and patch backups.

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DOH! didn't read thread properly - WinDirStat has already been suggested....
Use it, it makes hunting for space easy.
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