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Old 04-17-2006, 12:35 PM  
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Tech Help...please...

My father-in-law's computer has an almost full hard drive. It's 80 gigs. It's less than two years old and he only has put a couple of gigs of stuff on it himself. I was there for Easter yesterday and I couldn't find the files that take up so much space. Are there viruses that fill a hard drive with garbage data?.. or perhaps make a cpu "think" its hard drive is nearly full? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am of limited knowledge so, please, keep answers simple, simple, simple...and type s-l-o-w-l-y.
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:37 PM   #2
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Explorer, Search c: largest files too see what is eatig the drive space.

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Old 04-17-2006, 12:40 PM   #3
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Remove the 78gigs of German porn.. then you'll be good
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:41 PM   #4
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You'd probably have to search each profile. It's there somewhere you just have to find it.

check the properties of each profiles folder that'll tell you where the bulk of the data is. Narrow your search down further once you find that 60GB profile.

Tell your FIL that he's not as slick as he thinks and that porn can fill up a HD rather quickly. Proud victim of 30GB's worth myself.
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:47 PM   #5
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Make sure you open a folder, click "Tools" > folder options > view > then scroll down and make sure you're seeing hidden files.
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:48 PM   #6
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Also, might go into the internet program (IE, Mozilla, Netscape, whatever), go to Tools > Internet Options > under "Temporary Internet Files" clear the cache, delete cookies, and go to settings and make sure his cache isn't set to some ungodly high number (I use 5 MB).
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:50 PM   #7
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Tell your FIL that he's not as slick as he thinks and that porn can fill up a HD rather quickly. Proud victim of 30GB's worth myself.


30gb's??? who the hell do you think you are fooling!!?

we all know that you have multiple harddrives full of Donkey Shows and Midgit Porn!!
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:10 PM   #8
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Save yourself time from hunting around and just use WinDirStat to see what is using up the space.
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:11 PM   #9
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Make sure you open a folder, click "Tools" > folder options > view > then scroll down and make sure you're seeing hidden files.
what he said ... open window explorer "show hidden files"


Start > Search > For Files and Folders


Search > advanced options > check the top 3 options (search system, search hidden, search subfolder)

select search "all local drives"

leave the search entry spot empty so that it just finds everything.


may take awhile


then click on the little tool bar at the top that organizes the items by size. (also may take awhile)


then you'll have a list in order or size of all files and folders


theres a java glitch/bug that makes this java file copy every internet and java related thing you do. When i caught it, my java doc file was 2 gigs big. It potiential could be taking up the whole thing itself.


anyway ... you can find the big files and see if they are valid.

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i don't know if something could go wrong and have your internet cache never empty and take up the whole thing or not.

open internet explorer

tools > internet options > general tab

clear history button

Delete files button > check offline content delete

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Old 04-17-2006, 01:13 PM   #10
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Laz, I have seen a TON of people's cache set to save more than a gig of crap, so it's certainly feasible that something's wrong there.
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:34 PM   #11
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See my post above. Don't waste time clicking thru folders looking for what may be using your drive space when a small app can do it for you.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:03 PM   #12
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30gb's??? who the hell do you think you are fooling!!?

we all know that you have multiple harddrives full of Donkey Shows and Midgit Porn!!
Actually, it's one 30 gig high def flick of me donkey punching your mom.
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:10 PM   #13
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See my post above. Don't waste time clicking thru folders looking for what may be using your drive space when a small app can do it for you.
i just tried that program ... not bad


might be a little advanced for him to use though
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:20 PM   #14
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I use sequioa view-- http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/
It does virtually the same thing though, it has been around for years.
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:25 PM   #15
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Thanks penguinz, he's going to download the WinDirStat now...It may be a little advanced, I don't know...We shall see. Thanks again.
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