How come my hard drive has been filling up even though I have not been adding anything to it?

by on January 23, 2010

Q: I recently bought a refurbished Acer laptop with an 80GB hard drive and 2GB RAM with Windows Vista. It has been running fine but since I got it the hard drive capacity has been constantly decreasing. The hard drive is partitioned into 2 parts and when I got the computer there was 16 free GG on the C partition. Within a few days this had decreased to 0GB free.

I hadn’t installed any new programs or saved any additional data although windows had registered about 100 new updates. I’ve read a lot online about this problem being due to vista’s restore function but when i checked the vssadmin list shadowstorage on cmd it listed 3.5gb as the maximum storage.

I’m not sure what the problem could be and would really appreciate some help. After the capacity was reduced to 0GB I restored the computer to factory settings but again the same series of events started to happen again and once more following this. I would really appreciate some help or insight. Many thanks!


One Response to “How come my hard drive has been filling up even though I have not been adding anything to it?”
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    Two programs for you to look at:

    Crap Cleaner: http://www.ccleaner.com/ – Cleans out a lot of garbage from your harddrive

    WinDirStat: http://windirstat.info/ – Gives a visual representation of your hard drive space so you can see what happened to all those gigs.