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Old 03-27-2011, 08:08 AM   #1
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Yesterday I had 40 GB of free space and today I have 7 GB. I was hoping no one was using my system to store things, or if this might just be a reporting error. I physically can't see any extra files.

Maxtor n256 80GB

I was deleting files from the drive and also deleted a movie that was 6+GB so having 7 GB of free space doesn't make sense
The content of the drive is pictures some movies, a few program files, and some word documents.
I emptied the trash on my Dell. I analyzed the drive and the defagmentor says I only have 7 GB of free space.

Is there a program that will account for the files and sizes of the files on my drive?


I have Dell dimension 8400, running XP 2002, service pac3

Thanks for any advice
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:26 AM   #2
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Hi SMACK599

Can you download this program. It will show you exactly what files are taking up the most amount of space on your computer. It's called WinDirStat and once you have run the program, it will start detailing your pc. Let it do it's thing and when finished it should show you what is taking up space and where. Simply hover your mouse over the colours at the bottom of the window to see what the file is and where it is. If you see one that looks very large, click on it and it will be highlighted for you at the top.
Let us know if this helps.
Which defrag program are you using?
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You could use something like SpaceSniffer which will show you which folders contain the most data.

You could also use CCleaner to remove your temporary files etc. (Just do not use the registry cleaner)

Edit: Just too slow SpaceSniffer and WinDirStat are similar programs
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #4
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Ditto on the CCleaner.
You could also check to see if you have any old Java updates that can now be deleted via add/ remove programs.
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