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#1 +Veggie1232

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 03:46

So I have a 128 GB SSD and a 750GB HDD.. I use my SSD for all my programs and my os, etc. I had about 40 gb left on it last week. 

A day or 2 ago I noticed that now I have 8gb left.. So when i right click on my user account. It says 32 gb.. So i know that the files must be in there.. (even though i route my desktop and library's to my HDD.) I go into that folder and right click on every sub folder and none exceed more than like 300mb... So i'm just really confused.

How do i locate the files taking up the space? I just cant seem to find them. o_0

Hope that made sense :p

Thanks for any help! :)



Best Answer +snaphat (Myles Landwehr) , 24 December 2013 - 04:00

I use a utility called SpaceSniffer (http://www.uderzo.it.../space_sniffer/) (there are alternatives that are similar that other folk on this forum will recommend). Make sure you are running checkers as administrator otherwise things can be missing from the results!

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#2 +snaphat (Myles Landwehr)

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:00   Best Answer

I use a utility called SpaceSniffer (http://www.uderzo.it.../space_sniffer/) (there are alternatives that are similar that other folk on this forum will recommend). Make sure you are running checkers as administrator otherwise things can be missing from the results!



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:20

One more vote for Space Sniffer



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:23

WinDirStat is what I use.



#5 Shiranui

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:25

WinDirStat is what I use.

Indeed. Especially if you are a pacman fan.



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:33

I use a utility called SpaceSniffer (http://www.uderzo.it.../space_sniffer/) (there are alternatives that are similar that other folk on this forum will recommend). Make sure you are running checkers as administrator otherwise things can be missing from the results!

 

Excellent! This tool is fantastic! I took a screenshot.. It seems that its due to my temp files? Or something.. What do i do now? Lol

Here is the screenshot: http://oi43.tinypic.com/2h6r321.jpg
 

Also, can you guys recommend this tutorial: http://www.howtogeek...do-i-delete-it/ ?? Since I have no need to use hibernation mode.. Should i free up the 20+gb of extra space? :D

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:37

Excellent! This tool is fantastic! I took a screenshot.. It seems that its due to my temp files? Or something.. What do i do now? Lol

Here is the screenshot: http://oi43.tinypic.com/2h6r321.jpg
 

Also, can you guys recommend this tutorial: http://www.howtogeek...do-i-delete-it/ ?? Since I have no need to use hibernation mode.. Should i free up the 20+gb of extra space? :D

 

 

Try: 

http://windows.micro...eanup=windows-8

http://windows.micro...eanup=windows-7

 

And for hibernation, yeah, that tutorial is correct and you might as well turn it off if you aren't using it. I turn off hibernation on my PCs.

 

EDIT:

Also, if you click on AppData (or any folder), it will start zooming in/filling out the subdirectories so you can figure out exactly what directories are the issue.



#8 xplatinum

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:41

Never been a fan of SpaceMonger/Sniffer. My tool of choice to free up space is definitely TreeSize. http://www.jam-softw.../treesize_free/



#9 OP +Veggie1232

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 06:11

Try: 

http://windows.micro...eanup=windows-8

http://windows.micro...eanup=windows-7

 

And for hibernation, yeah, that tutorial is correct and you might as well turn it off if you aren't using it. I turn off hibernation on my PCs.

 

EDIT:

Also, if you click on AppData (or any folder), it will start zooming in/filling out the subdirectories so you can figure out exactly what directories are the issue.

 

Cool! I am going to follow the hibernation tutorial then. Also it seems to be my photoshop temp files which makes alot of sense! I just need to figure out how to route those to my HDD drive instead.

Thanks for all the help!



#10 OP +Veggie1232

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 06:14

This should solve my problem in the future yes? http://answers.micro...27-a76c0b450818

 

 

 

-edit

oooo Now I have 63 GB Free space! Thats about half my drive. Thank you!!!! :D



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 06:25

This should solve my problem in the future yes? http://answers.micro...27-a76c0b450818

 

 

 

-edit

oooo Now I have 63 GB Free space! Thats about half my drive. Thank you!!!! :D

 

Yes, it should solve the issue with TEMP. Though, it could hamper some of the benefits of having an SSD for applications that cache there.



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 07:52

Yes, it should solve the issue with TEMP. Though, it could hamper some of the benefits of having an SSD for applications that cache there.

Thanks! I'll keep that in mind if I notice a change in performance.

By any chance can you suggest your preferred defragging tool?



#13 +snaphat (Myles Landwehr)

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 08:08

Thanks! I'll keep that in mind if I notice a change in performance.

By any chance can you suggest your preferred defragging tool?

 

I only really use SSDs anymore so I don't pay that much attention to defragging software (because you don't defrag SSDs). I started use the built in defragger with Vista/7/8 and just let that do whatever it is doing these days for any HDDs (I really don't even pay attention honestly). I have used defraggler and jkdefrag on occasion with Vista/7. I don't really recall ever seeing any notable performance differences from playing with different defraggers over the years (there were others I tried way back). So, I think it's more of a waste of time than anything to pay too much attention to defragging as long as your files aren't in pieces all over the place. 

 

Others may have different opinions here though.



#14 xplatinum

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 14:33

Never ever defrag an SSD drive. You might want to disable Hibernation (if it's ON).

 

Open a Command Prompt as Administrator. Type powercfg -h off. It should free space equal to your amount of ram. It it does not change, hibernation was already turned off.

 

/edit - You can also move your Pagefile to another drive to save even more space.





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