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 10-26-2010, 01:41 AM #1 Byte Member   Join Date: Oct 2010 Posts: 10 Harddrive filling up on it's own? I have a Packard Bell laptop, and the strangest thing happened while I was looking for a virus that most likely had infected a file according to the Norton security support guy I used. While I was using MaAfees free virus scanner, my harddrive kept fillng up, telling me I had little to no space. So I deleted a few GB but it kept filling up, so I kept deleting. The scan is now done, I've deleted about 20 GBs, checked the trash, deleted the trash, and there's still less than 1 GB left on the harddrive, even though I know I don't have that much stuff on there anymore. I havcen't tried to delete that much more since the scan ended, but a pop up told me to runa a scan an delete old useless files, so I did that, and took away some programmes and have a bit more space, but not enough. I have no guarantee anymore since the laptop is old, and I don't think it's worth sending a over two year old laptop to get repaired, but I have no idea where to start looking for the problem. That's where you guys come in. WTF happened?
 10-26-2010, 01:48 AM #2 VIP Member     Join Date: Aug 2007 Posts: 3,498 Hmm....well you could always re-install the os. You should have gotten an install disk that'll let you do just that.
 10-26-2010, 09:32 AM #3 Byte Member     Join Date: Dec 2009 Location: Volgograd, Russia Posts: 34 You can try a freeware tool named Zero Assumption Disk Space Visualizer at http://www.z-a-recovery.com/tools-visualizer.htm to find out and delete what "eats" your disk space. __________________ Elena of www.ReclaiMe.com
 10-26-2010, 06:39 PM #4 Byte Member   Join Date: Oct 2010 Posts: 10 Thanks guys. I seriously need to re-install my computer, specially since I think I have a virus hidden somewhere. But I have no idea where that disc is. I used the Zero Assumption programme and found that the files I thought I had deleted was hidden in another temporary file, even though I thought I had deleted them from the trash. Now I got some space freed up.
 10-26-2010, 06:48 PM #5 formerly liuliuboy     Join Date: Jun 2005 Location: Massachusetts Age: 22 Posts: 9,243 Is system restore on? And if it's on or has been on make sure you delete the backup copies it created. __________________ HTPC AMD A10 5800k | 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1866 Memory 60GB OCZ Agility SSD | 1TB Hitachi 2.5" HD Antec ISK 300 Case | PicoPSU 160xt PSU M-Audio AV 40 Speakers | Polk Audio PSW10 Subwoofer
 10-26-2010, 07:05 PM #6 VIP Member     Join Date: Apr 2006 Location: Kansas City, MO Posts: 12,898 This is probably due to a temp file or a log file gone amuck. there is actually a command line binary for windows that checks disk usage. I know, I know, it is rare to find a command line binary that actually is useful and in Windows, right? Code: DIRUSE /M /q:200 /* C:\ That will list all files over 200 megs. You may want to play with the numbers see what files are large. In the past I have seen a log file get up to gigs in size because it just kept writing to itself over and over again. __________________ Typical Signature: Computer Specs: - numbers I read off a box | parts I assembled in a case all by myself | benchmark score "Will the man with telekenesis please raise my hand?" - Vonnegut chown -R us /.base Get a grep!
 10-28-2010, 01:47 AM #8 Byte Member   Join Date: Oct 2010 Posts: 10 Thanks guys. I still seem to have troubles with logging into my emailaccount at yahoo.se, the site showed a error message that said I might have a virus, so I'll try and keep scanning. I'll probably havw to resintall my operative system(os?) anyway. I've been meaning to, but life gets in the way and I don't think I have the disc to reinstall. @diduknowthat and tlarkin, I have absolutely no idea what you're saying. Wanna dumb it down for me. @ johnb35. When I tried to update, it said there was a error, but I went ahead and scanned anyway (I used the first option, that I think is the quick scan. Dumb of me to use the swedish version). I have no idea how long this scan will take, my computer is usually slow, so I'll post the logs tomorrow. Last edited by Skytteflickan88; 10-28-2010 at 01:50 AM.

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