View Full Version : Mysterious harddisk usage

27-07-08, 13:39
I was cleaning up my parents' laptop and discovered I had no idea where half of the storage on the harddrive comes from. See this image:


It says 65 gigs are used up, while every file on the drive (also hidden ones) only use up 22 as far as I can see.

Does anyone have any idea where this comes from? And of course, how to free it up again?

27-07-08, 14:07
Backup maybe or system restore

27-07-08, 16:03
Do the OS system files count on that?

27-07-08, 18:56
System Restore is a likely culprit, especially if you use Spybot Search and Destroy or other security programs that make them. It can really chomp your hard drive space after a while.

27-07-08, 19:01
Yeah, the OS system files are also counted as far as I know.

And as far as I know there is no system restore or backup made... But ThinkPad has lots of extra software among which is a backup thingie, so I'll see if I can find anything it has been doing automatically... But, wouldn't those just be files also? How are they hidden?

28-07-08, 07:25
^ If System Restore Service is running it creates restore points automatically. I suggest the following procedure:

1. In Windows Explorer right click the drive, select Properties, General tab, press Cleanup button. In the new dialog select Additional tab, and press Delete button in System Restore area - this will erase all restore points except the last one!

2. Run CCLeaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/download/) to kill the junk.

3. Run Scandisk and perform a full scan with automatic repair.

4. Defragment the drive/s.

28-07-08, 18:31
Thanks EscondeR, I'll do that next time I'm there :D This may be a while though since I don't visit my parents all that often. So I might bump this thread a long time from now...