Trouble with my harddrive

Discussion in 'Tech Help' started by Happos, Oct 30, 2011.

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    Happos Community Member

    I have no idea if what I'm going to say makes sense or is a reason for my major lack of space on my harddrive but, it's the only way I could think of that might have caused this problem. After returning from a LAN party I realized I was stuck with 5gigabyte left. So, here's my question, is there any way I might have gotten lots of data through the shared network which suddenly took up around 200gig space, if so, where are these files located?

    Not that big of a tech-dude and figured I'd ask here before I spend my money on an external harddrive.

    //Happos
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    Juggernaught Community Member

    The files are most likely where you put them.
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    Juggernaught Community Member

    Since I have never heard of files magicly transfering to your pc without u not doing anything.
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    Happos Community Member

    Well, duh! Sounds a bit fishy yea, but, It happened to a friend of mine last year aswell, so, I don't know :S
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    Tendo Community Member

    What kind of shared network? As sometimes with some configurations and software it creates a shared folder, like the one from windows for example. Anytime people put something in on another pc, it also gets stored on yours. I used things like that before to share videos across a network of friends so they didnt always have to press download or w/e themselves. 1 person puts it in the shared folder and it ends up on all other person's pc "shared" folder.

    There is one way to find out, but it requires a lot of work if you don't know your drive that well and which files you had on it before.
    You could check out the drive in question for "last modified" time stamp. This requires you to check every main folder of that drive but for me for example it's easy as I keep track what folders and shit I got on which drive etc.
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    Xom Veteran BOON

    Windows made a backup image after updating?
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    Alaisy Veteran BOON

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    Astarael Vertically Challenged

    Over my last few jobs i've come up with tons of software products that can glitch into a loop creating temporary files that max out the remaining space on your hard drive. It might be one large file if this is the case, but more likely it's a ton of smaller files.

    First places to check would be antivirus, or any sort of backup program you have. Temporary files are also a large possibility. These are located in the root of C, or in c:\windows.

    Download this program, http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner. I've installed it on multiple business networks and servers, so it's safe (and free). Run the cleaner, leave everything that's ticked as default ticked, only untick some of the internet explorer (or opera/googlechrome/firefox) options if you want to keep saved passwords or cookies. This might detect and remove buggy temporary files, but won't resolve the underlying issue probably.
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    F U R I E Veteran BOON

    It might sound stupid but if nothing else works and you're almost on the edge of formatting, it might the worth trying the metodical check of the sizes of the folders.
    Be sure to have checked the show hidden files and folders option in the control panel, and then check for the partitions sizes and see which one is bigger than it should be, then start working towards more periferical folders.
    Theorically you should find it this way xD
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    Felby Community Member

    someone might have just copied lots of your files on top of themselfs at the LAN
    do you have any folders that are shared with full read / write premissions?
    right click My Computer and click manage
    click shared folders and click on Shares -> lists everything you got shared on a network
    do you have C$ shared?
    if you are not using your Admin account on your computer you most likely dont have a password on it, and anyone cant have full access to all your harddrives at LANs
    (best thing to do at LANs is just to disable filesharing all together)

    try the program alaisy linked or if not
    your best bet is really just to check properties on every folder at base level, where your windows folder is, and check where it has abnormal amounts of data, then start checking its sub folders one by one, and sort everything by size in explorer
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    Nerien "Bad Boy"

    I see a lot of people that haven't used space sniffer that Alaisy linked to.

    Use it and you can easily find where big chunks of your data is stored thanks to the gui in the program, usually leading you to the big space taking files.
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    Tal The Architect

    Haven't used the one Alaisy linked to, I've used http://windirstat.info/ though. Essentially the same thing though and it's really good for finding where all the stuff is.
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    Maskerad Veteran BOON

    If you find yourself having actually LOST space (as opposed to having it filled), run a checkdisk.
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    Katiechops Guild Master

    one word "PORN" look for movie files u perv.
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    Happos Community Member

    This was kind of what I ment.
    Also, I've tested both Pete's and Tal's program and they both came up with tons of things I didn't knew about, I've also ran the CCleaner so, things are back to normal now! Cheers for the support, guys!

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