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hard disk problems

By a_khalil83 ·
my hard disk space is 40GB, i have two partitions on it, one for linux (25GB) and the remaining for windows (15GB). The problem is that the windows partition space is continously decreasing, without me installing or adding anything that takes space !
for example, i check the free space on the windows partition, and it's 1GB let's say. Then the same day at night, i check it again, and it's 900MB !
could anyone please tell me what's going on?
thank u in advance

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by TheChas In reply to hard disk problems

Things that use disk space that we often ignore:

The page (swap) file unless set to a fixed value changes size as needed based on what programs are running.

Windows updates not only take up extra disk space, they often set a restore point that takes up even more space. Every folder under the Windows main folder that has a string for a name is a restore point.

Temporary Internet files and cookies.

Email files.

Software update files for some programs hang around unless manually deleted. This includes Netscape, Anti-Virus and some firewalls.

Don't rule out the possibility of a virus that is attaching itself to many files.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to hard disk problems

If you get the space back on a reboot it will be the Swap File not being set to a set size and it's increasing as Windows Requites it to, to do whatever you are doing. The Swap File should be set to a Minimum of 1.5 times the amount of RAM as a lower limit and 2 times the RAM as an Upper Limit and can be set to this size by going into the Control Panel selecting System then Advanced and then Advanced on the next window then Virtual Memory where you can set the sizes. Just make sure that you save any changes that you make before exiting this part of Windows or the changes will not be applied.

If you don't get the space back then you most likely have an infection of some kind that needs to be looked into so Update the AV Program to the latest Definitions and if you don't already have some Spy Ware Programs installed you can download Ad Aware SE from


Spy Bot S&amp from


Install both and then update them to the latest definitions and then reboot the computer and start in Safe Mode and run the Virus Scanner and then both Spy Ware Scanners. If you get any infections with the Spy Ware scanners remove them and run the scan again just to make sure that you've actually removed the problem and that there is nothing else there. If there are more infections on the second scan after you remove the infections rerun the scan until it comes up clean. If you can not remove something you'll need to take a note of the name and do a Goggle Search for a removal tool.


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by Deadly Ernest In reply to hard disk problems

OK, as previously told the Swap file, logs, temp files expand and take up space. Depending upon the version of Windows you have will change how you adjust things, but a few to look at are:

1. In Security policies - set to clear Virtual memory Page File on Shutdown - near the bottom of the Local Policy list.

2. Empty the Recycling bin each day - right click on it and open the properties, reduce the size from the default 10% of drive to 1% - that will give you back some space.

3. Go Control Panel - System - Restore -- then change the settings for each drive. Set the Linux one to 0% and the Windows one to 1 or 2% of drive, Default is typically around 10 to 12% depending upon size.

4. Internet Options General Tab, Temporary Internet Files, Settings button - reduce the size of space used for Temp Internet files.

4a. While in there open the Advanced tab and slide the window to the bottom, about the middle of the windo is setting "Empty Temporary Internet Folder When Browser is closed" tick the box for this - default is not to empty.

5. Regularly right click on hard drive icons in My Computer, click on the Properties option and run the Disk Clean up button.

6. If you have Indexing turned on, turn it off, and search the drive for all the indexing files and remove them.

Some of these will give you back much of your usable hard drive as the system will automatically deny access to the space set aside for the Recycling bin, Restore etc - others will clear unwanted files off the system on a regular basis.

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