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    Invisible files filling up Hard disk

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    by tej_dyal ·

    Symptom: C: drive is 0k free space. If I clear up temp files, remove unneccessary programs it fills up again to 0K free space in 5 minutes. Anaylysing the sizes of folders on C: drive I discover this perculiarity – When clicking properties of c:\winnt I get a total all file size of 23.5GB but when I go into the the winnt folder, select all, right click to properties I am given only 1.08GB. So there are 22GB files hidden somewhere despite haveing the folder settings set to “view all” – I suspect virus so I run Computer Associates Trust, I also run Stinger and FixZotob. No virus found. help would be much appriciated on this. Thanks

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    • #3137400

      Reply To: Invisible files filling up Hard disk

      by b_pope ·

      In reply to Invisible files filling up Hard disk

      Do a search for files larger than 500MB or 1GB & see what shows up, choose advanced options.

      Do you have backups scheduled on this PC, have a look at system restore also.

      • #3137074

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        by tej_dyal ·

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        Thanks for response B Pope. I have done the search and only two files larger than 500mb are Lotus Notes Archive files which I expect. When I do a search of C drive for all files, it only returns 5gb of files (searching sub directories checked). By the way I do have View All Hidden files checked also which I forgot to mention. System is Windows 2000 Pro – there are no system restore activated. Thanks

    • #3137326

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      by gary56789 ·

      In reply to Invisible files filling up Hard disk

      Did you enable your system to show hidden files?

    • #3137097

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      by tej_dyal ·

      In reply to Invisible files filling up Hard disk

      Thanks for response B Pope. I have done the search and only two files larger than 500mb are Lotus Notes Archive files which I expect. When I do a search of C drive for all files, it only returns 5gb of files (searching sub directories checked). By the way I do have View All Hidden files checked also which I forgot to mention. System is Windows 2000 Pro – there are no system restore activated. Thanks

    • #3137094

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      by tej_dyal ·

      In reply to Invisible files filling up Hard disk

      Thank you for your response also ctrservices. I have checked all hidden files in Folder options.

    • #3136993

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      by winterfrost ·

      In reply to Invisible files filling up Hard disk

      Sorry, just to confirm: You have checked “Show hidden files and folders” AND un-checked “Hide protected operating system files”?

      I only ask because many people forget that hidden SYSTEM files are not shown when you simply check “Show hidden files and folders.”

      • #3120402

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        by tej_dyal ·

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        Winterfrost, you are absolutely right. I did not un-check “Hide protected o/s system file”. Having now done this and run a new search – I have found thousands of files with filenames in Hex stating with 800XXXXX in hundreds of sub folders named as d1,d2,d3 etc in folder c:\winnt\csc\. These are the culprit 22GB files and for the life of me I do not know how they get there, what purpose they serve and they certainly were not there before. I believe CSC folder is for synchronised files but there is only 2.2GB of files synchronised. I will investigate this further now though will close this as My main question (invisible files) is answered! Thanks

    • #3120401

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      by tej_dyal ·

      In reply to Invisible files filling up Hard disk

      This question was closed by the author

    • #2955921

      Same problem

      by mikael.svensson ·

      In reply to Invisible files filling up Hard disk

      Referring to a problem you had 2005 🙂

      Hi, got exactly the same symtpoms with 800XXXX hexa files filling a customers HDD (C:) completely. How did you get rid of this? Is it a virus or something else?

      Please give me something to work on.

      Big Thanks

      Mikael Svensson

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