when i restored my system xp 3 times the HDD became full?

By h2m_agip ·
it happened when a problem has accourd with the system and i restored my system by the System Restore about 3 times and its become good but i noticed that the hard disk drive became seem full i returned it back the restore and the used size become larger .
i asked the IT person he said must be some hidden files but there's none and he said your pc must be formatted
so plz give me some help.

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Have you checked if files are eating your space?

by luc_andre In reply to when i restored my system ...

I use this program called Space Monger
(url: and it will visually show you which files are eating your space. Maybe there are files that are bloated for some reason? Or maybe with the restore it created shadow copies of files in various places?

Something else to check is if the drive went from NTFS to FAT32 or FAT, that can kill a drive space too (cluster size being bigger).

Hope this either helps or leads you to the right path

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thanks so much but,

by h2m_agip In reply to Have you checked if files ...

the restore file 15.6 giga
but how to delete?
thanks again

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This is how

by luc_andre In reply to thanks so much but,


In Space Monger, click on the block that represents the file and the top menu should highlight some features you can do, one being delete.

If you can't click on the file, click on the name of the folder and then click on zoom in. Then you should be able to click on the file to delete.

Hope that helps

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Better to use a utility that's FREE...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to when i restored my system ...

SpaceMonger is only a trial for 15 days then you have to buy it, if you want to continue using it.

Better to use a similar product that is totally free from the outset. It does exactly the same job.,23075-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html

Good luck.

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Well actuallly...

by luc_andre In reply to Better to use a utility t ...

The link I provided in my previous post was for the version 1.4 and not that of 2.1

1.4 remains to be free and is as good as the 2.1 paid version.

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system restore and disk cleanup utility

by jordanspcrepair In reply to Well actuallly...


in windows xp, most of the hard drive space is taken up by system restore images, and also by the usually temporary internet files and stuff.

run the disk cleanup utility, which is BUILT-INTO windows xp, and click on the more options tab. then click cleanup on the system restore. you can also clean up the other stuff as well.

make sure that your computer is running the way you want it to before getting rid of those system restore images.

the good thing about cleaning up the system restore images through the disk cleanup utility is that you can keep the most recent system restore image and get rid of the old ones.

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