Disappearing hard disk space



Maxtone Witherball
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
Hi, when I turn on or restart my computer, my hard disk (C: drive) has
between 700 and 800 MB of free space. However, within an hour or two, even
if I download nothing, the remaining free space dwindles rapidly until it
hits 0 MB. I've looked at the processes running under Task Manager, and none
of them seems to be a back door. And I've also run antispyware and antivirus
programs, none of which turn up any problem. This "disappearing hard disk
space" trouble has only been happening for the past few days or so. Does
anyone know what the cause and/or solution might be? Thanks very much!

philo
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
Maxtone Witherball wrote:
> Hi, when I turn on or restart my computer, my hard disk (C: drive) has
> between 700 and 800 MB of free space. However, within an hour or two, even
> if I download nothing, the remaining free space dwindles rapidly until it
> hits 0 MB. I've looked at the processes running under Task Manager, and none
> of them seems to be a back door. And I've also run antispyware and antivirus
> programs, none of which turn up any problem. This "disappearing hard disk
> space" trouble has only been happening for the past few days or so. Does
> anyone know what the cause and/or solution might be? Thanks very much!


if you don't have much ram,
your pagefile may be growing...
however... if you have only 800 megs of free space
it's definately time to get a larger drive!

Maxtone Witherball
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
Hi, I have 512 MB of RAM. What's a pagefile? Thanks for your help!


"philo" wrote:

> Maxtone Witherball wrote:
> > Hi, when I turn on or restart my computer, my hard disk (C: drive) has
> > between 700 and 800 MB of free space. However, within an hour or two, even
> > if I download nothing, the remaining free space dwindles rapidly until it
> > hits 0 MB. I've looked at the processes running under Task Manager, and none
> > of them seems to be a back door. And I've also run antispyware and antivirus
> > programs, none of which turn up any problem. This "disappearing hard disk
> > space" trouble has only been happening for the past few days or so. Does
> > anyone know what the cause and/or solution might be? Thanks very much!
>
>
> if you don't have much ram,
> your pagefile may be growing...
> however... if you have only 800 megs of free space
> it's definately time to get a larger drive!

uggabugga
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
As Philo said, you probaly are running XP on a machine made for 98 or ME. A
larger drive is needed. You should have at least 5GB of hard drive space
free. 800MB won't cut it.
--
That's just like my opinion, Man........


"Maxtone Witherball" wrote:

> Hi, I have 512 MB of RAM. What's a pagefile? Thanks for your help!
>
>
> "philo" wrote:
>
> > Maxtone Witherball wrote:
> > > Hi, when I turn on or restart my computer, my hard disk (C: drive) has
> > > between 700 and 800 MB of free space. However, within an hour or two, even
> > > if I download nothing, the remaining free space dwindles rapidly until it
> > > hits 0 MB. I've looked at the processes running under Task Manager, and none
> > > of them seems to be a back door. And I've also run antispyware and antivirus
> > > programs, none of which turn up any problem. This "disappearing hard disk
> > > space" trouble has only been happening for the past few days or so. Does
> > > anyone know what the cause and/or solution might be? Thanks very much!
> >
> >
> > if you don't have much ram,
> > your pagefile may be growing...
> > however... if you have only 800 megs of free space
> > it's definately time to get a larger drive!

Jim
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
"Maxtone Witherball" <MaxtoneWitherball@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:78E9B273-6B3C-485B-AFFF-406FDC347E85@microsoft.com...
> Hi, I have 512 MB of RAM. What's a pagefile? Thanks for your help!
>
It is the file which Windows uses to pretend that you have a 4GB address
space. The size of the page file varies over time.
Jim

Kelly
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
Hi Maxtone,

It can depend on many issues and arena's. This is common within many of the
Photo programs.

Suggestions: Run the full combo listed below.

Run Ad-Aware SE, Spybot, CWShredder and HijackThis:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html

Note: Update the first two programs, once installed, before running.

Added info and checkpoints to consider:

Run the Task Manager, go to View/Select Columns, and turn on the following
columns: "I/O Read Bytes" and "I/O Write Bytes." This will give you details
as to which process is accessing the disk.

Although many processes will be accessing the disk, look for one with a high
total or a fast rate of increase, especially when you hear the drive being
accessed.

Suggestion: Run the undo on line 367 (right hand side):
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

SequoiaView:
http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview

How to Locate and Correct Disk Space Problems on NTFS Volumes in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315688

Windows XP Does Not Recognize All Available Disk Space
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-gb;316505&ln=en-gb

Hard Disk Performance Is Slower Than You Expect
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q308219

Good luck and keep us posted.
--

All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com

Vote: Bo

"Maxtone Witherball" <MaxtoneWitherball@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:5019A690-DD8E-423D-BB28-5193775A1F29@microsoft.com...
> Hi, when I turn on or restart my computer, my hard disk (C: drive) has
> between 700 and 800 MB of free space. However, within an hour or two,
> even
> if I download nothing, the remaining free space dwindles rapidly until it
> hits 0 MB. I've looked at the processes running under Task Manager, and
> none
> of them seems to be a back door. And I've also run antispyware and
> antivirus
> programs, none of which turn up any problem. This "disappearing hard disk
> space" trouble has only been happening for the past few days or so. Does
> anyone know what the cause and/or solution might be? Thanks very much!

Maxtone Witherball
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
Thanks, all. I'll try out your suggestions and see what happens. Thanks
again!


"Kelly" wrote:

> Hi Maxtone,
>
> It can depend on many issues and arena's. This is common within many of the
> Photo programs.
>
> Suggestions: Run the full combo listed below.
>
> Run Ad-Aware SE, Spybot, CWShredder and HijackThis:
> http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
>
> Note: Update the first two programs, once installed, before running.
>
> Added info and checkpoints to consider:
>
> Run the Task Manager, go to View/Select Columns, and turn on the following
> columns: "I/O Read Bytes" and "I/O Write Bytes." This will give you details
> as to which process is accessing the disk.
>
> Although many processes will be accessing the disk, look for one with a high
> total or a fast rate of increase, especially when you hear the drive being
> accessed.
>
> Suggestion: Run the undo on line 367 (right hand side):
> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
>
> SequoiaView:
> http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview
>
> How to Locate and Correct Disk Space Problems on NTFS Volumes in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315688
>
> Windows XP Does Not Recognize All Available Disk Space
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-gb;316505&ln=en-gb
>
> Hard Disk Performance Is Slower Than You Expect
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q308219
>
> Good luck and keep us posted.
> --
>
> All the Best,
> Kelly (MS-MVP)
>
> Troubleshooting Windows XP
> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com
>
> Vote: Bo
>
> "Maxtone Witherball" <MaxtoneWitherball@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message news:5019A690-DD8E-423D-BB28-5193775A1F29@microsoft.com...
> > Hi, when I turn on or restart my computer, my hard disk (C: drive) has
> > between 700 and 800 MB of free space. However, within an hour or two,
> > even
> > if I download nothing, the remaining free space dwindles rapidly until it
> > hits 0 MB. I've looked at the processes running under Task Manager, and
> > none
> > of them seems to be a back door. And I've also run antispyware and
> > antivirus
> > programs, none of which turn up any problem. This "disappearing hard disk
> > space" trouble has only been happening for the past few days or so. Does
> > anyone know what the cause and/or solution might be? Thanks very much!


Disappearing hard disk space