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Post by leewatson1 on 2011-01-04, 18:49

Ok so my dads pc has a problem and ive tried to fix it but can't whats happening is the windows file on his computer is taking up 110 GB and has filled his hard drive, im wondering if anyone has any idea how to fix this and i have already tried asking, /b/ /sci/ and microsoft support
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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by Darkwing on 2011-01-04, 19:00

So the OS itself has expanded to 110GB?

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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by leewatson1 on 2011-01-04, 19:04



The highlighted file has become that large i've cheked the user files there only using about 6 GB of memory
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Post by leewatson1 on 2011-01-04, 19:05

I also know thats on windows 7 my latop that was just for speed
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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by Darkwing on 2011-01-04, 19:05

Screenie of what's in the file, I forget, been a while since I was in a Windows directory

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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by leewatson1 on 2011-01-04, 19:07

Win 7 again just for speed but 99% of it is the sam or similar

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Post by Darkwing on 2011-01-04, 19:08

Start by going through the downloads and temp files, get rid of pretty much everything

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Post by leewatson1 on 2011-01-04, 19:10

Why didn't i think of that will do!
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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by Shemuel on 2011-01-04, 20:06

Hmm, 110GB is suspiciously large. Min is 10GB. I presume the Windows 7 on your Toshiba was preinstalled, otherwise I might have suggested a clean install.

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Post by Leach54 on 2011-01-04, 20:27

clean install of win 7, or win xp. if you dont have either one use linux.

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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by Darkwing on 2011-01-04, 21:24

Or reset the computer to original settings with the back-up disk (should be 3 disks) that was made when the computer was first turned on.

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Post by Leach54 on 2011-01-04, 21:26

i only got one back up disk... Sad

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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by Shemuel on 2011-01-04, 21:37

@Leach: Then you probably used a DVD rather than a CD. Although it may benefit you to check what you actually have
@Lee: Don't rush into anything. The computer is obviously still working, just you need more storage space. As DW said, get rid of temp files and such with something like CCleaner.

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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by Darkjedi on 2011-01-05, 14:40

Search through that directory for the supermassive file/s.

Also, don't forget to look at the hidden ones. (if you don't know how to do that, consult google)

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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by leewatson1 on 2011-01-05, 16:59

I've done some more research and the majority of people with the same problem said a re installation of the OS was required one problem im not sure we have vista disks and i never created a back up, but one hope is that my sisters laptop is vista so ill back up from her's and boot it on my dads
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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by JPB18 on 2011-01-05, 18:05

Won't work, unless it's exactly the same model, since those restore disks have the drivers for the determined model pre installed...

You might, however see if the HDD has it's how recovery partition... If it's a Toshiba it should have, and it is an HP you can blindy order the recovery disks for your model, only paying those transport fee's...

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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by Darkwing on 2011-01-05, 18:10

With HP you can actually even download them I do believe (I has an HP) and HP also has the recovery partition. Most PCs these days do I would assume

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Post by JPB18 on 2011-01-05, 18:13

Darkwing wrote:With HP you can actually even download them I do believe (I has an HP) and HP also has the recovery partition. Most PCs these days do I would assume

Yeah, it's true... but one of my teachers told me he was able of ordering one set of those, and he doesn't even own an HP...

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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by leewatson1 on 2011-01-05, 18:34

The pc is an acer and the laptop is an emachines mine is toshiba ( the best Very Happy)
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Re: Windows vista problem

Post by Darkjedi on 2011-01-05, 19:57

The crappy ole PC downstairs is an emachines, and for the backup you had to create your own disks via some sort of wizard pre-installed with your system.
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