Low Disk Space problem

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I have been getting a low disk space message, so I moved about 5 gigs to my D drive (partition). No matter how much I delete from my C drive, it only temporarily shows freed up space. Then, the space becomes less and less even though I haven't save anything on that drive. Eventually, it totally runs out of space. I reboot and I get some back, but why is in not showing the space I have freed?

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What is your operating System?
What are the size of your drive partitions?
What is your paging file settings?
What Antivirus software do you use and is it current?
When was the last full antivirus scan done?
Have you checked for spyware or other malware?

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  • PeterMac
    As previous respondant indicated would need to know a good deal more about your setup to make a good diagnosis. If you have permanent internet connection (ADSL or Lease) then likelyhood is your system is compromised, and someone is using it as a free upload/download site. There are other possibilities, but best thing you can do is careful examination of C-Drive to find exactly where space is used. Would definately reccomend you get a decent firewall, and AV installed ASAP. Spyware as such does not normally consume much in the way of Disk space, but some includes trojans that can allow others to take over your system.
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  • Poppaman
    In addition to the (good and very valid) information previously posted, and providing you are running a Microsoft OS, clean out your Tenp and Temporary Internet folders, as well as deleting offline content and Downloaded Program Files. I have seen some discussion of issues with the "index.dat" file growing uncontrollably, but since I never experienced the issue involved have no reference point for a solution. Anyone else out there care to take a shot? Also - set your page file to 1.5 x physical memory both minimum and maximum (of course, indicate to the OS that you do, indeed, want to do this), remembering that the pagefile needs to be on the same drive/partition as the OS if you wish to be able to debug STOP: errors. After restarting you computer to set the pagefile, run a defrag. This will not hurt, and may address the space issue. It will also speed up OS response a bit, as the pagfile will now be one contiguous block... If you are running MacOS (8.x, 9.x or 10.x), rebuild your desktop file the next time you reboot...
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  • Bobkberg
    I would recommend that you defrag BEFORE creating a static sized paging file. That way there is less chance of creating a fragmented paging file. I would also recommend that you get a utility like TreeSize and find out WHERE that disk space is going! The results might lead you down some interesting path. Bob
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  • AnswerAll
    First check if you deleted files from Recycle Bin too.
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