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    Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Hello everyone:

    I have noticed that my capacity is 37.27, and my free space is 31.43; and %free space is 84%. It would appear that everyday my free space GB is getting less, and less on a daily basis. Is it possible that I could have a memory leak, and if so how could I check for the leak?

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Two types of auditing you can do that might be helpful:

    1) You can go to Windows Explorer or My Computer>View>Show in Groups>Arrange Icons by Size then Tools>Folder View>Apply to all Folders.
    2) You can do this more elaborately with two popular 3rd party downloads:

    DX Hog Hunt

    Sequoia is another but I can't find it for the moment--and manual search isn't working for me.

    2) For memory you might try:

    Free Analog X's Max Mem

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    We have had recent threads IE, XP, Windows, and Win 2K sections where a considerable amount of real estate has been taken up by the darndest things--so my money is on that kind of situation and the culprit may turn up by looking at folder size. XP can and does leak memory, but considerably less than Win 9X and ME in particular does.

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Are you <big>really</big> saying that your hard disk has a memory leak?

    Hard disks don't have memory leaks! They may have a raft of inefficiencies that cause the creation of unwanted files, or if NTFS may have a large Master File Table, or will "waste" on average half a sector per file, and so on, so that there appears to be "missing space".

    Go into a Command Prompt window and run
    CHKDSK > RESULTS.TXT
    and then inspect/post the numbers in the last dozen lines or so of RESULTS.TXT. This will tell you most of what you want to know! Really!
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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    John,

    When I read the initial post, I thought exactly the same thing.
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    Are you really saying that your hard disk has a memory leak?

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    Two different animals, to my way of thinking.

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Besides which, every day your "free space" probably WILL get smaller and smaller as you do things with your computer. Things like browser cache and all manner of other activities eat up disk space. Now, if the space changes by "leaps and bounds," you might have a horse (problem) of a different color. I would guess we need more info on this one.....

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    To me it's like that pile of junk mail I never get around to recycling. Until I have trouble finding a place to put things, I don't worry about it. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Call back when you're down to 5 GB and then we'll talk <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    If you want any comments about the state of your hard disk, you're going to have to provide some evidence, in the way I suggest (for the hard disk partition). Just start a Command Prompt window and type CHKDSK and observe or post the lines with the numbers in at the bottom. These show a low-level view of what is going on on your disk partition.

    To get an idea of where all the space is going into files I would recommend you download and install an evaluation copy of Treesize Pro, which gives displays of folder sizes and file sizes for a drive. I use it quite a lot when I have my "oh, no, we're running out of disk space on the servers again" hat on!
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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    If you are running XP without any tweaking of the typical released configuration, it may be system restore points. By default XP will use a substantial amount of mass storage for these. You can check your settings by right clicking My Computer. Then select Properties | System Restore. XP does automatic restore points + software updates/installs/uninstalls can create restore points also.

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    btw, I'm not advocating dis-abling system restore just picking a size that you can live with. It all depends on how far back in time you want to be able to go to have XP try to restore your system.

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Hello JohnGray:

    Here is the infromation that I received from the TreeSize Professional

    <font color=red>Hard drive</font color=red>
    17.4% Windows
    17.1% Files
    14.3% Programs
    0% - 0.2% Document Settings
    49.8% System Volume Information

    <font color=448800>CHKDSK Information</font color=448800> :
    39078080 KB total disk space
    6019172 KB in 26119 Files
    7496 KB in 1695 indexes
    0 KB in bad sectors
    95860 KB in use by the system
    65536 KB occupied by the log
    32955552 KB avail on disk

    4096 bytes in each allocation disk
    9769520 total allcoation units on
    8238888 allocation units available

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Hello Joe:

    I have only used the actual system restore once; and I request for it to restore only a few days; sorry I am not understanding how system restore can be using up my hd if I have only used it once.

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Dillon

    I think you have your answer, which Joe has already guessed correctly!. Half your disk is taken up with System Restore points!

    Go into Windows Explorer, and click on System Volume Information, then on the folder that starts "_restore" (you may need to turn on the viewing of system and/or hidden files to see these).

    You will see a large number of folders whose names are "RP" followed by (probably) three numbers. These are the system restore points, and you can see how often they're done by the timestamps!

    By default, XP should allocate 12% (no idea why!) of the hard disk for system restore information. See how much yours is allocating by clicking on Start => Control Panel => System then on the System Restore tab, and look in the "Disk Space Usage" section. (I think we'd be interested to know what the slider was set to!) I don't know whether, if you reduce the slider to (say) 10%, the oldest RPnnn folders get deleted. But try it and see. Otherwise I think you could safely delete the oldest RPnnn folders, leaving (say), those for the last 30 days.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Hello JG;Joe:

    I will follow your advice, and see what happens, thank you for your time and support. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Free space - Hard drive (Windows XP)

    Hello JG:

    I went into the restore tab, and the tab was set at the following:

    Maxium (4579 MB), I changed it to the ten percent that you mentioned which is set at (3703 MB)

    I went into the explorer, and I clicked on show all hidden files, and I found the following:

    Srdiag
    SrFrame
    SR Chglog
    SR reg
    SR Rp
    SR Rstrlog

    I don't know which file has the information that you are advising me on; at first I thought it was the SR Chglog, and then I notice the SR Rstrlog, but I am not sure.

    dillon

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