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    Windows XP- Free Hard Drive Space Disappears (WINDOWS XP)

    My son has a Dell Computer, running Win XP with a 60 GB H.D. and had about
    45 GB free last week. His Windows updates are current along with the
    Norton AV and today when he logged on his PC is running real slow
    and the drive properties says he now has ony 150MB free space. What
    happened and how can it be fixed? If a worm or virus how do you repair?

    Bob Nale

    Any assistance would be appreciated.

    Bob Nale

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    Re: Windows XP- Free Hard Drive Space Disappears (WINDOWS XP)

    What has he been down loading from the Internet?

    Movies will fill the hard drive real fast, but music and others will take a while longer.

    Have you looked at the disk, using "My Computer" to see what folders and or files have been added?

    Make sure that you have turned on the system and hidden files and folders.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows XP- Free Hard Drive Space Disappears (WINDOWS XP)

    Dave,

    No downloads from internet occured and no new files created. One day he has 45GB free space on a 60 GB Hard Drive and the next day he has only a few megabytes free space. It takes a lot of pix, data, etc. to use up almost 45 GB without downloading anything unless it could be a virus or worm. All updates on Norton AV current and the only MS windows update patch not loaded was the most recent one.

    Bob Nale

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    Re: Windows XP- Free Hard Drive Space Disappears (WINDOWS XP)

    With some luck the problem "may be" resolved. The PC in question is
    being used with multiple grandkids as users with the parent as the
    administrator. Since a 45GB HD loss could not be found in any program
    files or programs, we decided to check out the size of each users
    file. All were 20-35MB in size except one grandchild which was 46GB:
    the amount of HD space that disappeared. We deleted her as a user
    and like magic, all 46GB returned as free space to the HD. We can
    only surmize at some recent time she opened an "innocent" e-mail file
    and got a worm or Virus that consumed all open space on the drive.
    Does this sound like a safe assumption?

    I instructed my son to do the following: reboot, if all OK, be sure
    all windows updates are current, scandisk and defrag, be sure Norton
    AV is current and scan disk, and finally run AD-Aware program. Are
    there any more precautions which should be performed and what virus
    would have attacked and gobbled up the HD free space?

    This is a good lesson "Murphy's Law". The last instruction was to
    sit down with my grandkids and explain the real world of internet
    problems, security and hackers. Also tell the one involved that
    grandpa was upset he had to miss "West Wing & Law and Order" on an
    avoidable problem.
    Counter to some other users, PC problems are an unnecessary occurance
    that creates stress we would like to avoid but can not unless we care
    to return to expressing ourselves with rock art in prehistoric caves.

    Bob Nale

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    Re: Windows XP- Free Hard Drive Space Disappears (

    <hr>...Are there any more precautions which should be performed... <hr>
    I think you'll find that most people also run SpyBot Search and Destroy in addition to AdAware. Sometimes, but not always, one finds something that the other misses. You might want to read <!post=this Star Post thread,296439>this Star Post thread<!/post> also.

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