Re: excessive hard drive usage
I entered a similar question the other day - from answers I have received
(see "loss of hard drive space") I have determined that the majority of my
issue is related to system restore. This link
may be helpful to you. I checked the date of the last sytem restore, came
back to my computer several hours later. The data on the hard drive had
increased by about 3 gig, checked the date and time of the last system
restore point again and it had changed, so that is why I think that is what
is using up the hard drive space. If I had known about the "shadow copy" I
would have bought a computer with Vista Ultimate.
> in answer to replies i did a clean full installationof vista and i regularly
> use disk cleanup and delete history etc from i.e.explorer but i shall try
> having a look at system restore as suggested by michael i shall still be glad
> of anything that can shed light on this subject thanking you all
> "MICHAEL" wrote:
> > "dennoman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > news:EB240FEB-E511-4CC8-91CE-4C8BDB24943E@microsoft.com...
> > >i am also noticing between 500mb-2Gb hard drive space loss on a regular basis
> > > i have tied to find where data or whatever is stored but could not can anyone
> > > else help
> > First, Vista does a lot of debugging and saves much of that
> > information to your hard drive. Windows Mail creates all sorts
> > of extra files. Also, look at disk cleanup and there should be
> > about 4 options to check relating to Windows Error Reporting.
> > Some of those are 40MB to 70MB.
> > System Restore creates many restore points. After every install,
> > uninstall and even when the definitions for Windows Defender are
> > updated or any Windows Update. Also, it creates regular "System
> > Check Points". The space taken up can increase quite a bit. You
> > can delete those restore points via disk cleanup.
> > Of course, if you are dual booting to XP- your restore points
> > will automatically be deleted for you. Isn't that lovely? :-/
> > This may be what is throwing some users off. They spend
> > a day or two, maybe more, using Vista. Installing stuff , removing
> > stuff and all these restore points get created. Then wham- they
> > boot to XP and back to Vista- all of sudden they have all this
> > extra disk space.
> > -Michael