Windows 10: Hard Drive Randomly Filling Up Solved

  1. Posts : 2
    windows 8.1 updated to 10
       16 Oct 2015 #1

    Hard Drive Randomly Filling Up

    My 256 GB hard drive has zero space left (programs now shutting down, etc.). I deleted or moved all duplicate files ; documents and applications only account for about 50 GB. When I free up a few GB, it rapidly fills up again. This is not a defrag issue; this is something eating up my hard drive.

    Right now, those files are lurking in my Intel ProSet/ wireless software. The Apps heading under System Settings says it contains 105 GB which is absurd. How do I stop this? When I stop one app or file, another grows elsewhere.

    In the beginning, I thought it was a synchronization problem. I think it started when I activated Dropbox sync. I found another Dropbox file in my backup, so I thought maybe it was a continuous feedback loop where Desktop copied Backup, copied Desktop, copied Backup. But I shut off Dropbox and it still continues.

    Any thoughts? BTW, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad S1 yoga with 8GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD hard drive.
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       16 Oct 2015 #2

    Download: TreeSize Portable Free. and run. It should give you some idea of what's eating up the space.
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  3.    16 Oct 2015 #3

    It could be a buggy program causing it. You may need to narrow it down. Also are backups or updates running?
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    windows 8.1 updated to 10
    Thread Starter
       17 Oct 2015 #4


    topgundcp said: View Post
    Download: TreeSize Portable Free. and run. It should give you some idea of what's eating up the space.
    So much information!! All the answers!! Now I need to figure out the questions...
    Do I just check for duplicates? Temp files? Updates that occur every day and take up space? What about zipped files? Or weird extensions? There is so much garbage here. I guess I have to check every folder to eliminate niggling little files that add up?
    How do I separate the wheat from the chaff? When NOT to delete? I think I've already blundered around and reconfigured in some places I shouldn't have. I turned off my Restore function. Should I turn it back on?
    Thank you, Topgun. Once I figure this out, I'm sure my problems will be resolved.
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  5.    17 Oct 2015 #5

    Start with the biggest space consumers. You can click on individual files to find out the percentage of space each is taking up.

    Usually, more than 90% of the space is taken up by a few folders and files. It's like a distribution of wealth in America.
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  6.    17 Oct 2015 #6

    File History on?
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