Hard drive filled with invisible files.


  1. Posts : 2
    windows 10
       #1

    Hard drive filled with invisible files.


    My C:\ drive, which holds the Windows 10 OS, programs data/files and a little bit of user data, shows that I have used roughly 600gb of space (first image below) on a 1TB SSD. When I use WinDirStat to see what's on that drive, it shows that I have about 120gb of data on it (second image). Could someone kindly suggest what could be taking up 480gb of space—and why it is invisible to WinDirStat. Your help would be greatly appreciated.


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  2. WOT's Avatar
    WOT
    Posts : 471
    Win 10 Pro 15063.332 (ex-Insider)
       #2

    Download wiztree portable and run it:

    http://antibody-software.com/web/sof...ur-hard-drive/

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    good luck,

    WOT

    PS. A screenshot of disk management would aslo help:

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  3. Posts : 2
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    WOT. The WizTree allowed me to see the hidden files. It seems they are System Volume files... which, I guess, are system restore points (gone wild). I'll have to look into how the tame this feature going forward.

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  4. indianacarnie's Avatar
    Posts : 1,327
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #4

    Welcome to the forums Slow Processor!

    How many system restore points do you have? You may want to delete a few of them. Have you cleaned up all your old updates and such? Those can take up an amazing amount of space. Here's some links to a few tutorials that may help you reclaim space. We have some very talented people here and their tutorials are very easy to understand and follow. Hope this helps.

    Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

    Delete Older Versions of File History in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials

    Delete Windows.old Folder in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Looks like we posted at the same time. These tutorials will help.
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  5. WOT's Avatar
    WOT
    Posts : 471
    Win 10 Pro 15063.332 (ex-Insider)
       #5

    Also see here:
    Delete System Restore Points in Windows 10

    Also, you can manage the number of restore points created by limiting the size here:
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    Please remember to mark this post as solved if/when you feel your issue has been resolved.

    Cheers,

    WOT
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