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  1. Posts : 118
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    how do I find out what is using close to the full disk?


    When I view it and order it by most used and add them up there is only .26M being used. Definitely my computer has more than .26.how do I find out what is using close to the full disk?-untitled-56.gif
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    ironfist said:
    When I view it and order it by most used and add them up there is only .26M being used. Definitely my computer has more than .26.how do I find out what is using close to the full disk?-untitled-56.gif
    Yeah that's pretty weird. What's your HD size total and how much are you using?
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  3. Kari's Avatar
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    The Disk column does not show how much storage space is used. It shows disk activity. In your screenshot we can see for instance that Windows Media Player is at the moment either writing to disk, reading from it or doing both at the same time at 0.3 MB per second (0.3 MB/s)

    At the moment, my laptop has no disk activity:

    how do I find out what is using close to the full disk?-image.png

    Kari
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    The memory was at 85% while the disk was at 100%.
    The antimalware activity was a high consumer of memory while the disk was at 100%.
    Was there a malware scan in progress (either manual or automatic)?
    Had the high usage of the browsers triggered a scan?

    Using the Microsoft systernals may provide more information.
    Download and install each:
    Process monitor and process explorer.
    Keep them open and in the background.
    Then when you see task manager at 100% if possible use the snipping tool to capture the image.

    If you cannot open the snipping tool while it is at 100% see if you can use fn + prt sc (simultaneously) and then when the 100% drops paste into paint and post an image into the thread.

    Process Explorer - Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs
    Process Monitor - Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs
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    ironfist said:
    When I view it and order it by most used and add them up there is only .26M being used. Definitely my computer has more than .26....
    Kari said:
    The Disk column does not show how much storage space is used. It shows disk activity...
    To see what's actually occupying your disk space, you could start by looking at Setting > System > Storage. See Option Two in this tutorial...

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  6. Posts : 1,273
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    Tree size TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs was helpful for me about a month ago
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    ironfist said:
    When I view it and order it by most used and add them up there is only .26M being used. Definitely my computer has more than .26.how do I find out what is using close to the full disk?-untitled-56.gif
    That is just what the processes are using at that moment. If you want to see how much disk space you have, use a third party program like Treesize.
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  8. bro67's Avatar
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    vgkfan83 said:
    Yeah that's pretty weird. What's your HD size total and how much are you using?
    Not really, since the OP is looking at a snapshot of what is being used at that moment. Task Manager is not the way to look at real use.
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  9. Posts : 118
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    Kari said:
    The Disk column does not show how much storage space is used. It shows disk activity. In your screenshot we can see for instance that Windows Media Player is at the moment either writing to disk, reading from it or doing both at the same time at 0.3 MB per second (0.3 MB/s)

    At the moment, my laptop has no disk activity:

    how do I find out what is using close to the full disk?-image.png

    Kari
    I understand. The value at the top says it is completely being used. But it's only .26.
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  10. bro67's Avatar
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    ironfist said:
    I understand. The value at the top says it is completely being used. But it's only .26.
    Again that is only a snapshot of what is being used by Virtual Disk in that snapshot. That has zero to do with what is actually stored on your hard drive. You are getting confused as to what Task Manager really does.
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