Windows 10: Hard Drive Space Completely Dissappeared

  1.    17 Mar 2016 #1

    Hard Drive Space Completely Dissappeared


    i was busy working on a photoshop project for school, for a few hours, when thing started getting sluggish. I figured it was just photoshop and i'll take a break in a bit anyway, another hour or so went by and it was getting worse so i figured i should save and restart photoshop... but i couldnt save. That is also when i noticed my c drive went from 400GB+ free space to 0bytes...

    i dont want to restart my computer for fear of making it worse. CCleaner reclaimed about 2GB that also disappeared.

    Any ideas? i can't think of what the problem could be. i haven't been doing anything else except photoshop and google chrome.
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  2.    17 Mar 2016 #2

    I would suggest if possible open Explorer and have a look at contents of the drive to determine what has taken up all the space. Hard to imagine you accumulated over 400GB of temp Photoshop files although I suppose you could have.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       17 Mar 2016 #3

    Get a program called Tree Size Free to determine what is stored on the drive.

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  4.    17 Mar 2016 #4

    Can't install an app on a full drive?
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  5.    17 Mar 2016 #5

    i tried, but with 0 bytes, i couldn't DL anything. I restarted my computer anyway and i got all my space back. i wish i knew what the hell happened! That was scary. i had a year old external crash on my 2 days ago which was traumatic enough.
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  6.    17 Mar 2016 #6

    I take it you got a look with Explorer, what type files did you see? All the same file? Might want to scan for Malware!
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  7. Posts : 291
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       17 Mar 2016 #7

    Railtech said: View Post
    Can't install an app on a full drive?
    Tree Size Free does not need to be installed and can be downloaded to and run from a USB drive.
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  8.    17 Mar 2016 #8

    yeah i looked through explorer and couldn't find anything out of the ordinary. i also scanned for Malware and Viruses and came out clean. I used HijackThis as well.

    That is good to know about Tree Size Free. i will remember that.
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    Windows 10 Professional
       17 Mar 2016 #9

    billybag said: View Post
    yeah i looked through explorer and couldn't find anything out of the ordinary. i also scanned for Malware and Viruses and came out clean. I used HijackThis as well.

    That is good to know about Tree Size Free. i will remember that.
    Was CCleaner perhaps performing a drive wipe and filling your hard drive with 'sleeper' files for a portion of time?
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