Windows 10: Windows 10 Hard Drive Keeps Filling Up

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  1.    18 Dec 2017 #11

    I am a developer so I have some hefty apps, but I've been using this computer for at least six months with all of my dev software running and it was fine. I've freed up at least 30 gig without installing any new software, and it's just getting chewed for no reason.

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  2.    18 Dec 2017 #12

    Sure, I could delete some of these apps, but I just know that 10 minutes later Windows will be telling me that I've got no space left. I had DropBox and OneDrive but these were some of the first things to go.
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  3.    18 Dec 2017 #13

    You really need to run some disk analysis software. The numbers on the Apps and Features in your post 2 above is just taken from the registry and is a figure that is written by the installer based on whatever the developers decided to put as a size.

    It may be completely wrong (or missing) and takes no account of compression or anything. See here for example Windows Doesn't Calculate App Sizes On 1709? - Windows 10 Forums

    Try WinDirStat or TreeSize or WizTree - it doesn't matter (@TairikuOkami is correct about TreeSize size reporting errors - they are all not perfect).

    What they will tell you is what is taking the space which is what you need to know. Only then can you do something about it.
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       18 Dec 2017 #14

    lx07 said: View Post
    You really need to run some disk analysis software. The numbers on the Apps and Features in your post 2 above is just taken from the registry and is a figure that is written by the installer based on whatever the developers decided to put as a size.

    It may be completely wrong (or missing) and takes no account of compression or anything. See here for example Windows Doesn't Calculate App Sizes On 1709? - Windows 10 Forums

    Try WinDirStat or TreeSize or WizTree - it doesn't matter (@TairikuOkami is correct about TreeSize size reporting errors - they are all not perfect).

    What they will tell you is what is taking the space which is what you need to know. Only then can you do something about it.


    If every piece of software that ever had a bug in it was consider "not good to recommend", very few, if any, apps would ever get installed. Ix07 is right on when he says it's what is there. Identify it.
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       18 Dec 2017 #15

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    If every piece of software that ever had a bug in it was consider "not good to recommend", very few, if any, apps would ever get installed.
    That is not a bug, that is a faulty software. The only job of the TreeSize is to show the used space and it does not do it correctly. Would you install a picture viewer, which can not open any pictures? It would be pointless.
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       18 Dec 2017 #16

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    That is not a bug, that is a faulty software. The whole point of TreeSize is to show the used space and it does not do it. Would you install a picture viewer, which can not open any pictures? It would be pointless.
    Ok, you've made the point you wanted to. Now, how about we get back to solving the OP's question. Diversions like this serve no purpose whatsoever.
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  7.    18 Dec 2017 #17

    We get this at work quite regularly and it usually involves a program somewhere going doolally and constantly churning out log files. Give Windirstat a try, it works for us.
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       18 Dec 2017 #18

    You can start over with a fresh clean install with a larger HDD/SDD to get more space.
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    Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
       18 Dec 2017 #19

    Also have you run Disk Clean as Administrator?
    Old updates and such take up space.
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  •    18 Dec 2017 #20

    I agree. I have to figure out WHERE the space is going. What tool will do that? I'm hearing from some people its TreeSize, and other people that it is faulty. I tried C Cleaner and C Cleaner did show me where the largest files are. But, that doesn't help a lot. I can't find a pattern. The problem is that I have to find the pattern, not just the largest files.

    So, is there an app that will show me where the largest chunk of directory space is being eaten up?
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