Each user probably at least once in his life came across the problem of the disappearance of free space on the system disk. Moreover, it does not depend on the version of the operating system installed on the computer. You can install instead of XP Windows Vista and do not detect any changes to the S. Disk How can I solve this problem?
There are many recommendations, but most of them are designed for completely inexperienced users who do not even know how many spaces are those or other programs. Other recommendations are so complicated that to understand why the disk with filled automatically, it will take a lot of time. This article will be combined both of these approaches. As a result, a simple and effective way of freeing disk S. should be obtained.
System recovery point
Let's start with the simplest. In the latest versions of the Windows operating system, one very interesting opportunity is provided. With the help of some software mechanism, you can save the latest operational status of the system. If necessary, you can roll back to any of these states. Consider the following situation: Suppose you installed a new driver, but the system is not loaded after restarting the computer and gives an error message.
This problem can be corrected by pressing the F8 button when the computer starts and selecting the corresponding item in the menu that appears. This method works only if the user does not prohibit the creation of recovery points. The disadvantage of this mechanism is the constant filling of the free space on the C drive. After all, the created copies of the system must be stored somewhere. Thus, if you detected the automatic fill of the C disc, this problem may have been associated with the mechanism for creating recovery points.
Check the settings of this mechanism. To do this, open the Start menu and locate the "My Computer" label. Click on it and select "Properties". After that, go to the "Advanced Settings" tab. You will appear the "System Properties" window. In this window, select a tab that is responsible for protecting the operating system. The most important button here is "set up". It is she who provides access to managing the recovery points for managing the mechanism.
If you detect the automatic filling of the C disc, you must delete all the saved states, and then reduce the volume allotted by the system to save them, or turn off the record. The folder in which copies were saved, can be removed in manual mode. It is located in the root of the system disk. By default, this folder is hidden and wears the name "Recovery".
For its work, modern operating systems actively use a swap file. This is part of the data taken from the computer's RAM, which is not required to the processor at the moment. These data can be unloaded to another media, thereby freeing the place in RAM. If you find that the C disc is gradually filled, then you may need to check the pagefile.sys file. This file is in the root directory.
To adjust it, you can use the following method: Go to "My Computer", select the "Properties" tab, then go to "Speed" and click "Parameters". Here, select "Advanced" and click the Edit button. Instead of automatic configuration, you can set the desired size. The larger the amount of RAM is used, the less swap file.
Unnecessary folders and files
When installing programs and applications, the Almost always remain records that you can, without thinking, immediately delete. So what to do if the disk C is filled on your computer? Let's try to solve this problem. For modern operating systems, such a concept as a temporary folder is characteristic. The TMP or TEMP directories are indicated.
The location of their findings depends on the version of the operating system used and can be configured in manual mode. The current status of temporary folders can be viewed in the "Properties" section of the "My Computer" label. To do this, in the "Advanced" tab, select "Variables". Records are located at the top of the window. After you decide on the location of the TEMP folder, you can no longer suffer with the problem of the lack of free space on the C. S. Just select all the contents of the temporary folder and remove it. The size of such "garbage" sometimes reaches several tens of gigabytes.
Almost every modern computer today uses this or another anti-virus application. But not many users know that the use of such programs can lead to automatic filling of the DC. This is not due to the errors of the application. This is the result of his staff work. For example, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, famous for the whole world saves all the update files on the hard disk from the network.
The loss of free space on the disk with this reason can reach several gigabytes. You can detect it as follows: Go through the All Users in the hidden folder and select the "Kaspersky Lab" directory. Over time, you can see that this folder automatically grows. You can stop and limit this arbitrariness. To do this, go to the "Anti-Virus" settings, select the Advanced tab and the "Reports and Quarantine" item.
At this point, you can change the limit and time of saving records. It is worth noting that many antivirus programs have the ability to "eat" free disk space. If the disk from your computer has been filled in record time, it may be time to think about changing the antivirus. Do not choose to continuously use the alpha and beta version of antivirus programs. As a rule, similar applications save additional information in files.
Viruses and malicious
The lack of space on the disk C may be related to the activity of viruses and other malicious programs. Some viruses are even specifically designed to automatically fill the hard disk with all garbage. To restore performance, it is usually enough to use antivirus applications to remove a malicious program from a computer. Excellent with such tasks copes the Dr. antivirus program. Web. You can also try using Removal Tool and Curelt.
Practically all Internet browsers to reduce traffic and accelerate access to frequently viewed pages use page caching. Because of this, some data is saved on the drive. As a rule, the more such records, the faster the Internet browser works. It disappears the need to re-request data from servers.
However, if you do not limit the cache growth, the data folder can doctors to incredible sizes. How to Clean the cache? In different Internet browsers, this operation is carried out in different ways.
In the Firefox browser, in order to clear the cache, you must open the settings and go to the "Additional" item, then select "Network" and click "Clear". The Google Chrome browser is used to clean the cache button, which is in "personal data". Be careful: when you delete cache files, do not erase randomly unnecessary.
When working with Internet resources, many users prefer to use caching programs. One of the most famous of them is the Handy Cache program. This method allows to save significantly if your plan provides for the aubbitance billing. However, if such programs are configured incorrectly, the volume occupied by cached files can be quite quickly ruled. To delete all unnecessary information, it is enough to use the "Clean" button in the "Cash" section. File System Errors
From time to time it is necessary to check the hard disk for errors. In some cases, damage to the partition table may lead to the fact that the free space on the disk is sharply begins to decrease. To check the system disk, you can use standard "Windows". To do this, select the system disk you are interested in, click on it right mouse button and select "Properties". Now in the "Service" tab, click "Check".
Of course, the methods listed above the combat for the free space on the disk is not limited. However, the considered methods are quite enough in order to significantly increase the free space on the system disk.
Perhaps each computer user at least once faced the problem of disappearing space from the system disk. Moreover, no matter which version of the OS version is installed. You can instead of Win XP installed "Vista", and to replace it with Windows 7 - the disk C is filled in the same way. What to do? There are many recommendations for solving this problem, however, some of them are designed for "green newcomers" that do not understand that each installed program or file occupy part of the place. Others are so complicated that you have to deal with the time why the disk is filled yourself and what to do about it. We will try to combine both approaches in our article by proposing a simple and effective tool.
Let's start with the simplest. In the latest versions of Windows operating systems, a very interesting software mechanism is implemented, the work of which is to maintain the latest workable states, which allows you to "roll back" at any time. For example, after installing a new driver and reboot, the system stops loaded by issuing an error message. You can overcome this by clicking when you start the F8 button and selecting the appropriate item in the menu. True, this method works only if the creation of recovery points is not prohibited by the user. The disadvantage of this mechanism is the fact that the disk with is constantly filled. This is explained by the fact that there is a free space to save states. Thus, if the disk C was filled in itself, then you need to check the settings of this mechanism. To do this, you need to open the "Start" button and call the "My Computer" label properties.
Next you need to select "Advanced Parameters". The "System Properties" window opens, in which you want to select a tab that is responsible for protecting the operating system. Here is important to "Configure" button, providing access to controlling the control points mechanism. Then everything is simple: if the C disc is filled, then you need to delete saved states, reduce the allotted volume or turn off their recording. You can erase an excess folder manually: it is located in the root directory of the system disk, the default is hidden and called recovery.
Modern operating systems at their work actively use the so-called swap file. It is a part of data from RAM, which is currently not required to the processor and can be discharged to the drive, thereby freeing the RAM. If the C disc is filled, then you need to check the size of pagefile.sys placed in the root directory. You can adjust it in the following way: "My computer - properties - speed - parameters - additionally - change". You can insert the desired size instead of autoconfiguration. The larger the RAM in the computer, the smaller there may be a swap file.
When installing distributions of programs, almost always on the section remains some of the records that can be safely deleted. So, the disc was filled with. What to do? In modern systems, there is a concept as a temporary folder. It is indicated by Temp or TMP. The location depends on the version and can be changed manually. You can watch the current state in the Properties of the "Computer" label by opening in the "Advanced" tab of the Variables. Both records are in the upper window. Deciding with the path, it remains not to guess why this disc is filled in itself, but to open the Temp folder and erase everything there is. Sometimes the size of "garbage" reaches a dozen gigabytes.
It is now difficult to find a computer without antivirus applications. However, few users know that many of them lead to the emergence of a situation when the disc with fill in itself. This is not an error, but quite a regular mode of operation. For example, the famous "Kaspersky" to update its own databases does not just download them from the global network, but also saves files on the drive. As a result, the loss of space can reach tens of gigabytes. If you proceed to the Hidden Directory of All Users, then there you can find Kaspersky Lab, which gradually grows. In addition, files are also created to store operation reports. This disgrace can be stopped or at least limit. Calling the configuration of Kaspersky Anti-Virus, you should open "Advanced" and select "Reports and Quarantine". Here you can detect the time to save the records and their limit size. Many anti-virus programs have the ability to "eat" disk space, therefore, if the disk is filled in itself, then it may be time to think about changing protection. For permanent use, we recommend avoiding test alpha and beta products that often retain additional data to files.
Of course, do not forget about computer viruses. Some of them are just for that and are designed to fill the hard disk in the garbage data. Usually, to restore performance, it is enough with the help of appropriate applications to find and remove malicious. An excellent solution is the free program from Dr.Web called Cureit, as well as Removal Tool from Kaspersky Lab.
Unactual browser records
All programs to view page pages on the Internet in order to accelerate subsequent access and reduce traffic use caching mechanism, thanks to which some data are saved on the drive. The more such records, the browser works faster, since it does not need to request data from servers. However, if the cache growth is not limited and periodically cleaned, then the folder of such data can be brought to an impressive size. Thus, in the latest versions of the popular Firefox program to clean the cache, you should open the settings through the top menu item and proceed to "Additional". There remains to choose "Network" and click the "Clear" button. In "Chrome", the cleaning button in the "Personal Data" section corresponds to cleaning. By deleting cache files, it is important not to erasely: in Google Chrome the selection is carried out by setting / removing the check box.
Some users when working with Internet resources for one reason or another use caching programs installed on the computer. One of the most famous is Handy Cache. If the tariff is for the traffic of the outside, then a similar solution allows you to significantly save funds. If the "fine" setting is not executed, then the volume occupied by files reaches several gigabytes. The easiest way to remove them. To do this, use the "Cleaning" button in the "Cash" section.
File System Error
Although with the beginning of the "era" NTFS, the number of failures caused by damage to files on the drives was significantly reduced, nevertheless there is a need to check the disk on errors. Sometimes damage to the partition table leads to the fact that although with a disk and you can continue to work, the free volume is behaved in this way as it will "take up." The easiest way is to use the built-in Windows solution from Microsoft. To do this, open "My Computer", select the system disk and right-click its properties. It remains to click the "Check" button in the "Service" tab.
In front of manual cleaning
Of course, the above methods of the method of "struggle for free disk space" is not limited. An excellent solution that should not be forgotten is manual removal of excess software garbage. There are many free programs that allow you to scan the selected drive and in graphical form to provide the results of the work. Bright examples are FREE Disc Analizer and Discective. After starting and completing the tasks assigned to the user, the window will be displayed in which it can be seen which folders exist and how much space each of them occupies. Also provided an analogue of the conductor, with which you can open the desired directory and delete from there too much. As can be seen from all of the above, if the C disk is filled, then there are no causes for panic - all the problems can be overcome independently.
There may be certain points when the logical section of your hard disk can start filling and quickly end. There may be several reasons for this. Nevertheless, there is no special reason for such behavior; There are several possible causes of this error. This can be caused by a malicious software, bloated by the WINSXS folder, hibernation settings, system damage, system restore, temporary files, other hidden files, etc.
In this post we consider two scenarios. Causes will be others, and then troubleshooting:
- C System Drive continues to fill automatically
- D disk continues to fill automatically.
Hard disk is automatically filled
The system disk can be filled automatically for several reasons. If you install and delete the software, it may eventually inflate the WINSXS folder with lost DLL files. You need to check the space allocated for the recovery points of the system, as well as disable the hibernation file - or it can be an overpressure of log files (.log) generated for errors occurring in your system.
Before you start, use the free Disk Space Analyzer software to find out which of your folders and what disc is too much space.
As soon as you have an idea, that's what you need to see if your C (SYSTEM) or DATA disk (DATA) is constantly filled automatically without any reason. Windows 10/8/7.
Corrections applicable only to the system disk C
The following corrections are only only a system disk C,
- Managing Hibernation Settings
- Clear WinSXS folder
- Software behaves badly and absorbs disk space.
1] Hibernation Settings Management
Press the WinKey + X button combination or right-click the Start button and click Command Line (Admin). Click Yes To get the UAC invitation or account control. The command line window will be finally open. Now enter the following command to disable the hibernation mode, and press ENTER.
PowerCfg.exe / Hibernate Off
Close the command line window.
However, if you notice, this method applies only to the system partition. Usually this section C :.
2] Clear WinSXS folder
Clear WINSXS folder to reduce the folder size.
3] Check the installed software
Check if any installed software does not work and does it take place on the disk. Maybe it generates many log files (.log). Software installation is the only option in this case.
Corrections applicable to the C and D DATA DRIVE system disk
The following corrections are applied to the C system disk, as well as to the DB drive D,
- Fixing the file system damage.
- Detection and removal of malicious programs.
- Management of system recovery dots.
- Running disk cleaning.
- We are looking for hidden files.
- Different corrections.
1] Fixing File System Damage
Start by clicking the button WINKEY + X. Or right-click on the Start button and click Command Line (Administrator) or find cmd. In the Cortana search window, right-click the command prompt icon and select Launch on behalf of the administrator. Click Yes To get the UAC invitation or user account control. The command line window will be finally open. Now enter the following command to start Chkdsk. And press ENTER.
CHKDSK / F / V / X
It either starts checking for errors and their correction. Otherwise, the message will be displayed:
CHKDSK cannot be started because Tom is used by another process. Would you like to check the schedule of this volume when the system is next restart? (Y / N)
Then click Y To schedule a disc check with the next restart system.
2] Detection and removal of malicious programs
On your computer there may be a serious infection of malicious software that can cause such behavior. To fix this, you can complete the system scanning, quick scanning and scanning during download using Windows Defender or any other antivirus software you want.
3] Control of system recovery points
To configure disk space used by system recovery points, right-click icon This computer and select Properties.
On the left side ribbon, click Protection of the system.
Then the mini-window will appear. At the bottom of this mini window, click Tune.
Now another mini window will appear. In section Using disk space You can move the slider to switch the maximum amount of memory that can be used when creating a system recovery point.
You can also click the button. Delete To remove the created recovery points of the system, or enable or disable the recovery points of the system.
Click Apply , and then OK So that the changes take effect.
4] Run the disc cleaning
Run the disk cleaning utility.
Enter Cleaning a disc In the Cortana search field and press ENTER to call it, and select the appropriate result.
You can also use it to delete even 7-day temporal files and even release an additional disk space, removing everything except the most recent system recovery point, using the disk cleaning utility.
5] Find hidden files
You can also try to use the parameter. Show hidden files To verify all hidden files that occupy a place on your hard drive.
These files can be removed to free the additional space.
It includes some RAW data files from games and some service programs.
6] Different corrections
This fix contains a wide range of fixes that you can take to eliminate the problem with which you encountered.
First of all, you can try to delete UWP or Win32 applications installed on your computer. You can delete applications that are no longer used or contain enough errors to cause a problem using free space on your disk.
Secondly, you can use third-party tools such as CCleaner to clean all the garbage that lies in almost all parts of your computer, and free a lot of space.
Thirdly, you can clear the basket to further free the place, deleting some files in which you are sure that you are not needed constantly.
Imagine that we just bought a new computer or reinstalled the operating system on the old one. System disk (meaning the hard disk on which the operating system is installed) is filled from force by 10%. A few months later, or even years we decided to check how things are with a free place. And - about horror - the disk turns out to be filled in more than half. Why did it happen?
There may be several reasons.
First And the main - automatic creation of the operating system of recovery points. This will help "roll back" the latest changes in case of any problems and restore the last stable version of the working system. The function is not 100% reliable, but at least in some cases can save. In general, the disconnection is not recommended.
Second Cause - Filling the basket. When you delete files, they physically remain on the disk, but move to a special folder - basket. If desired, individual files can be restored. The problem is that users often forget about this feature. So browse the cart from time to time and clean it.
Third What also leads to the filling of the system disk - system updates. Updates are needed, they eliminate potential vulnerabilities, bring new features, etc.
In order to remove the extra data, right-click on the C drive: (System disk), in the drop-down menu you need to select Properties. In the window that opens, click the "Disk Cleaning" button. Wait until the program collects information, and in the new window that opens, click the "Clear System Files" button. Wait for some more (sometimes quite a long time) time until this window appears (left image):
Tick the checkboxes that you want to delete, and press OK.
As you can see, there are data on the basket, and directory with temporary files. If you have not been cleaned for several years, this operation can release several gigabytes (or even tens of gigabytes).
The additionally tab (right image) makes it possible to remove old recovery points. To do this, click Clear ... and confirm your intention.
Fourth Cause - Many programs create temporary files during operation. The easiest example - browsers: downloadable files that you open at once (they are pre-written to the disk, in a temporary directory), cookies - small files that allow the resources to "find out" next visit, cache (copies of sites for their subsequent quick opening) . Do not underestimate this item, I had to clean up tens of thousands of files from people, otherwise the browser worked incorrectly. For "system" browsers (Internet Explorer, EDGE), the cache is cleaned using the utility discussed in the previous paragraph.
And finally Fifth The reason is trivial. You store your files on the "desktop", including photos, video, etc. The Desktop folder is located on the system disk. Accordingly, everything that drops there is increasing the place occupied. Run through the "desktop" folders, delete irrelevant files or transfer them to another physical disk.