Nearly 120,000 intangible files eating over 40GB of disk space
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I noticed that my C: drive is very low on free disk space, so I used Windirstat to check it out. I noticed there was this massive unknown file clogging up the drive, so after some research it turns out that Windirstat is garbage.
So, I tried out TreeSize Free. This time, I can see what the hell this huge file is.
As it seems, this large file is actually another folder(?) that is holding a whole boatload of different files.
That list goes down for quite a distance.
Turns out that these files have been filling my drive since 2013.
I checked online, and I've come to two conclusions:
1. These are files left from windows update
2. These are files left from Nvidia 3D Drivers
What I need to do now is get rid of them... however, an issue is present.
Trying to delete them all at once crashes TreeSize, as expected. Trying to delete even one of these bastards comes up with this:
So, I tried deleting them just by navigating through Windows Explorer all the way to System32/config.
And... not a single one of these fuckers shows up (and yes, I have set Windows Explorer to show hidden files).
I am at a loss here. Anyone know what's going on?
Have you tried cleaning up your disk by doing this?:
Then check for anything unusually large in the list.
Nothing quite as large as 40GB shows up. There were around 3GB worth of temp files, but those don't worry me as much as the invisible gargantuan that haunts my C: drive.
Also, I don't think that thing that you pointed to with "<- Folder?" is a folder, I think it just means files in that "config" folder that aren't in any more folders. Other than that, I don't know. Sorry.
[QUOTE=daigennki;47830601]Also, I don't think that thing that you pointed to with "<- Folder?" is a folder, I think it just means files in that "config" folder that aren't in any more folders. Other than that, I don't know. Sorry.[/QUOTE]
Yeah this is true, I've used treesize before. That icon means that there's a multitude of files in /config/.
Do they show up if you navigate there through command prompt/powershell?
If anything you can try: del /f *.regtrans-ms
in that directory.
Though I'd be wary of totally nuking anything under system32.
[editline]29th May 2015[/editline]
Not sure if this will work, but the delete commands went through when I tried it (also gained about 20MB).
Go into Advanced Startup and choose to boot with Command Prompt.
Then do the following when it shows up (It should start you off in X:\windows\system32):
attrib -s -h *
Continue into windows, then verify in an Administrator CMD/Powershell Promt:
attrib -s -h *
As an added side-effect, they're apparently visible in explorer once you've set the attributes. Also, if your OS icon is anything to go by, you should probably update to 8.1 if possible :v:
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