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Post Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:48 am    Post subject: New laptop problem
 
Well, got a new laptop. Pretty sweet thing.Realised that I was actually having harddisk space trouble. Now, I think the entire thing is 179GB, thats whats it's showing anyways. So... in 2 days it's showing I've used nearly 47GB, even tho I've just installed Office and a handful number of other programs. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Then I highlight everything in the drive, and check properties to learn that everything totals up to 24 GB. So wheres the other 23 GB going? It's weird whats happening.


Ah btw, I must mention, I keep receiving constant upgrades from Microsoft too, so they might be increasing it a bit, but seriously, can't make a difference that big. And 2GB is reserved towards standby periods.

I'm seriously confused. Last time this was happening, it was because of memory dump. That was my old laptop. I fixed that, but it doesn't even seem like it's memory dump here.

So, help would be appreciated.



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Post Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:56 am    Post subject:
 
Try installing SpaceMonger. It shows your where all your data is. It's not free, so it will only last 30 days. If something is eating up space, you'll see it.


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:22 am    Post subject:
 
Thanks, I'll give it a go.


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject:
 
OK, shows 20.2 GB of unscanned area.

Recommend any good anti viruses? I tried bit defender... it was good... but couldn't find a key. I got McAfee, but that just fucks up my system. What do you use?



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Post Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:49 am    Post subject:
 
ESET's NOD32 or Smart Security are good.


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:02 pm    Post subject:
 
You using Windows Vista?


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 2:02 am    Post subject:
 
Yeh. Vista is looking pretty alright till now.

From what spacemonger is showing me, its a file called pagefile.sys that keeps increasing in size. And I believe that file is necessary for hibernation during use.

And thanks Nox, i'll give that antivirus a try.



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Post Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:19 am    Post subject:
 
your page sys will fluctuate depending on what your doing , kinda like the old windows swap file.

also remember with the newer machines space is allocated towards restoration . normally a good chunk of the drive is used in a restore partition.

some will have a complete separate drive partition(drive letter) some use a separate folder on the prime partition. ( i havent seen this in a few yrs though)
most of the time a large gb drive is broken down into system drive (70-80%of total) and restoration drive (20-30% of total space)
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:10 pm    Post subject:
 
You will have two large files:
hiberfil.sys - Used for hibernation
pagefile.sys - Used for converting disk space to memory when needed

They shouldn't be terribly large. The pagefile is 590mb and the hiberfile is 390mb for mine. You probably have more disk space and RAM, so they should be a little bigger but not massive.



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Post Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:22 am    Post subject:
 
Ah, fair bigger than what you have. 2.4 GB and 1.9 GB. I think i read somewhere that you have to keep deleting those occasionally. The files tend to restore themselves.


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