C: drive keeps filling up regardless of settings

Goyim

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my boot drive keeps filling up even after turning off system restore settings and disabling it in CMD using powercfg.exe /hibernate off, then just after updating my windows it took even more space and it won't let me get it back after disc cleaning. I even deleted temp files, cleared caches and all that stuff but still no luck. Highly doubt its malware since I pay for all my software and never open links from untrusted sites or torrent, only download from the official stores.

TL;DR my boot drive keeps using space, can anyone help me? Also, i'm using Windows 10 64-bit pro.



Before my drive was at a stable 6-7GB of storage, but then plummeted to what you see now and it keeps getting smaller.
 


You don't say anything about games. We can assume there aren't any games on your PC? 1.2GB was added to one of my games recently. A smaller amount was added to other games since I last answered.

Programs update themselves. The OS updates itself. Browsers update themselves.

turning off system restore settings and disabling it in CMD using powercfg.exe /hibernate off
is sorta confusing. It sounds as if you are saying you disabled system restore with that command. That only turns off the PC's hibernate ability. In addition to that turning it off doesn't release its contents. https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15140/what-is-hiberfil.sys-and-how-do-i-delete-it/ does. Did you make sutre System Restore is in fact off?
 

LuxNuss

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A 120GB SSD usually covers for the OS, some programs and mybe a couple of games before it starts filling up. From my experience, I need around 60GBs for all the programs I use including the OS, and that is without any games installed. So my suggestion: Check the default settings for program installations and also try uninstalling and reinstalling the existing programs to the hdd. Cheers
 


Have you tried the program mentioned by USAFRet?

http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-3473888/reclaim-disk-space-windows.html might be of some help.

Are you a gamer? One of my VR games just added a little over a GB worth of updates. Most gaming clients have an option to turn off automatic updates.

Windows has an option that can disable automatic updates. https://www.digitalcitizen.life/what-are-metered-connections-windows-10-how-enable-them-and-why M$ will still download and install "critical" updates it deems necessary.

https://www.glasswire.com/ is a good program that can allow you to see your bandwidth consumption
in real time. It also offers a tally and a breakdown of how exactly that bandwidth is being consumed. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain if you don't want to. The Firewall isn't enabled until the user changes the settings.

You can move games with option 2 https://lifehacker.com/how-to-move-a-pc-game-to-another-hard-drive-without-re-1714706774 Game clients usually allow you to move games/installers to other drives. I can go into Steam and follow these https://www.howtogeek.com/269515/how-to-move-a-steam-game-to-another-drive-without-re-downloading-it/ instructions.
 

Goyim

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I downloaded WinDirstat but it didn't tell me anything useful, my space is still filling up and CCleaner also can't delete what's filling my storage.
 

Invrlose

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I am having the same problem. I have a 120GB SSD for my OS. When I built my PC 4 years ago I had 60GB used with 60GB free. For the last few months I've been gaining like random chunks of memory at 5GB at a time, and today I came on with only 5GB free.
 


You don't say anything about games. We can assume there aren't any games on your PC? 1.2GB was added to one of my games recently. A smaller amount was added to other games since I last answered.

Programs update themselves. The OS updates itself. Browsers update themselves.

turning off system restore settings and disabling it in CMD using powercfg.exe /hibernate off
is sorta confusing. It sounds as if you are saying you disabled system restore with that command. That only turns off the PC's hibernate ability. In addition to that turning it off doesn't release its contents. https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15140/what-is-hiberfil.sys-and-how-do-i-delete-it/ does. Did you make sutre System Restore is in fact off?
 

USAFRet

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Since we out here can't see it, we can't tell either.
 

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