DAVID SALAZAR asked on March 13, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.
Windows 7 Out of Drive Space
» So I have read all the ideas around freeing up drive space - but something doesn't make sense - I have a 500 gig internal hard drive - and if I walk all the sub directories - I can only find 300 gig of data - but my hard drive shows full - is there a way to see hidden files, or is there something else I am missing?
System Restore is a feature that not everyone knows about, is useful because it means you can effectively restore all the settings, drivers and programs in your system to how they were days, weeks or even months ago.
A side effect of this feature is that in Windows Vista and Windows 7, you get a feature called "Previous Versions." This often overlooked feature can be an absolute lifesaver if you have spent the last month writing a long document only to discover that all of a sudden it has been replaced with garbage. If your computer has been creating restore points properly and regularly then chances are you may only loose a day or two of work, rather than the whole document. In order to use it all you need to do is right-click any file and then select "Restore previous versions" and it will list all versions that have been kept, you can even open and browse folders from particular dates to find an exact file.
The downside to these features is that they can make a horrifyingly large percentage of your hard drive disappear without you even installing or changing anything. Every time a new restore point is created it will start keeping copies of new changed files and eat up your hard drive space. The main problem with System restore is that the files it uses are in a protected system folder called "System Volume Information" and in general users are prevented from seeing how much space has been taken up.
If you want to know how much space System Restore is using on Windows 7 then, as an administrator, simply click the Windows Start menu icon, enter "SystemPropertiesProtection.exe" in the search box and press Enter. After that you can simply click a drive that is protected and click configure to find out how much space has been allocated to System Restore. It is from this page that you clear all your older restore points to get some of that space back as well.
In case that there is virus/Trojan(VirTool:Win32/CeeInject.gen!IX) infection, your frive space will also be consumed, you need to remove it first, and then use DLL Suite to fix the associated dll files, and finetune your system to a normal level.
ROSS DIXON replied on March 19, 2013
DLL Q & A You Might Like: