HA! Made you look! This has nothing to do with underwear! Well maybe a little…
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been absent the last few days. AGAIN. Once again this was not on purpose. It seems that once again I have been struck by the fickle finger of computer issues. And this time it had nothing to do with flaming laptops or mice that don’t behave.
Out of nowhere I got a message saying that I was running low on disk space.
My initial reaction to this was Huh? My computer has about 300 gb. How the heck I could possibly use up that much disk space was truly a mystery to me!
Because I am an
insane anxious person I spent hours and hours transferring things and removing everything I could possibly remove. Not only did I move important things off of my computer like pictures, I also deleted a lot of extra pointless files. Like HP-there were so many little tiny files in my temp folder, I must have deleted thousands of them!
Yet it seemed that each time I’d remove something, my space would increase slightly and then decrease even more! At one point I angrily removed all of my printer software (after all, it didn’t even know where it was, right?) I tore my hair out. I cried a little.
The next day my computer said it had NO room left on the disk.
That was when I started trying to defragment my hard drive. For the lay person, your hard drive keep bits and pieces of files when you delete stuff and move them around and that clogs up your disk. Defragmenting does something to make this better. I’m not sure what it does, but it’s supposed to be better.
Only I had the Neverending Defragmentation. It’s like the Neverending Story, except really boring. It NEVER stopped… it just kept going and going.
After hours and hours and hours of staring at my computer relocating and consolidating and relocating and consolidating and gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah… a friend who knows computers told me to stop collaborate and listen. Then she told me to download a program because my goodness I certainly couldn’t tell what the bleep was messing up my computer!
A little more than an hour and a screenshot and remote assistance session later we had some answers. It was my antivirus software. Apparently certain options that you choose will create and keep files that are a gazillion kbs. Think I’m joking? Let’s do some math…
There were 308,000 mb lurking and taking up space on my hard drive. 258,000 mb of that was program files-255,000 mb of the program files was taken up by ONE FOLDER. Some of the files in there were 9,000 kb in size! Sort of made HP and its zillion little 1 kb files look pale in comparison
That ain’t right.
Sooooo… I disabled the offending portion of my antivirus and got down to business, deleting tons of files. I got 129 gb back. I went from having nothing free out of roughly 300 gb to getting almost half back from just deleting all of that stuff. Miraculous.
What does this mean to you? Why am I mentioning math here on my blog? What happened to the poop posts? Why is that light flickering over there?
This is my public service announcement. I want you to know that if your computer says it’s running out of disk space, you need to check your antivirus software! Something as little as checking the wrong box could cause your computer to hang on to tons of stuff it doesn’t need!
So since I have spent the last couple of days away from all the internet fun now I will be spending the next few days getting caught up on all the fun that I have missed. Returning comments, reading emails and friend’s posts, and maybe even twittering a bit. So please, remain on the line, I will return your comments in the order received…
What program was it that finally did the trick? It’s called TreeSize. It’s a free program that allows you to see how big your files are and where they are located. That’s all it does-it doesn’t mess with your registries or anything else. It’s just good basic information! . If you want to read up on it click HERE.
I didn’t receive any compensation from TreeSize to share this!