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    I have a bit of a HDD mystery on my hands here. A few weeks ago I noticed that I was missing some space on my drive, about 25gg. I used Glary Utilities disk scan function to check for anything odd and was able to account for most of it. A couple of days ago, I was going to defrag my drive and noticed the free space went from 439gg to 338! I checked the Glary disk scan and WindirStat, both showed the same free space. I do have AIDA64, which has a HDD benchmark tool, however, it comes with a lot of warnings. If there is something safer to use to test the drive, what is it, or, how do I use the benchmark tool properly? My system specs are on the side there and I've had the drive for about 14 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystikhol9 View Post
    I have a bit of a HDD mystery on my hands here. A few weeks ago I noticed that I was missing some space on my drive, about 25gg. I used Glary Utilities disk scan function to check for anything odd and was able to account for most of it. A couple of days ago, I was going to defrag my drive and noticed the free space went from 439gg to 338! I checked the Glary disk scan and WindirStat, both showed the same free space. I do have AIDA64, which has a HDD benchmark tool, however, it comes with a lot of warnings. If there is something safer to use to test the drive, what is it, or, how do I use the benchmark tool properly? My system specs are on the side there and I've had the drive for about 14 months.
    There are a number of utilities on the market to look at the SMART info of the drive. AIDA64 may have a module to do so, but you could also look on FileHippo or MajorGeeks for such a utility. This might work as well: PassMark DiskCheckup - SMART hard drive monitoring utility

    Do you have a swap file set? If so, you may want to go into Windows, disable the swap file then reboot. Check your available space, then go back into the swap settings, and set the swap file size to be a maximum of something like twice your total RAM.

    Then, reboot, run your machine awhile, and check the available disk space over a couple of days. It should stay relatively stable (notwithstanding Firefox/Chrome/IE caches, downloads, etc).

    You may also want to run CCleaner a few times to get rid of cruft.

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    Do you use hibernation on your system, if not disable it, could cause loosing Hdd space.
    Disabling Hibernation:
    1. Run CMD with administrative rights
    2. Type "powercfg -H off" (without quotation), in command line (you'll gain approximately 25-35GB of space).

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    Default Re: Disappearing HDD Space?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smiki007 View Post
    Do you use hibernation on your system, if not disable it, could cause loosing Hdd space.
    Disabling Hibernation:
    1. Run CMD with administrative rights
    2. Type "powercfg -H off" (without quotation), in command line (you'll gain approximately 25-35GB of space).
    Exactly what does that command do other then shut of hibernation to gain you space ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    Exactly what does that command do other then shut of hibernation to gain you space ?
    Powercfg.exe is a command-line utility that is used from an elevated Windows Command Prompt to control all configurable power system settings, including hardware-specific configurations that are not configurable through the Control Panel, powercfg allows users to configure power settings on laptops/desktops. Using this command we can configure settings related to idle timers, low battery alarms, hibernate/sleep timers etc.
    More about the Powercfg Command-Line Options:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...(v=ws.10).aspx

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    I am aware of the command prompt line and how to use it, what I meant was how does cancelling hibernation stop data to the drive when its in hibernation
    were is this data coming from that's filling the drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    There are a number of utilities on the market to look at the SMART info of the drive. AIDA64 may have a module to do so, but you could also look on FileHippo or MajorGeeks for such a utility. This might work as well: PassMark DiskCheckup - SMART hard drive monitoring utility

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    Then, reboot, run your machine awhile, and check the available disk space over a couple of days. It should stay relatively stable (notwithstanding Firefox/Chrome/IE caches, downloads, etc).

    You may also want to run CCleaner a few times to get rid of cruft.

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    AIDA64 does have the module and shows everything passes. Didn't know about the "swap file set", so, I'll check on that. Also, just downloaded the Passmark, so we'll see what that shows. As for the CCleaner, I've been using Glary Utilities Free for a few years now, it just does a better job overall, however, I still use ccleaner every couple weeks, sometimes something just gets missed, also, Glary has a pretty good selection of system tools as well. To answer Smiki007's question about hibernation, I don't use it, so, my system is either on or off.

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    Have you check how is your system restore set up, try to set your system restore to fixed percantage, even if it's necesary try to set SR to off and on, and check your disk space.
    @vinman
    Hibernarion ocupied good amount of hdd space, I don't think it could stop data flow (not sure). The only thing that could do that is (according to my oponion), system restore if it's leave it to be managed by windows, also the swap file.

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    Yeah, System restore is a good catch too. That often eats disk space if you're holding onto too many copies...

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    I always set system restore to use between 3-5% 5% of HDD space, but this also depends of total HDD space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiki007 View Post
    Have you check how is your system restore set up, try to set your system restore to fixed percantage, even if it's necesary try to set SR to off and on, and check your disk space.
    @vinman
    Hibernarion ocupied good amount of hdd space, I don't think it could stop data flow (not sure). The only thing that could do that is (according to my oponion), system restore if it's leave it to be managed by windows, also the swap file.
    OK! I had no idea system restore took up that much space! First off, ran the passmark test, no problems. Then, tried to find the swap file set, couldn't, (I'm sure the "snake bite" reference could be used here). After reading the system restore suggestion, took a look and found 256gigs stored there! It was set for 50% so rolled it back to 10%. Learning something new all the time here, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystikhol9 View Post
    OK! I had no idea system restore took up that much space! First off, ran the passmark test, no problems. Then, tried to find the swap file set, couldn't, (I'm sure the "snake bite" reference could be used here). After reading the system restore suggestion, took a look and found 256gigs stored there! It was set for 50% so rolled it back to 10%. Learning something new all the time here, thank you!
    Glad You solve the problem, about swap file you can do the following:
    Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

    In the left pane, click Advanced system settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

    Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

    Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

    Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

    Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB )or Maximum size (MB ) box, click Set, and then click OK.
    Restart your computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiki007 View Post
    Glad You solve the problem, about swap file you can do the following:
    Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

    In the left pane, click Advanced system settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

    Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

    Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

    Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

    Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB )or Maximum size (MB ) box, click Set, and then click OK.
    Restart your computer.
    Yup, just as I thought, if it was a snake it would have bit me, often. I think that was the only thing I hadn't opened. The auto manage was already unchecked, custom is 3072mb for initial and max. Sometime between this week and next I'm finally installing my Samsung ssd. Is this a good setting as is or with the ssd installed, what would a more efficient setting be?

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    Yup, just as I thought, if it was a snake it would have bit me, often. I think that was the only thing I hadn't opened. The auto manage was already unchecked, custom is 3072mb for initial and max. Sometime between this week and next I'm finally installing my Samsung ssd. Is this a good setting as is or with the ssd installed, what would a more efficient setting be?
    According to my personal experience, the best swap file size is approximately the same as the RAM size you have, RAM Size = Swap Size, for example you have 8GB of RAM, the max size of swap file should be also 8GB.

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