Hard Drive Says It's Full but Can't Find Large Files

My 500GB hard drive is full suddenly for no reason. I thought there must be some movies or videos taking up too much space, but I could not find any large files. What should I do to clean up the space on my hard drive?

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Dany· Answered on Mar 09, 2023

Firstly, you should understand why is your hard drive full and the following situations may take up space on your hard drive:

  • There are too many installed programs or files on the disk.
  • Not enough disk space is available.
  • Corruption of the file system on the hard disk.
  • Many cached and temporary files.
  • Malware or virus assault.

To fix this problem, you can try the following methods:

  • Check Windows Recycle Bin and empty it. Sometimes there will be a lot of files kept in the Recycle Bin, clean up your trash can may save a lot of space.
  • Run an antivirus program to fix the malware or virus issue. Some viruses will install some applications or email links on your hard drive.
  • Show hidden files on your hard drive. Sometimes you cannot find large files because some files are hidden on your hard drive. You are able to show hidden files using CMD, Control Panel, and software.
  • Delete temporary files on your hard drive, and you may go to check the C:\\Windows\\Temp folder to see if the temporary files are too large.
  • Running a disk clean-up program may help you solve the problem quickly. You can search for "disk clean up software" to find a suitable one from Google.

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