My problem is that something uses large amounts of space on my main partition (100 GB out of 250 GB). I looked for everything and by now I suspect the Windows File History to be the one taking up the space. (see below for steps I did to find the space user). Now when I go to
Control Panel and click on
File History nothing(!) happens. My system is a Windows 8.1 Pro N, 64 bit
I did/checked the following:
- Several reboots
- File History service and Windows Search service is running (also restarted both)
- The external drive where the File History is stored is connected and working properl (I also tried to disconnect it)
- In the
Action Centerit says:
Status not available
- System file check (SFC) with
sfc /scannowfound no problems.
- DISM found no problems (
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealthgives:
No component store corruption detected. The operation completed successfully.
chkdskfound no errors
- I also noticed that the "show previous versions" option has disappeared from the context menu
So, how can I access (or disable) File History?
While searching what might be eating my SSD space I tried the following:
- Trash is empty
- Drive properties dialog shows 225 GB space used
- When using WinDirStat only 122 GB are used (and >100 GB are shown as "Unknown")
- When selecting all file (including hidden and system folders) the properties dialog shows: `Size on disk: 122 GB"
- when I do a
234992384 KB in 691370 files.(which is about 225 GB as above)
- I checked for NTFS alternate file streams, but only found a few and all of them where very small and in total waaaaay below 100 GB
- I used the Build-in disk clean up feature (also in admin mode)
- Also cleand all recovery points (I also did not have any big changes to the system in the last few months) with
vssadmin Delete Shadows /For=C: /Oldest
- There are no pending updates for my system (except optional ones)
- How to clear 217Gb of <Unknown> space on my C drive? suggest to have a look at
C:\Windows\CSC. I did (as described in Where are my offline files if they are not in C:/windows/CSC? ), but this folder contains only a few files with a total of less then 1 MB
- system files like hyber.sys and swapfile.sys are correctly accounted in the 122 GB used space.