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Critical Storage Problem on SSD

First things first, specs:
Samsung 850 EVO 250gb
Windows 10 Home 64 bit
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Here we go. I had to do a system restore about a week ago, and when it finished, I noticed my SSD, which should have about 75-80 GB free space left, no has 55-60 gb free space left. So I thought to myself, "Well, Windows did say that an Avast file had an error, maybe the system restore didn't go right." So, I did it again, but now, there's only 31.4 GB free space! Panicking, I started searching for answers on what system restore can do to disk space, Windows 10, how SSDs work, NTFS operations, but even after half a day (not kidding) of searching, no dice. I downloaded WinDirStat, looking up the space being taken up on my SSD. In Windows Explorer, when I select every file (yes, I can view hidden files), it says like 140 GB used, but when I right-click properties on the C: drive as a whole, it says 180GB used. WinDirStat with 'show unknown space on', revealed to me that there is, in fact, some massive chunk of useless files that were create on my SSD during both restores. I was happy and confused at the same time, but I was searching online for more clues. Again, nothing. However, when I downloaded this NTFS Recovery Toolkit (literally the name, look it up and you'll see it), I did manage to find all these files from the restore. Problem, they are in a weird location, C:\$Extend\$RmMetadata\$Txf\. I have no clue how to access this zone, and in Auslogics Disk Defrag, when I analysed the C: drive, they all said unmovable. I need professional help here, how do I fix this?
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  1. Right click you c: drive > properties > disk cleanup > wait > clean up system files > wait > check all > ok
  2. Hlsgsz said:
    Right click you c: drive > properties > disk cleanup > wait > clean up system files > wait > check all > ok


    Tried that a million times. Tried the delete all restore points, and manually delete the original restore point, so I don't have anymore. But now I'll try to disable system restore.
    UPDATE: Disabled system restore in control panel, still nothing.
  3. Might be some adware/spyware or some malicious programs . Try using a good malicious software removal tool and then freeing up diskspace.
  4. Use Samsung magician to upgrade the firmware of your SSD and then optimize it.
    Also, see if overprovisioning is set(though i would not unset that)
  5. I suggest

    1. upgrading the Firmware using Samsung Magician.
    2. Creating media to do a fresh install of Windows 10 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/
    3. Custom install, Delete all the partitions and create new ones. (Of course back up your data)
    4. If you had a Windows 7 key just use that when it asks you for a key.

    That should resolve your issues.
  6. manv said:
    Might be some adware/spyware or some malicious programs . Try using a good malicious software removal tool and then freeing up diskspace.


    Hlsgsz said:
    Use Samsung magician to upgrade the firmware of your SSD and then optimize it.
    Also, see if overprovisioning is set(though i would not unset that)


    I use overprovising already, plus it has latest firmware.
  7. Best answer
    DeathWarman said:
    manv said:
    Might be some adware/spyware or some malicious programs . Try using a good malicious software removal tool and then freeing up diskspace.


    Hlsgsz said:
    Use Samsung magician to upgrade the firmware of your SSD and then optimize it.
    Also, see if overprovisioning is set(though i would not unset that)


    I use overprovising already, plus it has latest firmware.


    The i would do as stated above: backup, wipe, clean install of W10.
  8. rgd1101 said:


    Fsutil from command line show 46 GB being taken up in "Other system files under $Txf folder:
    Other system files under $Txf folder:
    Count : 199,145
    Total allocated : 49,976,709,120 bytes.
    Is all that TRULY critical system information?
  9. Kurz said:
    I suggest

    1. upgrading the Firmware using Samsung Magician.
    2. Creating media to do a fresh install of Windows 10 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/
    3. Custom install, Delete all the partitions and create new ones. (Of course back up your data)
    4. If you had a Windows 7 key just use that when it asks you for a key.

    That should resolve your issues.


    Yes, I may potentially resort to that unfortunately.
  10. Saying this just or fun
    Try installing a linux distro and on a different partition than the one with windows. Try accessing the windows partition from linux and then deleting the files you mentioned(C:$Extend......). If it does go wrong you are about to wipe you SSD clean right? Just try it out if you have the time. Do this once you have backed up all your data.
  11. DeathWarman said:
    rgd1101 said:


    Fsutil from command line show 46 GB being taken up in "Other system files under $Txf folder:
    Other system files under $Txf folder:
    Count : 199,145
    Total allocated : 49,976,709,120 bytes.
    Is all that TRULY critical system information?


    read my last post?
  12. LOL at all this. Dude. Its your system restore settings. Notice you lose hella space every time you restore. The slider setting on it must be set pretty high. Usually when WinDirStat shows UNKNOWN used data, its usually System Restore points, i know one that it was offline server files that kept saving when he removed his server. Try TreeSize Free and make sure you run it as Admin. Sometimes it will show more info at what the WinDirStat shows.
  13. Palorim12 said:
    LOL at all this. Dude. Its your system restore settings. Notice you lose hella space every time you restore. The slider setting on it must be set pretty high. Usually when WinDirStat shows UNKNOWN used data, its usually System Restore points, i know one that it was offline server files that kept saving when he removed his server. Try TreeSize Free and make sure you run it as Admin. Sometimes it will show more info at what the WinDirStat shows.


    No. I remember looking that stuff up. It wasn't that at all. What ever it was, it's gone. I just reinstalled windows, used the diskpart command from the install disk, cleared the SSD, and there. For anyone else out there who ends up with an issue like this, tried all of the answers from the users above, and still have an unknown storage error, you have no choice (as far as I know with how this went), but to reinstall Windows. Thanks everyone else for the help, but they didn't solve the problem.
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