I recently wrote about some issues I was running into with Lenovo computers losing drive space.
I detailed it in this article:
What happened to my drive space (on my Lenovo laptop)?
Well, I think I found the solution. My Lenovo came with built in Rescue and Recovery software (Under Thinkvantage).
This software tries to make local backups so you can rollback if you get a virus or something.
The problem is, it is very tricky, and doesn’t let you know that it is eating up your hard drive.
The files never show up on your C:. So, right now your C drive might show 80 GB total, 500 MB free… but if you show all files on the C drive, and select the properties of them, they all only add up to 45 GB (where is the rest?).
Well IBM hides these backup files somewhere. I just noticed now that mine, even though I have never knowingly clicked “OK” when prompted to do a Rescue and Recovery backup, is saving 30GB of backup data.
So if you want to delete these, you can do the following:
- Run Rescue and Recovery
- Click on Advanced in the lower left hand corner
- Click on Advanced (again) in the title bar
- Select “Delete backups”
- Select some backups to delete.