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Full Hard Disk

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I went to bed last night with my laptop left running (as is normal). It had 13GB of free space on the hard drive. I wake up, and it has 1.5GB of free space on the hard drive and both the running virtual machine (WinXP) and the MacOS are complaining about a lack of space. Hmmm. Wonder what happened.

ADDENDUM: So, I work for most of the day reprovisioning my Windows XP Virtual Machine. I always keep one on my laptop so I can use MS Office and my accounting software in their native forms. When freshly installed, the package is about 8GB. After a few months to a year of operation, they grow (for no discernible reason). My year-old WinXP virtual machine is now 29GB. By making a new one, I free up 21GB on my laptop. No, there are no viruses or vombies hiding in the package (according to McAfee) – and this always, always happens.

Lo and behold, when I finish, the missing hard disk space suddenly appears again. Still a mystery.