Why am I missing roughly 300GB on my laptop?

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Hi, I have been looking through my computer for hours now and I just can't seem to find out what is taking up my hard drive space! I have a Gateway Laptop and the specs are:
Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel(R) Core(TM)
i7-2670QM CPU @
2.20GHz 2.20GHz
8.00GB (7.85 GB usable)
64-bit Operating System
1TB Hard

Hi, I have been looking through my computer for hours now and I just can't seem to find out what is taking up my hard drive space! I have a Gateway Laptop and the specs are:
Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel(R) Core(TM)
i7-2670QM CPU @
2.20GHz 2.20GHz
8.00GB (7.85 GB usable)
64-bit Operating System
1TB Hard drive.
Now, my concern is that I have 414GB free of 916GB but can't find where the data is hidden. I have gone through extensive steps to try and figure this out. I have used Disk Cleanup, Disk Defrag(both windows provided), I have used Spybot Search and Destroy, Avast, Malwarebytes to scan my PC for any viruses of the sort, all were cleared up, I used Auslogics Diskdefrag and CCleaner to clean up anything that the others have missed. I have also used WinDirStat to give me a list of folders and programs that are on my computer. The Math doesn't add up though, it currently says that I have a total of 151.5GB of used date on my entire hard drive. Last time I checked 916-151.5 didn't equal 414. In all reality I should have roughly 764GB of free space. I deleted everything in my downloads folder, I emptied my recycle bin and I still can't find where these files are. Another thing I found odd was say I download a movie for example, and the file size is maybe 700MB, for some reason, after that download, 700MB turned into 7GB give or take. It's quite frustrating. My computer has only been doing this for the past couple of days. Can't type much more. Thank you in advance!

Other answer:

Bob:
There are also shadow copies of files used by the OS to restore critical files. Superseded Windows Updates might also be present and those will take up space as well. Did you navigate though the advanced options of Disk Cleanup? I think they have options to cleanup old Windows Update files and all but the most recent restore point.

I don't think that will recover nearly 300 GB but that might be a good place to check. This article might help, too.

http://www.howtogeek.com/123268/windows-…

Jacqueline:
Watch the circulars in Sunday's sale papers and they advertise it free after rebate all the time. I have always paid out of pocket for it but got it back in 4 to 6 weeks!
steve_loir:
There are a number of programs that will give you a visual diagram of the files on your hard drive.
SequoiaView is one:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/sequoia.htm…

Don't forget that page.sys (virtual RAM) can be large, and hiberfil.sys (used for hibernation) can be very large.

PrincelyPoodle:
get rid of spybot search and destroy, auslogics disk defrag, ccleaner, and windirstat. Go into avast! and run a boot up scan and restart your pc. Go through control panel and install any useless programs you don't use or malicious programs

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