As the topic says, I have two separate PC problems. One involves my own PC, and one involves my fiancee's.
: my PC, which has 2 500 GB hard drives, is running on Windows Vista. A few months back, I noticed the free space on the main hard drive was slowly going down. I first noticed it when it was at around 190 GB after being at 200 GB the previous week. It stopped around 170 GB, where it'd fluctuate each day, give or take a gigabyte. At this point, I stopped worrying about it.
A few weeks later, I was ripping some of my CDs to my secondary hard drive when I noticed the main hard drive was suddenly up to 220 GB. I don't remember uninstalling anything. I did install the new version of Opera which automatically uninstalls the previous version, but I have a hard time believing Opera was taking up 50 GB of space.
Over time, I noticed the space was dropping gradually again. I'm back at about 174 GB of space free. I'm completely baffled as to where this space is coming from and going to.
Any ideas for me to play around with? I'm at work right now, but I'll look into any suggestions once I get home. Aside from the Opera thing, the only other thing I can think of is that I recently configured my Xbox 360 so it could stream in music from my PC. By doing that, WMP had changed my PC so it would go into a sleep mode rather than hibernate mode when I would click on the sleep button. I changed it back a few days later, and I suspect that may also coincide with the 50 GB jump in free space somehow, but I really have no idea if hibernate does that.
: I built my fiancee a PC last year. It's been running fine up until now. She was visiting down here this past weekend, and when she got back to her apartment yesterday, she found her PC would not turn on. I did some troubleshooting over the phone and found that the PC was still plugged in to the surge protector and that the power supply in the PC was switched on and lit up. She said when she hit the power button in the front, nothing happened. When I told her to try switching the power supply off for a bit, then switch it on and press the power button, she said the blue LED in the front flickered and she heard the fans whirr for probably less than a second, followed by nothing.
Unfortunately, she lives 300 miles away, so I can't inspect it myself at the moment. I visit her almost every 2 weeks, and I won't be going up there until July 18th. The only things I can think of is a possible power surge/lightning strike damaged some components, or some of the wiring somehow came loose. I'm not sure how likely the lightning strike theory is since it's hooked up to a surge protector. On the other hand, it is connected to an ethernet cable which I stupidly did not connect through the surge protector, but she gave me the impression that both the DSL modem and router were working. Any suggestions to me on what to look for when I visit? Or things I can suggest to her to try that don't involve opening up the case?
Thanks everyone. My apologies for how little information there is to go on here.