I like to keep my systems (well, primarily the home server) fairly “clean and tidy” as they can be in the digital world.
This means a regular run of CCleaner, check disk status (errors, usage etc), remove any software/files that are no longer required. And for this work, the server keeps ticking along, with very few software related issues.
Recently I was cleaning out some folders and happened to run TreeSize Free, and to my surprise, found the following folder containing 8GB of log files.
Turns out these files are generated by the Intel Software Driver package which a lot of users install to keep their system drivers etc up to date. And to be honest, I probably had it installed at some point. But I cant find it now.
However these files were dated on the day, and some I could delete because they are in use, indicating that the software is still running somewhere. (I’ll dig into this at a later date)
I just deleted the files anyway and reclaimed 8GB back, and shrunk my backups in one hit.
So, if you’re wondering why you have such a large ProgramData folder, this could be one reason why.