I've been cutting down on disk usage recently, and I recall TF2's file size to be about 9 GB (C:\\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Team Fortress 2) My total free disk space was about 11 GB.

Now, I only have 7 GB on my hard drive, a substantial decrease. I checked the size of the programs I recently installed, but they only added up to ~1.5 GB. I suspected TF2, and I was correct: Its file size was 16 GB!

Is there any explanation for this sudden increase is file size? What can I do to reduce it?

  • @TreeHouseFalcon That question is about why TF2 uses so much space after a fresh download. I am asking why I am experiencing a spike in disk space usage. – boxspah Feb 19 '16 at 1:02
  • Have you been connecting to servers that use custom maps? – Powerlord Feb 19 '16 at 1:05
  • @Powerlord Yes, but I have recently cleared all of my custom content (except mods). I have only played on 2 Skial servers using vanilla maps after the wipe. – boxspah Feb 19 '16 at 1:07
  • I'd still check the download and downloads directory to see how large they are. – Powerlord Feb 19 '16 at 1:07

First of all scriptHero the game itself is very large, especially since they update it frequently. Also, like @Powerlord said, going to any server with custom maps, sounds, or models will download more things to your TF2 directory. The sudden spike of file size is most likely the updates, since they are pretty big. (The most recent one was almost 200 mb!)

Why is the Team Fortress 2 install so huge? This is somebody's question about why the file size is so large, so that may help too.

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