Sara_Washington
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C drive space increases with Workstation Pro 16.1.2 copy/paste operation

As the titles states, with every copy paste operation from a virtual machine to my Windows 10 host, the SSD space on my hard drive increases.

I made a mistake when I created the VM by making the size far bigger than the available space I have on my computer. BUT, I ensured the VM doesn't use fixed space and can grow as needed. I saw that I could shrink the VM, but I never installed VMware Tools, so I just deleted the entire VM rather than troubleshoot the issue. Unfortunately, even after deleting the VM, the C drive space still hasn't returned to normal. How can I fix this, please?

Observations:

I actually searched my C drive and found where the files are supposedly present:

C:\Users\Sara\AppData\Local

But then, there is not a single file or folder in that location that has over, say, 2GB of data.
Additionally, this issue isn't new apparently. Please see the post by /u/NitinTyagi in the link below:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/appdata-folder-disc-size-management/48564c1d-5...

This user seems to be having the same issue I'm currently having.

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Sara_Washington
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Nevermind, found it!

https://communities.vmware.com/t5/VMware-Fusion-Discussions/Drag-n-Dropped-files-still-in-temp-VMwar...

https://www.shareus.com/computer/how-to-delete-temporary-files-generated-by-vmware.html

Is this habit of Workstation listed anywhere in official documentation where I could have known about this earlier? I really dislike surprises like this.

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