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Hard drive missing 30% capasity

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ManicD, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. ManicD

    ManicD Byte Poster

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    Ok, in my computer my hard drive reads 112GB used
    go into the hard drive, select all files and folders, right click properties, it reads 81GB total.

    I'm missing 31 GB of space....

    I've run a defrag on the drive, nothing.... any ideas?

    Note: I have un-hid hidden and system files and thus they are accounted for in the counts

    total hard drive space is 115GB, issue was found when adding a 5GB folder to the drive and was told by the system there was not enough space.
     
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  2. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

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    Go into the Computer Management (right click My Computer and select Manage) and look at the disk management section. Could it be that there is an unformatted unpartioned area on your hard disk?
     
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Another source of confusion is down to how files are allocated on the drive.

    As an example - you have a 1k file. But the smallest allocation unit is 32k. So 31k is lost.

    Lots of small files will lose a lot of space!

    The properties panel shows the size with both measurements (in XP).

    Harry.
     
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  4. Spilly

    Spilly Kilobyte Poster

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    Maybe an old Bios problem as well
     
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  5. ManicD

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    I have only a 10MB unallocated space on the drive, which i belive is normal
     
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  6. ManicD

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    Size 83.2GB

    Size on Disk 82.0GB
     
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  7. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    What about hidden files?

    In folder options (tools) have you selected show hidden files??

    Also hidden images. On laptops there are hidden images used for recovery installations. You can not see this image inside windows.:blink
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    When you right-click > Properties on your drive, what does it show (both bytes and GB) for Used Space, Free Space, and Capacity?

    And this is the only partition you've got, right?

    What model drive are you using (specific model number)?
     
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  9. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

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    Don't forget to empty your Recycle bin! I gained quite a few bytes with that old trick ;)
     
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  10. mojorisin

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    What size is your pagefile ?

    I usually set mine so that the minimum and maximum are the same but as this is a hidden file you wouldnt see that it has allocated a large chunk to itself although possibly not 30Gb

    maybe its set to 30000 instead of 3000

    just a thought :rolleyes:
     
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  11. Mr.Cheeks

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  12. Jakamoko
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    Turn off System Restore, and reduce the amount of space allocated to Recycle Bin (normally 10% of size of drive), and see how much that frees up ?
     
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  13. ManicD

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    Yeah thats done regular
     
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  14. ManicD

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    i have hidden files being shown, my pagefile is about 1.5GB
     
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  15. ManicD

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    Deleted all contents of recyle bin. and deleted all but most recent restore.....though with hidden files turned on the restore files are counted in my count
     
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  16. r.h.lee

    r.h.lee Gigabyte Poster

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    ManicD,

    Have you checked your "Recycle Bin?"
     
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  17. derkit

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    What does the BIOS say you have in size?? Just a thought that if the BIOS is older it may not be able to support that size drive..... best to check it out even if it is a new mobo.
     
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