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Windows 7: Vanished hard drive space has me confused

28 Sep 2014   #1
dunkinidaho

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Vanished hard drive space has me confused

Using a WD 1Tb backup hard drive. After using the windows backup function in control panel the properties for the BU drive says it has used 540gb of space. However when I open the HD to view the contents there are only 3 folders. "owner pc" "WindowsImageBackup" and "MediaID.bin" the owner folder says "empty" the windowsimagebackup says "empty" and the mediaID.bin says 528 bytes. Where are the 540gb of backup!!!!!!!!!!!! I can find no folders or anything in the drive when I open it. When the properties are opened it claims 540gb have been used. FOR WHAT!!!!!!!!!!


thanks


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28 Sep 2014   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows Image Backup may show empty if you do not have permission to read it.
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28 Sep 2014   #3
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

I think this is normal because these files have special permissions. Use Backup and Restore in Control Panel to verify the size of the backups.

If I remember correctly and you try to double-click an empty backup folder you'll see a permissions dialog like this one:
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28 Sep 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
I think this is normal because these files have special permissions. Use Backup and Restore in Control Panel to verify the size of the backups.

If I remember correctly and you try to double-click an empty backup folder you'll see a permissions dialog like this one:
That is correct. But if you click 3 times on "Continue", you will eventually get to the images - provided you are the admin.
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28 Sep 2014   #5
dunkinidaho

windows 7 prof 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
I think this is normal because these files have special permissions. Use Backup and Restore in Control Panel to verify the size of the backups.

If I remember correctly and you try to double-click an empty backup folder you'll see a permissions dialog like this one:
That is correct. But if you click 3 times on "Continue", you will eventually get to the images - provided you are the admin.
I hope I'm the admin, I paid a lot for this machine
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28 Sep 2014   #6
dunkinidaho

windows 7 prof 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
I think this is normal because these files have special permissions. Use Backup and Restore in Control Panel to verify the size of the backups.

If I remember correctly and you try to double-click an empty backup folder you'll see a permissions dialog like this one:
That's the box I see. I'll follow up with the advice here.

Thanks!!!!
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