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Windows 7: Hard Drive formatted but not empty

28 Dec 2012   #1
mibaup

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Hard Drive formatted but not empty

Hello, I've found an old hard drive, so I plugged it to the pc and formatted it, now, Windows shows that it is empty but when you open properties it shows that 190 MB are in use. why is that, is there a way to remove those 190 MB?


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28 Dec 2012   #2
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

190MB is a very weird amount. Just a wild guess on my part but did this drive happen to come from an Xbox 360? The Xbox 360 console software needed for Kinect requires 190 megabytes of storage space. I think I remember reading/seeing something to the effect that the very early Xbox hard drives automatically set aside 190MB and it couldn't be deleted. This is complete speculation and I could be totally off the mark here. What is the make/model/size of the hard drive?

Xbox 360 Storage | Xbox 360 Storage Space | Xbox 360 Available Space - Xbox.com
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28 Dec 2012   #3
mibaup

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

This drive did not come from an xbox 360 but from my old pc, this is an Hitachi 80 gb 3.5'' hard drive. could this amount be due to fragmantation?
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28 Dec 2012   #4
LittleJay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

You could follow the steps in this tutorial to clean up your old HDD.
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28 Dec 2012   #5
mibaup

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

You could follow the steps in this tutorial to clean up your old HDD.
Thanks, I did that, and now only 90 MB are in use instead of 190 MB.
do you think that if I do this many times it will go down? should it really show that 0 MB are in use or because it's an old hard drive some space will never be accessible?
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28 Dec 2012   #6
LittleJay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

On every drive that I have ever owned, there is always some space that is reserved for the system.
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28 Dec 2012   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You might want to try a Bootable version of Partition Wizard to delete the partition, then make a new partition, then format it.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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28 Dec 2012   #8
mmkarimi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

why do you want too see the 0Mb in use???
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28 Dec 2012   #9
gregrocker

 

Full format it from Elevated Command Prompt. Type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (insert HD # from LIST - DO NOT proceed if not positive)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="STORAGE"
EXIT
EXIT
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28 Dec 2012   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mmkarimi View Post
why do you want too see the 0Mb in use???
Because that`s what he wants.

Did you delete everything until the drive was completely unallocated space ?

AS MENTIONED.. use the partition wizard boot cd and get rid of everything.
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