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Windows 7: OS (C:) space left changing almost every restart.

24 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
OS (C:) space left changing almost every restart.

Hello people of the forum, I have joined to seek advice on an issue that is currently just annoying, but may develop into something worse.

I am currently have a 456 gigabyte hard-drive. The problem I have is that almost every restart of my laptop the value changes from one value (currently 52.3 GB free as I type) to a completely different one (around 237 GB free). It is always either one value or the other, with both increasing or decreasing the exact same amount depending on what i've installed or uninstalled. I was wondering if there was a way to find out which was the correct value, how to solve the problem or to know if this may cause problems if I do have a large amount of space left but my laptop will not recognise it and refuse to let me install programs.

Any help is appreciated, with the research I have already done on the topic (mostly browsing the little forum posts there are) and the following solutions from the pages below have been tried with no success :

Hard disk space keeps changing randomly - Microsoft Community
Hard Drive space keeps fluctuating - Windows Vista
My harddrive space keeps changing? - Yahoo! Answers

All help is greatly appreciated.

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27 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

What method are you using to see your hard drive free space?

What else do you have plugged into the laptop?
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27 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks so much for replying, I was losing faith haha.

To see my hard drive space I am using Start->Computer then looking at my hard disk drives (of which there is one).

The only thing I have plugged into my laptop is the powery-wirey thing that goes in the back to charge it. I have the battery taken out of the laptop because it's plugged in, but the value still changes wether the battery is in or not.
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27 Apr 2013   #4

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

Hey Welcome MalReynolds


Lets see a screen snip of your Disk Management of your HD.

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Take a Snip of it with the Snipping Tool, Save snip, then upload the snip here in your post.


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27 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

After doing what Doc has suggested try this.
Start/Computer and right click on your drive and go to properties. It should give you you used and free space.
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27 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have taken two snips, one when the computer thinks it has 58.6GB left and (after a restart) another when it thinks it has 214GB left


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27 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

both again (by accident) with the thing Layback Bear asked for


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27 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums MalReynolds. I see a Steam icon on the task bar. Does the hard drive space go down after gaming? Large multi map multi player game? Just thinking outside the box here.
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27 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Just messed about in Primal Carnage for 5 mins, no change in the hard drive space.
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27 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Take a look ant # 7 & 8 here

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Make sure no steaming or torrants are running when you check free space of hard drive.

Please fill in your specs completely.
What anti virus are you using?

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