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Windows 7: Disk space usage discrepancy

10 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Disk space usage discrepancy

I just installed Win 7 Ultimate on my UMPC, Viliv X70. I am surprised at how well it runs (using optimized for best performance setting without aero) on my fairly slow umpc (1.3ghz atom, 1 gb ram, 16gb ssd). Even the diskspace requirement surprised me.

But the disk space usage is also what i have question about. When i right click and select property for drive C, the used space is 7.27 GB and free space is 2.95 GB on a 10.2 GB partition.

But when i go to the root dir of drive C and select all the files and folders and right click on property, the total space used by 65 thousands files is 9.81 GB.

I don't have disk compression enabled.

Anyone has an answer to this? all of my other drives shows the expected disk space usage whether by right clicking on the drive letter and select property or by highlighting all the files and folders and select property?

Btw, i really miss the "ask me what to do" option in XP when you do shutdown in Win 7. I guess there is no way to bring that back unless anyone here knows how?

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10 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Normal behavior.

Mine shows 11 occupied one way and 21 the other. If I show hidden files, it says 17.
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10 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Click the arrow next to shutdown and choose what you want to do, for your second question.
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10 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Hello Wildpig1234 Welcome to the Windows 7 Forums!

When seeing two different amounts of drive space used one thing to add into the mix there is the paging file seen with any Windows installation by default. Windows reserves a certain amount of drive space for that as well as the creation of new system restore points.

As for options at shutdown, logooff, restart you bring over the dropdown menu to the right for seleting one or the other. For changing the default option seen for the button itsself you Birng up the Start menu and right click on a blank spot to select "properties" and go to the "power button options" to select one from the dropdown list of choices in the properties screen there.

The images here will show how those look.


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10 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Night Hawk - you haven't disabled the option to highlight newly installed programs? I always found that annoying.
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10 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Night Hawk - you haven't disabled the option to highlight newly installed programs? I always found that annoying.
Why?
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10 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Just have - I know what I installed, 7.
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10 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I'm still waiting for Wildpig1234 to have a chance to reply here before we go way too far off the subject but can still take care of a few things easy enough.


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10 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
Hello Wildpig1234 Welcome to the Windows 7 Forums!

When seeing two different amounts of drive space used one thing to add into the mix there is the paging file seen with any Windows installation by default. Windows reserves a certain amount of drive space for that as well as the creation of new system restore points.

As for options at shutdown, logoff, restart you bring over the dropdown menu to the right for seleting one or the other. For changing the default option seen for the button itsself you Birng up the Start menu and right click on a blank spot to select "properties" and go to the "power button options" to select one from the dropdown list of choices in the properties screen there.

The images here will show how those look.
My pagefile is on another partition, drive D. System restore is disabled on all drives. I don't understand why right clicking on drive C, and select property it says i have 2.95 GB freespace in a 10.2 GB partition, but selecting all the files and folder on drive C and right click and select property, it says i am using 9.81 GB for all the files on drive C. Does that means i really don't have 2.95 GB free? Does windows 7 somehow use compression even though i tell it not to? I do have show all files enabled btw

There;s no option to set power button to the option "ask me what to do". also when you click shut down button, it does so immediately without giving you another dialog box (with the choice of logoff, restart or shut down) to confirm like in XP. From what i heard, they did away with this starting with Vista because some people don't bother to click on shutdown again on the second dialog box that comes up. This is bad mistake because its very easy to click on shutdown button by mistake. Yes, you can click on the arrow next to the shutdown button, but that is a small arrow.
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10 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wildpig1234 View Post
My pagefile is on another partition, drive D. System restore is disabled on all drives. I don't understand why right clicking on drive C, and select property it says i have 2.95 GB freespace in a 10.2 GB partition, but selecting all the files and folder on drive C and right click and select property, it says i am using 9.81 GB for all the files on drive C. Does that means i really don't have 2.95 GB free? Does windows 7 somehow use compression even though i tell it not to? I do have show all files enabled btw
The properties of the C drive are correct in what it tells you. When reviewing file size by going though folder properties, a lot of the files are counted multiple times. This is because of folder junctions and hardlinks. The drive properties however, does its calculation of space by examining the bitmap which is by far the most accurate.
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