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Windows 7: My Hard Drive has 44 gbs used up BUT hidden.....Images help please

25 Nov 2011   #1
r2l25b

7 32 bit
 
 
My Hard Drive has 44 gbs used up BUT hidden.....Images help please

I don't know what's up. I just reformated my pc and i find out that i have 40 or so gbs hidden from view. This picture explains it all.
I used ccleaner to WIPE free space only option and it did nothing to "fix" it.
If i get zero answers here i plan to clean my 300 up. x-fer "77" gbs. format. x-fer back.
This whole thing is wierd, that's is why i put it up on here. Maybe others have/had this same issue.




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25 Nov 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Looks to me like D has 116 used and 22.8 free.

Looks to me like the Program Files directory on D uses 77.

What's the problem?

Am I missing something?
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25 Nov 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Could be restore points. Open an elevated Command Prompt and run:

vssadmin list shadowstorage
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25 Nov 2011   #4
tom982

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by r2l25b View Post
I don't know what's up. I just reformated my pc and i find out that i have 40 or so gbs hidden from view. This picture explains it all.
I used ccleaner to WIPE free space only option and it did nothing to "fix" it.
If i get zero answers here i plan to clean my 300 up. x-fer "77" gbs. format. x-fer back.
This whole thing is wierd, that's is why i put it up on here. Maybe others have/had this same issue.
Hello r2l25b and welcome to the forums

Try having a look with WinDirStat:

WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

This should tell you where the space is being used up

Tom
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25 Nov 2011   #5
r2l25b

7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Looks to me like D has 116 used and 22.8 free.

Looks to me like the Program Files directory on D uses 77.

What's the problem?

Am I missing something?
Windows 7 my computer says 1 story. But when I look up the files themself it tells me another story. LOOK at the picture.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Could be restore points. Open an elevated Command Prompt and run:

vssadmin list shadowstorage
System restore is only set for C drive only.

Ok i installed that program. and hes the data. I still don't get why my hd is being used up by ghost files.
If anyone else has an idea of what is going on please help.


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25 Nov 2011   #6
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

r2125b try this:
1. Open Start Menu
2. Click All Programs
3. Click Accessories
4. Right click Command Prompt
5. Click Run as Administrator
6. Type in D:
7. Type in dir /s /a:s > systemSize.txt
8. When it finishes, post systemSize.txt as an attachment (it will be in the root directory of your D: drive)
9. We will be able to tell how much space system files take up on that drive. Thanks.
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25 Nov 2011   #7
r2l25b

7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
r2125b try this:
1. Open Start Menu
2. Click All Programs
3. Click Accessories
4. Right click Command Prompt
5. Click Run as Administrator
6. Type in D:
7. Type in dir /s /a:s > systemSize.txt
8. When it finishes, post systemSize.txt as an attachment (it will be in the root directory of your D: drive)
9. We will be able to tell how much space system files take up on that drive. Thanks.
ok. to me it tells the same story as windows 7 my computer.
Thanks for the help so far.


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25 Nov 2011   #8
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Your system files appear to take up about 1GB... Did you try running a scan on the disk to make sure you don't have errors?

The other thing to try is Start Menu->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Cleanup->Select D drive->Clean up system files(if available)

You may also check in the above if you can go to More Options to clean up System Restore and Shadow Copies. It's possible Windows is using your D drive to save your shadow copies of the C drive even though you told it not to set restore points for D.

It might be worth it to use vssadmin as suggested earlier to see if the above is the case, as well. Good luck.
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25 Nov 2011   #9
r2l25b

7 32 bit
 
 

C:\Users\>vssadmin list shadowstorage
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
For volume: (D\\?\Volume{12717907-1493-11e1-b7df-806e6f6e6963}\
Shadow Copy Storage volume: (D\\?\Volume{12717907-1493-11e1-b7df-806e6f6e69
63}\
Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 39.031 GB (27%)
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 39.461 GB (28%)
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 41.92 GB (30%)

Shadow Copy Storage association
For volume: (C\\?\Volume{12717906-1493-11e1-b7df-806e6f6e6963}\
Shadow Copy Storage volume: (C\\?\Volume{12717906-1493-11e1-b7df-806e6f6e69
63}\
Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.348 GB (0%)
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.688 GB (1%)
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 7.448 GB (5%)

So looks like i got a fing shadow copy on my D drive. How do i remove this garbage to get my hd working better.
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25 Nov 2011   #10
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=D: /on=D: /maxsize=0MB
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