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Windows 7: Hard drive free space inconsistency

04 Sep 2009   #1
X7X

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Hard drive free space inconsistency

Okay, just noticed this issue. I have a 400GB partition on a 500GB hard drive, but the free/used space just doesn't add up.
If I look at the drive properties, this is what I get:
Used: 135GB
Free: 265GB


But after making hidden and system files visible, the content in the root of the drive only adds up to 92.6GB


I've analysed the drive, but all my partitions say 0% fragmentation, the second screenshot includes the recycle bin which is empty anyway, and chkdsk returned no errors. Disk Management shows the same 135GB used.

Where's the other 40GB?

Also, how do I delete the boot folder and bootmgr file? It's not my active partition and I thought I managed to delete it using cmd in the recovery disc, but it came back.


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04 Sep 2009   #2
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I use this when I have this issue. It will show you whatever you are missing. It's cool. It will help you find out what is taking space on the drive. I hope this will help.

WinDirStat - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

I assume the space is being taken by the system restore feature. Check that out.
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04 Sep 2009   #3
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Not to mention reserved space for MFT and recycle bin.

I always set bins to 250mb, because I won't be unconscious when I throw away something bigger than that.

greetz
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04 Sep 2009   #4
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

I see it has been 22hrs since the OP's post, but if the OS is still booting I would like to warn, that the bootmgr might well be the active bootmgr, even though it's not on the active drive.

Deleting it could render your system unbootable.

Greetz
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05 Sep 2009   #5
X7X

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I use this when I have this issue. It will show you whatever you are missing. It's cool. It will help you find out what is taking space on the drive. I hope this will help.

WinDirStat - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

I assume the space is being taken by the system restore feature. Check that out.
Thanks. It was being taken by some ultra secret folders in the Recycle Bin - Windows Explorer wouldn't show them for some reason - but that's what was taking up 40+GB. Deleted all the extras and the numbers add up.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Not to mention reserved space for MFT and recycle bin.

I always set bins to 250mb, because I won't be unconscious when I throw away something bigger than that.
greetz
XD I like having a big recycle bin - I have a tendency to delete things then change my mind.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
I see it has been 22hrs since the OP's post, but if the OS is still booting I would like to warn, that the bootmgr might well be the active bootmgr, even though it's not on the active drive.

Deleting it could render your system unbootable.

Greetz
Yeah, sorry, I was expecting to get instant notifications by email, but it turns out I got the daily update email instead. Well anyway, in disk management (diskmgmt.msc) C: is marked as "System, boot, page file, active, primary partition", whereas D: is marked as "primary partition".
Safe to delete the boot files from D: ?
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05 Sep 2009   #6
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by X7X View Post
Thanks. It was being taken by some ultra secret folders in the Recycle Bin - Windows Explorer wouldn't show them for some reason - but that's what was taking up 40+GB. Deleted all the extras and the numbers add up.


XD I like having a big recycle bin - I have a tendency to delete things then change my mind.



Yeah, sorry, I was expecting to get instant notifications by email, but it turns out I got the daily update email instead. Well anyway, in disk management (diskmgmt.msc) C: is marked as "System, boot, page file, active, primary partition", whereas D: is marked as "primary partition".
Safe to delete the boot files from D: ?
Check if there's a bootmgr on the C: drive. (unhide system and hidden files)

If it's there, you can safely delete the one on the D: drive

good luck
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