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Windows 7: My HDD is half full of 'dark matter'.

19 Nov 2012   #1
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
My HDD is half full of 'dark matter'.

Guys my 1TB SATA HDD is partitioned. One partition is used for image backups & is 400Gb. On inspection I have approx 40Gb of backup images. There is nothing to be seen of stored data inside the partition.

It was about half full awhile back. But all was deleted. Yet windows shown the disc as 200Gb used. I've wiped free space with ccleaner but the 'dark matter' remains. So it should read 360Gb free rather than 200 Gb free.

Suggestions ??


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19 Nov 2012   #2
Arc

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Download and install WinDerStat, post a screenshot of that particular partition using it.

Also, Make sure that there are no hidden Files.
Start > Control Panel > Folder Options > Wiew tab > Show hidden files, folders and drives.
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19 Nov 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That could also be shadowstorage - although not common on data partitions. Run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

And look for the right partition letter. The Allocated number is what's currnetly taken.
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19 Nov 2012   #4
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Download and install WinDerStat, post a screenshot of that particular partition using it.

Also, Make sure that there are no hidden Files.
Start > Control Panel > Folder Options > Wiew tab > Show hidden files, folders and drives.
This is odd.......

winderstat says 38GB used (correct according to my reckoning)
System says 190Gb used.

how do we get Win7 to read it as it is = 38Gb? I think its still got recent file size in its memory but they're deleted. All is empty now.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That could also be shadowstorage - although not common on data partitions. Run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

And look for the right partition letter. The Allocated number is what's currnetly taken.
couldn't get vssadmin list shadowstorage to run.
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20 Nov 2012   #5
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

All is empty now .... does it mean that you deleted the backups? And, after deleting the 38 GB it cleared all the space?
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20 Nov 2012   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Just a blind shot. Try to reset the recycle bin on that partition. Windows 7: How to Reset the Recycle Bin | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial

Shouldn't hurt even it does not resolve your probem. You will have a brand new trash can.
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20 Nov 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AaLF View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Download and install WinDerStat, post a screenshot of that particular partition using it.

Also, Make sure that there are no hidden Files.
Start > Control Panel > Folder Options > Wiew tab > Show hidden files, folders and drives.
This is odd.......

winderstat says 38GB used (correct according to my reckoning)
System says 190Gb used.

how do we get Win7 to read it as it is = 38Gb? I think its still got recent file size in its memory but they're deleted. All is empty now.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That could also be shadowstorage - although not common on data partitions. Run this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

And look for the right partition letter. The Allocated number is what's currnetly taken.
couldn't get vssadmin list shadowstorage to run.
Did you run cmd as admin?


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20 Nov 2012   #8
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote:
vssadmin list shadowstorage
Did you run cmd as admin?
Looks like I need a quick education in Win7 accounts.
My Win7 has only 1 account, me, AaLF, as an administrator with 'no password'.

Win7 Command Prompt says I dont have correct permissions. Need to run from a window that has elevated command privileges.
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20 Nov 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you carefully read my post above, you will make it. Has nothing to do whether you are administrator or not. Here we are talking about elevated cmd

If you want to make your life easy, right click on cmd in Accesories, go to Properties. Then click the Advanced button and check the little box "Run always as admin". Then OK > Apply. And do not forget Apply. Now cmd will always run in elevated mode. Pin it to the taskbar or the Start menu so it is handy.
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20 Nov 2012   #10
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Bingo !! Drive F: has 149Gb of shadow storage. Hmmm. Maybe this is the Windows Back Ups that I thought I stopped ??? Now what?
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