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Windows 7: Reformatted portable HD has large used space

29 Mar 2014   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Reformatted portable HD has large used space

Just reformatted a (nominal) 250GB pocket HDD (NTFS) to wipe all data.
After formatting the used space is 97MB (without any intentional data on the drive)
Hidden "$RECYCLE.BIN" = 4KB
Hidden "System Volume Information":= 0 bytes

Why is there so much used space?

Is "$RECYCLE.BIN" auto resized during use.

Thank you


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29 Mar 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
Just reformatted a (nominal) 250GB pocket HDD (NTFS) to wipe all data.
After formatting the used space is 97MB (without any intentional data on the drive)
Hidden "$RECYCLE.BIN" = 4KB
Hidden "System Volume Information":= 0 bytes

Why is there so much used space?

Is "$RECYCLE.BIN" auto resized during use.

Thank you
97 mb is about 1/25 of 1% of 250 GB. Maybe we have different standards, but I wouldn't call that "so much".

I'm not aware of recycle bin being auto-resized. I think of it as another folder for which you can set a maximum size.
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29 Mar 2014   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I think that used space is partly the partition table and other housekeeping things that the disk uses for regular operation. It's my best guess anyway.
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30 Mar 2014   #4
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Consider it as SOLVED

Thanks ignatzatsonic and Mellon Head for your responses

I thought a reformatted disc would be empty. As in zero. ?

But I just recalled NTFS requires its own "controller" (correct me if I am wrong) and maybe that is what the 97 mb is for !
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