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Windows 7: 1TB of HDD space missing completely

12 Apr 2014   #1
R3B3LCAUSE

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1TB of HDD space missing completely

My laptop has a 2TB hard drive, but a few months ago over half of it completely vanished. Windows explorer shows that my C drive is now only 911GB. I believe the issue came about after I uninstalled Ubuntu (I dual booted for a while) and I thought that perhaps the space just didn't get reallocated properly so I checked in disk management and didn't find an "unallocated space" block. I tried error checking my hard disk, but this didn't fix it either. I have no idea how to fix this problem


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12 Apr 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Run this command in elevated command prompt:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Maybe the shadowstorage (restore points) is eating your C partition.

I also recommend to run WinDirStat. It shows you in nicely colored graphics were the big blocks are. When you click on the blocks it will tell you what it is.
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12 Apr 2014   #3
R3B3LCAUSE

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I tried WinDirStat. It showed me the contents of my C partition, but not the space that is missing (not a part of any partition)
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12 Apr 2014   #4
derekimo

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Maybe a screenshot will shed some light,

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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12 Apr 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by R3B3LCAUSE View Post
I tried WinDirStat. It showed me the contents of my C partition, but not the space that is missing (not a part of any partition)
Did you check the shadowstorage - WinDirStat will not show that.
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12 Apr 2014   #6
R3B3LCAUSE

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by R3B3LCAUSE View Post
I tried WinDirStat. It showed me the contents of my C partition, but not the space that is missing (not a part of any partition)
Did you check the shadowstorage - WinDirStat will not show that.
Used is 6 GB, max is 10 GB. I don't think that is the issue
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12 Apr 2014   #7
R3B3LCAUSE

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
maybe a screenshot will shed some light,

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
1TB of HDD space missing completely-disks.jpg


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12 Apr 2014   #8
derekimo

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You don't have a 2TB disk, you have a 1TB disk, same size as mine.


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14 Apr 2014   #9
R3B3LCAUSE

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It was 2 TB when i bought it, that's the problem lol
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14 Apr 2014   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Use this little free program to see your drives another way.

Speccy - Download
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