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Windows 7: Huge chunk of Hard Drive Free Space Missing

18 Aug 2015   #21
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

ignatzatsonic I like the direction you are thinking.

Windows 7 is reporting the space is being used.
Windows 7 just doesn't know what is using the space.
I don't even believe a defrag will work properly unless the is 10% free space on the drive. Which their isn't (0%)

We are going to keep going in circles until we know the exact hardware your system has. We need to see so their is no more confusion.

This little program will help.

Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs

What games you have played means nothing. What games are installed and where did they come from and how.
That needs to be answered. So please answer where and how did you get the games.

After follow the suggestion that ignatzatsonic and I have made could you send about 200 gb of games to a external hard drive

***Windows 7 is not going to do anything properly until it gets some elbow room.


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18 Aug 2015   #22
Ken Silver

Windows 7 64 Bit Professional
 
 

Okay. Okay. I think I follow.

Here is the link from Speccy: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/v...rI55PXme8ZvdO8

Sorry I don't know the specifics.

As for the games I downloaded, all of them were from their official sites or Steam. You say it doesn't matter which games. So they were all downloaded from the game(s) website or steam.

That said, I'm going to just remove all the games I can from my hard drive and re-install them later once/if this gets settled. But I'm shocked if I actually have 200GB in games. I'll do what I can to free up as much space as I can. Once again, thanks for the assistance.
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18 Aug 2015   #23
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Notice that Speccy says the Seagate has zero capacity and that the Samsung has 961 GB. Clearly wrong.

I'd at least download Seagate's "Seatools" program to test the drive.
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18 Aug 2015   #24
Ken Silver

Windows 7 64 Bit Professional
 
 

Okay. Downloaded Seatools and the drive DID pass the Short Drive Self Test and the S.M.A.R.T. Check. Should I run the other test?

And I have freed up 84 GB of space. Should I free up more? I know you guys were throwing out the 200GB number. Though I am surprised that so many games I never play took up so much space. Then again, I did plan on having 917 GB to play with.
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18 Aug 2015   #25
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd run all tests.

What did you do to recover the 84 GB? Do you mean you just deleted stuff you didn't need?

Do you still have the 600 GB yellow unaccounted for?
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18 Aug 2015   #26
Ken Silver

Windows 7 64 Bit Professional
 
 

Small update.

I tested the wrong drive at first. During the 1st bootup of SeaTools, the main (C) drive didn't even show up. But it did the second time. The SSD is the smaller one and persumed D: Drive.

The D drive has passed all of it's test.

The C drive popped up with an extra option right away called "Fix All".

I haven't clicked Fix All yet. Want to wait before I jump ahead.

Also, all the space recovered is just from deleting games off my computer. The giant yellow section still lives.
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18 Aug 2015   #27
Ken Silver

Windows 7 64 Bit Professional
 
 

Update. The C Drive did indeed fail the Long Generic test. It ALSO failed the Fix All test. So... it recommends I download SeaTools DOS. So I am going to do that and see what that tool can do for me.

Update # 2 - Holy Cow. I have to burn it to a disk before I can even use SeaTools for DOS. Wow. My hard drive must be in bad shape.

I am going to wait to hear from everyone before I go and do that. But it seems that my hard drive is actually shot. It's 5 AM where I live so I think I'll go to bed and see what to do in the morning.

I might have to buy a new computer after all. This computer has last me a long time. It might be cheaper in the long run to just get new gaming laptop.

Once again, thank you everyone for the advice. I'll be back to take any suggestions to heart.
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18 Aug 2015   #28
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you decide to buy all new hardware, I'd be careful about the hard drive situation--depending on budget.

Maybe you can get just one internal drive--a standard SSD, nothing cute like you have now.

And you'll have to come to a decision on the operating system. If you want Windows 10, you'll have to decide if you want to buy with 10 already installed (probably can't do that yet) or buy with 7 or 8 or 8.1 installed and then "free upgrade" to 10. I'd probably try to do the latter in case I hated 10.
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18 Aug 2015   #29
Ken Silver

Windows 7 64 Bit Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
If you decide to buy all new hardware, I'd be careful about the hard drive situation--depending on budget.

Maybe you can get just one internal drive--a standard SSD, nothing cute like you have now.

And you'll have to come to a decision on the operating system. If you want Windows 10, you'll have to decide if you want to buy with 10 already installed (probably can't do that yet) or buy with 7 or 8 or 8.1 installed and then "free upgrade" to 10. I'd probably try to do the latter in case I hated 10.
Thanks for the info. I will probably buy Win7 or Win8 and then just take the free upgrade. But I wanted a SSD for peformance. I never intended to end up with Dual Hard Drives like this... nor am I sold on SSHD. But regular HDD are bad for me because I have to move my computer alot, I do a lot of traveling. Hmm...

If I could find a decently priced Gaming Laptop with at least a decent sized SDD, that'd be amazing. But we'll have to see. I totally need to sleep on it, though I am about 75% sure this laptop I am using now is toast. It never gave me a problem in all the years I had it... I can't be too mad about it dying on me now. It's the timing that's killing me.
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18 Aug 2015   #30
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

That's still quite a strong CPU you have. It scores 7475 on the Passmark CPU benchmark, so I'm guessing you paid quite a lot for that machine.

That's a higher score than a quite recent Intel i5-4670.

"decently priced gaming laptop" may be impossible to find, depending on your definition of the first two terms. Maybe you can afford to spend high and don't have the same expectations that a desktop gamer would have. In which case, you should be OK, but I don't know how much better it would be as a gaming machine than what you have now. Mostly dependent on the graphics capability, just like desktops.
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