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Windows 7: Computer reporting more data on C drive than actual

09 Feb 2010   #1
TheColdOne

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Computer reporting more data on C drive than actual

I woke up this morning to see my hard drive free space had mysteriously dropped just over 60GB, all I did last night was download Bioshock 2 and run a scan on my computer with Norton!

I checked all of the files in "Program Files (x86)", "Documents", "Downloads", everything! As far as I can tell, even with the system files, I should still have at LEAST almost 150GB free (again, after counting the data of the files myself), but there's only ~40-50.

Is there any reason why the number would jump like that? Is there any possible way it could be a false representation? Are there any sure-fire ways to check where the data jump happened (file location)?


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09 Feb 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

I'm not sure why you got the jump or drop in space on your drive but this little app will show you what is on your drive,
SpaceSniffer - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
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09 Feb 2010   #3
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

It could be the system restore copies.
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09 Feb 2010   #4
TheColdOne

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I'm going to try that program and see what it tells me.

(Edited original post: should have 150GB free, but only says 40-50)
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09 Feb 2010   #5
TheColdOne

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

It says I have used 284.5 GB total on the C drive, but I only have 104.8 free listed (out of a total of 454GB), it just doesn't add up! Where is my extra 50+ GB?
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09 Feb 2010   #6
macgyver2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

you say you downloaded Bioshock 2 did you get it from a legit source? if not you might have downloaded more then your bargained for. Now I know I am pushing limits of allowed topics but from the OP post I would think the download is the cause if the issue.
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09 Feb 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Check your shadowstorge with vssadmin list shadowstorage in elevated cmd. The allocated is what matters.
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10 Feb 2010   #8
TheColdOne

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

It says the shadow copy storage is 65.336 GB. What is that?

And macgyver2, when I say downloaded I mean through Steam.
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10 Feb 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, you have too much shadowstorage set, 20 to 25GBs would be ample. Go to Start > right click on Computer in the right pane > Properties > go up in the left pane to " System Protection" > Configure. Here you can set the slider to whatever size you like.
Note that with this manipulation you will loose your current restore points. But you will get new ones soon. If you Google "shadowstorage", you will find a lot of info.
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10 Feb 2010   #10
TheColdOne

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Awesome. It was at the default 15%, so I set it down to 5% (right about 22.5GB). Now I have over 150GB free space. Thanks.
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