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Windows 7: Missing Space

24 Mar 2011   #1
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Missing Space

Hey,

I am having an issue with my external disk drive - it is reportedly 500 GB and, when formatted is reduced to 450 GB. It is currently reported to have just 40 GB left however, upon selecting all the folders and checking the properties, only 130 GB or so have been used. I have checked Recycle Bin and deleted all the System Restore files, but the problem persists.

All help will be appreciated!
Wasila


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24 Mar 2011   #2
Wallonn7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wasila View Post
Hey,

I am having an issue with my external disk drive - it is reportedly 500 GB and, when formatted is reduced to 450 GB. It is currently reported to have just 40 GB left however, upon selecting all the folders and checking the properties, only 130 GB or so have been used. I have checked Recycle Bin and deleted all the System Restore files, but the problem persists.

All help will be appreciated!
Wasila
Judging by what you say, that's your problem: HDD's - the Advertized size vs the Actual size.
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24 Mar 2011   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Wasila,

This may be able to help determine where some of your HDD space went to.

Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Mar 2011   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

WinDirStat is a free program that should show you exactly what is using the space, if anything.
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24 Mar 2011   #5
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

click your start button then right click on computer then click on manage. thats going to bring up a page, on the left side on the bottom click on disk managent . now you should see whats going on with the lost space.

scrooge
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24 Mar 2011   #6
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote:
Judging by what you say, that's your problem: HDD's - the Advertized size vs the Actual size.


I doubt that would account for the missing 300 GB.

I have run run a WinDirSys report - curiously, it cannot account for the missing space and gives me a size of 135GB. Disk Management, however, does report that 90% of my drive is full but I do not know how to get further details.

I have tried some of the various steps provided in the link but most cater to the C: drive and none that I can see can account for the free space which should be there.

Thanks,
Wasila
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24 Mar 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

If you have any windows file/folder backups or image their folders will indicate empty - of course they are not.
Also check for system, and hidden files/folders.
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24 Mar 2011   #8
Wallonn7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wasila View Post
Quote:
Judging by what you say, that's your problem: HDD's - the Advertized size vs the Actual size.


I doubt that would account for the missing 300 GB.

I have run run a WinDirSys report - curiously, it cannot account for the missing space and gives me a size of 135GB. Disk Management, however, does report that 90% of my drive is full but I do not know how to get further details.

I have tried some of the various steps provided in the link but most cater to the C: drive and none that I can see can account for the free space which should be there.

Thanks,
Wasila

It was my mistake... I just "ignored "It is currently reported to have just 40 GB left however"...
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24 Mar 2011   #9
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I don't know how to check system folders, but hidden files and folders are visible. I have a disk image on the drive and it reports to be 70 GB, which is included in the 130 GB total.

No worries, Wallonn, it happens to the best of us
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24 Mar 2011   #10
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

If you have any Windows backups on the drive they can show up as using zero space if you don't currently have access rights to the folders.
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