Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Folder sizes and contents are incorrect

26 Mar 2013   #11

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Without knowing the contents of the folder you probably have a self referencing junction that points to its parent thus it loops around back though the junction in an infinite loop.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Mar 2013   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As I have mentioned, when I click on properties, the results vary. I just posted a couple of samples of what comes out. I know what the folders contain and I am sure that it does not amount to 10.4 gb. I asked for assistance because the free space on the partition suddenly became 20gb instead of about 30gb. A loss of 10gb without even adding anything to it is what is bothering me. It does not give me a consistent report on the size and contents. I know that the contents of this folder does not exceed 1gb since I only store drivers, and basic program installers, and basic applications installers like uTorrent, Java, Adobe reader and other small programs. I keep my folders very organized, so this is really puzzling as to how it suddenly jumps to 10.4 gb all the time with varied results on the number of folders and files. It is really hard to explain it unless you experience it yourselves. Anyway, thanks for the help. I am going to figure this one out myself.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Mar 2013   #13

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Unless we are sitting at your computer...we can only speculate. At least at the moment, my crystal ball has yet to arrive in the mail.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

26 Mar 2013   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

One more thing i noticed is that it also happens in a folder where I keep pictures. It also reports that it is 10.4gb. This is the one that reports 9000+ files and 187 folders when in fact I only have about 600 files in 37 folders. This problem only occurs on the E: partition and does not occur elsewhere on the PC. So if it is a junction stuck in an infinite loop, then how to I correct it?

Attached Thumbnails
Folder sizes and contents are incorrect-other.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Mar 2013   #15


So, well, here's why I asked to repost a screeny. I was damn sure it wouldn't be same the Programs folder. You explained things in such a way as if it was the same folder that showed first 200+ items then suddenly jumped to 9000+! They are different folders after all.

As instructed earlier, use windirstat.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Mar 2013   #16

Windows 10 Pro x64

Here's an interesting question - does the issue reproduce if you boot into safe mode?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Folder sizes and contents are incorrect

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Folder sizes do not match after successful backup
I just did a backup of several directories using Roadkill's Unstoppable Copier. See Roadkil.Net - Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier Program Download Upon reviewing the log, Unstoppable Copier confirmed that all the files had copied successfully. However, when I performed a right click...
Backup and Restore
W7 Will not remember folder positions and sizes
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit RC1 I'm working with Windows W7 in anticipation of upgrading my graphics / photography business from Vista. W7 will not remember Windows Explorer folder positions and sizes. This was an big issue for me in Vista, and I prayed that it would be fixed in W7 (while...
General Discussion
Icons sizes change back to details sizes on specific folder
hi there as the title said i have really weird issue here... the story goes like that... i have a folder named "Desktop's icons that not in used" since old XP, i used to add all the icons of the progrems that i don't used (and use) often to it so i will find them right away when i need...
General Discussion
Unable to change folder contents on remote folder in same HomeGroup
Hello, first I want to apologize up front if this topic has already been posted with the problem resolution as well. I have searched throughout the networking and sharing threads but was unable to find what I'm looking for... I have two computers in my home, a Tower PC and a Laptop both...
Network & Sharing
cannot paste my new picture sizes in the layout folder
Hi I have talked to MStuner many times about this on my Vista. I have switched to Windows 7, but they still don't have a 4 x 6 picture setting. I am still working with my PSE 2 and it is working. But I saved the formula you gave me for 4x6, but when I go to the layout page, it won't paste in...
Music, Pictures & Video
folder sizes
not sure where else i should put this, why cant i see how large most of my folders are unless i right click on the folder? thanks
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:46.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App