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Windows 7: Missing Hard Drive Space

30 Sep 2011   #11


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by schwizer View Post
Does that program do anything that WinDirStat does not? Trying to keep the list of programs to a minimum
Probably not. I googled WinDirStat and it looks like it does the same thing.

Yeah reformatting's probably the easiest option. You mentioned only having 80GB on the drive, and unless it's your only drive, you can just put that somewhere else while you reformat.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional

So after systematically eliminating one folder at a time, I found the culprit. It was a system backup (Not a system restore) file that i had set up about 2 years ago. Apparently it automatically backs up some files in my primary hard drive. The backup only shows up as a single file and it has multiple backups stored inside it. The icon is a small HDD with a disc in one corner and a green arrow in the other corner. If you try to right click the file and go properties, it reports being 0 bytes with 0 files and 0 folders.

To get the true size of this file, i had to go to "Start Menu" typed in "Backup and Restore" and click the program that shows up. In that window, it will show the location of the backup and the size of the backup file.

I still do not understand why this file does not report its size when right clicked. It was also missed by WinDirStats. Anyone know if this is as intended or if this is a glitch on my system?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Well done for finding a solution to the problem, I'm impressed.

As for why it was missed I haven't a clue, perhaps one of our experts will have some answers.

Thanks for letting us know, as the solution may help others in the future.
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