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Windows 7: Hidden data on my hard drive?

07 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Hidden data on my hard drive?

I have a storage drive inside my desktop tower (F:). It is a 1tb drive. According to windows ex it only has 288 GB of free space on it.

When I click the drive and look at the files I can see, they all only add up to 229gb. That means there should still be 700 + gb left on that drive.

There is a system backup "TRUMBLE-DESKTOP" there and I don't know how large that file is.

Why is it displaying so full? Does it really make sense that the system backup would be that large? The OS drive is a 120gb and it has 42gb of free space, so how could the system backup be that big?

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07 Oct 2013   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Windows will actually save many backups to that folder. Depending on how often you do a backup, they could go back weeks and be the size of your system drive.

For example:
100 GB system drive x 7 backups = 700 GB

That may explain the size of that particular file/folder. If you delete some of your old backups, you should regain the space.
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07 Oct 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

You can right click on TRUMBLE-DESKTOP, then Properties to see the size.

Try this to see if there are more files on the drive.
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
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