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Windows 7: Missing alot of HDD

09 Apr 2010   #21
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devildog93 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
This could be the shadowstorage. Open an elevated Command Prompt (run as admin) and paste this command in:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Then look for your drive and the 3 numbers (used, allocated, maximum). It would be the allocated that is the current size of the reserved shadowstorage (the area where restore points go).

If that is it, post back and I tell you how to resize/delete it.
Under the drive I:\
Used Shadow Copy Storage Space: 95.864 GB <20%>
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage Space: 98.786 GB <21%>
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space: 139.728 GB <30%>
There you go - there are your 98 GBs that are missing. And it will continue to grab space all the way to 140GBs. If you want to reduce it, do the following:

1. right click on "Computer" in the right pane of Start
2. go to Properties
3. go to "Advanced System settings" on the top left
4. go to the "system protection" button
5. click "configure"
6. there you can adjust the slider to any value you like - it should be sitting at appr. 140GB right now.
7. don't forget "Apply" and OK
That should work, but if it doesn't, you can always backup all data and completely reformat the hard drive via Partition Wizard.


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09 Apr 2010   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Note: I had omitted one step in my previous post. I added it as step 4a.
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09 Apr 2010   #23
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devildog93 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
This could be the shadowstorage. Open an elevated Command Prompt (run as admin) and paste this command in:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

Then look for your drive and the 3 numbers (used, allocated, maximum). It would be the allocated that is the current size of the reserved shadowstorage (the area where restore points go).

If that is it, post back and I tell you how to resize/delete it.
Under the drive I:\
Used Shadow Copy Storage Space: 95.864 GB <20%>
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage Space: 98.786 GB <21%>
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space: 139.728 GB <30%>
There you go - there are your 98 GBs that are missing. And it will continue to grab space all the way to 140GBs. If you want to reduce it, do the following:

1. right click on "Computer" in the right pane of Start
2. go to Properties
3. go to "Advanced System settings" on the top left
4. go to the "system protection" button
5. click "configure"
6. there you can adjust the slider to any value you like - it should be sitting at appr. 140GB right now.
7. don't forget "Apply" and OK


BLAM-O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am curious as to why it was set so high, as I don't remember setting it on that drive, I have been in there before, but I only adjusted the C:\ drive, and never messed with any of the peripheral HDD's, or other partitions.

But I am not complaining either way. I appreciate any and all suggestions given, regardless of their outcome.

Thank you nogreymatter, whs, and everyone else. It is safe to say this is solved, and also safe to say this forum is outstanding, and I learned alot more cool stuff to do with partitioning that I had no clue about before.
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09 Apr 2010   #24
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote:
vssadmin list shadowstorage
I was not aware of this command. Thank you.
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09 Apr 2010   #25
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Yes, thanks. Good one WHS! That'll free me up more on other HDD's if I want. SA-WEET!
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09 Apr 2010   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You are all very welcome. There are more useful vssadmin command parameters. See here: Vssadmin
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09 Apr 2010   #27
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You are all very welcome. There are more useful vssadmin command parameters. See here: Vssadmin

Good link. Thanks for the information. I surely do learn a lot here!
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09 Apr 2010   #28
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I checked all other drives and made sure only C:\ has system protection allocation.

On the drive that was in question, I:\ it is still showing 1% (4.66GB) Max usage
O bytes under current usage though. It won't go to 0% on Max Usage.

NO BIG DEAL at all, you saved my 94 or so GB, but just curious to why...

A: Windows would put this on this drive and no other externals
B: And this is only drive that won't go to 0% other than C\


Just curious. Thanks otherwise though
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09 Apr 2010   #29
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devildog93 View Post
Thanks but that's not it.

The Verbatim HDD is an external. Should have no windows features or folders on it, but it does....why, don't know.
I went and downloaded WinDirStat. Basically it has no idea either.
You have bounceback express on that drive... That is some pretty potent imaging software that backs up your system to external drives. The scrabblefragus numbers you see in the root directory are actually backups of your system... which explains where all your space is going.

Windows 7 Backup Software | BounceBack Ultimate | Hard Drive Backup



DUH on my part

Good call Common Tater.

Wow, I learned alot today. Very cool stuff. And the BounceBack is prob not gonna let me get rid of that last little 4.66 GB......which is A-OK


Awesome job guys all of you.
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09 Apr 2010   #30
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devildog93 View Post
I checked all other drives and made sure only C:\ has system protection allocation.

On the drive that was in question, I:\ it is still showing 1% (4.66GB) Max usage
O bytes under current usage though. It won't go to 0% on Max Usage.

NO BIG DEAL at all, you saved my 94 or so GB, but just curious to why...

A: Windows would put this on this drive and no other externals
B: And this is only drive that won't go to 0% other than C\


Just curious. Thanks otherwise though
Was this drive new when you bought it?

I'm thinking you may have inherrited somone else's headache.
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