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Windows 7: Missing alot of HDD

09 Apr 2010   #31
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

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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.
Actually I deleted that message because in afterthought, it seemed that having backup on an external drive was probably a *good* thing.... I have several external drives that are used for no other purpose... However, new drive or not, the very first thing I always do is get them into Disk Management, delete any and all partitions and redo them from scratch... I'm a real advocate about "starting fresh" with this stuff.

I knew a guy some time ago who bought a used hard disk... 320gb, which was HUGE for the time he bought it... 3 days later the police where at his door asking him what he did with the hard disk. As it turned out he'd not installed it yet and the thing was full of Kiddie Porn .... the police needed it for evidence!

Since then... brand new or not... wipe, partition, format.... every drive.


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09 Apr 2010   #32
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

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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.
According to the store, The Source by Circuit City, it was new.
Possibly though. Very basic packaging box that could easily be able to be put together to look original.
Still happy though.
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09 Apr 2010   #33
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by devildog93 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post

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.
Actually I deleted that message because in afterthought, it seemed that having backup on an external drive was probably a *good* thing.... I have several external drives that are used for no other purpose... However, new drive or not, the very first thing I always do is get them into Disk Management, delete any and all partitions and redo them from scratch... I'm a real advocate about "starting fresh" with this stuff.

I knew a guy some time ago who bought a used hard disk... 320gb, which was HUGE for the time he bought it... 3 days later the police where at his door asking him what he did with the hard disk. As it turned out he'd not installed it yet and the thing was full of Kiddie Porn .... the police needed it for evidence!

Since then... brand new or not... wipe, partition, format.... every drive.



NOW THERE IS SOME OTHER GOOD ADVICE.

Careful what you buy, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who did he buy it from................................ the ?
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09 Apr 2010   #34
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try this command to get rid of the 4+GBs. Note that 300MBs is the minimum you must have.

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=I: /On=I: /MaxSize=300MB
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09 Apr 2010   #35
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Try this command to get rid of the 4+GBs. Note that 300MBs is the minimum you must have.

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=I: /On=I: /MaxSize=300MB
OK, I ran that in elevated command prompt, but when I go into computer properties, under sytem protection it still only allows it to go down to 1% or 4.66 GB.

I will try re-boot to see if that changes will post.


EDIT: The I:\ dirve is still unwilling to release that last 4.66 GB, down to 300MB as your command attempted. Maybe because of the the BounceBack Express program on it?

Like I said, not too worried about it.
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09 Apr 2010   #36
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

If you really want that last 5GB just completely format the hard drive. That'll kill anything on the drive. However, you have to do it from a third party program, Windows may skip those partitions.
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09 Apr 2010   #37
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
If you really want that last 5GB just completely format the hard drive. That'll kill anything on the drive. However, you have to do it from a third party program, Windows may skip those partitions.
Oh, OK. I think I will just leave that last 4.66 GB alone. I can live with losing that little bit, and formatting, moving the current files etc. etc. might be more than it is worth, as I did get most of my space back.

Thank you for your suggestion and help though, I appreciate it.
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09 Apr 2010   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You could investigate a little more about the BounceBack - I am just too lazy right now to read all that stuff ( Windows 7 Backup Software | BounceBack Ultimate | Hard Drive Backup ). It looks like a useful program, but if you are not using it, you might as well get rid of it.
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09 Apr 2010   #39
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You could investigate a little more about the BounceBack - I am just too lazy right now to read all that stuff ( Windows 7 Backup Software | BounceBack Ultimate | Hard Drive Backup ). It looks like a useful program, but if you are not using it, you might as well get rid of it.
OK, will do that. And if I do deem it unnecessary, and it is causing the loss of the 4.66GB, I will probably get rid of it if safe to do so. Thanks again WHS!

PS. I can't figure out where to give people REP. How do you do that? I have alot to dish out to many different people on this site, all of whom deserve it.

This site is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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09 Apr 2010   #40
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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