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Solved: Will setting a drive as a backup drive reduce what's shown as available space

Question: Solved: Will setting a drive as a backup drive reduce what's shown as available space

Ok, this is a weird question, I know, but I don't know exactly how to Google this to find the answer.

I have a 1.5 tb external drive (which shows up as something like 1.3 tb in Windows). I use it for storage, but now I have it set up to automatically back up my internal drive. Now it shows up as 1.04 tb in "My Computer." I looked in "Disk Management" and it seems to have three partitions, two of which have no drive letters assigned. So, I just have one quick question, is that normal?

The reason I ask is because today I was messing around with dual-booting Ubuntu. I just wanted to make sure I didn't mess something up.

To anyone who answers, thanks for putting up with a stupid question, lol.

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Preferred Solution: Solved: Will setting a drive as a backup drive reduce what's shown as available space

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Answer: Solved: Will setting a drive as a backup drive reduce what's shown as available space

What is the make and model of the external drive?

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I know this is not a 7 OS but I have a Toshiba laptop that one of my work colleagues has with XP on it.

She is saving very hard for a new desktop (with 7) and needs this machine for the meantime.

Now the machine only has a 40GB HDD and I have been trying to empty it out but no amount of uninstalling programs seems to work. I have had to install IE8 (6 before) Comodo free and SP3 so I guess that is some of the problem?

I have removed nearly 300 malwares from the machine and really I wouldn't be doing this if she didn't need it.

I have done some Googles and have seen some refs to media caches and the like but I just don't know where to look and Googling is coming up with nothing much at all.

Can someone please give me a few pointers as the disk is now just 1.35GB shy of full?

Answer:Cannot reduce the used space in hard drive

Have you tried WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics to see what is taking up that space?

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Dear friends,

I recently moved a backup file stored in an external HD to a new location using copy/paste. Then, I moved it back to the original location. Now, this backup file is presented as a regular directory (doesn't show the backup file icon) and is not eligible to restore files. How should I make it visible again to restore files?. Also, there are a lot of zip files inside this directory containing the backed up files, but as I said, the backup date is not shown in the restore session.



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Windows Backup Program - how can I cope with its high Disk Space usage (because it creates too frequently new Backu-up sets)?

On my new Windows 7 Ultimate PC (64 bit). I need to backup my C Partition (approximately 23 GB in the system Image created by Windows Backup) , most of the data files of my H partition (approximately 14 GB) and most of the photo files on my F Disk (approximately 120 GB).

I bought with my PC an additional 2TB internal disk, that I intend to use nearly exclusively for Backups.

I was looking forward to use Windows Backup and its excellent incremental Backup capabilities. I was intending to run the Backup program weekly and to backup with it the C partition, my data files(on H) and my photo files (on F). In addition, I was intending to create less frequently backups on large external USB disks, that I store in a Safe of my bank.

I was quite happy with my first tests of the Windows-Backup. But after running the Backup Program approximately 5 times (I do not remember exactly the number of times), I was surprised to see that the Backup program had already created a new Backup Set with a new Full Backup of approximately 123 GB. After the creation of approximately 15 Backup sets, my Backup Disk will be more or less full.

Creating a new Backup Set as frequently as the Back-Up Program did, represents an important problem for me. Because, I was intending to keep my backups for quite long time.

I will therefore appreciate very much to get some help, in ... Read more

Answer:Windows Backup - reduce its disk space usage?

Wow a lot to read, I will answer what I know.

All schedules are handled by the task scheduler. Go to start by the windows orb and type task scheduler. Once in the scheduler there is a panel on the left. Click on the little triangles on the left of the names to open the tree, in full.

You will see system restore, you can go in and change the schedule. You can even turn the schedule off so that you can do it manually.

Do the same for windows back up.

I wil look at the rest of your post and help if I can.

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In order to recover from the AVG update disaster I was required to reload Vista leaving me with windows old and new on my C drive. After moving what I could to windows new I deleted all windows old. Now none of windows old is shown in the c drive, however, none of that space on the drive is shown as available. I also have since upgraded to Win7. I feel that I have appx 150GB of c drive space I cannot access. Not very warm about a format and reload. Any help appreciated.

Answer:Deleted OS space not shown as available space on "C" drive.

Hi there,
Use this tool Disktective, freeware disk-space reporting tool for Windows and see which folder or folder is taking up all you space.

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I have backups on several external USB storage devices. S:, T:, U:, V: and currently V: is my backup drive. I simply want to start cleaning out old backups as I have run out of space. on all my drives. V: I have reduced to a single current backup copy. However on S:, T: and U: there are several dated backups from a time ago that is now somewhat dated. So, I want to free some of this space.

It seems I cannot just change locations and manage my backup space without performing a new backup. That's sick. Anyone know a way to change the location without actually performing the backup?

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drive Q has what appears to be 14 GB -  it says free space is 6.91 mb.    other files are using 11.19 GB?    a backup has never be ran since new -  about a month.  What do I do?  I have a ThinkCentre M83 pc, running Win 7. 


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Answer:Not enough space to run backup on 1TB drive

Drive Q is the restore partition. The 11.19GB of data is the operating system and installed apps for use when you perform a system restore. It is not connected to backup

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I want to use my laptop hard drive as a backup drive on another computer. I have put it in a caddy. Can anyone please advise what preloaded software I need to keep on it.Thankswrg

Answer:Setting up a backup drive

Can anyone please advise what preloaded software I need to keep on it.You do not need preloaded software on the drive.Just set up your backup schedule on your computer.What operating system and backup software you use will depend on how you do that.I use Acronis to back up weekly.

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Hi all, new to the forum so please forgive me if I don't get terminology right or ask really dumb questions. I have a new desktop pc -HP pavilion p6-2203a- pre installed with windows 7 home premium service pack 1. I have a new 2tb Seagate Expansion external drive. Apparently on the hd I have 1.76tb of space, yet the system will not do a backup as it says there is not enough space. When I check through ''disk management'' the whole bar is blue, I thought if it wasn't used it should be black? Today I have spoken to hp, seagate, and microsoft who all say it isn't their problem and tell me to call one of the others. This pc is only a fortnight old and I have already had no end of trouble with it!
I have also tried to save a copy of the ''system image'', but it won't let me do that either.
Sorry for such a long post but has been a reeeaaaalllly long day trying to fix this and just about ready to throw this thing....

Answer:New external hard drive 2TB-won't backup-says not enough space

Maybe the backup programs are not ready for very large partitions.
I try splitting it into two partitions. Use one for backups and the other for images.

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I am attempting to use Windows Backup on my Dell Inspiron 560MT with Win7 Home Premium installed. It fails supposedly for lack of space available on the receiving external drive (250 GB gross, 232 GB net), of which 26.6 MB only is occupied.

The space occupied by files and folders in my hard disk partitions, C: and I: (recovery) is 171.07 GB, so I do not understand, why there is insufficient space. Surely there should be at least
231-172= 59GB left once the backup is completed!

Can anyone explain and advise? Please!

Answer:Windows Backup says not enough space on external drive, but there is

Could you take a snip of your Disk Management and post it? It would help to see exactly how your hard drive is set up.

Open Disk Management - How Do I Open Disk Management in Windows?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

You may have a problem with insufficient free space in the hidden 100MB ?System Reserved? partition.

The backup did not complete successfully - not enough free space.

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Im running winxp pro, on an athlon 1.8ghz w/ 512 ddr ram.

After I reinstalled win xp because of an unsolvable and non-restorable windows bug my secondary slave harddrive no longer showed up in My Computer. It was working fine prior to the reinstall and although it still shows up in Device Manage under disk drives, it is the only place. The problem could be that my master hd was designated as D: and it is now renamed C:; what the slave was named before. I want to know if there is any way to restore the harddrive to its previous state or recover the data that is on the slave as it does contain 80 gigs of data that is quite hard to replace.

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard drive not shown

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I have Windows 7 on my Toshiba laptop and I need to create much more space on my Toshiba 1TB portable hard drive with software NTI EZ backup 3 (upgraded to EZ 4). How do I remove the backups and start all over again?

Answer:NTI backup ez says to create space on my toshiba hard drive, if there are only NTI backups on that external drive partition and nothing else important, just reformat it.message edited by phil22

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I have Windows 8 Pro installed on my C drive.The size of my C drive is 313 GB and D drive is 372 GB. I want to reduce the size of C drive to 100 GB and add the remaining space to D drive or create a new drive altogether.Kindly provide a stable and safe solution with detailed steps.

Answer:How to reduce the partition size of C drive and add it to D drive in Windows 8 Pro?

A very clear guide with screenshots here:

Hope this helps.

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Im having trouble installing my external hard drive. I
plug it into my USB port and it registers the hardware, but i have no way to access it through "My Computer". When i check it through device manager everything checks out fine, but it still won't give me an icon in My
Computer. What do i do?

help apprciated. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: External hard drive icon not shown.

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I wanted to make a backup of my hard drive. My system (which has Windows XP) has Tech-in-the-Box, which is supposed to make it really easy to do so. I push the 'create backup button'. It tells me that I don't have enough room and must allocate some. Okay. I have no idea what it is talking about. So I contact tech support through Tech-in-the-box and asked them how to do so. I try to do what they told me. I accidently partition all my availble hard drive space away. So this is what my disk manager tells me. (I have a 120 GB hard drive)
(C 26.44 GB FAT32 Healthy (System)

80.37 GB Unallocated

DICE_BACK 5.00 GB FAT32 Healthy
So more then 80 GB is where I can't use it. How do I get it back!? Tech support realized that I my computer's warrenty juat gave out and is not helping me anymore. I don't know what to do.

Now my Tech-in-the-Box program does have an option to 'Restore Original Factory Setup'. Now I realize that this will wipe my hard drive clean and reset what was originally on it. However since 26 GB full hard drive is no good for doing things like....oh say, anything, I am willing to do this. I have burned all the important stuff to CD. Is this what I should do?

I'm a beginner and can usually do more then just someone who just got on computers. But right now, I'm in way way way over my head.

Answer:Tried to expand backup partitions and ended partitioning off all hard drive space

If you can find Partition Magic, and someone who knows how to use it, it's easily fixed.

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Hi all
Here is what happened.
I had to uninstall HP Photosmart C4100 series only because I was missing some wording on the buttons that just disappeared for some reason, so I went on thier help and support and it showed the exact same problem and what to do about it, It said to uninstall the program and then just reinstall it.
Well now, when I go to reinstall, it will not automatically start so I clicked on my computer and dvd-rw Drive (E and there are no files, in fact it states that my my file system is CDFS and the CDA Default - Full ___ It says all space used 672 MB and Free Space 0 Bytes

What the heck happened, I am no computer wizard so can you please help me to correct this, I can't download the Photosmart program back onto my computer ????


Answer:Solved: DVD-RW Drive (E:) Used Space/Free Space 0 ?????

CD might be dirty...

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Is there a freeware version of a backup software that compresses as it backs up, to reduce the number of DVD's required or could someone recommend a procedure to accomplish the same. Thank you.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+, x64 Family 15 Model 67 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2942 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 353097 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, Nettle2
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Solved: How do I reduce size of backup?

All of the "Imaging" program that I know about, do compress the data.
I would NEVER do a image to a set of DVDs, get yourself a 500 gig or large external USB drive for these back ups.

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Hi,I am using Lenovo Z460 running on windows7.How do I reduce the disk size of drive-C and increase the disk size of drive-D Thanks

Answer:how to reduce c drive and increase d drive

Hi, That can be made using free partition editor named GpartedYou can download bootable cd image from here Remember to make backups before using any partition editor software there is always a risk that something goes wrong!

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.



Answer:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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I have a compaq presario desktop machine which is generally working fine. It has 3 front usb 2.0 ports. Recently the K drive, which corresponds to the top front usb port is shown as a DVD drive in My Computer. This is no cosmetic thing as the usb port is now useless. Can anyone suggest how to change the K drive back to being shown as a USB port?

Answer:usb drive letter now shown as a dvd drive

How to change a drive letterTo change an existing drive letter on a drive, on a partition, or on a volume, follow these steps:1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.5. Click Change.6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, click the drive letter that you want to use, and then click OK.7. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the drive letter change.The drive letter of the drive, the partition, or the volume that you specified is changed, and the new drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.

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I have a similar problem as a previous thread, with a little bit of a difference. My PC has 3 hard drives and one DVD drive. I can see 2 of the hard drives in Libraries, but not the 3rd hard drive, or the DVD drive. If I go into Computer Management, they are shown, but say "No Media", and the internal hard drive is shown as "removable".

It won't let me right click anything except to access Properties or Change Drive Letters/Paths. These drives were working until fairly recently, but the hard drive was the first to give me problems. Sometimes it wouldn't show up, and rebooting the PC would let it show up. Now, however, that no longer works. I have data on that drive I really want to keep, so formatting it is not an option. And of course, I can't format a DVD drive.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Answer:One hard drive, and my DVD drive not shown?

The DVD and the HDD may be different problems - maybe. Try this:

For the DVD, see whether this helps: Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs

For the disk have a look in Disk Management first and see what it says there. If appropriate, post a snip of your Disk Management.

And as a general catch all, you could try to run sfc /scannow in elevated command prompt.

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My computer keeps saying I have low disk space in C drive.....I delete things, but to no keeps popping up that I have low disk, I have kept my eye on this and mark it down every loses disk space and I don't add a went from 986 to 981 in one day and I didn't add anything..... something seems like it is going on my C drive and I don't know what????? email??? although I don't think I get alot of that???? help me someone?????????? Muggy

Answer:Solved: Space in C drive

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I've noticed my drive is missing over 10GB of drive space. The root directory, if I select the properties of all the directories/files they add up to 40.8GB.

I have 63.4GB of Total drive space, of which 40.8 is being used, Windows states there is 13.4GB free... so where is this other 10GB?


Answer:Solved: Drive space...

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I dont ever seem to have any available space on a cd when I write data to it. The capacity seems to change to the amount of data I entered, and it won't let me add anything to it. It's partitioned as cdfs. I wrote 25 mbs. of data to a blank cd and when I want to add more data to it, it says cd full! Says the capacity of the cd is 25 mbs. Is this a partitioning problem or what? Appreciate your help.

Answer:Solved: cd drive available space

It sounds like you're finalising the disk as you burn it.
Depending on the software your using you should have an option to leave the disk open for adding files at a later date (multisession).

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I have an HP mini and i believe its on windows vista or XP.
I have very few programs that don't take up that much space but for some reason my memory keeps changing and seems like its random,one day I'll turn my computer on and it'll say 17MB and the next 5 hours it might say 0bytes. I am trying to get Itunes (99.9MB) and install java (100Mb to do) but my space left on my local disk is 27mb. My local disk maximum is 14.5GB and i don't understand what took up all that space,i've been searching through my computer deleting what i could and disk cleanup dosen't work and even sometimes makes me have less space. What can I do?

Answer:Solved: No space on drive

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I am nearly out of disk space on my C: drive (28 gigs). My system is suppose to have a total of 80 gigs (the rest is on D: drive). How do I tap into the reserve disk space? I have tried for days to figure out how to do it but I keep coming up short of my goal. I still get messages telling me to dump old programs and compress my files. I have done that already and now I just want access to the rest of my memory. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Need more space on my C: drive

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I have an 80GB drive that I have partitioned into several drives. My C: drive is 4000MB (approx 3.9GB). According to My Computer the C: drive has only 614MB of free space. Yet the contents of the drive, showing hidden files, only takes up 1.78GB. I am running XP pro. I know XP is a monster of an OS compared to others but I don't understand what is using all the space and why I can't see it. The OS is the only instalation that resides on the drive. Does XP have several hundred MB of space that is not accessable even through the show hidden files option? Thanks for any ideas.

Answer:[SOLVED] Where did all the space on my C drive go?

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New member and first time poster. I have been using XP at both office and home. Scrapped my old home pc and assembled a new one with the help of a technician recently. Made five partitions of the 250 gb hard disk and installed Windows Vista home Basic. After installation of the OS and MS Office, Avira antivirus and Mozilla firefox,I find the used space of the C drive is already 14.7 GB! I have some more applications and some games for my son yet to be installed. Though they may add only about another 5 - 10 GB or so, with frequent updates of windows,antivirus etc, I feel 50 GB may not be sufficient in the not too distant future. Especially if I add some applications in future upgrade to Vista home premium.

So I told the technician to merge the C and D drives in to a single 100 GB C drive yesterday. He is also not very familiar with vista. When he tried to do it with partition magic he was not successful. He was not aware of any other utility which can work with vista and said he will find out after a few days. Can any of you guys help me? Is my only option to re-format the whole thing and then install the OS again?

I wish I had struck to good old XP!

Answer:Solved: Increasing C drive space

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When I built my machine a couple years ago, I used a 64GB SSD for my OS. That space is very cramped so I got a great deal on a 240GB SSD to replace it. I used EaseUS Todo Backup to clone my C drive (64GB).

Here's what I expected - my new drive to show the same amount of space used as the source drive, with the remaining space available for use. Meaning, my C drive has 60GB used. I expected the new drive to have 60GB used, with the remaining 170+GB free. What I have is my new drive partitioned with one partition showing the 60GB used (the exact same space as the source). The other partition has the empty 170+GB free.

What I'd like to do, without messing up the clone, is to have the new drive utilizing the entire 240GB of space as one partition rather than two partitions. What's the best way to do that?

Answer:Solved: New cloned drive - use all the space

You can do it with the method shown here :-

Is it really 2 partitions or just 1 and the rest is 'unallocated' ?
If it is 2 partitions you may have to delete the 2nd one first.

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I'm slowly running out of space on my Windows C Drive, with all the updates and stuff like that. Is there any way to move free space from other drives into the C drive? If so, please help me out here guys

Answer:Solved: Allocating more space on C: Drive

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I just did a Clean install of Windows 2000 on Dell XPS D300. Before I did the setup, I deleted my d:,e: & f: partitions via FDISK on my hard drive which is 8.6GB. My intent was to have only the c: drive on my 2000 system. During the install the c: drive was formatted. The install itself went flawless but now I only have a c: drive with only 1.99GB. Did I totally goof this up and will have to do another install or is there a way I can increase my c: to its full HD capacity? Your help is desperately needed, I have 18 Zip 100 disks to restore.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:{Solved} - Where did my space on my Hard Drive Go?

Sounds like you installed to a FAT16 partition. FAT16 is limited to 2 gig.

If you install to NTFS you shouldn't have that problems as NTFS does not have a 2 gig limit.

If you want to fix what you already have (so you won't have to reinstall) you could check into Partition Magic by PowerQuest as it alters partitions without data loss.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech

6/6 added pay for home page site - nothing to install!
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My Dell Latitude C840 Laptop only has 3% free disk space left on my local drive, well 288MB free space from 9.36GB.

Can you suggest any immediate actions to take which can increase my free disk-space to at least 15%. I tried defragmenting the disk the other day, however it only had 14% free space, meaning i couldn't run the action. Yet today, it's shot down to 3% all of a sudden. The only installations i've made over the last few days is updating my drivers, however i haven't even finished that process yet.

Any suggestions ?

Answer:[SOLVED] Only 3% Free Space on C Drive

Hi try using this to see what is taking up the space TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

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Is there any way to recapture more free space on the C drive? There is only 9% free right now and the PC is not running as fast as it should.

All the unnecessary programs have been removed as have all the unneeded graphics and files from my desktop and emptied the Recycle Bin.

Thanks again!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) 3000+, x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 959 Mb
Graphics Card: VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 33584 MB, Free - 3159 MB; D: Total - 4561 MB, Free - 353 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC., Kelut
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Answer:Solved: Need more FREE SPACE ON C DRIVE

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During a routine check of Hard Drive space, I was surprised to see I was using 60GB

However, I set explorer to display everything, selected it all, and got 40GB.

I've uploaded a picture of it.

I can't explain it. Where in the world did 20GB of space just... vanish?

Answer:[SOLVED] Lost space in C: drive

Hi and Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista!

I would suggest that you use TreeSize to look deeper into your system for answers. It will provide you with a detailed folder-by-folder analysis of the space used by the hard drive. You can download it HERE.

By far, the largest difference that you will see will be in the \users\ folder. This folder contains files that Vista does not allow you to see, regardless of the level of your admin account. Excluded \users\ folders by Vista include the subfolders \Default, \Public and \appdata.

Here is a screen shot of the system that I am currently on to show the difference between that which Windows repots and TreeSize:


Regards. . .


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I have recently set up Windows Vista and from what I can tell, I've used almost double the amount of space I should have.

I recently enabled the viewing of the true administrator account with the command "net user administrator /active:yes" and that account now has all the programs of the current one I'm using on it. Could that be accounting for all the extra space? For instance, I install a program on this account using up 2 GB of space, and it copies it onto the other account, using 4 GB of space in total.

Could this be what's causing the issue, or is this not how it works? How can I stop programs installing on both accounts?


Answer:Solved: Hard drive space

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I have set up my dual boot system of windows 2000 server and windows 2003 server. I have ran in a bit of a problem though. I need to take 1 gig of space from my 2000 server and give it to my 2003 server. How do I go about doing this, please?

Answer:Solved: Drive space question

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Hey folks , I am trying to find out where all my gb have gone to. I seemed to go from 20 to 2 very quickly. Is there a good utility that will tell me what is using up my gb? Maybe one that Will list everything on my computer and tell me what is safe to delete and what is not?I have gone to add/remove programs but there does'nt seem to be much to uninstall there.

Answer:Solved: hard drive space

DL EasyCleaner

Use the clear files and Unnecessary files buttons - I do not recommend
using the Duplicates files button as many dupes are there on purpose.
Not all tmp files will delete – that is normal.

In the unnecessary button I check the top 4 entries
Music Videos etc gobble space - if no joy

Get HiJack This V1.99.1 - double click the DL file and click UNZIP letting it extract to its default folder C:\Program FIles\HiJackThis, run it from there, DO NOT fix anything, post the log here.

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(my apologies if this is the wrong place. I wasn't sure where to put this)
Hello all. I've been having this issue for awhile now. I have a Samsung 840pro 256gb SSD as my main drive. It holds my OS, and only a few games and a couple of programs. I also have a Seagate Momentus Slim 320gb dive for my file libraries and other data. Now on my SSD it says 68.7gb free of 238gb. I've calculated that I only installed about 45gbs (thinking on the high side) of programs and games. I know my OS (Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit) takes about 20gb of space. With that said I should only be using about 65gbs of drive space. And since my file libraries are on the Seagate, I don't have any pictures, videos, documents, etc on the SSD. Just the OS, a few games, and a couple programs. I'd also like to point out that I do use CCleaner, but not often. I did use it just today to try and free up space, it only freed up 1.5gbs. So, anyone got any ideas as to what's hogging all my precious drive space? I think maybe I'll run Malwarebytes and Avast Internet Security just in case. Thank you in advance for any help.

here's my system specs:
Case: Rosewill R519-BK
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TA970
CPU: AMD FX-8320 (not oc'd)
GFX Card: MSI R9 280 Gaming OC 3gb Edition (not oc'd)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8gb 1333mhz (2x4) (not oc'd)
HDD: Seagate Momentus 320gb
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256gb
Other additions: Rosewill RCR-IM5001 75 in 1 Card Reader, TP-Link TL-WN951N Wireless Card
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Answer:[SOLVED] What's hogging all my drive space?

Install Tree Size Free
TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
Run as administrator when you launch it. This will show you exactly how the storage is being used.

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I just bought a New laptop 2 weeks ago and I have been downloading lots of programs and lots of other things to make this 'my' Laptop.

But I am completely shocked at the amount of space everything is taking up on the hard drive
I want to know what is going on, What is eating up all my space

Some info
I have a 320 GB hard drive
Right of the back its decreased to 288 (for some reason, but every drive is like this I think they that missing space is for the drive format or something [I would like to know])

I have downloaded
12 GB of personal data
11 GB of all Programs (including program data and everything)
1 GB miscellaneous
I have nothing in recycling bin (or C drive temp data)
Windows Vista is taking up 20 GB (wtf but ok)

I should have 244 GB remaining

but My computer is telling me I have 199GB of Free space

WTH where is my other 45 GB going

Hybernation and system restore are probably taking up some space (not sure how much)
(I'm going to defragment tonight)

Please can someone explain this to me and maybe tell me how to get back some of my GB
Thank you

Answer:Solved: Where is all my Hard Drive Space going?

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Hey guys.

I've recently been quite low on hard drive space, and being the cheap penny pincher I am, I'm putting off buying an extra one until it's absolutaly neccesary. I remember one time seeing a product on tech tv that would allow you to see all the things that are taking up space on your hard drive, but I can't remember what it was. Does anybody know of any programs like this?

Answer:Solved: Hard drive space

Try Treesize Free Edition

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I am getting a pop up window saying i am running low on harddrive space, when i go into add or remove programs i notice alot of security update for windows and windows XP hotfix icons, i know these are important but are they taking up alot of space ? and do they stay on my system permanently ?
Is there anything else i can do to solve this, i have done system clean up and disk defrag already.

Thank you


Answer:Solved: Hard drive space XP

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Supposedely when I had this computer built it came with a 40gb HD. When I look at C, it shows 2 GB. Is there a ryme or reason why it's not showing all 40gigs ? Or hmmm maybe I got ripped off ?


Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Space

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4800+, x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1917 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 49999 MB, Free - 8298 MB; D: Total - 10000 MB, Free - 7137 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, Nettle
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled
I am deeply confused due to the fact that I have not downloaded a lot of programs yet the drive says only about 8 GB free is available out of 48.8 GB space. I have tried everything!! Disk cleanups, deleting unused files, deleting unused programs etc. please help!!!

Answer:Solved: What is taking up all of my Drive C: space?

This program should help you out.

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I have xp sp2 installed on a 17 GB partition. c: properties says I have used 9.8GB and7Gb free. I have 9 folders and a few tiny files on C: and very few programs installed.

If I add the sizes of 9 folders (Windows-3.09 GB Program files-1GB) I only get about

What or where might the other 4 GB be?

Thanks, John

Answer:Solved: space used on hard drive

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I just got a warning dialog that the C drive was dangerously low on free space. I checked properties and it showed the disk was nearly full. I can't imagine what would be taking so much space. I went through the programs in the Control Panel and uninstalled a bunch of programs that I rarely used, but it made only a small difference. I also ran the disk cleanup utility, but that didn't make much difference at all.

Is there some utility I can run to identify what is taking so much space?

I'm running Windows 7-64 with a 500 GB hard drive.

I back up all my data on the B drive, also 500 GB.

C drive:
B drive:


Answer:Solved: Very low on disk space on C drive

SpaceSniffer works well for me.
You need to run it as Administrator

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okay.. before i start let me inform u that there are numerous threads on this and i have gone through all of em and tried quite a lot of solutions... nothing seemed to help much......
i am running windows xp and i am gonna install windows 7... the windows 7 upgrade advisor says i need 16 gb of free space to install windows 7 (32bit), whereas i have only managed to clean up 11.5 gb of space. my total space (in c drive where xp is installed) is 29.2 gb... i deleted the temp files, downloaded many softwares to clean up etc as mentioned in the forums. but nothing seemed to help much. i checked the c drive and the major space occupying folders are :-
1) documents and settings-( 5 gb after moving contents of my documents to an external hard disk)
2) program files - ( 2.8gb after uninstalling all unwanted softwares..
3) Windows - (4.7 gb)
4) and there are lots of TEC files named "pc_eng.str_0A99CC00_0000927F.tec" and so on which i dont know what to do with!

So any help would be greatly appreciated.........

Answer:Solved: how to free up space on c drive....??

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Last night I was copying 2.75tb from drive A to B, I let it run all night came back in the morning and it was froze up 99% of the way through the copy. So I scanned B, rebooted and tried to copy the remaining 55gb but I got the error "there is not enough space on B" I have 800gb available on B, and although I had 2.75tb of files selected (from A) my intent was to opt to "skip" all the existing files on B which would have left me with about 16 times as much space as I needed to complete the operation.

Windows is assuming that all the files I am copying are new unique files (2.75tb of them) and I won't be "skipping" 99% of those files I have selected for the operation & because I only have 800gb free I won't have enough space.

Any suggestions how I can get around this problem?

Robert Christ

Answer:Copy (backup) from drive a to b "there is not enough space"

Well I kinda solved it, Because I had 800gb free on the target drive I systematically selected small sections of the 2.75tb source drive for copying that were smaller than the 800gb free on the target drive.

I like the feature warning you that the selected files are larger than the target device but apparently Microsoft engineers never considered the problem I came up against that although the files I had selected were larger than the available space on the target device many of them would have been canceled out by the existing identical files already on it.
Robert Christ

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Hello. I am writing to you because I have had a problem with my friends computer. It seems no matter what I do with the computer, her hard drive space fluctuates. I first tried to uninstall programs because her computer had 0 bytes left on it. It wouldnt uninstall anything because it said it didnt have enough space. I moved about 2Gb of files to my portable hard drive and it only freed up about 1Gb. Then I uninstalled a couple programs and the space went down even more, which doesnt make any sense at all. I then just sat there hitting the refresh button and the hard drive space just kept going down every second. I would restart the computer and then it would have 30Mb left. Now theres none. Im assuming its a virus that is just replicating files randomly. I've deleted all her temporary internet files and everything. I tried using her McAfee to find something, but it didnt find anything. I actually think that it hasnt been updated latly, but i cant update it now because she has no space left. Im going to try to install a couple different programs to my portable hard drive and then run em on her computer to see if they find anything. I can obviously restore her computer, but i dont really want to. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Answer:[SOLVED] fluctuating hard drive space

Welcome to TSF.

Download Malwarebytes ' Anti-Malware at or Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.

* Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform Full Scan, then click Scan.
* The scan may take some time to finish, so please be patient.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to restart (see Extra Note below).
* The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
* Copy & paste the entire report into your next reply.

Extra Note:
If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts. Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately.

Go to and follow the instructions on how to install the Recovery Console and run ComboFix. Go through all the steps until posting the log part. Post the combofix log here.

Download HijackThis at http://www.greyknight17.... Read more

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Hello, I recently just noticed the max capacity of my hard drive had reduced by about 30GB. It went from a max capacity of 160GB to 127GB. I recently installed Windows Vista Ultimate x64 from Windows XP Professional x32. At first I didn't notice this, but after I installed a few games I realized my free space was much lower than it should have been. On XP I'm almost positive it always said I had 150+ GB. This is a self built machine, so there was no manufacturer software on it. There is no visible partition. Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Lost Hard Drive Space

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Hello, nice to meet everyone. I'm hoping to get an answer to a problem that has popped up today...

I'm not a very tech savvy person, so when I was working today on my home computer, I updated my Windows XP, nothing out of the ordinary happened until it finished updating and asked me to restart my computer. When I did, the computer crashed, and restarted again, asking me if I wanted to restart in safe mode. I wasn't positive why it crashed, and as it explained on the screen "if you are uncertain why your computer has restarted in this way, or restarted do to a power outage, please try to restart in normal mode." so I did. Same thing... crashed again. I tried again, and again, same result... I told my computer "revert to last known working configuration" and it attempted to do so, so it restart again, and once again crashed, several times. So finally I decided to run my system recovery, granted I was a bit hesitant to do so, but I finally said, "Go ahead." and let it reboot again after running the recovery... when it finished, it acted like it was fresh out of the box ... asking me to reinstall my drivers for my graphics card, register my name for my computer, everything. I went through the process (not knowing anything was wrong) and began browsing through my folders to find out what was saved, and what was lost. Well, turns out I reverted to June 2006 (no specified date that I can tell) but I somehow kept all my programs that I ha... Read more

Answer:Solved: extra hard drive space in use?

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alrighty, i read a prior thread about the guy who was having trouble with his NT server, and tried all that NTFSdos program stuff with no success. I'm using winxp and i have a 40 gig hard drive i use just for media. it has 13 gigs of videoclips and misc files on it, however, windows seems to think it's got 27 gigs used. what the crap can i do.
p.s. it's recently been formatted.

Answer:[SOLVED] NTFS incorrect drive space

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About 2 GB of my C drive is being used up, but I don't know what.
In the C drive folder there is nothing to explain it, and then, after browsing this forum, I discovered the software TreeSize.

In TreeSize, it shows a pagefile.sys, that is taking up this space.

I have attached an image of this.

I'd like to know if this is normal, or is this something I need to get looked at. It's strange that is says "The process cannot be accessed because it is being used by another process".

Thanks in advance.


Answer:Solved: Can't figure out what's using up my hard drive space.

it shows a pagefile.sysClick to expand...

its called virtual memory that the OS uses, no you should not remove it. Yes it is normal.

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Not sure where to post this question...New Samsung laptop has 99gb of space on c drive and 350 gb on d drive and is almost empty. Shouldn't most of my space be on the c. I thought that the d was just to save system back up???

Thanks, Joe

Answer:Solved: Samsung notebook drive space

Yes, you are correct, but I would check with the OEM (Samsung) and/or the place you bought it.
It could be a "Returned" machine and was not cleaned up right.

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I attempted a W7 Backup yesterday afternoon. It ran for several hours, deep into the night. At first it seemed to be progressing normally. I went to bed. At about 2:00am I got up to check progress. The update was at 67% complete. Came back to check about two hours later and it was still at 67%. Stopped the backup and disconnected the external hard drive.

Checked C: drive for status and found that it shows only 8.08 GB of free space. This is about 80GB less than was available before the backup.

It appears as though half of the originally free space on C: is now allocated space. What happened.

More importantly, how do I recover that space.

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Unreal Tournament game got corrupted. So I uninstalled it, but the unreal tournament 2004 folder was still there. No big deal, so I deleted the folder. But it still shows the hard drive space being used with no option to delete, or that it is there.

If anyone can suggest a program/utility or method to fix this, please let me know. Thanks in adavance.

~Da Bob~

Answer:Solved: Missing hard drive space. Please help!

If you haven't rebooted, the drive space may not have been updated.

But you can use a visual utility to try to see where the space is going.

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New dual boot with 98 and XP Home on c: drive, have slave drive with about 800 megs free. XP keeps politely telling me that drive D is low on space. I don't care.....I'm not planning on putting anything more on it. Is there anyway to get rid of this irritating 'reminder?'

Answer:[SOLVED] XP Home Installation Drive D Low on Space

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Hello Everyone, I have an external hardrive that is 80gb. you can put 74.5gb of info on it. i have 21.4gb of info on it. When i right click on the HD and go to properties it says that i have 8.19gb of space left. last time i checked 74.5 minus 21.4 does not equal 8.19.

I had a large file on it. it was about 23gb, when i deleted it the file, the file went away like it was supposed to but the HD space never became available again. How do i fix this?

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive space disapeared

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530 with 2.0 G of RAM and a 32-bit operating system. I use Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 2. My Drive C has 39.9 G, but right now, only 1.52 G is free. In contrast, my Drive D uses only 12 G of its 248 G. I do not know why Dell partitioned my PC's Drive C, which has the OS, to have such little space in comparison with Drive D.

I use Norton 360 almost daily to free up space on my Drive C. It used to get me back to 10% or more of free space. Now, I am lucky to get 5%.

I currently use mainly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, IE version 9, Norton 360, Skype, Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9, my Epson PX-435A printer, Buffalo AirStation Nfiniti router, and a modem.

Over the past few years, I have moved various programs from C to D to help in my battle for drive space. They include Office and Adobe. But lots of stuff keeps accumulating on C.

I am sure there is lots of stuff that I could delete from C without impacting how I use my PC. But what can I safely trash?

Seeking info,


Answer:[SOLVED] Dangerously little free space on Drive C

Start by finding out where the space is going on the C: drive.
Download and run tree size free as an administrator:
JAM Software - Windows Freeware

That will show you how and where the space is being used on the C: drive.

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I have just done a new install of windows x/p and I have partitioned the drives as normal..

I have 80gn of hard drive and this is what I have now..

c drive has 37.2gb size and 32 gb space thats ok and fine..
e dive has 3.89gb size and 3.82 space thats ok and fine

the problem is d drive has size 33.3gb and has 24.7gb space and there is nothing in there at the minute why is it saying that there is not that much space when there are no files and foldeers in there.

Answer:Solved: Whers My Hard Drive Space Gone

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Ok, so here’s my problem. I just bought a new laptop which has a 750 GB hard disk. I wanted to partition it and everything went well (...aparently). I made a primary disk partition of 40 GB which I set to active and an extended disk partition using the rest of available space. Then, on the extended partition I created 2 logical drives (one of 200 GB and the other of 500 GB). Everything was all right until I tried to install windows, which didn’t work. I thought that maybe I didn’t do the partition correctly (it’s the first time I do it), so I deleted all the partitions and started all over, but the problem is that now, when I use fdisk , it doesn’t show me all the available disk space, but only 4 GB. Can someone give me some instruction about how to recover my disk space? It would be much appreciated. I believe that when I deleted the partitions, I didn’t do it correctly. I should have deleted the non-msdos partition first, I suppose, thing which I didn’t do, because I didn’t know I had to...

I should also specify that I can't install windows because an error appears after the files are copied. It is the blue screen windows error...

Answer:Solved: Missing hard drive space

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Hello. I am new to this board but have had computers since the first personal computer came out (a little flat keyboard, black- utilizing BASIC). Anyway, I have a one yr old Lenovo N500, Win Vista 32 Home, 3G RAM, 147G of C drive space, with Malwarebyte antimalware, Threatfire, Microsoft Security Essentials, windows Firewall as security.
Within the last 2-3 days, I started to notice that my hard drive space was almost gone, from 147 to 145 and would vary day to day, after turning the computer off and on. I ran SpaceSniffer to find out where the G was going (after deleting programs and documents and noticing that it wasnt making a dent in it, as well as running disc fragmenter and cleanup). I had 15G inWindows, 3G each in documents and pictures and 3G in program files and the rest was in UNKNOWN SPACE. I ran idisk.exe as well and it stated that that same area was not accessible. I have already back upped my important items and prepared to do a factory restore if that will take care of it. Any suggestions?

Answer:Solved: Unknown Space on Hard Drive

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I have a problem about missing hard drive space. Up until last week I have like 110GB of space left on my hard drive. Then it started fluctuating all the way down to 2GB. So then I turned off system restore because a friend of my suggested I "turn off system restore"; that gave me back "65 GB". Now I'm still missing like 50GB or so of free space.

Is there a file under hidden folders that I need to delete? Or has anyone ran into this issue?
My OS is Vista Ultimate - if that helps.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Missing Space?

Try TreeSize to locate where the space is being consumed.

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The guy who built my computer I believe partitioned the hard drive into a c drive and an e drive. I think he told me this, but it's been awhile, and I don't remember why he did it this way. I'm not an expert on this.

In any case, from looking at the properties of the respective drives, c has 4.3 gig, of which only 89 meg is free.

E has 107 gig, of which 91 gig is free.

I am getting message that my c drive is almost out of space. Can anyone start me on the path to rectify this? Incidentally, in the folder c:\windows\ folder, there are over 100 folders with names like
C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB885835$, and each has a folder under it named "spuninst".

Thanks for any help anyone can provide me.

Answer:[SOLVED] C drive running out of disk space

Install Paragon Partition Manager. It?s easy to use. open Paragon Partition Manager, Follow instructions.

Be careful. Some computers have the recovery software installed in the hard disk; resizing any of the drives may make the recovery function inoperative.

Do you have a windows xp disk?

Paragon Partition Manager

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[/B]Recently i had to reinstall Vista. After i did this, 28GB of my hard drive space is gone from what would have been 400GB. I tried everything; reinstalling Vista;deleting the whole partition; formatting the hard drive... e.t.c. I tried to search for errors too.
I'm running Windows Vista.
My original "total space" was 400GB and now it shrunk to 372GB.
If anyone can help, i would REALLY appreciate it.
I have been trying fo figure out how for the past 14+ hours.[/B][/B]

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive space missing.

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Ok I after some time I just now saw this however I am not sure what to do. I am including a screen show as well. OS is windows 7. What made me start looking is the fact that I didnt like that I was taking up a lot of hd space on my C drive, so I started digging a little bit which can be dangerous for me. C is my main drive with my OS. How do I allocated the portion that is unallocated WITHOUT deleting my OS or any files?

Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Unallocated Hard Drive Space

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I had a 200 GB HD which became defective. I was able to fully back up all the data on an external USB drive. I bought a Western Digital WDC2500SB EIDE drive which is 250 GB. When I went to restore the data from the Toshiba USB drive I made a wrong selection and although all the data and OS was intact the drive only shows 189 GB total capacity in My Computer. I can back up onto the external USB drive. My question is "How can I format or whatever to utilize the full space on the WDC (250 GB)?"
I use the EaseUS backup freeware on the Toshiba USB drive.

Answer:Solved: How To Access 100% of Hard Drive Space

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I have a toshiba laptop running windows 8. I recently bought a seagate 2TB external hard drive. I was going to use it for a recovery drive for the laptop os and backup for my files. when i ran the setup to put a recovery partition on the drive, its now all i see. the laptop doesnt recognize it as a 2TB drive anymore. it just see it as a 32GB recovery drive. what can i do to restore it. I wanted to have recovery and a personal file back up.

Answer:Solved: external drive space change

A Recovery Drive is suppose to be made on a dedicated USB drive, and it really should be a USB key/thumb drive as it doesn't need the capacity of an entire hard drive.

You can however use the drive for backups using File History or System Image Backup.

You can go to Disk Management and delete all partitions off the drive and then create a new partition that's the full size of the drive.

Disk Management:

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I have a 140 GB HDD that, at one time before I attempted a backup, had very little space consumed. If I remember correctly, there was about 35GB of operating system and applications on the HDD. This drive has my W7 OS.

I don't recall all of the details but somehow the backup was interrupted. The good news: Everything that was functional still is except that I now have only 7.58GB of free space on the HDD.

I've done a little bit of reading and I think I know what happened. I suspect that while doing a backup, the data is copied to a location on the HDD that will eventually be cleared IF the backup is allowed to conclude normally. Since I interrupted it, I surmise that the free space has now been occupied by the unwanted copy of that data.

My question is: Is there any way (other than reformatting and starting over) that I can retrieve some of that "free space"?

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive with Little Free Space

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Hi, I have reformatted my laptop which is a hp compaq 6715b. Before i done this i had 250g of space, since doing this i only have 127g of space. Any ideas where its gone and how to get it back? Thanks

Answer:Solved: Lost hard drive space

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okay so yesterday i started to remove crap i didn't need or use any more and freed up 111GB of 149GB shut down my PC and went to sleep today when i turned on my PC i started removing the rest of the crap when i went to check how much hard drive space i have it said 110GB free so i ran disk fragment after the disk fragment was done i only had 105GB also when i add up my program files, windows, user, and some hidden folder in my local disk :C it only adds up to less then 30 GB so why dose it say i used up 43GB

Answer:[SOLVED] losing hard drive space

Hi. . .

Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management?
START | diskmgmt.msc

Download/install Treesize Free edition. Go to desktop, right-click on icon and run as admin. This will tell you folder-by-folder the space being used.

Regards. . .



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I don't know why this is happening. I seriously don't.

I had to do a clean uninstall and reinstall of Avast on my Windows Vista because Full System Scans weren't appearing in its scans after an update. The clean uninstall and reinstall seemed to have fixed the issue.

However something new has appeared that has never happened to my Vista before. The C: drive/the main hard drive space is constantly filling up.

I'm not installing anything. I download some things but not every day. It used to be around 207 GB of free space. Now, all of a sudden, it's at 189 GB.

I tried Google searching this but it really didn't help. All I got was a suggestion to scan for viruses and to use disk clean up. I checked disk clean up (but didn't run it) and it only said 40 MB. I did read from Google to do the same for System Restores and Shadow Copies but should I really do that?

I'm just not sure what to do so I decided to post here and ask.

I scanned with MalwareBytes and nothing was found.

Can someone please help me out here?

I'd really appreciate any help with this.

Thank you.

Answer:Solved: C/Hard Drive space being taken up by seemingly nothing (please help)

I did read from Google to do the same for System Restores and Shadow Copies but should I really do that?Click to expand...

How much space are they using?

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XP on a system that has run fine for years. Just recently started doing some deep housekeeping with a lot of removing old programs. Suddenly my email wouldn't display the mail contents (which I figured was a storage problem) sure enough my free space was down to zero. I noticed my pagefile.sys was 2.5gb - so I changed it to 0 (I have 1gb ram). So now I had 2.5 gb free. Went to my mail and read all of my messages. Did some surfing and closed down for the day. Next day, read my mail (deleted 98% of it) got a message that c: was dangerously low. Didn't get any large files via mail - hadn't downloaded anything - hadn't installed anything - couldn't figure out where it went. Looked at each folder and file on c: and they all didn't add up to the drive size. I've spent the last 10 hrs deleteding things so I can run system restore and set it back to an earlier date. But can't get enough space to do that! Something is filling up my space but not in a way that I can find it. HELP! It's driving me crazy......... had AOL AVS running - firewall on - ran spybot - clean disk etc etc

Answer:Solved: Hard drive free space going to zero

Windirstat is a utility that will help you find files and folders that are using up all your drive space.

You might also try using CCleaner to clean up your browser history, temp files, and cookies. Use Index.dat Suite to clean up index.dat files. Delete old System Restore points, turn off Hybernation (and then delete C:\hiberfil.sys). Delete files in C:\Temp, C:\Windows\Temp, and C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp, and C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files.

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I have a compaq presario with a 75 GB hard drive. When checking available space I only had 1 GB free. I tried deleting old programs and files. I made all hidden folders visible I ran the disk cleanup, defragment, and checkdisk. After all this I only freed about another 5 GB. I ran the Treesize utility and noticed a problem. I have 32 GB used by programs and such and 6 GB free. This adds up to 38 GB total and I'm supposed to have just under 75. One thing I did notice is that access is denied to the folder C:\documents and settings\administrator\ . However when i pan over that folder in windows it says it is empty. I read unchecking the option for system restore will free up space and it did for me but only about 1.5 GB.

The only thing I can think of is that something happened when I changed some user accounts. I just bought this pc from a friend about 3 months ago and didn't change anything. I was just logging in under "administrator". I tried adding a user account for my girlfriend about a week ago and was greeted with a message that said I had to create a user administrator account before i could create a regular user account. So i created a admin account under my name and a user account for her. The next time I restarted the pc I noticed the default admin account was gone and replaced with my name and hers. Also gone( at least I think so) was all the personal files I had under the default admin account. There was alot there. Could it be possible... Read more

Answer:Solved: hard drive space missing

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Summary: There appears to be 26GB missing freespace on my 75GB HD. I am using a Dell Latitude D810 running XP SP3.

CHKDSK tells me there are ~37 GB available on disk, but Windows C: Properties tells me there's only 11 GB free space. There are only 1.2 MB in bad sectors, according to CHKDSK.

CHKDSK /R doesn't free up this space, nor does defrag.

I have turned off pagefile, hibernate, and system restore already and verified that the associated large system files have been removed. I have never run Norton.

This problem started after CHKDSK /R repaired an NTFS problem (Blue Screen of Death: Stop 0x24). The first Blue Screen happened during a simple file transfer (LAN backup) and then the Blue Screen would come back on every reboot. I ended up using an XP Pro installation disk to run CHKDSK /R, which solved the problem but then my free space was vaporized afterwards.

CHKDSK tells me there are 40GB in use, but Windows C: Properties tells me there are 68GB in use. Tools like TreeSize and Du agree with CHKDSK on the amount of file usage, but agree with Windows C: Properties on the amount of free space.

DiskView (SysInternals) shows tons of sectors filled with "System Files", but when I look up those sectors using nfi, most seem to contain legit files that were supposedly already counted by du, TreeSize, etc.

I wouldn't be surprised by discrepancies of a few GB, but 35% of my 75GB partition is too much!

Please don't reply asking me to check Syst... Read more

Answer:Solved: Missing Hard Drive Space

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So, maybe I'm an idiot, but I can't figure this out. I just installed a new hard drive (HITACHI Deskstar 7K2000 HDS722020ALA330 2TB) on my Windows XP x64 SP2 machine. For some reason, it's only showing half the free space it should be.

It shows its capacity at 1.81 TB, which is what I expect. But after I transferred 746 GB to it, it says my Used Space is 1.54 TB... this is pretty frustrating.

The volume type is Basic.

Can anyone help me figure this out? Could my problem be that this is somehow configured as RAID or something? I don't see any options for that in my BIOS...

Thanks for the help!

Answer:Solved: Hard drive using double space

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Hey guys,
I have my laptop partitioned into 2 drives. One for system and one for everything else.

On my system drive i have 60Gb and the D drive is 300ish. I have started to get the "Low resources" message on the C drive. I have looked around everywhere for the 60gb's and it gone. Vanished into thin air.

I navigate to C:\users and check the properties. it says there is 35gigs being used. Inside there users\kcameron - thats me - it says used 34gigs.

When i check through all of the libary folders inside i cannot find more then a few megs of stuff. so 34gigs is being used, but i cannot find it.

anyone have any ideas, or tools i could use to check this out? Its to the point where i cannot open many things without the system getting angry. I could always re-format, but other then this problem everything else is find.


Answer:Solved: Lost hard drive space

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so here i go,
so a couple days ago i was having problems with my computer where everytime i logged in to any account on my computer, it would automatically log out in utter seconds of logging in. i didnt know what to do at all, and my only option was to do a system recovery (i tried system restore, and i still wasnt able to log in.. it had the same affect).

i did the system restore thinking that my files would be there, but to my suprise my computer said it had NO SYSTEM RESTORE POINTS at all. i always though my computer did that automatically, but i guess not.

so i was, and still kinda am pissed about losing my files and programs, but whatever its life. so at this point im trying to get my computer back to where it is but here is the HUGE issue. i have NO space on my computer!
my c-drive says it can hold 142GB, yet i only have 3.49GB of free space.

here is another werid thing, today i was able to find files from the other accounts on my computer, yet my account the one which was used more frequentely i cannot find ANYTHING. the thing with that is, that could explain why i have no space, because my account used SOOOO much of the space on the computer. i looked up and down the C-Drive for any traces of my old files.. but i cant find them (i used the search feature too).

so what im trying to get at is, how can i just whipe clean my C-Drive off all the files so its like if i had just bought the computer (what i though system recovery was sapposed to do if i had no system re... Read more

Answer:Solved: C-Drive Space Problems! Someone Helps PLEASE !

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i ran disc cleanup and defragmented my laptop went through and deleted all the files i could find ichecked everydirectory and still only 120 of 250 free?

Answer:Solved: trying to free up space on hard drive but can only get 120 of 250 gbs?what is

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System Diagnostics Report
Diagnostic Results



Symptom: D: has less than 15% free disk space
Cause: A logical disk has a low amount of free disk space.
Details: D: has 601 MB free disk space. There is 8% free. Low disk space may cause poor performance and low virtual memory errors
Resolution: 1. Verify disk space is low by viewing the drive using "Computer" from the Start menu.
2. Back up non-critical files and then remove them from the drive.
3. Perform a disk cleanup.
Related: Free up disk space


Severity: Information
Warning: The average disk queue length is 1.020. The disk may be at its maximum transfer capacity due to throughput and disk seeks
Related: Disk Diagnosis

Basic System Checks

Tests Result Description
OS Checks Passed Checks for attributes of the operating system
Test Groups Tests Failed Description
OS Version Check 1 0 Passed
Disk Checks Failed Checks for disk status
Test Groups Tests Failed Description
SMART Predict Failure Check 1 0 Passed
Logical Disk Dirty Bit Check 1 0 Passed
Free Disk Space Available C: 1 0 Drive C: has 77% free disk space [175691 MB]
Free Disk Space Available D: 1 1 Drive D: has 8% free disk space [601 MB]

I have windows vista home premium. I have tried the disk cleanup and that didn't do anything. I cleared all the restore points except the last one and that gained me about 300MB for a... Read more

Answer:Solved: D Drive has less than 15% free disk space

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Hello everyone,
Does anyone know how or where I can find step by step instructions on setting up a Maxtor ATA hard drive as a secondary drive. I know that it does require a jumper to set up as secondary, but that's as far as I've gotten. I need just a litter more help.

The computer is running XP Pro.


Answer:[SOLVED] Setting Up a Secondary Hard drive

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In my bios I see that the setting was set in the ACHI mode.?

Award Software Bios-
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8188 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238368 MB, Free - 192442 MB; D: Total - 238467 MB, Free - 238370 MB; E: Total - 95385 MB, Free - 89351 MB; F: Total - 95385 MB, Free - 95293 MB; G: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 318811 MB; H: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 379385 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-MA785GM-US2H, x.x,
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enable

Answer:Solved: Bios setting for sata drive

Im guessing its in that mode because you have windows 7 in the computer and a SATA drive. vista and windows 7 are set for ACHI. to run windows xp the setting is usually SATA,ATA,IDE, or compatability.if theres another reason why maybe someone will be along with a better answer.most brand new computers at least laptops now have SATA drives and no longer use IDE drives.

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I have just bought a new computer with vista and a 750go hard disk. I
now want to reduce the c: partition to a minimum - I always do that
with my computers, I would like to reduce it to about 100 go and have
a "data" partition with the rest.
But when I try to reduce the size of c: , I can only reduce it to 350
go. Do you know why ? With XP I never had pbs reducing to whatever I

Answer:Can't reduce size of drive C: enough

Originally Posted by tony Hi,
I have just bought a new computer with vista and a 750go hard disk. I
now want to reduce the c: partition to a minimum - I always do that
with my computers, I would like to reduce it to about 100 go and have
a "data" partition with the rest.
But when I try to reduce the size of c: , I can only reduce it to 350
go. Do you know why ? With XP I never had pbs reducing to whatever I
Antoine These two may help you: Free Up Lost Disk Space in Windows Vista How To Resize, Extend, Shrink, Delete, Merge Partitions In Vista.

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Hi have just joined this great forum and this is my first post

I recently got an Acer 1810TZ with win 7 installed. My desktop runs win 2000 and the OS is currently less than 2.5Gb and I consider that bloated as originally it was more like 1.4Gb. I like to image and can easily put that on a dvd even without compressing the file.

On my new Acer the OS is taking up between 12 - 14Gb depending if I have a restore configured. I have partitioned the HD into several partitions. I only keep the OS and absolutely min stuff on my C drive and I have one partition dedicated to the page file only, 3Gb, and have all my programs etc installed on another partition. The recycle bin has also been reduced to 256mb on the C drive

Is there a way to significantly reduce the OS (C drive) to say less than 4Gb ?


Answer:Can I reduce the size of Win 7 on C drive

Welcome to the forums!

I'm sure an expert will be along before long, but the consensus seems to be ... no. If you want Windows to save some restore points and have room to roam, its best to allocate more space not less. Like 50GB. A separate partition is a good idea.

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Can I use an ISO program like PowerISO to produce a backup image of the hard drive? I tried on my other machine but files in use prevented the operation - I think it was something like "hiberfil.sys" but I disremember.

Answer:Solved: Is it possible to Backup the C drive using .iso?

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What is the best, or easiest, way to backup an entire hard drive. Can I compress it to disc?
Any suggestions?

Answer:Solved: How to backup a drive

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Hi everyone,
I installed Ubuntu on my computer a few months ago and created another partition for it on my 1TB hard drive.

I didn't really care for Ubuntu so I decided to delete the partition it was on.
That might have been a mistake.

Well, now there's 87.68GB of free space on my hard disk that I can't use and I don't know how to add it back to my c: partition.

There was another post about this a couple years ago, but I don't understand the instructions and am not actually sure if it worked. Can someone explain how to do this, please?

I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I'm not familiar with partitioning disks. It was just the one time with Ubuntu.

Answer:Hard drive partition: adding free space back to c: drive

The unallocated area is actually an empty extended partition. You need to delete that first.

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I have 11.4 gig available on my Hard drive. Rescue and Recovery reports that there are backups of 42.7 on the HD and 35.4 on the USB drive. Lenovo System Tools says I have a total Drive space of 128.1 GIG on my HD. We know that 42.7 GIG is a Backup image on HD, and 11.4 is available on HD, and we are now using 35.4 GIG of space on the hard drive. Therefore 42.7 + 11.4 + 35.4 = 89.4. There is still a missing 38.6 GIG even if I could remove 42.7 GIG from the hard drive. Does anyone know how I can remove the 42.7 GIG backup image from my hard drive and also recover another 38.6 Gig of space? Rescue and Recovery / advanced tab will only let me remove 35.4 GIG on the external USB Drive.   

Richard N. Kaufman

Answer:I have lost 80 gigabytes from my 128.1 GIGs of total drive space (160 GIG - 5400 rpm drive)

You have not mentioned which OS you are using?Did you check out system restore and the space allocated to that?

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Msinfo and defrag tell me I have a total of about 38Gb with about 14GB free and 24Gb in use.

A program called Treesize calculates that my files take up about 16Gb.

If Treesize is right, I wonder what that 8Gb, the difference between the 24Gb in use and the 16Gb taken up with files, is being used for?

Should I get more Gb's on my hard drive, and, if so, how do I do that?

Thanks, grandpaw

Answer:Solved: Calculating the free space on my hard drive

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I have this stupid issue with my hard drive: my space is constantly decreasing ! I know it's stupid question,how can i fix problem ? It really irritates me I don't have so much programs installed, my system is clean but issue still persists.

Answer:[Solved] Hard drive space suddenly decreasing

Do you mean free space or overall disk size? Have checked with disk management tool?

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From what I've read, this has been a common problem. Let me tell you everything I've done so far to fix this problem. I apologize if my computer lingo is less than stellar. I'm learning as I go:
Unaccounted for, disappearing hard drive space on Windows Vista. Ran the vssadmin list shadowstorage command, changed how much shadow files can be stored, and still nothing. I have about 2GB of programs installed, 40GB of media, documents, and pictures total, no viruses, have run the disk defrag, disk cleanup, and emptied recycle. I still show only 37GB of 286GB free. My WD External hard drive says that the bulk of my memory is taken up by "system files," but I can't find files to delete.

Specs: Gateway NV52 Windows Vista operating system

As I said, I have malware protection, have done complete scans, and no viruses or infected files are found. I changed my shadow storage to 15GB, but my hard drive space didn't improve one bit. I'm not in a position to afford a professional to diagnose and fix the problem, so I'm open to any and all suggestions.


Answer:Solved: Disappearing Hard Drive Space on Vista

Check out this link, it's solved this problem for others many times.

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I have a compaq presario PC with Vista programming.

I continually get messages telling me I have low disc space in Recovery
Drive D. It loses space rapidly and now I have almost no disc space, I cant even run a backup because I dont have enough space. I have uninstalled everything that was not being used or redundent, and have cleaned up the disc, but to no avail. Help, what do I do? And why does it keep on filling up with things I am unable to detect. I am a novice user, so I need help. PS: It is only a year old.

Answer:Solved: Low Disc space on Recovery Drive-Vista

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