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Incorrect Hard Drive Usage Being Reported.

Question: Incorrect Hard Drive Usage Being Reported.

Hello all,

I couldn't determine whether this is being caused by the OS or the Hardware, but here goes. I recently decided my HD was due a reformatting. I transferred files my clean (virus-scanned) files onto an external HD and back again after reinstalling Windows XP (SP2).
Reinstalled the most crucial drivers first, and whilst reinstalling various applications, I saw a small notification pop-up in the bottom right informing me that my C drive is running low on storage, then again soon after informing me it's critically low.

Bringing up the properties of my C drive displays the following:

Bringing up the properties of the contents of the C drive (including hidden and protected operating system files/folders) displays the following:
I also opened up disk defragmenter to see if that had anything to say which might help, and though it reports the same inaccurate usage for C, in the top pane, the graphical chart seen at the bottom would indicate that around 50% of C Drive space is unused:
I've never encountered anything like this before and really have no idea how to further analyse the problem; any suggestions apprechiated, thanks.

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Answer: Incorrect Hard Drive Usage Being Reported.

What files?

Was it just data files or all of the files on the old supposedly clean drive like Windows, program, and data files?

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Thanks to the support from this site I have just successfully cloned my friends 4 gb to a 20gb the system is on ME, I have scandisc & defragged ok, the drive is seen in the bios as 20gb but is reported in windows as the old 4gb drive is this possible to tackle or do we live with it, everything functions fine otherwise.

Answer:incorrect Hard drive size reported ?

The rest of the drive is unallocated free space, use a Win98se Floppy boot disc click here after downloading put floppy in drive and double click the file this creates the boot disc. Start comp with disc and let it go to A:\> then type Fdisk follow through and create a Logical Partition of the free space

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I have a Windows XP PC (2002 model), and TuneUp Utilities keeps saying that the hard disks are fragmented, even after the TuneUp maintenance shows that it's been fixed.
All the lastest Windows updates are installed.

Answer:Why is my hard drive usually reported as fragmented?

How much free hard disk space do you have? try running Windows Defrag and see what that reports.

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A friend of mine had his sdhc card corrupted. His computer frooze when looking at photos on it, he then removed the card and now it can't be accessed anymore. I try to recover the photos on it. When I insert it in my sdhd card reader, I hear the sound windows make when a new periphical is inserted but I don't see the card in Windows Explorer (no letter assigned). I have then tryed Photorec. It search for quite a long time then find the card, but report incorrect size :

524kb Generic-Multi-Card

Instead of 4 Gb it should be. It is noted under this in Photorec :

Note: Disk capacity must be correctly detected for a successful recovery. If a disk listed above has incorrect size, check HD jumper settings, BIOS detection, and install the latest OS patches and disk drivers.

I have tryed several time with the same result. I have also tryed with Testdisk with the same result (524 kb reported). I have not tryed to rescue with this size in fear of losing the content of the card.

The card is a Kodak 4GB SDHC Class 4. I am testing with a know to work card reader on laptop running Windows 7 SP1 32 bits. I have cleaned when contact with a little bit of alcool on q-tips with no change. Also, sometimes the card is not detected at all when I lauch Photorec or Testdisk. I have tryed with both latest 6.13 and beta 6.14-WIP Photorec. I have also tryed the card in another digital camera with an unusable error message. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Photorec incorrect size reported

The card (or rather it's contents) may already be too corrupted to recover anything.
You might find something here useful:

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Every alternate boot, the reported free space on one of my two drives (Total 40 GB) reduces & increases by about 400 MB. I've turned System restore off, run 'Wipe Free Sp[ace" with BC Wipe & still this variation persists. What could it be?

being slightly 'anal', i am compulsively booting twicew before using the comp so that i start with a correctly reposted 'free-space'. Its driving me nuts!!

I have Zone Alarm Security Suite & WinPatrol installed. Also run Ad-Aware SE Personal & Spybot S & D regularly - so i have good protection. Someone please share your experience & suggest a solution.


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A friend of mine had his sdhc card corrupted. His computer frooze when looking at photos on it, he then removed the card and now it can't be accessed anymore. I try to recover the photos on it. When I insert it in my sdhd card reader, I hear the sound windows make when a new periphical is inserted but I don't see the card in Windows Explorer (no letter assigned). I have then tryed Photorec. It search for quite a long time then find the card, but report incorrect size :

524kb Generic-Multi-Card

Instead of 4 Gb it should be. It is noted under this in Photorec :

Note: Disk capacity must be correctly detected for a successful recovery. If a disk listed above has incorrect size, check HD jumper settings, BIOS detection, and install the latest OS patches and disk drivers.

I have tryed several time with the same result. I have also tryed with Testdisk with the same result (524 kb reported). I have not tryed to rescue with this size in fear of losing the content of the card.

The card is a Kodak 4GB SDHC Class 4. I am testing with a know to work card reader on laptop running Windows 7 SP1 32 bits. I have cleaned when contact with a little bit of alcool on q-tips with no change. Also, sometimes the card is not detected at all when I lauch Photorec or Testdisk. I have tryed with both latest 6.13 and beta 6.14-WIP Photorec. I have also tryed the card in another digital camera with an unusable error message. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Photorec incorrect size reported

I have been answered in another forum. The answers were :

You have gone about as far as you can go on this one without special tools and knowledge of file structure. You need to do a recovery of this card but programs will not do this one for you. You need a special reader and understanding of how to reconstruct the file structure to do this one. You should try a DR company who specializes in this type of recovery and has the tools to do this with. Good luck


Ann is correct, you cannot proceed further on your own with this one.
Suggest you contact Eric at Datacent in Canada or Luke at Recovery Force, they will be able to sort this out for you.

For those who stumble upon this post with the same problem.


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i got a 250GB sata drive installed win xp pro SP2 on the c: drive(43.9 GB NTFS)... i got a great problem...when i select all the files in the drives(including hidden and system files) and select properties it says (SIZE :2.01GB , SIZE ON DISK : 1.92 GB)however when i right click the drive and select properties it shows (USED SPACE:4.01GB, FREE SPACE: 39.9GB)!!!how is this possible?? where is that extra 2GB space....i have not enabled sytem restore of any of the drives too...and no files in my recycle bin too.....any help pls/

Answer:pls help...incorrect free space reported...

Is this drive partitioned?  If not, then why aren't you asking about the difference between 250GB and 43.9GB?

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I recently purchased a refurbished E-machine, and after having to replace the memory, finally got it to load windows, and reboot corrrectly. I did wipe the hard drive, and reformat by writing zeroes, then used the restore disks, and re-inatalled the o/s, as it had gotten corrupted after the memory crashed. I now have it running properly, but the HD does not show correctly in the device manager, or in the properties for each drive under 'my computer'.

The HD is a Seagate Barracuda 80GB (7200rpm). I have downloaded (and ran) Seagates 'Seatools' Desktop utility for checing the HD. It found numerous errors on the first test, and I selected to let it correc them, then ran it again, and it found 2 errors, and I again let it correct them. Both tests showed no problems with the memory.

The properties within my computer for each are as follows:
C: (Local Disk) 28.0GB Capacity / 19.1GB Free
D: (Recovery) 3.47GB Capacity / 1.66GB Free

Is there a way to get windows to recover this free space that is not being reported? I just got this all set up, adn would prefer not to do a clean install, but if that is what is necesary, I will do that. This is a model# T-3830 E- machine, with WinXP Home pre-installed, a 2.8Ghz Intel Celeron, and 512 Mg RAM.

I do have XP Pro available if I need to do a clean install, as well as Symantecs partition magic, although I looked through it, it seems to be able to reassign volumes of already created partitions, and n... Read more

Answer:Hard drive size not reported correctly

Are you sure it is the drive that is reported incorrectly? Pehaps you just have small partitions created?

See the Drive Manager in Computer Management.

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I image copied data from a 20 GB Maxor hard drive to a 60GB Maxor hard drive using the Max-Blast v1.30 utility that ships with the Maxor hard drives. All data was correctly copied, but the 60GB
hard drive capacity now is read by Dos and all other utilities as 20GB. I tried deleting the DOS partitions and reformatting the hard drive, but it still is recognized as a 20GB. Does anyone know how to recover the missing 40GBs?

Answer:Hard drive capacity being incorrectly reported

Does your BIOS and OS support large partitions?

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Hello all. I am a new member of this forum and I am trying to get some questions answered on my  ThinkCentre S50 system. Since 2007 I have a ThinkCentre S50 8183-TSG that I use for Photoshop, now version CS5. In order to enable Open GL for advanced graphic options and improve general performance I placed 2 GB of RAM and a GE 8400 GS PCI type graphics card. This works just fine. The system came with two partitions on the hard drive, C and D. Considering the capacity of the drive I wanted to make just one partition of this. I used a program to erase the D partition and take the free space into the C drive but now the 160 gb hard drive is only reported as 128 gb. A search on the Internet indicates that this can be a BIOS limitation, the BIOS version is 2AJT51A which I believe is the latest. I am running Windows XP Home edition, updated to SP3 with all the latest updates for everything. Can this be solved or do I just have to live with it. I am not in the mood to format the whole thing and reinstall everything again. Kind regards, Hans


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Answer:ThinkCentre S50 8183-TSG 160 gb hard drive reported as 128 gb

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Based on this, your HDD has 149GB actual capacity.
If you go to Disk Management (Right Click on My Computer -> Manage -> Disk Manangement), does the space add up to ~149GB? Do you see any uninitialized drive there?
Let us know.

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I've got a friend who is experiencing that problem. I used to have the same probelm too, but it just got solved after a few reboots. I told him to defrag his partition, but that didn't work. I told him to disable "System Restore", because I know it takes up space, but it was already disabled. He scanned for adware and spyware with Ad-aware, Spybot - S&D, and Ewido I think, all updated. I saw he had this "Indexing Service" enabled on that particular partition, so I told him to disable that too, but it just changed the free space a bit, though not to the correct value. I know he has two partitions, the troublesome one is C:, it's NTFS, and the capacity is 7.81GB, the other partition's (D capacity is 29.4GB, and it's FAT.

So, why does it happen? Is there any way, other than format, to fix this problem?

Answer:Incorrect free space reported in Windows XP

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Looking for help on a strange problem. My drive C reports 220gb used with right click properties yet when doing a rough count, or more scientifically using Tree Size it reports about 25gb. Only other operation that I am suspicious of was that I was using Norton Ghost to back up until I realised that doing that to the same drive was not clever as it was backing up the backups. I stopped that and deleted the 'large' ghost files. I have defregged, analysed with 'fix-it' and Norton but no change

Answer:Incorrect disk space being reported by properties in XP

do you have Norton Protected Recycle Bin?

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I have an issue which I think is related to this with my computer. On my second harddrive ( the one that I am not booting from) I have 31 gig "missing". It is suppose to be a 100 gig drive. I dont think this is a virus, since the amount does not seem to be changing and I have been adding and deleting files from this drive. Free space does change as you would expect, with the addition of this 31 gig that is being "used."

OS = Windows 2000 Professional

Reported by Explorer:
Capacity = 93.1 GB
Used = 79.8 GB
Free = 13.3 GB

Reported by properties window:
Size = 48.1 GB (51,681,556,778 bytes)
Size on disk = 48.1 GB (51,661,704,491 bytes)

I know about hidden files and have windows set to show them, plus this drive should not have any because it does not have an OS installed on it.

Answer:Incorrect free space reported in Win2k

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I am running Win98SE with a 40GB Hard Drive. I am constantly keeping an eye on my free space, and watch what I download, but recently it has been running very low on space. Even though I have been downloading things, collectively, they could not equal the amount that is taken up each time. On My Computer it says I have 700mb or so left, but when I select all the files/folders on the root of my C drive it only comes upto about 33 Gig. I dont know if that method is entirley accurate and I know somethings arent accesible through the windows explorer, but could someone give many any advice or tips to be sure of my Free Drive space?Any help appreciatedConor,

Answer:Possible Incorrect Free Drivespace reported (Win98

hidden and system files including the swap file which changes size depending on what you are doing can account for some of the "lost" space, formatting and the manufacturers way of describing drive space can also take a few gig's of space from the "40" gig advertised.a 40 gig drive after partitioning and formatting would probably pan out about 37gigi think really its time to invest in another drive if you are so close to filling the one you have. as hard drive prices are so low at the moment, now is a good here are offering free delivery in december. worth taking a look. also check click here

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My Windows XP Pro SP2 laptop reports to me that I have 2.66 GB free on my C drive, which is a 40 GB drive (37.2 Gigs formatted). Yet when I add up the size values for every folder on the drive through My Documents-> Properties (with it showing all Hidden Files and Folders) it adds up to 25.15 GB which would theoretically leave 12 GB open. But, again, it reports only 2.66 GB free.

I just attempted to add files that totaled 3.36 GB to it from my external drive to see if it let me. It did not, but when I checked the free space after deleting the test files, it said 5.02 GB.

Does anyone know what's going on and/or any way to fix it?

Answer:Hard Drive Free Space Incorrectly Reported

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I am frequently having to run scandisk to correct a problem where
a) the free space on the hard drive is reported incorrectly, or
b) size of a file is reported incorrectly.

Pentium III 600MHZ
256 Ram
60GB IBM Deskstar
both: WindowsME and WindowsXP (At different times not two simultaneously installed op systems.
Is it a hard deive problem?
software problem?
Disk was formated using MS Format
Thanks for any help you can give.
Jim Harding

Answer:hard drive free space reported incorrectly

Are you running anti-virus software? It could be caused by a virus.

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In VISTA I just reformatted my external Hard-drive (Western Digital 250 GB, NTFS). It now shows only 232 GB capacity !What happened to the rest? Is it really the case that "...two different measurement formats used. Decimal (GB) and binary (GiB) formats..."click hereAny suggestions:1) How to reclaim the missing 18 GB ?2) How to set VISTA to recognize ti as 250 GB?Finally, (Vista users) does your external HDD report the full capacity?

Answer:Hard Drive Size being reported wrong in Vista !

Windows reports the size correctly, i.e.divided by 1024, the manufacturers cheat a bit and divide by 1000.

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this is a strange one, recently installed vista home premium and all is running fine except that i am showing 256 mgb memory on my nvidia 8600gt graphics card plus 757 mgb shared giving me a total of 1013mgb. the card has got 512mgb,which was correctly reported in my last operating system, xp pro. it doesnt affect performance, infact,with service pack 2 on the computer, the whole system boots up/down and runs quicker than on xp. i'm just curious to know if anyone else has had a similar glitch and if there is a workround if needed. thanks.

Answer:incorrect graphics card memory reported on vista

I think it's normal, and to do with the way Vista uses vector based graphics and DirectX technology.

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Hi my advent monza t100laptop was turned off by my grandson shuting down and when I turned it back on I get aptio setup utility on screen and been told lost harddrive can I use my advent vsta harddrive and ry that in monza t100thanks

Answer:Hard Drive reported as empty after accidental power off during shutdown

What is the exact error message?
If your are getting the Setup Utility, then you probably still have the HDD and it is not lost. The HDD may, however have failed.
You can create an Ubuntu Live CD and boot off of that and it will allow you to browse your C: drive. This will also confirm that you do have a C: drive still and it is not lost. Then you can save any personal files to a USB HDD.
Once you are safely backed up, you can Run the Setup Utility and restore the computer to Factory Defaults. If that fails the HDD may need to be replaced and Windows will need to be reinstalled.

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Hello Gang,

One of my drives was running low on space, so I moved files from another partition to the right, to a different drive and deleted the partition. I then resized the drive low on space to fill the new 20GB that I had just cleared. This was fine and no errrors were reported. However, after a restart a while later I noticed that both disk management and explorer reported I had 5GB free on the drive, even though it should have been roughly 21GB.

If I open explorer and select all folders on that drive and look at the properties, it shows 29.6GB of data. The drive has a capacity of 60GB, and shows only 5.71GB free. This makes no sense at all.

Please see the image attached.

Is there some kind of counter in the registry that maintains these numbers?


Answer:Incorrect Free Disk Space Reported After Partition Resize

Please post a snip of your maximised disk management

Some files, for example windows image backups, will not display there size as they are hidden but i suspect your issue may be that space is being used by system restore, recycle bin, pagefile & hiberfile if you use hibernation
There are some settings you can change to alter this depending on your setup

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I have 8GB of RAM (7.90 usable) and I get "Your computer is running low on RAM" messages, up to the point where Windows asks me to close programs or even closes some. The problem is I don't see this reflected in the Task Manager -> Memory column for the running processes. Any idea what's eating up my RAM or why Windows is falsely reporting it's low on RAM?

Screenshot: the reported RAM adds to around 2GB, but the reported 77% would mean 6GB are being used. What's up?!

Answer:Abnormal RAM usage / reported usage

Post a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab when the problem occurs.

Adding up the items in the process memory usage column will never equal total usage. It was never intended that they would. There are major users of memory that are not processes, not all of which are shown in Task Manager. And in this case not all processes are shown. You must select "Show processes from all users" to see all processes.

The error message states that the computer was low on memory. The problem usually has nothing to do with RAM at all.

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I recently ran into a situation where a rogue anti-virus application was still being reported by Windows Security Center as being installed even though it had been removed. Someone else here experienced a similar issue.

After doing much web searching, I managed to stumble across this page:

it provides steps on resetting the Windows Security Center catalog it uses to "know" which anti-virus apps are installed or not. This info is also useful if you've uninstalled one legit anti-virus app and are trying to install another legit one. In the event a legit anti-virus app doesn't do a "clean" uninstall, the steps on that page can help Windows Security Center recognize the old app is no longer installed.

I have done this on the Windows XP system I mentioned above and it worked well. I started this thread to make others aware of this in the event they are fighting with Windows Security Center erroneously reporting multiple anti-virus apps being installed.

I have NOT tested this procedure on multiple systems or different releases of Windows so if you decide to give this a try, USE CAUTION!


Answer:Info on correcting incorrect anti-virus software reported by Windows Security Center

I wanted to add that you can take care of this manually in XP:
1. Click on the Start menu.
2. Select Run...
3. Type wbemtest and click OK
4. Connect to root\SecurityCenter
5. Click on Query
6. Type in or copy/paste SELECT * FROM AntiVirusProduct and click on Apply

If there is more than one result, it means there is more than one Antivirus program installed. Double click on each result to view the properties for that Antivirus product. Identify the product(s) installed and DELETE any records for an Antivirus software that is no longer installed.
For the firewall listing you would have to query SELECT * FROM FirewallProduct

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I just installed a second hard drive (Maxtor Diamond Max Plus) 60G but once formatted it shows as 31G in Windows explorer. I have a Compaq Presario 5330 with 64 MB Ram/original 4G hard drive.

Can anyone tell me why the size is not correct on my 2nd hard drive and if/how I can reslove the problem?

Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive Size Incorrect

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Hey, After I installed Far Cry and Doom 3, my hard drive space only went down about 40 or so mgb, but when I uninstalled Far Cry, (by now my hd space was about 110 mgb) instead of getting three gig back as I had planned, I only got like 2-300 mgb! What's going on?

Answer:Incorrect hard drive space

I'm slightly confused by what you are saying...
You started with 110MB
After installing farcry and doom3 you went to 40MB or so?
Then after uninstalling farcry you got back 200-300MB?

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I recently tried deleting a 2nd partition I had, and combining it with my first one. I used partition logic, but it gave me an error saying it could not resize my first partition. However, when I tried rebooting parition logic, it shows the drive as being the correct size now. Only problem is, Windows XP is not giving me the extra space:

I have used GNOME partition editor with the same results as parition logic.

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i seem to have a problem with the free space quoted in windows when i view disk properties it quotes my free as 10 gb from a 30gb drive. but if i highlight every thing it and go on view properties it says iam only using 18 gb which means i should have 12gb. i don't have any hidden files and it is not my primery drive (windows on a diffrent drive) i have windows xp professional who do i solve this

Answer:hard drive space incorrect

18 and 10 is about right 28Gb for a 30GB as they are not true Gb's. they use the 1000Mb as a 1Gb but it should be 1024Mb per 1Gb

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First of all i want to take this opportunity to thank all of you guys helping out on this site, thanks to you i just finished building my first pc a few hours ago and it is awsome...only one little snag though, i have a samsung hard drive IDE that is 160gigs, and even after downloading sp2, windows still recognizes it as 127, that is with all my software installed, and i remember hearing some one say you have to install the service park for windows to correctly acknowledge the size of the hard drive.....any advice

Answer:Incorrect Size Of Hard Drive

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I'm using windows XP Pro and I just finished formating my external drive to NTFS. This drive use to be a FAT 32. I backed-up my files to DVD's and after reformating the drive Windows is claiming there are 73.2MB's of use space. Is this normal? Is there something wrong? Do I need to reformat the drive again?

Answer:Incorrect used space on my Hard drive

It's perfectly normal. The MFT consumes some space in an NTFS filesystem. You're good to go.

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I have a 10.2 Gig hardrive, but my sytem only thinks it is 1.4 Gig? Any ideas how to resolve.

Answer:Hard drive size is incorrect

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Hi can you help.

I have a problem with my computer.

I have two hard drives. One 750gb and one 300gb.

the 300gb one used to be my os system, window xp home edition. After a system crash and no backup (Stupid I know!!) I tried to repair xp. When I tried to repair it my system now only recognised the hard disks as one being 130gb (750gb) and the other 33gb (300gb) this is via the operating system. Via bios the 750gb is recognised as being 750gb but the 300gb one recognised as only 33.33 gb???

Really never come across this. Tried formatting and everything but no joy.

Any suggestions anyone??


Answer:Incorrect hard drive size

Have you got all windows updates and SP3?


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I was wondering why windows does not accurately display the amount of storage space on hard drives.

For instance, I have two computers both with Window XP and both with 40 gb of storage. One computer shows 37gb total and the other shows 38gb. As well I installed a 160gb external hard drive and it only shows 149 gb of storage space. Thats a whopping 11 gb of lost storage space.

I have never seen the storage space on a hard drive accurately displayed. Why is that?

Thanks for any comments.

Answer:Incorrect Hard Drive Readings (Gb)

The amount displayed is correct. In computer-ese. a kilobyte is 1024 bytes. But computer manufacturers are still using the kilobyte as 1000 bytes. The result is that their drives look bigger to potential customers than they actually are.

Occasionally, when an OS is being installed, its setup uses a small partition for the setup process. In XP, that partition is 8 megs. That partition is not returned to the larger partition when the process is over, but it's only 8 megs and not worth worrying about.

If you get about 74 gigs on a drive that the manufacturer says is an "80 gig" drive, that is the real amount that you have.

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hey , i have a maxtor 40 gb drive which i have been using for a while. the capacity is usually set to about 37.2 which is correct. however, i have just formatted my drive and the capacity has now changed to about 31 gb. where has the rest of the space gone and how do i get it back?
thanks in advance to anyone that helps

Answer:[SOLVED] incorrect hard drive capacity

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My inspiron 620 was indicating an issue with the hard drive which indeed crashed later
I purchased a new hard drive, however I could not insrall Windows on it.
After several tries I run the diagnostic tool which is indicating the error code 2000-0151 incorrect status E3
As I doubt that the new hard drive is damaged too, would you please tell me what could be the issue  (mother board...)?

Answer:Desktop new Hard drive incorrect status E3

Did you format the new hard drive?
Did you connect the new drive to the SATA0 port on the motherboard?  Have you checked the connections to the new drive?  You can also reset BIOS to see if that clears the error. Unplug PC and press/hold power button for ~15 sec. Remove the motherboard battery and press/hold power button for ~30 sec. Reinstall the battery.
Now reboot and immediately press F2 to open BIOS setup. See if the new drive is correctly recognized on SATA0.
And it is possible the new drive is defective...

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I just tried to install a game and it said i didnt have enough space. WD 76GB is my C and a 120GB is my backup. I am installing on my C and it said i had 3.47GB left. So i uninstalled 2 games that i dont play anymore, totalling 8GB , yet my drive STILL says 3.47gb i even rebooted....ran defrag analyze , norton sysemworks disk doctor, nothing did anything.

Any help ?

Answer:hard drive free space incorrect

turn off your system restore and see how much that give you and hibernate if you have the enabled

download and run CCleaner and Cleaup!

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Hi all,

I have what I think is a unique situation. i just upgraded to a newer box with an existing primary drive. On my old machine I had XP and Windows 2K. When I used W2K my two drives were known as C and F. When I upgraded to XP ( and stopped using W2K) on the old machine they became known as C and D. I transferred my two drives (C and D) to the new machine and in the process the new machine now sees the drive that was my D as the old F drive. I know this because the files that are available are files that were on the F that I haven't accessed since I upgraded to XP. The result is that all of the files that I created in the last 3 or so years are unavailable to me because the new machine thinks the drive is old F drive (Pre-XP). I did a search and was shown shortcuts to the files but not the files. The search also showed the files were on the D drive. Clicking on the shortcuts was a dead end (invalid path). I know this is a pretty crazy thing. My regular computer guy has never seen anything like this. I hope someone can help.
Much thanks.
PS. I have back-ups to a lot of the files but not all of them.

Answer:incorrect identification of secondary hard drive

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I have a 20gb hard drive on win98seIn the properties pie chart states only showing2gb size not 20gb,system is converted to FAT32already.any ideas how to show correct hard drive size?many thanks

Answer:Hard drive size incorrect in win98se

Genesis750, is the drive showing the correct size in BIOS, is your version of BIOS able to detect a 20G HDD?

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Sorry this will be a long tale.
I have just installed a Liteon CD burner and now have probs with HD. I have 2 HD's, No1 is 3.2 gig. No2 is 8.4 gig. No1 WAS partitioned as 'C' & 'E' No2 is 'D'.
I installed Nero & other s/ware that came with the burner & then started getting warnings of system files missing. I keep an image of 'C' so I restored that to disk No1. When I checked on the system I'm NOW showing 'C' as 501 Meg and NO 'E' drive. When I go into bios it shows correctly as 3.2 gig but when I R/click on the drive icon & select properties it shows as 501 meg only.
When I run Drive Image it shows 'C' as 501 Meg with a partition of 1 Meg and an asterisk where the drive letter usually is.
Any help of a not TOO technical would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Doug

Win 98SE
3.2 gig Prim master
8.4 gig Prim slave
CD Burner Sec master
CD rom Sec slave

Answer:Hard drive shows incorrect size

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Does anyone know how to repair a external HHD drive I am trying to save. I can see/access it but can see the drive letter E but cant access it. Is there a way to repair it through command prompt?

Answer:perimeter incorrect on Hard drive cant access

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Hi everyone, I have an external hard drive with about two years worth of data saved on it, something like 700 gigs, and it's always worked fine for me, until yesterday. Two days ago, I dropped it, I picked it up, plugged it back in, and it worked fine. I come back the next day and I notice that Windows 7 is struggling to recognize it, and when I open it in My Computer, it just says "Parameter on G Drive is incorrect, data not accessible," something of that nature.

I don't really know what to do, I haven't reformatted it because I don't want to lose the data but I don't know what else I can do, which brings me to my question: What can I do?

Answer:Parameter is Incorrect on my external hard drive

Dropping is not a good thing, ever....Have you tried hooking it up to a different computer? Just in case it's a driver issue...

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I have recently got a new computer and installed Vista x64 home basic onto it. All was seemingly going well untill i looked in My Computer and saw that when i clicked on properties of the c drive it showed i was using 68GB of space. This was just days after i had the computer and i thought that couldnt be right....I only had Crysis and Battlefield 2142 installed aswell as a few other little programmes. I tallied up the size of all the folders in the C drive and it only came to just over 30GB. So why on earth has 68GB of space been used on my hard drive? Is this just the information being relayed incorectly by Vista, meaning i havnt actually used all that space? Or are things being installed twice on my system in a folder i cannot see? The space being used seems to fluctuate dramatically too. For example i can check and it'll show 68.8 GB being used, then i will check 10 minutes later and its at 70.2 GB without me having installed anything new.

Any help would be apreciated guys. Is there any other way to check the actual space being used on my hard drive? Is this a known problem? Thanks for your time guys.

Answer:Hard drive space information incorrect. Help!

Where's All My Disk Space Going? (Vista) - Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion

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I have a new 3 Terrabyte Seagate Hard Drive. When ever I try and download large files (larger than 4 gigabytes) directly to the external hard drive, it comes up with the error message, unable to download to "K", Parameter is Incorrect. I have done this in the past with my old external hard drive with no issues. I can download directly to my "c" drive and then transfer the file to my external drive, but can't do this directly from the program to my external hard drive. My external hard drive is NTSF formatted. I am brand new to this so any help would be appreciated.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A6-3620 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 18 Model 1 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6128 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5450, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 937016 MB, Free - 561614 MB; D: Total - 16749 MB, Free - 2090 MB; K: Total - 2861575 MB, Free - 1685092 MB;
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Answer:External Hard Drive, The Parameter Is Incorrect

If it does work using Windows from the C drive, then I would suspect it's an issue with the "software" you are trying to use to do it directly.

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My computer is a 750 AMD Duron my motherboard is an PcChips M810LMR the hard drive is a Quantum (now Maxtor because of recent merge) Fireball Plus AS 30.0GB 7200RPM ATA/100 or EIDE. If you need any more info ask or email me Cody
My drive says that it is running in MultiWord DMA Mode 2 when it should be in Ultra DMA mode 5 i have researched my drive and is also suposed to be very very quiet and it is farely loud. I have already taken the drive back and got a new one so it is not the drive that is the problem
please help!!! Thanks

Answer:Hard Drive Running in incorrect mode

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Have installed 20 GB Hard Drive. Bios shows hard drive as 20 GB but Windows 98 is showing that I only have around 7 GB of free disc space. Fdisk shows drive to be formatted at 20GB. I believe that this is a Windows problem but don't remember where I saw the fix for it. Can anyone give me some guidance?

Answer:Hard Drive Free Disc Space Incorrect

Where are you seeing this incorrect number? Do not use DriveSpace to check, if that is what you are doing.

Check at a Command Prompt by typing DIR - is that ok?

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech:
LarryCore begs for money

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Hello everyone, i know the title sounds amateur-ish, but hear me out. I have my windows installation on a different hard drive than the one i'm talking about.

a friend of mine had a computer with a RAID setup for the hard drives in it, but after one failed, he just replaced them both and i took the one that was still good and formatted it. I have since been using it as a backup hard drive for specific files.

It is a 500gb hard drive, but it only shows 338 free after a format, if i go into properties for it it says there are 146 MB used, but you can't even see a sliver on the pie chart. I was thinking that being put in a raid setup had changed the partition somewhat and had redered part of the drive useless. Should i do the Diskpart utility from cmd prompt? last time i used it on a flash drive that memtest had rendered useless i still couldn't format the flash drive and has since been useless to me, even though i followed all of the instructions that many others had said worked for theirs. I just don't wan to ruin this hard drive by trying to squeeze a (possible) 100 extra gigs out of it.

If anyone has any suggestions, i would greatly appreciate you sharing your knowledge with me.

Thanks a lot.

Answer:Hard drive showing incorrect storage after RAID

diskpart should work. From admin command prompt:

dispartlist diskselect disk # where # is the disk number for 500GB Drivecleanexit

Open disk management and point at the disk #, right click->Initialize

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I have two separate drives. Both are NTFS. C has win7; D has Winxp. WinXP says C has 22gb free, but Win7 on C says it has 13gb free.

I have run chskdk and no joy. I have run clean up and no joy. Furthermore no matter how much I delete from C drive, I can't get it to budge from 13gb.

What should I do?

Answer:Hard Drive Shows Incorrect Free Space

when boot to XP then win 7 drive dont have a swap file, I would thing either that or disk compression is turn on in win7 but I would hope they didnt use a different compression, but if they did then win XP wouldnt be able to read it

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Ok well I don't know how this happened but Windows is reading two different amounts of free space. I haven't gone past the lesser amount yet so I don't know if it will let me add more data but defrag doesnt want to run because there is a low amount of disk space.


Answer:Hard drive reading incorrect free space?

Have you installed SP2?

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I need help on an external hard drive problem I'm having now. I have a Western Digital 160gb IDE hard drive in an external USB enclosure. I set it to CS on the jumpers, and it detected the drive, and I was able to access all files with some permission issues. Then a power outage occurred and when I connect to the drive, it runs but I can only access certain files and folders. Other folders take along while to access then I get this message: folder not accessible: Incorrect Function (see image attached).

I've tried connecting the drive to another computer and it opens the folder but it's blank?! The drive itself indicates that there's about 127gb stored. The folder i'm trying to access has about 117gb of data. Also when I try to safely remove hardware for this drive, it stalls for a long time.

I've also tried another smaller 60gb WD hard drive and it works fine when I connect to the enclosure although it's a blank drive with no data. When trying to safely remove, it works fine.

It's strange that the drive was able to be accessed prior to the power outage and now it's not and seems really slow.

I'm running Vista Home.
Please help.


Answer:Hard Drive folder not accessible: Incorrect Function

You may need to Take Ownership of your folder and grant yourself Full Control privileges

See these two links:

Some more excellent help here:

File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista

Five Windows Vista Tips for Networking and File Sharing

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Hello i have recently bought a new hdd and installed windows vista on it. i have attached my old hdd to my computer, which still has windows xp installed on it.
My problem is, i cant access this old drive through vista, when ever i go to copy or even view any of the files it give me access is denied, or i do not have the correct permissions.
I am logged in as administrator.
Please help!

Answer:Solved: Access Denied - incorrect permissions to 2nd Hard Drive

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I bought a new Dell about three weeks ago, which came with Vista home premium, 64bit, SP1. It has a 700 gig hard drive. I have maybe 45 gigs worth of anything on here, and it says I only have 553 free gigs. Every so often it drops a gig or so, and when I boot it up in the morning it's lost anywhere from 5-8.

I had my computer reformatted and it still isn't doing anything to fix it. Why is this happening, should I be worried, how can I fix it?

Answer:Vista displays incorrect hard drive space, keeps decreasing

Hello DKwiggin,
Found a couple of sites that can explain it better than me. This may or may not be the problem, i cant think what else it could be, especially after a re-install.

Vista Hands On #16: A smarter way to manage System Restore space | Ed Bott?s Microsoft Report |

Where's All My Disk Space Going? (Vista) - Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion

Hope this helps.
Good luck and post your results,thanks.

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Hi, I recently purchased a Dell Xps 1340 laptop that came with windows 7 32 bit professional. After a few months, I needed to wipe the hard disk, and so I did. Before I did, I extracted my product key with a program that I downloaded off the internet. I got the following information:

Windows 7 Professional
Product Part No.: X15-37377
Installed from 'OEM' media.
Product ID: ******* match to CD Key data
CD Key: *********
Computer Name: ***-PC
Registered Owner: ***
Registered Organization:

Anyway, I had a RETAIL windows 7 professional disc, and I installed this onto my dell laptop. However, it keeps telling me that my product key is wrong when I try to activate. I have tried both 32bit and 64bit

any idea why this is happening? is it because I'm using a RETAIL windows 7 disc? If I try a dell oem disc, will that work with my product key?


Answer:Reinstalling Windows 7 after hard drive wipe - product key incorrect?

The Key that came with your dell is OEM and you should use a dell restore disk.

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My OS: Windows 7 64-bit SP1
External Hard Drive: LaCie Hard Disk Quadra 2TB


I have 2, 2TB HDD Both LaCie (Different Models). I share a USB cable between them, when I need to use one I unplug the cable and plug it into the other HDD.

I went on holiday, my computer was off for 3 weeks. Came back and now one of my HDD is not working (Model listed above).
I went to computer management and checked device manager:
- Disk Drives : LaCie Hard Drive USB Device
- Universal Serial Bus controllers : USB Mass Storage Device is plugged in.

Storage/Disk Management:
Disk 5 - Unknown - Not Initialized when I try to initialize it. Incorrect Function error appears.

This isn't a new HDD, I've used it for roughly 3 years it serves as a Backup Device.
It is very worrying that my backup device would crash or fail or whatever the problem is.

I have looked at other threads on the forum with similar problems:

Following the troubleshooting of this thread:
http://social.technet.microsof... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive - Not Intialized - Can't Initialize - 'Incorrect Function' Error

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Hi, I have a SSD and a HDD. What happened today is that I changed the SATA ports my SSD and HDD were plugged into.

P67A-GD65 SATA Performance |

Basically I plugged my drives into the Marvel controller on my mobo by mistake as my manual did not say which port was which. I only realised the performance difference after reading the above article (the Intel P67 ports are faster on my mobo). So i open up my pc and switch the ports they are plugged into. (i changed from sata7_8 to sata 1_2, both 6gbps)

HD Tune Pro does register some performance increase from changing the SATA ports. However, the WEI index now says my Hard Disk score is 5.9. It was before on 7.7.

I suspect it's reading the HDD as my primary hard disk? because there's no way my SSD is broken. it doesn't feel funny and HD Tune Pro sees no errors and some performance increase.

Answer:Windows Experience Index - Hard Drive score totally incorrect

Honestly, if the system is running fine, it isnt worth the effort it took to type in your entire post. WEI is not a benchmarking tool and shouldn't be treated as such. It is utterly and completely useless. I haven't cared about the my score the entire time Windows 7 has been out, but in Vista, I could occasionally get a different score just by refreshing the tool a few times. I'd completely ignore it.

HD Tune Pro is a better indication, and it is showing a difference, going by your post, so that's all you should worry about. I have a Gigabyte board nearly identical to yours, and considering the chipset bug, you should be using the first two ports...which you are now. They are unaffected.

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If I right-click my C:\ drive in Explorer and select Properties, the disk usage is reported as 39.4 GB.

If I select all the top-level folders, right-click and select Properties the Size on Disk is reported as 29.0 GB.

If I show Hidden Folders/Files and the Protected OS files, then select everything, the Size on Disk is reported as 37.0 GB.

6 GB of this difference is down to hiberfil.sys

Can anyone clarify what accounts for the remaining differences?
39.4 - 37.0 = 2.4 GB
37.0 - 29.0 - 6.0 = 1 GB

Answer:DIsk space usage - different figures reported

Files Explorer cannot see. Or has access to see.

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I bought the machine t430 thinkpad three months in the United States.Currently the program to check the hard drive by LSC, the error message is: Targeted read test FailedDiagnosticsSMART status test PassedTargeted read test FailedRandom seek test PassedFunnel seek test PassedSMART short self-test PassedSMART drive self-test PassedThe time machine is still time 8 months warranty. Hitachi Hard Drive 500 GB 7200 rpm / minIs it due to the speed that new hard drive used for 3 months has been corrupted?In case of warranty, Lenovo does not provide a Windows license again, right?The parameters of the hard driveHitachi-HITACHIHTS725050A7E630-TF1500Y9HK360BResult code: WHD01V002-UI7X0H


Go to Solution.

Answer:Hepl me with T430 with Hard drive test by LSC reported Targeted read test Failed

Hi, quocphong
It sounds like the hard drive is running okay overall, but it has some bad sectors in it. You will not be able to read or write to these sectors. That being said, I would first try running a ChkDsk on the hard drive and see if any of the sectors can be repaired. To run a ChkDsk, go to Computer and right-click on the C: drive and select Properties. Navigate to the Tools tab and select the box that says Check now... This should scan the drive for errors and attempt to fix them if possible. The test can take a while, so I would do it when you will not need access to your computer.
If the test is not able to fix the errors, then I would contact Lenovo at 120-11072 (Toll Free) or +(84) 8 3521 8000 (Standard Charges Apply) and discuss a hard drive replacement with them. As for Windows, you will need to ask for recovery discs as well. Lastly, I would backup everything on the current hard drive so that it is not lost.
Hope it helps,

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Today morning when I turn on my laptop, I got an error from Intel Rapid Storage that the laptop may fail and I must take a bacjup. I tried running Boot time Diagnostic and it gave me following message:
Error Code 2000-0151
Validation 116622
Msg: Hard Drive 0 - S/N W0VAY77L, Incorrect status = 3E 
SMART Predictive Failure.
Please guide me if HD need to be replaced. My laptop is under warranty.

Answer:Error Code 2000-0151 - Hard Drive incorrect status 3E Smart Predicitve Failure

Hi navedalamalam,
2000-0151 error indicates your hard disk drive (HDD) has failed and may be nearing the end of its life. Please backup the data from the system if it’s booting up. Please enter your service tag # on the link below, select the OS, then download the BIOS from BIOS section onto the system and install it. Then run the diagnostics again.
Please refer to the video in the link below for updating the BIOS.
Please let me know if this helps.

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I am constantly downloading things 24/7 I reboot the computer every day but then immeditly begin downloading again. I have a generic hard drive that came with my computer. My question is, does this usage of my hard drive break it down?I realize that a hard drive will break down over time anyways but am I significally breaking it faster or are hard drives designed to withstand that load?

Answer:Does 24/7 hard drive usage break down hard drive

well you would figure...since it is has moving parts...and like any other thing with moving parts the more it's used the faster it will go out....but thats just my theory

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Question: Hard drive usage

I had xp to the point where when I was not using the computer my hard drive access light would never flash, 7 does make use of the drive when I am not. Does anyone know what it is doing?

Answer:Hard drive usage

Indexing and defragging when the system is not under load. Also prefeteching applications and caching them into RAM so they launch quicker the next time you need them.

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When I use my computer suddenly my computer freezes for couple minutes. I noticed that my hdd light is constantly stays on (like as power light stays on) and my recourse monitor disk usage is 10mb/sec its not usually like this. I formatted my laptop installed my drivers and my basic software like foxit reader, avira antivirus, MS office etc. But this occurred again same day right after I formated my laptop. That driving me crazy. Can you suggest anything why this happening?

Answer:Hard drive over usage

To make sure your HDD is OK, run a chkdsk /r in an elevated command prompt.

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I had recently built a custom PC with the following specs:

CPU - i7 6700k @ 4.5GHz
GPU - Palit GTX 1080 Jetstream 8gb @ 2100MHz
Motherboard - Asrock Z170 Extreme4
Ram - 16gb Viper Elite DDR4 3000mhz (8x2)
SSD - HyperX Savage 120gb
HDD - Seagate Baracuda 1tb
PSU - Corsair CX 500w

The PC is amazing, it performed beautifully in everything I threw at it, the only weak point was Windows 10.. I started to get random OS hangs without cause when playing games or doing general browsing, I thought I had an issue with my GPU or something but it turns out after some investigating that it was a Windows problem as when the hangs would happen I quickly would open task manager and see that my drive usage was at 50% having two drives this meant one of them was under 100% usage and so I wanted to find out what was doing it, I looked into performance monitor and other programs to try monitor usage but nothing other than the typical system process was using it.

I did the normal fixes, disable Superfech and Windows Search etc. Neither helped, I clean installed 3 times, no luck. I even safe booted (As told by Microsoft to do so) and the problem still persisted so that proved it wasn't an application causing the problem it was a Windows 10 problem. I tried upgrading to the latest anniversary edition of Windows 10 and the problem literally got 10 times worse, from what were 2-5 second PC hangs at random throughout the day turned into 10-15 second hangs every 10 minutes.

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Question: hard drive usage

Hi several days ago I checked my hard drive capacity showing 54.6 GB Free of 80 GB capacity
Next day when I checked again it was showing 11.7GB Having not installed or downloading anything?!!
My computer is a Dell OptiPlex GX620 Running Windows7.
Would appreciate any comments------Could it be a faulty indication or a hard disc virus?

Answer:hard drive usage

Two things you can easily do:a. Use a tool like WinDirStat - see what files are taking up space, how much, and where.b. Run the chkdsk /r cmmand, which will check the file system and accurately summarize your partition free space.Louis

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I installed Windows XP Pro when I had Windows XP Home. And now I found that I've almost totally used up my hard drive. I assume that when I installed the updated version of Windows I didn't format the drive correctly. Here's my question: how can I remove the old operating system with losing everything and having to start all over.

Answer:Hard drive usage

You will need a program like partition magic, i will try to find you a free one. ed
Do not delete the active partition.

try this,

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My laptop (Lenovo Y510p) is always at 100% disk usage for the first 15-20 minutes of starting up, and for intermittent periods afterwards. During this period, everything essentially freezes including the Start Menu, Task Manager, and all other apps running. After about 5 minutes, the hard drive "catches up" and everything starts working again.

The strange part is that when looking at Task Manager / Resource Monitor, the total read/write of the hard drive does not appear to be very high - ie it will be at 100% disk usage but the highest program is reading/writing maybe 0.1MB/s.

This is causing the laptop to become borderline unusable. I have to leave the laptop running in order for it to be usable, as shutting it down / putting it to sleep will cause the hard drive to go back to 100%, and everything comes to a standstill. Please help!

I've attached some pictures which should illustrate what's going on hopefully.

Specs: Lenovo Y510p, 2 years old, running Windows 10 Home 64-bit (upgraded from Windows 8.1).

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Just wondering, but does the Task manager not show the correct CPU amount that is being used? I am showing 90% - 100% usage currently on task manager, while Intel XTU is showing 65%-75%, and CoreTemp showing similar numbers to Intel XTU.
Which numbers would be better to trust? 
I use an i7-3770k overclocked to 4.2Ghz with Windows 8 Pro.

Answer:Incorrect CPU usage?

It has been awhile since I delved into this but I believe that in Windows the idle task is used in the calculation. You see it listed as System Idle Process. Then the remaining CPU usage is divided amongst the other tasks based on how much work each task has queued up. The calculation is done by the OS.
It is certainly possible that the Intel program determines CPU utilization in a different way and that would explain the difference. I think Linux does it differently also (no idle process).
You could try a Linux LiveCD and see if it reports similar numbers to the Intel program (if the Intel program has a Linux version).
So both numbers are correct. They are probably just using different algorithms. Since you are running Windows, you should go by the numbers that Windows gives since Windows will make decisions on allocation of resources based on its own calculations.

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ive got a 40gb hard drive and i am running low of hard drive space. i then deleted a gb of space. after an hour my hard drive has gone back down to 400mb. i dont know why that happens as i dont download.does anyone know why this is?thanks in advance

Answer:Fast Usage Hard Drive

Are you saying that you freed up 1 Gb of space by deleting unwanted files but now you only have 400Mb of space ?

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I have a system with a P4 processor, 1 gig of RAM, XP Pro SP 3 that seems to run OK except the hard drive is constantly hammering away. I have good AV and SpyWare programs installed. I will be doing nothing on the computer and the HD is busy doing something.
Is there anyway I can tell what the HD is doing or why it is in use so much????
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive usage question

How big is the drive?
When was last time you defragged?

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I have a Dell AMD 3800 2gh 2g RAM 240g HD and something is filling my hard drive to capacity and I cannot find out what. I recently installed Carbonite and it appears to be running fine. We noticed that some recorded TV shows suddenly disappeared and when looking found the hard drive within 3g of being full. I started backing up and deleting video and picture files and I will notice that space being freed up on HD but then it fills back up again without us saving anything. This morning after deleting files I had 9.4g free but right now it only shows 5.97 free. I did empty recycle bin. I tried to run CHKDSK but could not as it said I needed higher security. I am the Admin on Vista Home Premium so should be able. Can someone help me through the steps to check what is happening. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Hard drive usage full

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First time I have been stumped to find me hard drive, to see how much space is usedPut me right someone.

Answer:XP looking for hard drive space usage

click onmy computer,select your hard drive,right click on it and select properties

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I have a 120GB hard drive; when purchased it was already partitioned, 60/50/10. The 50 partition is called "D" drive, which is completely empty, according to explorer, but when viewed through properties, it only displays 40GB as available and 10 is in use. Does anyone have an explanation, why?Cheers!

Answer:Phantom usage of my hard drive.

Make sure that your windows explorer is set to display hidden and system files and look again. If this does not help then drop down to DOS and type "DIR D:/S" without the quotation marks and see if anything shows up.As a last resort (and you are very sure that there are no files your computer needs on drive D) you could always format it and see if that solves your problem.

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I am looking for a way to get real time data on what is accessing my hard drive. I know about the indexing problems out there with windows but it hate that the only real way to tell if your hard drive is being accessed is to look at the light on the front of case (I think).

Anyone of a monitoring tool for this purpose?


Answer:Hard Drive usage utility?


Could try Process Monitor monitors read write access on a HD and what location. Use Show File System Activity from top menu and un-highlight the other options, its the four icons top menu towards the right.

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I am request info on a better way to back up external hard drives. we would like an automatic back up that would back up new files on a daily basis.

Currently are running Windows 7 home edition,500 gb on a 64 bit laptop. we have approximately 3.5 t< A 1.5t,a 1t,a 500gb,a 320gb, and a 250gb external drives in addition to the 500gb drive on the laptop> of external storage< hard drives, no server as of yet>. We currently save mainly Pictures and art for digital scrappingbooking.

It seems that no matter how many external HD we get they fill up rather quickly.< 3 to 6 months>.

Is there a way to set up software to automatically update new files daily?
I am considering a 2 t external for a back up to the current drives we have.
All of the family pics have been saved to these drives, so a loss we not be good.
We tried mosy but the uploads seem to always get stopped by our Internet provider, because of size.

I appreciate in advance any advice that can be offered

Answer:external hard drive usage
make sure you schedule

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My PC crashed recently taking a lot of files with it, including a nifty little program that showed at a glance what percentage of hard drive space each of my progs were taking up.Now my PC's running again I want to re-install the prog but can't remember its name,can anybody jog my memory duh..

Answer:Hard drive usage percentages

Treesize? click hereFew more similar free ones: click here, click here, click here. G

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Hi All,

I have a customer with W10 that is next to unusable.

Is there something out there in the Windows 10 world right now that would cause 100% hard drive usage, slowing a computer down to a crawl?

I found three anti viruses duking it out and fix that.  But CPU goes to 100% (system) and drags the computer to a crawl. Pulling the power plug resets it for a while.

I have not found any root kits or the like.

I am wondering if this is one of M$'s endless full rebuild updates?

Any words of wisdom?


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I have a Toshiba Tecra TE2100 1.8 GHZ P4 laptop with 768 MB RAM. I purchased an external enclosure for a Maxtor 60 Gig IDE hard drive. After starting Windows XP everything is running normal. As soon as I turn on the hard drive my CPU usage skyrockets to 100% and everything runs incredibly slow if at all and the computer won't shut down. When I turn off the drive things return to normal after about 15 minutes. Sometimes Windows comes up and says the drive is installed and everything runs except for the fact that there is no drive letter, but I believe I found a workaround for this in these forums. If I could just solve this CPU problem I believe everything will be ok. Could these problems be related? I have spent hours trying to figure this one out.
Thanks For Your Help,

Answer:USB Hard Drive = CPU 100% usage - Explorer

You should try to fond out what is using 100% CPU. It could be your antivirus program or Windows itself or the USB storage drivers. Could be a damaged filesystem on the drive too. Or maybe the drive is bad..

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Hey guys!
Please don't bash me for posting this (as I can see others have posted about it also). I just want to make sure I can get as many ideas as possible, before I do a clean install/new hdd.
I am helping a family friend fix their desktop. It is only about 3 years old and has a AMD quad core processor, 8GB Ram, 1TB HDD(500GB used) - They also have a smaller 2nd HDD - Though I am not sure what the contents are for. They told me the computer has been running very slow since October.
So I did my usual computer cleanup steps:
1. Malware removal (Spybot, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Hitman Pro, Emisoft Emergency kit) - All in safe mode - nothing serious found.
2. Ran CCleaner (Cleaner,Registry,Startup) / Deleted temp files
3. Checked for unwanted programs - found none
4. Google Chrome is their browser - no plugins/extensions to remove
5. They have AVG Internet Security, scans only at 9pm everyday
At this point, I still felt the computer to be very sluggish - After looking at task manager, I noticed that the disk was always at, or close to, %100 usage. **No 1 process was hogging it all**
**Decided to let Defraggler to Defrag the PC - And that is where I am at now** (Gives me time to research/jot down things to try - will be doing further work remotely on the PC(Teamviewer))
**Things to still try**
1. Disable Windows "Superfetch" --services
2. Disable "Windows Search" --services ... Read more

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i recently installed a new hd (120G seagate sata) on to my system. the first thing i did was to transfer some 22gigs of media files to it. of course, it took almost two hours. i noticed that this transfer used at least 50% of my processor (P4 3ghz) throughout. i wonder if there is any way to do such a transfer and circumvent the cpu. any input is appreciated. cheers.

Answer:hard drive to hd transfer w/ less cpu usage

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According to Windows 7, my SSD that is 128GB has 100GB used. WinDirStat says that only 52.8GB are being used. How can I figure out what is using the additional space??

Attached are screen shots of what Windows says and what WinDirStat says.

Answer:SSD Hard drive disk usage

Interesting, never saw an EFI partition like in your pic.

Maybe that accounts for the discrepancy?

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This is a new one for me, migrating data from an XP system to a new Windows 7 Home Premium system.  On small drive previous system I always dump the entire contents into a folder for customers in case down the road they remember some strange location where they had some data stored.
Windows 7 shows 11.9 GB free of 38.2 GB (approx 26 GB used) connected with an IDE to USB cable, but when I dragged the entire drive to a folder it was only showing about 4 GB worth of files.  Discovered the user had made files private trying to implement a "secure XP system". I took ownership at the drive level for all subfolders and objects and still am only seeing 16 GB of files . . . somewhere are 10 GB of missing data.
The XP system is not bootable so I can't do a comparison on the actual running system either.
User is a bare bones knowledge user and I don't see any evidence of a TrueCrypt installation. 
Comments? Questions? Any thoughts appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive usage discrepancy

Another oddity, if I CTRL A and right click at the root of the XP drive I see 50,148 files and 5,320 folders, but if I drag everything that is selected to a folder on the Windows 7 drive the dialog box reads copying 3,889 items (1.64 GB) . . . 

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Hello all :)
Our son recently bought me a new computer, a Dell XPS 8920.  Though I've read about and watched some YouTube vieos, and not being a computer guru, I'm having a difficult time understanding how to set up the OS (C) & D Drive.  I realize you cannot download a ton of programs onto the OS (C) and have to revert to the D Drive.  Especially if one uses a lot of photoshop programs like I do.  I believe I understand you can set up a Folder on the C Drive that will direct to a specific program on the D Drive but, I'll be darned if I can figure out the process?
Anyway, is there a book, something online, I can download so as to understand how this Drive system differs from the standard C Drive when it comes to downloading multiple programs?  What I have found is short on details and seems to presume one knows a lot about computers...which I do not.  I wish the new PC had come with a users manual of some kind.  So, any help will be greatly appreciated so I can finally start using this XPS properly.

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The last couple of days my pc's hard drive has been turning/running without any stop as long as the machine is on. I have not insatlled any new software or hardware in a long time.

I've run the following scans:
1) TrendMicro's HouseCall (online) which didn't come up with anything.
2) SpyBot: nothing
3) Ewido anti-malware: nothing
4) Microsoft's malware program: nothing
5) Microsoft's virus scan (using OneCare Live Beta)
6) Ad-Aware: found 1 Tracking cookie (a data miner, IECache Entry)
7) Windows Defender is running all the time
8) I've deleted all cookies, emptied temp files and IE temp files
9) I've performed disk clean-up using Windows disk clean
10) Did disk defrag last Wednesday
11) Performed Norton on-line virus scan: nothing
12) Performed Norton on-line security scan: nothing

Any idea what else I can try?

I have Windows Desktop Search installed, but even when I stop it from running, my hard disk continues to run so I don't think this is the issue.


Answer:Hard drive always running - high CPU usage

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Hiya All.Does anyone know why my "C" partition should show a much higher usage than expected.Right click on Properties on C shows a size of 4.3gb, but when you property each individual folder within the drive you only get 2.0g.System Restore is turned off as soon as I re-install the op sys.Are there hidden files on the drive being created some where...?I have show all files in the tools option switched on.Am I missing the plot somehow or the other.Many Thanks for any Help.

Answer:C Hard drive showing high usage.

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Hi all,

My vista box is getting a little slow from time. Like everything freezes on the computer, and then I have to wait a little bit and it comes back. Often this happens when firefox has been used for a while. I'm not sure if this is firefox's entire fault, so I was wondering what free program is out there that I can use to monitor what application is accessing the disk. I tried googling but just found a bunch of hard drive monitoring (temperature, fail rate, etc.) programs.



Answer:application hard drive usage program

You should be able to use the resource monitor built into Windows to see what programs are writing to disk.

Third party utilities are available as well, such as ProcessMonitor and FileMonitor.

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Answer:Cpu usage 100% with external firewire hard drive

Hi, I've got a problem with an external firewire hard drive (a Lacie d2 drive). When I try to access the drive in explorer (just browsing through the files and directories) the cpu usage rockets to 100%. Shortly after that explorer freezes, and cpu usage goes back to normal when explorer is shut down. Needless to say that the external drive is pretty much useless for the time being. I reinstalled the OS and the necessary drivers but the problem persists.The computer is a recent one with Win XP as OS. The motherboard only has USB 1.1 support so I bought a firewire-USB2.0 combo card. I just can't get the Lacie drive to work on that computer. The same external hard drive does work normally on another computer (also Win XP as OS, but with a firewire expansion card).If anyone could identify what the problem is, it would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.

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Hi everyone,
I was wondering where all my hard drive space has gone today, and I wondered if a program that could show you what was on the hard drive existed. Kind of like a pie chart of your hard drive - each segment belonging to different categories.
Does something like this exist? It would be great to know where all the space has gone so I can delete some rubbish.

Answer:Program to show you hard drive usage?

Take a look here: SequoiaView

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Here's what I am working on.

Dell: P-233 Latitude Laptop

Here's what I have done:

I got this computer used. I formatted the hard drive first, then I went into FDISK.
I noticed that when I hit Diplay info it shows this:

Partition: C:
Status: A
Type: Pri DOS
Mbytes: 2047
Usage: 66%

What Im concerned about is why does it show 66% usage? Does this mean it is only using 66% of the Hard drive? And if so how do I set it to get 100%?
When I set the percentage to l00 I notice it will still say only 66%...


Also: What WIN operating system in your opinion would work best with this computer being only a P233? I see it says it was built for WIN95/NT....

thanks again

Answer:Dell P-233 Laptop - Hard Drive Usage says only 66% - Need Help!

Sounds like you used an old version of FDISK or you did not enable large disk support when it asked in FDISK. Windows 95 at first only support a 2 Gig partition. Later versions support bigger partitions. What Windows are you using? If 95 you will have to just create an extended partition and format it. If Windows 98 you must use the windows 98 Fdisk to delete and create a new partition and don't forget to enable large disk support.

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How do you know if you have monitor damage? I replaced a G-Force 32mg graphics card with an ATI 256mg Pro card and the instructions said to certify that the optimal monitor refresh rate and resolution are the same as the graphics card configuration otherwise damage can occur with the monitor. The monitor is set up for 1680/1050 60hz. I ran it on 60hz but then something like 960/720 for a while. I never did gaming on it. Now there is a noticeable blemish on the monitor screen when viewing the desktop that wasn't there initially. What do you think? The monitor is still under a two year warranty.

Answer:monitor damage from incorrect usage

If its under warranty and its the monitor that has the defective and not the video card then by all means return it. I'd say its pretty hard to damage an LCD by using a lower resolution, but he image quality will definitely be less then optimal.

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So I have a Windows 7 64bit desktop with 2 external hard drives that have shared over my network so I can view the files on my laptop(win 7 64bit) and watch movies and such on my xbox via windows media center.

I recently purchased a WD Elements 2TB external Hard Drive.
I connect the new drive to my desktop along with the other 2 external hard drives and functions with no problems until I try to share it on my network.

My procedure for sharing was opening my computer, right clicking on the hard drive, clicking share with.., advanced sharing, (in the sharing tab) advanced sharing again, click the share this folder box and hitting apply. And I get this error, "An error occurred while trying to share G. Incorrect function. The shared resource was not created at this time."

I was however able to add the new external hard drive to my media library in windows media center so my xbox can see the new hard drive no problem.
So now I need to get the drive on the network so I can see it on my laptop.

Whats more, If I disconnect the hard drive from my desktop, and connect it to my laptop, it will let me share it and I can see it from my desktop. (Baffles me...)

Any help or ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Cant share external Hard drive "Incorrect Function"

I see you have the same issue as I do and are getting about the same help I have been getting, NONE
We will probably find out "Microsoft" will want to charge us extra if we want to share more than one way, they give us ONE free sharing but not 2 without more money.

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I mapped a few network drives to different shared folders on my EX485 with the inital 750GB drive installed. Since then, I have installed an additional 2x1TB. However, in Windows 7 it is showing 1.18TB free of 678GB, so it recognizes the correct free space, but is still showing the old HDD total. I've removed the mappings and readded and rebooted both my PC and WHS with no luck. Any suggestions? Thank You!

Answer:Incorrect "free of" Hard Drive Total Space

My network drive mappings never show the correct free space either. I just ignore it.

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I have extensively searched these forums for a solution to my problem but can't find it. I have found some similar problems, but none exactly the same, here is what happened:

I have a Windows7 computer running just fine. I pulled the hard drive out of my old computer and had installed it in the new one and it seems fine. I can access both drives and i all my files are there. The problem i am having is that i can't open any files from my old hard drive if the program they need to open is also on that old hard drive.

For example, my old hard drive has AutoCAD on it, my new hard drive doesn't. When i click on AutoCad i get the annoying "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect" message. This happens with lots of programs, not just AutoCAD. I have MS Office on the old hard drive but when I try to open a word or excel file it won't open. It's like the computer is trying to open files from my old hard drive with applications that are on my new drive. This is a problem because i cant afford to buy 2 copies of autoCAD and 2 copies of MS Office and 2 copies of every program i have.

I feel like there is a simple fix for this but i can't figure this one out.
Thank you for help!!!!

Answer:Installed 2nd hard drive....side-by-side configuration incorrect

Hi welcome to the forum.

to my knowledge you will need to reinstall the programs as you cant use programs that are installed on the hard drive from another computer as it will have writen registry items when the program was installed.

i'm sure someone will correct me if i am wrong.

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So I have performed a complete wipe of the laptop, formatted it, did a clean install of Vista Business. Installed all the drivers, added all the hotfixes, Windows Updates, etc. I then stopped all non-essential startup items, so that only these startup: Services:AD Monitor [fingeprint related service]AuthenTec Fingerprint Service [fingeprint related service]Data Transfer Service [fingeprint related service]ThinkPad PM ServicesInstallDriver Table ManagerOn Screen Display Applications:TPHOTKEYTpShocks Why is it, my hard drive accessing light constantly blinks. I've left my computer on for a few hours, come back, and it still blinks once a second. Why is the hard drive being accessed so much? Is it a specific driver? I could only assume that's got to be some wear on the ball bearings, I never had this problem with my T60.

_______________________________________________________T400 6474-11U, Vista Business 32-bit, Core2 Duo P8400, 4GB DDR3, 160GB HD

Answer:[T400] Constant Hard Drive Light Usage

Hi number65, I could only assume that's got to be some wear on the ball bearings:-) Most hard drives have now switched to fluid bearings for the disk spindle. I don't know what sort of bearing the actuator head pivot has, I assume simple sleeve bearing? In any case, the hard drive activity is unlikely to prematurely wear out your drive. Unless you're noticing user interface slowness or battery drain or bothersome noise caused by the hard drive activity, you can safely ignore it. On the other hand, if you want to track down what's causing the hard drive accesses, some of the tools from Sysinternals may help. In particular:AutorunsProcess ExplorerProcess Monitor   

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My laptop is running slow and the battery drains too fast, and the hard drive just starts going constantly sometimes; it's half-full (out of 320GB), I've already cleaned up, defragmented, run virus scans with various anti-virus products, and something is just dragging it down. I can't tell if the hard drive is dying or a bunch of programs are sucking up resources (like anti-virus).

I only know how to use Task Manager, and I'm not seeing how to track usage over a day or so.

Is there something I can use? What would be the best and what are some other good ones?

(Note: I've used Process Explorer but I'm not getting much more valuable information out of it)

Answer:Program to track CPU/RAM/hard drive usage over time?

Well you could take a look at ProcessLasso

You'd need to configure it not to restrain some processes though.

Here's a couple of screenshots.

The most often restrained processes:

Some features are not available in the free version like this for instance:

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