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

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

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.

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Preferred Solution: Hard drive partition: adding free space back to c: drive

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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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How do I put the hard drive space used and free space on the Partition C: ? Partition D:\ and Partition E:\ has it but for some reason drive C:\ is missing it doesn't say how much space is used and how much space is free. The GBs are missing

Answer:How to bring back the amount of free space and used space on a hard drive

I'm a little confused about your question

You can't see how much drive space you have left when viewing your C drive via My Computer, or similar?

If you right-click on My Computer and select Manage, when the new window pops up click on Disk Management from the left hand side. What does that tell you about C drive? Assuming your C drive is actually a hard drive (and not a CD drive or something, though I have never heard of this happening and don't even know if it's possible to have C as your CD drive), you should see details at the top of the screen such as how much space you have left, by percentage of total capacity, as well as GB

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I'd been getting alerts that my system files hard drive partition (C: ) was critically low on space. It had only 167MB free. So I tried using PartitionMagic 8.0 to resize but I kept getting an error on reboot that said it couldn't write to the boot sector. Error 58. That was due to Goback running, which I know now, but the point is that I didn't know it until just today and somehow I suddenly have over a gig of free space on drive C: without having retried to resize without Goback running.

The question: Where did the space come from? Did Windows find more free space that it just didn't know was there? Possibly because I've been defragging and optimizing all over the place trying to keep Windows from slowing due to low space? Or were the partitions resized automatically because the one containing the OS had gotten so low (I don't remember the exact size of drive C: before, but I don't think it's bigger now)?

Also, is the free space really there or is the system misreading something? Is that possible?

Thank you.

Windows XP Home
Athlon XP 2200
512 Ram
40g hard drive with 8mb cache
PartitionMagic 8.0
Goback3 Personal

Answer:Sudden free space on hard drive partition?

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Hi i have a Windows XP SP3 machine.

I have an 82GB C: drive but when i select all files in the drive they only total 46.5GB.

This is after trying:

Disk cleanup
system restore files removal
chkdsk /f
deleting temp files
emptying recycle bin and checking for other recycle bins eg Norton
This is after showing all hidden and system files
does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Missing free hard drive space on an XP NTFS partition

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Hello everyone,

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my computer about 3 months ago, so i split my 500gb hard drive into 2 big partitions. But now i didn't feel the need for Ubuntu anymore, and decided to delete the partition. Now i have 173GB of free space on my hard drive that i want to put onto my C: drive where my windows partition is.

The problem is the c: drive will not give me the option to extend the partition, and i have no idea how to get that free space on to my windows C: partition.

If you guys could help, that would be great


Btw i have posted a picture of my disk management so you can see what it looks like currently

Answer:Increasing size of c: partition from free space on hard drive

Hello helldemon80, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at Options One & Two in this tutorial at the link below to get an understanding of how to go about what you want to do, it will help you recover any space you need to recover.

As the C: is "System, Active" you would be able to recover into C: the "I: System" partition to the left of C: also.

Be sure to post back if you have further questions and to keep us informed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hi. I'm wondering if I add free space to one of my hard disk drivers would it delete all the data in it formatting it?

I have a free space of 50 gbs unformatted. I want to add this space to my F: drive using disk management through right click menu "extend partition" (right clicking to F: drive) though I'm not sure if all the stuff in F: drive would be deleted if I do that.

I'm using Win 7 Ulti 32bit. Btw, you have great forum. I've been using the forum for many of the tutorials on 7 stuff. Checked tutorials section before registering and posting this. I couldn't find a related question or tutorial in the forum.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Adding free space to existing drive?

Hello Eilhart, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Before we are able to give a proper answer, could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window showing all of your drive's layout?

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I'm not too sure what to do as of now, the free partition that is worth 66gb is just there. I right clicked my Primary Cdrive partition to try extend it but it was greyed out and so i couldnt merge the two..

Help is greatly appreciated!

Answer:How do i Merge a free space partition to my Primary C drive partition? IN VISTA

You can't modify the partition that has Windows installed on it because doing so would destroy your Windows installation.

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I install a new hard drive because my old drive had no more available space. I then used IBM Recovery CD's to rebuild system out of the box.  Rebuild was flawless except that I now only have 618GB of useable space on the Creload partition. What happened to the other approx. 400 GB.  The recovery partition used up almost 318GB of space.  My old drive was 160 GB, and the available space on the Creload was 145 GB, so technically I should have only lost about 15 GB on the Recovery side of the partition. Here is what I found interesting using the disk managment, the recovery partition is formatted for FAT32 file system, the Creload is formated to NTFS. I did not format  the new drive just installed it and then started using the CD's.  The only thing I can figure is that the drive must have been formatted for FAT32 and the files from the CD's were copied directly over to this format and expanded.  The Creload was created properly by formatting and installing the system from the recovery partition. Before installing the rest of my software I am wondering if I should start again and reformat the entire new hard disk into a NTFS format then start all over.  Will this fix this issue and maximize the available space for this 1TB drive? Any comments would be appreciated!

Answer:Upgraded Hard Drive to 1TB - C Drive Space was limited to 618 GB, Partition used UP 320 GB

While I cannot explain what happened with the reconfiguration of the hard drive, I can tell you that your 1TB hard drive is actually 931GB hard drive. Reason being....... An OS [operating system] sees 1GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes.A hard drive manufacturer sees 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes.The manufacturer lists their numbers in the specifications. Thus, 1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. It would have to be 1,099,511,627,776 bytes in order for the OS to see full 1TB available.  I would suggest leaving 15GB or 16GB of unallocated space for the recovery partition and the rest for the OS. Hopefully that will work.Message Edited by ortegaluis on 03-27-2009 11:17 PM

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I am running Windows XP Pro, the NTFS file system, and I set up my system so I sent up my primary 30 GB hard drive with several partitions so that my windows swap file is on a separate partition (K:) than is my OS (C:).

I recently wanted to defrag this separate drive (K:) (partition) so I went into my virtual memory settings for my windows swap file and I selected "No swap (or page) file" and then asked windows to defrag the drive that my swap file exists on. I then went to defrag the drive.

Instead of defragging, I receive a warning that asks me to free up space on the drive in order that defrag can run. So (using Acronis PArtition Expert) I increased the size of the drive (partition) to 800mb (via the Acronis partition formatting & resizing tools) and ran the windows xp defrag immediately. At this point, after the reformatting, you would think that no data existed on the drive (K:)


My latest defrag report for drive (K:) says:

Volume XP Pro SWAP FILE (K:)
Volume size = 800 MB
Cluster size = 64 KB
Used space = 600 MB
Free space = 200 MB
Percent free space = 25 %

Volume fragmentation
Total fragmentation = 0 %
File fragmentation = 0 %
Free space fragmentation = 0 %

File fragmentation
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Answer:Where's the free space on my drive/partition?

1.Instead of defragging, I receive a warning that asks me to free up space on the drive in order that defrag can run. So (using Acronis PArtition Expert)

2.I increased the size of the drive (partition) to 800mb (via the Acronis partition formatting & resizing tools) and ran the windows xp defrag immediately. At this point, after the reformatting, you would think that no data existed on the drive (K:)

1. You need something like 12% or 15% free space to defrag....looks like you increased it so you have 25% free space.

2. You increased the size of the partition or did you reformat? If you reformatted you wouldn't need to increase the size anyway because you would have 100% free space. Looks like all you did was increase the size and didn't reformat. Defragging does not remove any arranges them so they can be found more readily.

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My computer currently has two 250GB SATA hard drives in a RAID configuration. I have a lot of digital music and want to put that on two external hard drives in order to keep it separate and portable. I have decided to buy internal hard drives and plug them into cases to turn them into external drives. I have already ordered a Seagate 200GB Ultra ATA/100 8MB Buffer Retail Kit, which I think I can just plug into one of the cases that I have ordered and then plug it into the computer (since it is a kit and comes with the necessary software and everything). However, for the second drive I have found a good deal on a Maxtor Ultra 16 PATA 250GB internal hard drive. This second one is NOT a retail kit, so here are my following questions:

1) Will all of these drives be compatible together?
2) The Maxtor, since it isn't a retail kit, doesn't come with any software. Will that one be just as easy as slipping it into the case and plugging it into the computer, or will it take something else?

Thank you so much for all your help!

Answer:Need help adding hard drive space (compatibility and how-to)

Unless your using the drives in a RAID configuration there shouldn't be any conflict at all.
The oem version won't be a problem you will not need any software to install it( windows should recognize and format/partition it). but if you want to use Mfg's drive software ,just download it from them.

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Ok....I'm tired of all this onekey stuff, and having my hard drive divided up against my will!!!  I just tried to do a backup to the hidden partition, and it will not even fit...even at max compression). I just want to delete the hidden partition and my "D" drive and get all that space back onto just a "C" drive.  How can I do this please?    Edit:  Ok...I was able to unhide the recovery partition, and I formated that partition, and the extra "D" partition, and was able to stretch my main "C" partition to the full hard drive size.  (well, it's showing 149GB out of a 160GB drive which I guess is about normal?).   My questions now are....  (1)  Am I going to be able to restore to my initial back-up image I made (restore DVD's ) when I first got the computer while the hard drive was still partitioned into "C", "D", and included the hidden restore partition?   (2)   Am I going to be able to boot to the rescue CD and create back-up images onto DVD's in the future when I want to?  Message Edited by thebigdintx on 07-09-2009 11:20 PM

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Answer:Can I wipe the hidden & D partition & get my drive space back?

You can boot to use the rescue and recovery cds when you want to,When you use them your system will have the same number of partitions when it came inlcuding the hidden service partition

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I recently bought a new laptop 500 GB hard drive, which had C:, Recovery (D: ), and HP Tools (E: ) drive. I thought of creating a sepreate drive to keep personal stuff like pics, songs, etc.

I went to disk management, and clicked on "Shrink Volume" on C: Drive. Now an unallocated parition has been created, which I cannot see in "My Computer" and moreover the size of C: drive is also showing as reduced size.

Please help me to create a new drive from that unallocated space or get back the original C: Drive.

Please help me with layman's terms as I am not so familiar with computer terms.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to get back partition created from C Drive to unallocated space?

Please find attached the screen shot of the disk management.

Quote: Originally Posted by Suchithareja

I recently bought a new laptop 500 GB hard drive, which had C:, Recovery (D: ), and HP Tools (E: ) drive. I thought of creating a sepreate drive to keep personal stuff like pics, songs, etc.

I went to disk management, and clicked on "Shrink Volume" on C: Drive. Now an unallocated parition has been created, which I cannot see in "My Computer" and moreover the size of C: drive is also showing as reduced size.

Please help me to create a new drive from that unallocated space or get back the original C: Drive.

Please help me with layman's terms as I am not so familiar with computer terms.

Thanks in advance.

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Hello, thinking of buying:an internal hard drive :Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB SATAII 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM as a back up.Do i just plug this in to the spare wire in the back of the pc(not exactly what the spare connector wire is....)and the pc recognises it and then use Vista's back up option to transfer data or are there special soft ware tools to do this.I curreently have 320gb on vista. Any suggestions or guidance links will be welcomed. Many thanks.

Answer:adding a new hard drive as a back up-how?

How old is your computer?does it have IDE conectors or SATA

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After managing to format the hard-drive & then installing Windows XP Professional quite successfully, I wonder that BEFORE all this set-up, my cousin had partition on her hard-drive:

C: 8 GB
H (software): 2 GB
G (music): 12 GB
L (songs): 10 GB

or something along these figures. When we deleted all the other partition, I remember there was a mention of around 38,000 Mb of space i.e. 38 GB. Earlier, I had a feeling that hard-drive is ONLY 8 GB (when simply checking the C but at this stage, I realised that the actual hard-drive was around 38 GB splitted into different partition.

After the XP installed successfully, we went to "My Computer" & could see C: drive, A: drive, G: drive for DVD Rom & H: drive for CD Writer. When clicked on C: & properties, we could ONLY see 8 GB of total space, out of which 1.5 GB was taken, due to Windows XP installed & remaining was free space.

This means that we still have the SAME sized i.e. 8 GB hard-drive as before, EVEN AFTER deleting the partion (whereby each partition had its own allocated space, as mentioned above). Wonder why is it only 8 GB space on C: as opposed to around 38 GB ??? Shouldn't it be 38 GB of total space on C: drive ???

Answer:Hard drive space (after partition) ???

what do you see in diskmgmt.msc?

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I've installed W7 pro 64-bit with 4GB system memory, but I'm still playing with it. Shadow Drive is barely used or turned off. I plan to keep non-OS data on other partitions. Games, videos, music, my documents, etc.

I want to give the OS a generous amount of partition space, but I don't want to go overboard and waste hard drive space. However, I haven't had W7 long enough to know what it really needs so I'm looking for "real world" advice on what to give it.

Thank you.

Answer:W7 Pro x64 - How much Hard Drive space does the OS partition really need?

Well I think the OS itself takes around 30GB and then room for updates and restores is quite alot...
If you play games they can be 10GB each and sometimes even more. I made my OS partition 100GB but that's also for a few games.

I would say 45-50GB but I'm sure someone who knows more will give you a better answer :)

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Hi,I have an old PC set up as part of a home network and i want to get some of the space back on it but can't see where/how i do this.It's an old Packard Bell i-Connect 1250 with a 10GB hard drive. I have also installed a 2nd drive of 40GB.The operating system and programme files are all on the 10GB C dive. It used to have ME on it but i have since upgraded to XP. I know there is a partition on there put on by Packard Bell so you can restore the system - and i have the restore floppy disk too. The amount of 'free' space left is 1.5GB. I have looked at the folders/files on the rive and they account for only 3.5GB of space so i seem to be missing around 5GB. Can anyone explain the best way of getting these missing GB's back, without losing the operating system and programmes already on the C drive? In fact IS there a way?Many thanks for any advice.

Answer:Help with getting hard drive space back

If there is a hidden partition on the drive, you will need a partition manager to see and unhide it. There are free ones around - not sure how good they are - but I've found Partition Magic well worth its cost.

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Asus M5A78L-M LX : Phenom IIx2 : 4gb ram : PSU: OCZ 500w : nVidia GT440 : HDD: Samsung 1tb + W.D 1tb : IE9 : Win 7 ult (32)
I have just replaced my E:\ drive (used purely for ‘back-ups’) with a W.D 1Tb.
My C:\ drive is a Samsung 1Tb unit.
I have just run the first back-up, and surprised when it now shows:
C:\ = 456 free of 931 Gb
E:\ = 269 free of 931 Gb.
How come the back-up (E) seems to be 662 gb when the original (C) is 475 gb ?

Answer:Hard Drive space taken by Back-ups ?

I believe that backups are saved in a compressed form.

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I'm using windows 7 (64bit), I have a 500GB C drive and a 1TB data drive. This computer is mainly for music recording/editing and a little bit of video editing. I use the 1TB D drive to store all of my music and video related projects. I have a lot of stuff on that drive, mostly high quality, uncompressed audio files, but with that said, there is no way that I am using the amount of space that windows says I am using. Looking at every folder and subfolder I have on the drive, I am only using 93GB for music and video files, and less than 1GB for miscelanneous files but Windows says that only 38GB of 931GB is left! It should actually be 837GB left. So 799GB just magically disappeared into space?? What's going on?  I've had the computer for two years and it has always been accurate with it's free space estimates. I just noticed this last week. What should I do? 

Answer:Hard drive free space WAY off

Run the chkdsk /r command on the drive in question.
Then...use fhe following tool to see what is where on the drive:  WinDirStat .

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for quite some time my computer keeps telling me that I have 0% free space and I need to delete some files well I am about bone dry on my computer.and I cant downloade a program to fix it because it tells me I have no free space I have windows XP and I have 74.6 Gig on my hard drive and my system is a Gateway about 2002, i have a norton antivirus that I thought i deleted and I found that this file has about 62 Gig of files on it that is keeping me from being able to open any files, what can I do to help me rid this proble , also I cant go to a restore because I have o% free space

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I"ve installed windows 8.1 from fresh on a seperate parition on my macbook pro retina 2013 via Apple's bootcamp.

I allocated 40GB which when formatted is 37GB

But now I'm downloading Call of duty on steam which is 14GB however on my hard drive apparently I've only got 5GB left..

Is there a way to free up space or to see what on earth is taking up soo much space..

Ideally I want to buy Battlefield 4 on origin soon but that needs 30 GB space, obviously I'll delete the call of duty game but how can I get all my space back.


Really appreciate any help

Answer:How to free up hard drive space

Nothing is taking up to much space, you made the partition to small. My current Windows install on my laptop is 33 GB and that's with all my user folders moved to my Data drive. You could run disk cleanup, turn off system restore, disable hibernation (this deletes the hiperfile.sys file), but your still going to run out of space fast.

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In the process of trying to get a handle on high cpu temp. on my computer i downloaded , installed , and ran 4 different utility programs like PC Wizard 2007 , Driver Detective , Driver Scan and Speed Fan . My hd free space was 58 % BEFORE installing any of these programs . It now shows as 71 % . Am i missing something or has the computer fairy arrived ? ...

Answer:Hard Drive Free Space

Where is your space info from ? ?What OS ? ?The only program in your list i'm familiar with is speedfan...DLoad and run Sequoia View for an accurate report of your HDD space.

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Using an old system, and total size of drive is 37.2 gb and frees space is 5.68. free space was smaller than that, after i ran ccleaner cleaner option and deleted things, i deleted some mp3 files, uninstalled 3 programs , I use mozilla firefox so i deleted to old firefox data folder from my deskstop. the computer did 2 chkdisk scans earlier also.

So is there anything else i can do to get more than 5.68 free space. I don't know what else to delete

Answer:What Else To Do To Get More Free Space On Hard Drive?

If this is a desktop, you can check with local computer repair shops and buy a used hard drive and slave it for extra room, move programs and files to the slave drive.

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This is a somewhat unusual post for me, as I've posted several HJT logs here in the past when I've needed help and I've received excellent help, therefore, I thought that this might be the best place to ask this particular question.

My hard drive has lately been, quite frankly, nearly full...fluctuating between 800mb and 1.2 Gb free (on a 20 Gb drive. It just doesn't seem possible to me).

Tonight I've gone through and deleted/moved a lot of things I knew for sure that I could, thus getting the amount of free space close to 1.5 Gb. In my quest for more, I looked at my add/remove programs menu and found:

3 different copies of Microsoft .net Framework (2.0 Service pack 2, 3.0 Service pack2, and 3.5 sp1), The first two of which take up nearly 400MB.

Also, 3 different copies of MSXML 4.0 SP2, although the files sizes appear to be comparatively negligible.

Are those seemingly repeat programs absolutely necessary, or can I uninstall any of them to free up a bit more space?

Also, I could apparently free up another half-gig by deleting my backup files for Win98. I've considered it, but I fear that sure as I do, I'll have XP probs again and be in deep trouble.

Answer:Trying to free space on hard drive

if you are using XP why keep Windows 98 files ? also download crapcleaner and run the cleanup program to clean out wasteful temp files... also if you have an external harddrive move as many data files word, excel, Jpeg picture files to the external drive and delete them from your 20 Gig internal harddrive.

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or should the question be:

How much Hard Drive space should I keep free??????

I have a 8.4 gig harddrive with 1 gig free.

I am running windows 98 first with microsoft patches and with a fat32 file system.

How much space should I keep free on my harddrive so my computer runs smothly?

is it 200 megs?????

Can you people help me out. I really nead it?

[This message has been edited by richardginn (edited 07-04-2000).]

[This message has been edited by richardginn (edited 07-04-2000).]

Answer:How much Hard Drive space should I have free?????

That depends on your video card memory and how much swap file you need. But other things are going to impact this like trying to uncompress files and install stuff, this can use a lot of hard disk space during the install. I really wouldn't go much lower than you are right now personally.

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I left for the weekend and when I returned, I found that my computer only has 16MB of free space...when I left it had 54%!!! I have NOOO clue how this happened. The last thing I did on my computer was run Clean Space 9...This is weird, does anyone know what could have happened? I'd REALLY appreciate it...thanks,

Here is my computer info:
Microsoft Windows XP
Version 2002
Service Pack 2

Manufactured and Supported by:
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
2.39 GHz, 448 MB of RAM

Answer:HELP!! 0% free space on hard drive...

Your system may have become a zombie for file sharing. If you have any installed, ininstall all P2P programs (Kazaa, Bearshare, Limewire, etc.)

Next, follow these instructions:

Be sure to post your log in a new thread in the Hijackthis Log Help forum, not here.

I'll close this thread to prevent any dual posting.

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My computer is not running as fast as I'd like it to...

I have 32 gb of used space and 6 gb of unused space...

I have 768 mb of ram...

please, need some advice as to how I can help my computer perform better...

there are a lot of programs on my add/remove programs list... but I don't know what programs I can delete to free up space...



Answer:Free Space On Hard Drive

First off we need to know the operating system (2000,XP etc,,)in order to proceed. thanks

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i have went through the disk cleanup stages by clicking on properties on the C drive..

But still my drive stays on the red zone..

I have 810 mb left of a 51 gb hard drive!

I know that I do not use that much space... So where on earth are all these files..

Answer:How to free up space in hard drive!

This will show you what is taking up all the space

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Hi I was doing some digital art the other week and noticed it said my disk space was getting low, well i couldn't believe this as last time I checked i had heaps, I have a 120GB hard drive and only had 4GB left, I do work with some huge files like 180MB ones with my art so did have a few of them and I did save quite a few image stages of my art so I could easily get rid of them, I thought best thing to do was buy an extra external hard drive, so I got a 120GB external hard drive, sorted out all my files and put them all on there, I deleted all my art files and music files of my hard drive and have everything I need on my external now, so thought it would free up some space and it has but theres still 26.3 GB been used by something, I have software like Photoshop and Reason 2.5, Fruityloops and Microsoft office, thats it, My hard drive must be cluttered with crap software that I am not needing.But still shouldn't add up to 26 gb should it. Is there any way of getting rid of everything that is just cluttering my disk space, I don't want to start deleted everything I see incase its needed.Phil

Answer:How do I free up more hard drive space

You could try this click here to see what is taking up the space. I've not used it myself but have seen it recommended here before.

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This is not really a problem compared to real problems people have on here but has anyone ever seen your hard drive free space fluctuate without making any changes? Mine goes up and down between 5 to 10 gigs every two to five days on my laptop and my desktop.  Should I be worried?My specs on the desktop                                     Specs on the laptop 320 GB Seagate Barracuda SATA                         120 GB WD BEVS ATANvidia 8600 GTS                                                    Nvidia GForce 7150m 4GB DDR2 RAM 667 MHz                                       3GB DDR2 soDimmAMD Live 64x2 4400 2.3 GHz                                AMD Turion 64x2 2.0 GHz

Answer:Hard Drive and free space

Sounds like volume shadow copy/previous versions and/or system restore, saving new checkpoints/copies and deleting older checkpoints/shadow copies.

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Dell PC Windows XP

My C drive has only 34% free space (it's only 28.60 GB) despite my moving all of my pictures and music to an external hard drive. The only big programs that I've got are Turbo Lister and a Movie Player from the NYPL.

Is that enough for it to work well? I defragment frequently so it runs ok.

If I want to get a couple of games is it ok to download them to the external hard drive?


Answer:How much is too little free space on a hard drive?

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I have a Compaq Presario SR5710Y PC with 48.8 GB on my hard drive. I only have 72.3 MB free right now, and I cannot figure out what to uninstall to free up space. When I look at my installed programs, there aren't that many, and the ones that show how much space it is taking up, all only show less than 1 GB.

I need to add that my previous hard drive crashed, and I replaced it with an SSD. I am thinking that maybe in the re-installation of Windows 7 (it previously had Windows Vista, but I replaced it with 7 about 2 years ago), that somehow I might have two versions of Windows in my hard drive, which is why I don't have much space left.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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I have a 160 gig hard drive that has 149gig used. How do you find just what is taking up all that space? It said there is 45 gig of old compressed files,how can I find out what these are ,and delete them maybe? thanks splice

Answer:free up hard drive space

If you search the Internet for the extension the file has, it may give you a clue as to what it is and how to check it.

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Hi Moderators,

I am relatively new to computers. I run Windows XP Professional SP2. My Maxtor Hard Drive total size is 19.0 GB.

I have recently noticed that despite the fact that I have tried to keep my free space at least at 11.0 the same has dropped to 6.23. I have backed up most of my files on c.d. and have deleted a great deal. However my free space reads only 8.23.

I make sure that I remove history, temporary internet files, cookies, and forms, almost every day. I also use Ccleaner. A look in add/remove programs revealed that since I started using my computer in 2004 May 24 I have received quite a lot of updates both for Xp and Office and I suspect that these may be the cause of the decrease in free space. Moreover sometime earlier this year I had to re-download SP2 in order that my web cam would work. I did not uninstall the former SP 2

I shall be grateful if you can advise me as to whether updates I had prior to re-downloading SP2 would have become obsolete and can be removed.

I have a lot of programs installed but they are all being used from time to time. I can uninstall a couple of them as I use them at intervals.

Thanking you in advance.


Answer:Free Hard Drive Space

Probably the only solution is get a larger harddrive. You are using approx 10 or GB of hard drive space. This is not very much for a modern useful XP machine. To give you some perspective, I have 20 GB of programs alone. And then 100GB of data. If you have 10GB of programs and data then you are not using very much space indeed.A new hard drive could replace your existing drive, but then you would have to install Windows and all programs again, or you could simply add the new hard drive as a second drive, or slave drive. This is pretty easy to do and you would gain all of the space for data.Prices on hard drives have been in a free fall for the past year or so:40GB, $46 incl. shipping: $47 incl. shipping: $60 incl. shipping:

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This topic has probably been beat to death on this site and I have read some of the articles and done some of the basic recommended items. But no matter what I do I can't get my Hard Drive free space to increase. My computer has been a little sluggish.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Free up Hard Drive Space

well ... you're not going to get any more free space unless you get a new HDD or delete some files

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Hi, I'm having a slight issue with my C drives space, it seems to be slowly decreasing every hour or so.

I used SpaceSniffer to find out why my hard drive was pretty filled so I deleted some old files and cleared out a lot of space but the free space is slowly decreasing.

So far I have lost about 500MB in less than 1 hour and I have no clue where the 500MB went. Is there any program that tracks your hard drive usage so I can identify where the 500MB went?

For example: a program displays that 400MB went to folder X and 100MB went to folder Y in the recent hour (or something like that).

Thank you!

Answer:Hard Drive Free Space


Try downloading and installing this:

It's free. Download and scan your main drive. Then sort by the date. Look for large files that seem to be related somehow that were created or modified today.

There is a virus that used to be around that would fill recycle bins and essentially completely shut down machines by filling the hard drive until the machine couldn't function...

In Everything, use the search bar at the top to see what's in the Recycle Bin if you don't find anything strange amongst todays files. Just type "Recycle Bin" in the search bar.

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i have started burning home movies onto dvd using ulead video studio 8, i have put aside 50gig as a partition from a sata 160gig hard drive. When i have finished editing the home movie and burnt it to a dvd i then delete the file off the hard drive which is between 2 to 9 gig in size (could be multiple files). the problem i have is when i look to see how much is free on the drive it's still saying that size is still there. i have emptied the recycle bin and also have tryed window washer, the only way to correct it is take all files and folders i want off the hard drive, format it, then copy the files and folders back to get a true reading of space left on the drive. i have to format drive through restarting computer in safe mode only.

Answer:free space on hard drive

Have you tried defrag after a delete ?

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I am using Windows XP, Service Park 2. I have a program called Sonic. I am trying to copy a video I made using the copy DVD program in Sonic. It tells me I don't have enough room on my hard drive to put the temporary copy of the video. How do I check how much free space I have on my hard drive. I looked at "My Computer", properties and there's lots of free space shown on the "disc" diagram. Can anyone help?

Answer:Free space on hard drive

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I know that it is necessary to keep ~15% free space on the system drive for proper function, but what about a non-OS drive that is used only for storage? My video archive drive never seems to get fragged, so I doubt that I will need freespace for defragging...any other reason to need it?

Answer:Hard Drive Free Space

I'd guess the worst case scenario is that whatever defragging is done on that storage drive would slow down. At some extreme point (99% occupied?), it might not defrag at all. So what?

I've run even OS partitions beyond 90% full and never noticed any issues.

Since I installed Win 7 13 months ago, I have never done a manual defrag and have never seen more than 5% fragmentation on any drive---storage or OS.

You could turn off defrag on that storage drive and I'll bet never notice the difference.

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First let me say, I am a novice when it comes to this. 
My disk space is 688 GB and as of right now it shows I have 18.3 GB available.
Looking at the apps I'm using 299 MB.
Under media and files I have the following :
Pictures                          42.3 GB
Videos                                 0 Bytes
Music                                3.62 GB
Documents                     65.6 GB
Downloads                      32.3 MB
Unless I'm doing something wrong, that adds up to 111.85 GB.
What is the other 576 GB being used for ??

Answer:Want to free up space on hard drive

First let me say, I am a novice when it comes to this. 
My disk space is 688 GB and as of right now it shows I have 18.3 GB available.
Looking at the apps I'm using 299 MB.
Under media and files I have the following :
Pictures                          42.3 GB
Videos                                 0 Bytes
Music                                3.62 GB
Documents                     65.6 GB
Downloads                      32.3 MB
Unless I'm doing something wrong, that adds up to 111.85 GB.
What is the other 576 GB being used for ??
I would recommend downloading Sequoia View. It's a free utility that analyzes your HDD and lets you know where all of your hard-earned bytes are running off to via an easy to use and understand, graphical UI.,0301-1276.html

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Go to Solution.

Answer:X61 C drive 106GB, Free space 2+GB but all files only 25GB. How to get back the missing capacity?

check your Thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery backup, it is probably used for backup.

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I just bought a 4TB hard drive to replace my old one which was damaged. However it only allows me to partition 2TB and leaves the remaining 1.64TB as unallocated. I've tried easeus but it does not allow me to do anything with the unallocated space. I want to create 3 partitions with that unallocated space and use it to store my files.

Any help please as I'm about to pull my hair out. I'm not too good with computers.

Answer:Cannot partition unallocated space on 4TB hard drive

Did you format it MBR instead of GPT?

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I just got rid of 6,102 useless files taking up nearly half a gig of space on my hard drive.

Do a Start--->Search for *.*_ files ( that is star dot star underscore (or asterisk dot asterisk underscore) on your system.

This will show over 6,000+ files (in my XP Pro).

These files, as most of you know, are unextracted (or unexpanded) files that formed part of a program installation.

Most, if not all, have been expanded as part of the installation of the program and the unexpanded ones are no longer really required.

What I suggest you do is to back up these files to a CD, or USB flash drive, or both, and then delete them.

All care, but no responsibility for this suggestion. All I know is it works for me.
Then do a defrag of your hard drive, or course. Bazza

Answer:Get back half a gig of space on your hard drive

Just did that and BANG i found 4 files for a big whopping 500K thanks bigbazza
i realy needed that 500K i guess i keep my computer cleanner then you....

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I recently added memory to my laptop ensuring I had 60G of memory. Then somehow all of it got used up! I have completely cleaned off my laptop except for the necessary files (Microsoft, IE, etc.), but I still only have 6G of free space. I have run CCleaner, and it doesn't really free up any space.

Please help.


Answer:Disappearing Hard Drive Free Space

Try using SequoiaView to see what is taking up all the space on your drive.

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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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I have a friend who has a HP Pavilion Entertainment PC with Windows Vista. She has had it for a while now and she has been recently getting messages from her computer's HP Security Center saying that she is running low on disk space. How should she go about removing files in the proper way so that she has more available space on her laptop without deleting her photos and her music?

She would love it if you guys on here could help us out because we are not too computer savvy.


Answer:How do I accuratly free up space on my hard drive?

Removed un used program is a good place to start.

Go to you start button check on setting>control panel>programs and features. Remove any program(s) that are not needed.

How big is her hard drive and how much free space is left?


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I have been having some trouble lately with my home computer, every so often the Pc will crash with a blue screen, with white text saying that a physical memory dump bios is being completed or something like that, i turn it off then back on again and it works fine, however each time this happens my free space on my hard drive reduces!

Sometimes i will have the correct amount which should be something like 123gb free, but sometimes i turn it on and check and i only have 4gb or so free? could something have become dissconnected or something like that? the pc itself works fine but it just seems to crash when i am either trying to load too much at once, or most of the time this occurs when i am unplugging my wireless adapter, or even repairing the connection which does close quite regularly.

Any ideas?


Answer:hard drive keeps change free space!!!

Hi please run chkdsk /f

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I hope I can present this all to you in an understandable manner, please ask me to explain it better if what I type doesn't make much sense. I'm mostly like a novice with some intermediate knowledge of computers, I think...

So I've been losing space on my hard drive for about two weeks now. Initially, I remember thinking "Weird, I was almost sure I had like 2gigs free, why only 500MB now? Maybe I downloaded something and forgot". I erased some things i didn't need and made a note about how much space I had. Checked a week after that, and I had mysteriously lost about 1.2 GB. After checking my C drive every so often, I can almost see that shrinking space, except recently that I started to write it down, there's not too much of a pattern:

09:00 802 MB (got offline)
13:34 879 (got online)
13:51 910
14:20 890 (after AVG finished, still online)
14:27 887 (just went offline)
14:40 888
14:48 887 (got online a few minutes ago)
15:24 881 (still online)
16:14 868 (online)
16:31 861 (got offline)
21:29 852 (just turned on internet a minute ago; was watching a DVD before that)
21:47 836 (internet turned off)
22:47 840 (still off)
23:15 840 (before sleep mode)

today, so far:
10:15 833 (online for a few minutes)
10:51 799 (still online)
11:46 790 (about to get offline)
12:37 789 offline
13:48 795 got online a minute ago
14:36 796 online
15:11 743 online
15:16 742 online (now)

Anyway, before really paying attention to my disappearing space, 2-3 days ago I uninst... Read more

Answer:Why am I losing free space from hard drive?

SeeHow to Free up Hard Disk Space on Windows VistaManaging Windows Vista Volume Shadow Copies

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Every day or so I seem to lose 0.1GB free space on my Hard Drive. I assume this is equal to approx 100MB. There's no way I download that amount of music or software etc. Is there a reason for losing this amount of space. I don't have that much space left. Thanks.

Answer:Losing free space on Hard Drive

Do you have System Restore turned on? This uses some hard disk space in case you need to revert your system to an earlier time. It regularly creates System Restore points - not sure if it is every day though.

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In Windows XP Home Edition, when I go to "Computer", right click on the hard drive and click "properties", it shows that the used space and the free space are both blue, instead of used space being pink and free space being blue.  Why would the free space and used space both be blue? 

Answer:hard drive free space question

Same color blue? Is the drive compressed?

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Okay, just noticed this issue. I have a 400GB partition on a 500GB hard drive, but the free/used space just doesn't add up.
If I look at the drive properties, this is what I get:
Used: 135GB
Free: 265GB
But after making hidden and system files visible, the content in the root of the drive only adds up to 92.6GB
I've analysed the drive, but all my partitions say 0% fragmentation, the second screenshot includes the recycle bin which is empty anyway, and chkdsk returned no errors. Disk Management shows the same 135GB used.

Where's the other 40GB?

Also, how do I delete the boot folder and bootmgr file? It's not my active partition and I thought I managed to delete it using cmd in the recovery disc, but it came back.

Answer:Hard drive free space inconsistency

I use this when I have this issue. It will show you whatever you are missing. It's cool. It will help you find out what is taking space on the drive. I hope this will help.

WinDirStat - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

I assume the space is being taken by the system restore feature. Check that out.

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My C: drive is a 40 gig drive but for some reason I'm down to about 5 gigs free. I feel like I've gone through all of the folders that would fill up space and I can't find anything significant. I keep all of my music and video on a separate E: drive so I know it's not that. Other than that just a handful of folders that have maybe 400 mb in them, but nowhere near enough of them to take up significant space.

My question is....are there things buried deep I'm not thinking of that would chew up so much space?? I can't seem to find enough to even fill up 15 gig of the 40 gig. I'm a little confused by this.

Answer:Question about free/used space on hard drive

Restore points, temp files, page file, all take up space. Another possibility is you have some type of malware/virus.
Here is a link to a free app that shows the size of each folder.

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Within 24 hours I went from 2.11 GB free hard drive space to 312 MB without downloading or installing anything on my c partition..
I have run chkdsk, every virus scan, malware scan and spyware scan available.
My default is Bit Defender Total Security 2009.
I've cleared out System Restore.
It seems like it may have started after installing Windows XP service pack 3, but I wouldn't swear that it is the problem.
I'm at a loss and hope someone may see the problem.

DSS.txt :
DDS (Ver_09-05-14.01) - FAT32x86
Run by topgun at 1818.52 on Wed 06/24/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.958.470 [GMT -5:00]

AV: BitDefender Antivirus *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated) {6C4BB89C-B0ED-4F41-A29C-4373888923BB}
FW: BitDefender Firewall *enabled* {4055920F-2E99-48A8-A270-4243D2B8F242}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\BitDefender\BitDefender Update Service\livesrv.exe
C:\Program Files\BitDefender\BitDefender 2009\vsserv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Update Service\IntuitUpdateService.exe
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Answer:Losing free hard drive space

BUMP please

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The second hard drive on my PC (running Windows Vista Home Premium)shows up as having 160 Gb used space when I right click on the drive letter and select "Properties".But if I then tally up the properties for each individual folder the space used only adds up to 125 Gb.How is this additional 35 Gb space accounted for?The recycle bin only holds 225 Mb of files, and all temporary files are held on the primary disc drive.Could this additional 35 Gb space be freed up by optimising the disc, or defragmenting it?IS there a way of optimising the disc?

Answer:Can a Hard Drive be Optimised to Free Up Space?

have a look at how much system restore is allocated

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Hi, i would really appreciate help here. I am continually losing my hard drive free space. I have to hard drives (C,D) and the problem only appears to be happening with the main one drive C. What happens is, no matter how much space i free up, it always seems to wind down to 0 bytes. The actual size of this hard drive stays the same, but the free space gets taken up. I don't know WHAT to do and I have ran hijack this, here is my log...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 05:09:22, on 07/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Answer:losing hard drive free space

Welcome to!

Please follow the instructions in the below link and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

Read & RUN ME FIRST Before Asking for Support

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Is there any application that comes with Windows 10, that will show the hard-drive storage usage and free space?

I do not mean an application that will show usage and free space for each partition (disk). Such data is rather inconvenient, when one wants to know how much is left on a complete hard drive. Thanks.

Answer:Finding the free space on a hard drive

Used space and usable space of an HDD will never be completely accurate as there will be 2 or more partitions created during a normal installation of Windows and 1 or more of those 'extra' partitions will be unusable or inaccessible, won't have a drive letter which is required to allow File Explorer to have access. Some of the 'extras' are created by the manufacturer of the computer and/or by Windows. There is the built-in Disk Management of Windows but there's other programs both paid and free available on the 'net that may do a better job for what you desire.

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help ihave a hijackthis log file

Answer:Something is taking up all the free space on my hard drive

Hi Welcome to TSG!!

Post the log please.

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My hard drive (C - drive) free space has dropped by 1.2GB, (13.9 down to 12.7) while attempting to scan a couple of 6" x 4" photos at 300dpi. For some reason the scan failed, but I dont understand the drop in drive space, dont know what has used it up. Not on internet at all in this time, either. Any help, please?

Answer:Hard drive - decrease in free space

Scanning photos takes a lot of ram - particularly if u want to scan in colour. If you do not have enough ram your pc will use hard disk. This may explain the drop as windows may have increased the size of the file it uses as fake ram, or it may have dumped part of your large photo file onto the disk. Try 150dpi?

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This problem has just come up recently, or at least i've only noticed it recently, i'm not exactly sure whats causing the problem but it puzzles me. Take a look for yourself.

Hard Drive Properties:

Hard Drive Stats through [email protected] KillDisk:

As you can see about 94gigs of free space isn't being listed under properties but is being listed under [email protected] KillDisk

If anyone has any ideas as to what might be causing this, i'm all ears. Ive tried defragmenting, using ccleaner, and deleting unused programs and media files but the free space doesn't change at all. The only thing that influenced my free space correctly was when I deleted old restore points and then defragmented them.

Other then that last night I deleted about 20gigs if not more of media files and unused programs, proceeded to empty my recycling bin and still nothing changed.

My Dxdiag information is in the attachment.

Answer:Hard Drive issue with free space

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Hi folks!

Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but I've had a burning question that's stumped me for awhile now...I have two hard drives installed on my computer - one SATA and one IDE, 320gb (E:/) and 80gb (C:/) respectively. Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit is installed to the 80gb IDE drive and the 320gb is essentially my storage drive, although I do keep some stuff on C:/.

My computer has 6gb of RAM (just installed another 4gbs a few days ago). The Page file is disabled on the 80gb C:/ drive, and is enabled on the 320gb E:/ drive to be system-managed. I did this because the 320gb drive is bigger and is SATA, meaning faster access.

My question is this: the amount of hard drive space on my C:/ drive fluctuates from time to time for no reason. I would expect such on E:/ because the page file is there, but I am not uninstalling or installing anything at all on C:/....where is my space going? As an example, I deleted some files from C:/ yesterday and Windows was showing that it had 31.4gbs free. I come back this morning and Windows is now saying 28.8gbs free, yet I installed nothing, deleted nothing, touched nothing at this normal? I understand that it can change somewhat in normal operation due to temp files, etc. But where did those 2.6gbs go...? (I should say it's fluctuated even more than this in the past - by 4gbs or so).

There are no programs running that I have installed that could account for this that I am aware of and I run regular defrags, malwar... Read more

Answer:Hard drive free space fluctuation...?

Could you post a screen shot of disk management?

Do you have system restore enabled for C: drive and if so, how much space is allocated? Also, do you have hibernate enabled?

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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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Here's a great article on how to free up space after installing Windows 10.
I have a Asus T100 32 GB and after installing 10 I only had a few Gig's left.How to clean out 20 GB or more from your Windows 10 installation | ITworld
Now I can install Office 365 again.
Hope this helps others,

Answer:Free up hard drive space Windows 10

Originally Posted by Victor Harshman Here's a great article on how to free up space after installing Windows 10.
I have a Asus T100 32 GB and after installing 10 I only had a few Gig's left.How to clean out 20 GB or more from your Windows 10 installation | ITworld
Now I can install Office 365 again.
Hope this helps others, I thank you, my Asus t100 thanks you and my reinstalled Office thanks you!

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I downloaded a free trial program called PC Optimzer, to clean up space on pc. But i run one of its programs called,Secure Dealete Disc Driveswhich removed a big chunk of my free space,about 7GB. please can any one tell me how i could get this back, i have tried to contact PC Optimizer all week with emails and phone, to no luck...

Answer:lost free space on hard drive, where has it gone.

Which OS are you using ?Have you tried System Restore ?

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I have a 4 Gb hard drive which I normally keep to aprox 1 Gb free space, I have suddenly lost 500 Mb of this free space. I have checked all files created or modified and can find nothing significant to explain this loss. I recently was forced to abort a defrag of the hard drive and subsequently shut down. On carrying out my next defrag it took over two hours as it wanted to reposition everything after 50%. Could this be the cause of my loss. I am on 98SE with a 233 Mhz processor

Answer:Loss of Hard Drive Free Space

Run scandisk, you may have a lot of lost file fragments from aborted defrag.

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Hello all,

New to the forums here. Just found this place googling when I needed help with this issue. I'm hoping I'm in the correct forum for it. If not, my apologizes in advance.

I'm having a bit of an issue lately. My hard-drive space is disappearing MUCH quicker than my downloads are happening. I haven't downloaded anything today and 800MB is gone.

I ran a disc defrag 3 times, CCleaner, RKill, Disc Cleanup. My dis Defrag says I have used 48GB, and have near 27GB free, which is much closer to the reality. However, when I clicked on my computer, the number stayed the same. Rebooted, and it was still hanging around 10GB, it's down to 9.40 now.

Anyone know what could be causing this? I did have Thinkpoint and Ultra Defragger attack my computer, but I thought I properly removed them.

My computer is a HP 6715B laptop with Windows XP professional.

Thanks in advance!

-Cody C.

Answer:Hard-drive free space disappearing

It could be almost anything. 800MB nowadays is not much actually. Temp files are written all the time and and removed all the time.

If you lost say 5GB or something, maybe then worry.

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Hi, I just need help freeing some space on my hard drive for a computer game, Warcraft III. I installed the game and once I tried playing it online ( it said this... "There was an error writing to your hard drive while trying to download a file from You may need to free some space. Please check your hard drive and try again." This may be something so simple as to deleting a few things, but I have no clue what to delete to free some space for it. Any help would be great. Thanks.

Answer:Free space on hard drive for game

The first thing to do is check how much space you have on your hard drive(s). Happily, this is very easy.
Since you have posted in this forum, I assume you are running Win 7. At the left hand end of your taskbar, usually next to the icon for IE you will find an icon for Windows Explorer, click on this and Windows Explorer will open and give you an instant view of your computer. Click on 'Computer' and a screen will appear that will tell you the size of your drive(s) and how much of each is free. As a rule of thumb, you should always have at least 10% free - so on a 500 Gb drive, 50 Gb is the figure to look for. If you have more free space than this, you do not have a space problem.
If for some reason, you do not have the above icon, RIGHT click on the start button then click on 'Start Windows Explorer', then proceed as above.
If you do need to free up some space, start by emptying your 'Recycle Bin' - RIGHT click on it and select 'Empty ...'. Believe it or not, nothing is actually deleted from your hard drive until you do this. Then I would clear out all your collection of temporary files. There are at least two well thought of tools for this. I like CCleaner from, others on these forums like a programme called Tfc, which you can get here :
Just one point if you decide to use CCleaner - on the 'Applications' panel, scroll right down to the bottom and make sure that the entry for ... Read more

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I am running the home premium version of Windows Vista on a Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop. My problem is that the number that indicates the amount of used/free space on my computer's hard drive fluctuates every time something is installing, something is uninstalled, something is downloading, or a program is running. I don't know if it's connected to a large problem, but it's annoying to say the least.

Answer:Fluctuating Free Space On Hard Drive

I'm not sure how big of a fluctuation you are talking about, but some fluctuation is normal. Your computer uses part of the hard drive as a temporary memory that will grow and shrink as needed. I can't imagine why it would be annoying. The swap file (or page file) on my system is 3 gigs, so I suppose I could reasonably expect a 3 gig fluctuation in free space, although I have never actually monitored free space during normal operation.

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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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If I rip an album at 192 lame mp3, how much space does each album take up on my hard drive/music partition? I've got 24.5gb space free, will this do me for a long time?

Its ok. close thread - ive worked it out:-

1024mb = 1gb
one album = 85 mb
1024 x 24.5 (free space) = 25088
25088 / 85 = 295 .

295 albums left for storage. Sorry for any confusion and feel free to correct me if my calculation is wrong.

Answer:lame mp3 hard drive free space

Give or take 85MB roughly. Some albums have more songs, some the songs are longer, there is no precise size. I would recommend getting an external hard drive. It would be handy to keep all your music in one place without worrying about how much space you have left. That and keeping a back-up is nice in case of unforeseen events i.e. viruses, hard drive failure, etc.

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Using XP Home. I wish to format a Maxtor 6.8GB hard drive. The drive is recognised by the system and shown to be available. when a format is requested it appears to be taking place then comes up unable to format drive. Drive properties show no free space thus giving the effect of a read only drive. Do hard drives have attributes which can get clobbered. If so any ideas how to set attributes to allow both read and write. Thus allowing me to format same.

Answer:hard drive shows no free space

If its showing as RAW thenRight Click on My Computer's icon, select Manage.Click on Disk Management, find the drive that shows up as RAW on the right window, right click on it and choose assign a drive letter. Give one available drive letter from the pull down list. Confirm the operation.

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Within 24 hours I went from 2.11 GB free hard drive space to 312 MB without downloading or installing anything on my c partition..
I have run chkdsk, every virus scan, malware scan and spyware scan available.
My default is Bit Defender Total Security 2009.
I've cleared out System Restore.
It seems like it may have started after installing Windows XP service pack 3, but I wouldn't swear that it is the problem.
Here is my Hijackthis log file.
I'm at a loss and hope someone may see the problem.
I've also disabled Diskeeper thinking that it could be the problem since it is set to defrag 24/7
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:11:22 PM, on 6/3/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\BitDefender\BitDefender Update Service\livesrv.exe
C:\Program Files\BitDefender\BitDefender 2009\vsserv.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Update Service\IntuitUpdateService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\syst... Read more

Answer:Losing free hard drive space

From what I am seeing in your log - I am thinking you might be infected.

Please follow the instructions and allow our experts to help you with it.

If our experts verify your system is clean, please post back and we can hopefully help you further

Good Luck,


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Hi,I have a 80Gb harddrive and 41Gb are in use leaving around 38Gb freespace. last night I attempted to De frag and a message came on screen telling me there is only 2%of free space. I checked in my computer by right clicking 'C' drive and It appears almost completely full.I have checked my programs and find I only have my usual programs and Nothing big enough to take up that amount of space overnight. 2 days ago when i checked i had 38% free space I have not downloaded anything since but suddenly I am down to 2%. Can anyone please advise me what has happened to all my free space and why it has disapeared so suddenly.Regards

Answer:Free space Disapeared from Hard drive

I forgot to mention I have Windows XP Pro. and SP2 .

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Win 7 - 64 bit
I have Ben having problems over the last 24 hrs with viruses, partly my own fault. These have now been resolved. But for some reason the free space on my c: drive has gone from just under 20gb to just under 10gb causing a red bar to appear.
I've not installed anything, certainly nothing like that sort of size file. I have checked the folders on the c: drive but cannot see anything obvious that could be robbing all this space.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Answer:Hard drive free space missing

Use windirstat to see whats taking up the space

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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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Hello! I am new to this forum and am trying to find out why my free space on my C drive keeps dissapearing. I have freed up space on my C drive and then right away the free space dissapears and My Computer shows I have 0 free gigs on my C: drive. I ran Hijack this and have attached the file (hopefully). I am an extreem computer novice so I apologize if I muck this up. Any help appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Dissapearing hard drive free space

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Continued from: System Restore - disk space

Do you have any idea why the space still continue to drop by 0.1, 0.2GB slowly even though i did not install any other programme? I am downloading something using Download Client, but the download is not even completed yet. The Disk space should'nt decrease right?

Answer:Free Hard drive space shrinking

Do you mean the total hard drive space, or the max restore point space?

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I'm showing only approx. 2 gb available on my hard drive (out of 36 total), however, when I add up programs (from add/remove window) and file sizes individually, I'm coming up with less than 10 gb. How can I be sure I'm seeing everything on my computer? Are there "hidden" files I'm not accessing?

Lenovo thinkpad, R51e, winxp


Answer:Hard drive free space mystery

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The free space on my hard drive keeps shirinking. The total size on my C drive is 15 Gigs. The free space is now down to 3 Gigs. At one time it was maybe 8 Gigs. What should the free space be for the average user who uses his computer for just basic stuff? Where should I look for unncessary files or programs or whatever that is taking up space? Thanks. My understanding of computers is very rudimentary.

Answer:Shrinking Hard Drive Free Space

why dont you try thisdownload and run cleanupit will clean crap off your computer you can gain space by adjusting system restorepress Windows Key and Pause/Break Keysystem properties will openclick system restore tabthere should be no check in system restore check box(turn off system restore)move slide back to 3%click oknext defragment your harddrivestart/run/ dfrg.msc //click okclick on defragmentif your not needing any programs in add/remove you can uninstall them with windows clean up utility... download it from here on the program you want to removethat should gain you more space

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With the extended partition and 3 primary partitions should the unallocated hard drive space be located outside of the extended partition.? Is that required or just optional, so that you can have both formatted partitions and unused space inside the extended. ? This is for both a internal IDE drive, and a eSATA connected external SATA drive, and they both have 3 primaries and have several operating systems multi-booting, (XP and some Linux).

Answer:extended partition and unallocated hard drive space

Also when I view the drives partitions from a Linux with "fdisk -l" it shows the extended ID was as 5, changed to f (W95 Ext'd LBA), is that not correct now ?

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ive got a wierd problem on my hard drive partition, Its a 20gb partition giveing a max space of about 18 gb, it is saying that I only have 812mb of space left, but theres only 5gb of files on there at the most!, that should leave me with about 13gb, any ideas?I have run defrag a few times but still no luck?

Answer:Wierd space problem on a hard drive partition


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Okay I have a small problem.

I have a 120 gig solid state hard drive, that I have my OS installed on (Windows 10)

I was going to install windows 7 on a second partition on that hard drive, so I shrank the current partition and it gave me unallocated space.

I had a few people tell me it wasn't possible to install windows 7 on the same hard drive as windows 10... for some reason or another.

So I decided to expand the partition back to its original size (the whole hard drive).

Before I shrunk the partition.. I had 60 gigs left, I shrunk it by 20 to install windows 7 on.

Well after some people told me it wouldn't work. I decide to re-expand the partition to take back up the whole drive.

Problem is, when I did that.. I loss that 20 gigs, it says that 20 gigs is 'used' space now. I tried scanning the hard drive for errors and defragging (won't let me defrag that drive.. I assume cause its either a solid state drive or the windows drive)

I don't know how to get that lost 20 gigs back.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Hard Drive Space loss after expanding partition


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Hello, Seven Forums! I've been lurking about for a bit, and have been able to find all the answers to my problems here just by searching. Until Now. I've been trying to create a hard drive partition to dual wield Windows 7 and Windows 8, but when I go to shrink C: to create the new partition, it says "Querying Volume for available shrink space, please wait..." for about five minutes. Now I'm fine with this, but when that finishes, I get this.

So, I mentally "Hmm" and head on over to my disk properties, and find exactly what I was expecting to find.

Next, I tried using the command prompt (Tutorial I clicked in Pic 1) to shrink the volume, but that told me there wasn't enough space either. What do I do? Smash my computer? Open obscure files? Abandon ship?

Answer:Hard Drive Showing no space to create partition

This is normal. The MFT which is sitting high up on the partition is blocking it and Disk Management cannot move the MFT.

If you want to shrink it, you have to use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard. That can move the MFT. Have a look at Option 3 here - but instead of shrinking on the left side I would shrink on the right side (same procedure).

To be safe, make an image of C before you manipulate it. Better be safe than sorry.

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Hi I just deleted a partition and created a new one because I wanted to do a clean install of Windows Xp. Well everything installed fine except I'm supposed to have about 160 GB in my C: drive but now I have 130 GB. How do I get those 30 GB back? Did I delete the partition wrong or something? Please help! Thanks

Answer:Solved: how do i reclaim my hard drive space back??

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Within a day I suddenly lost about 18GB of free space on my hard drive.  About a week ago I noticed that I had only 5% free space on my 90+GB hard drive.  I deleted, moved programs and files and finally got it up to 22%.  Then a day or so later it was down to 3%, without my doing anything unusual. I then removed more files and got it up to 6%.  But something is wrong.  I've run the degragmenter, disk cleanup, removed temp files by running %temp% and deleting the files that came up.  I have searched for all files larger than 1GB, but found nothing.  My ZoneAlarm AV and spyware scans have turned up nothing.  I haven't searched system files as I don't know how to do that.  I ran RegCure--no new space from that operation.  I'm running out of things to do short of restoring back to an earlier time using a Ghost backup on an external drive--and that's not a guaranteed cure because I am not sure when this problem started.  I am running Windows XP Pro.  BTW, when I reboot, the free space remains about the same.

Answer:Sudden loss of hard drive free space

Mainefrye, welcome to the forum, this / similar has been experienced by several members, searching for "drive space" without the "" should bring results. Here's an example with a possible solution. Hope this helps  Edit; oops, forgot the link  Message Edited by andyP on 01-10-2009 04:50 PM

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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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Hi thereI have a problem with my laptop that I use at work. Although I keep deleting stuff I don't want, the free space of the hard drive decreases rapidly within an hour without installing anything. Could you please help me cause I am an engineer and I cannot connect and test any hardware at work since I suspect its a virus or smth. Thanks

Answer:Hard drive's free space decreases over night..Help!

Hi there and sorry to here of your problem.In order to get a computer hope malware expert to help you you need to go to this link and post the three log requested.Hope all goes wellTwo-Eyes %

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I was able to sucessfully clone my HDD, and am typing this post on my newly installed HDD.

But if i click on the drive properties, the capcacity still says 277 GB. What do i need to do so windows will recognize that I have a 1 TB drive?

If i have to do partitions, I will. But Id much rather keep everything as 1 continuous C drive.

Thanks again for all your help in getting me this far

Answer:Cloned to a larger hard drive, but not seeing more free space

Look into Disk Management. You will find a lot of unallocated space that you can add to your C. Right click on C > Extend Volume.

If you are not sure what you are looking at, post a picture of Disk Management and we'll have a look.

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Answer:Free Up 26 GB Of Hard Drive Space After Anniversary Update

Clean up system files is something I use often and of course it is now on 7 as well
However I never use it after updates until I am satisfied that everything is working perfectly
I normally tend to leave it two weeks
The clean up system files also cleans up windows update files and that is selected by default

Care is needed unless you are certain you will not need to roll back to a previous update, not to leave the item - windows updates files selected
otherwise the roll back is far more complicated
As explained by Microsoft
To let you roll back to previous updates, updates are stored in the WinSxS store even after they are superseded by later updates. Therefore, after you run the Disk Cleanup wizard, you may be unable to roll back to a superseded update. If you want to roll back to a superseded update that the Disk Cleanup wizard deletes, you can manually install the update.Click to expand...

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Hi, I have a clue about my hard drive's free space in WinXP SP2, because the hard drive settings shows that the HD has 7% of free space, but I have been check all the files and folders (Including root folders and files) and I don't see the reason why it show me this info, my HD have 80 Gb of capability..Do you know any software that I could use to check this issue?Is it another bug of WinXP?Please Help me!Sincerely

Answer:Issue with my Hard Drive Free Space in WinXP SP2!!!!

Do you mean your hard drive is 80 GB in size, or that you think it has 80 GB free space?

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About three years ago I purchased a Dell XPS 8100 computer with a 1000 gigabyte hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium with an Intel Core i7 CPU.  Until recently, this computer has performed wonderfully and I've always had approximately 850 gigabytes of free space. A month ago, in one day, the free space decreased by about 90 gigabytes.  Yesterday, in approximately 12 hours, it decreased by another 110 gigabytes.  I've not downloaded anything out of the ordinary during this time, as I mainly use this computer for emailing and surfing.  The Dell site checks indicate all hardware is okay (although at one point it said "Unexpected Error Occurred"), and checks by Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes, SpywareBlaster and Spybot indicates all is well.I will definitely appreciate suggestions.

Answer:Quickly Losing Hard Drive Free Space

Hard to say. This sort of thing has been reported by others. Here is a search on the CH archives.loss of free space Sorry I can not give even a good guess. May I suggest you look at your backup plan.You may have to do some kind of recovery that might damage some files.

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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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As the title says I have been having a weird issue since yesterday where every time I start my computer I have less free space available on my hard drive. For example before restarting my computer I had 606GB free and now I only have 559GB free. What would be causing this because I am not downloading or installing anything?

I read online that system restores could do this so went ahead and turned off system protection so that it would stop creating systems restores but it keeps doing this. Also My hard drive keeps becoming more and more fragmented despite repeated attempts at defragmenting. Before my last restart I was sitting at 17% fragmenting and now I am at 23% fragmented.

Answer:Less Free Space on Hard Drive after I start my computer

Go to the website of your hard drive manufacturer and test your hard drive, it may be failing.
Back up all of your stuff now, just in case. Put your stuff on an external hard drive.
If you hear any strange sounds or clicking that is another indication of a failing drive.

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