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Hard Drive Memory dissapearing

Question: Hard Drive Memory dissapearing

It seems that my computer whenever i go in the hard drive is just losing memory randomly and is very frustrating as i have used 71GB out of 465GB and i only have 2 games installed and Anti-Virus.

Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
4.00GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

All it does is randomly dissapear and i want to know where it is going?

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Answer: Hard Drive Memory dissapearing

It is not really memory that you are loosing, it is hard drive space that you are missing. How much free space do you have left. You should have 424GB left. If this is right, you have nothing to worry about. All is well

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Last night, I installed a new hard drive as a master in my PC. I kept the other as a slave and installed Windows. It asked me which of the two drives to istall it on, but when I got Windows XP loaded up, it wasn't there. I could see it in the boot screen but not XP. I changed the setting to Cable Select and it appeared. Now after getting home, it's gone. Do you have any suggestions before I dismantle the PC again?

Answer:Hard Drive dissapearing.

I see it's not an unknown problem. I might try to change the IDE cable.

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Hi all,

Having an annoying little problem with a folder that keeps going missing. It's not a number of folders (well to my knowledge there aint) that goes missing just this one. It's a huge folder that carries 30gb or files inside of it.

It's not being deleted as the folder which carries that folder still displays the size of the folder within it once you right click it. (hope that makes sense)

I can retrieve the folder through system restore but i would like to find out the reason why it keeps dissapearing, i've used the system restore tool far too much in the past couple or so weeks.


Answer:Folder keeps dissapearing on hard drive

Is it a folder that you've created or is it a system folder?

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I am posting here because after numerous actions on my part I have decided that this is a Vista issue.

I am very concious of my hard drive space ( I am a wedding photographer) and as a norm transfer files off my SD cards into my PC using windows explorer and just drag and drop them into the appropriate folder.

About 2 weeks ago I noticed that suddenly I seemed to have 10gigs less HD space than ther day before, ok maybe it's my imagination. Then about 10 days ago I went from having 90+ gigs free to having 28 gigs free. After re-running Grissoft anti-virus and disck clean up and a bunch of other deleting I was back up to 46 gigs free. Well life got in the way and I just had to go on then today I noticed that I have 12 gigs free. I have down-loaded nothig that could account for more than1-2 gigs of space.

In an effort to discover the problem, I have run...

Treesize Free which confirmed that I am only using 94 Gigs of space; but at the bottom it says that I only have 13gb free on a 225gb Hard Drive
J-Disk Report shows that I'm only using 93 Gigs of space (which is what it should be) of my total 225 gigs
HijackThis, which shows nothing out of the ordinary
AVG Gris-soft Antivirus, I'm Clean
AVG Gris-soft Anti-Spyware, I'm clean
AVG Gris-soft Anti-Rootkit, I'm clean
Spybott search and destroy, I'm Clean
Lavasoft Adaware, I'm Clean
Ccleaner, I'm Clean

AHHH! I'm lost.

Given what J-disk report is showing, I'm inclined ... Read more

Answer:My Dissapearing Hard Drive Space

The program I use to check where hard drive space is gone is
Scanner from

It uses a circular pie chart to show space and you can drill down through.

It works fine on XP Pro, but all links I checked don't say whether it works on Vista, unfortunately, so use at your own risk

@[email protected] Have you, (or anyone else), used this on Vista?


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I have a MESH which I bought in DEC it has been a dream, but 5 days ago I installed kaspersky anit virus, but yesterday i was looking at my HDD free space and it was 97GB and today it is 91GB, what could be using all this a space?

Answer:Hard Drive Space Dissapearing!!!

Hi Sidewinder e3I had a similar problem last week, and my problem turned out to be tmpfiles (5.5 gig) of them.Try doing a search for *.tmp using? Advanced options? ?Date? last 6 days and show Hidden files.Hope this helps youRusty

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i have an hp pavilion a6244n PC and everytime i restart my computer the desktop screen is black with no icons except for the recycle bin. a message pops up that says that my desktop has been removed and that it could be on a network or hard drive on my computer. so the only way i get my desktop back is if i connect my internet, log off then restart my computer. its starting to mess up more because now it seems like all the sounds are playing and nothing is coming out of the speakers but when i disconnect my speakers and conect it to say an ipod it works perfect.

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Hi i had recently downloaded command and conquer from a friend and installed it and it played nicely. I didnt enjoy the game so i decided to delete it. noticing it didnt have a icon on the add/remove i manually just deleted the folders and such.....Now it appears to me that i am losing hard drive space/ i had 390GB left after instillation after deleteing i had 385GB and now i have 384.....i bought this HP pavillion with vista like 3 days ago and i would not like to see it crash and burn.

I just checked the memory again in writing this post now its down to 382 GB
i have 4GB ram and 453GB on my hard drive
I ran Treesize and i came across this....

27,402MB C:\
15,388MB Windows
4,265MB program files

Can someone please help me with this disapearing space???
1.928MB Program data

Answer:Dissapearing Hard drive space! Help!

reinstall the game, then find it's folder in program files. Inside here there should be a uninstall icon, double click this and get rid proper. Btw illeagle copies of games are forbidden from being discussed here so i take it it's all above board?! Max.

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recently purchased new pc with windows vista on. Only had a week but already computer saying we have used up loads of hard drive. anything e are downloading or copyig eg music videos . We are copying to disc and deleteing right away. Deleting to recycle bin and emptying.the hard drive still seems to be filling up. Can anyone help explain why. According to disc clean up we have used 3 GB today although nothing downloaded or saved or in folders. Any help welcome. Thanks

Answer:hard drive space dissapearing!!!

probably restore click here

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Just reinstalled xp home on my pc - amd xp 1900+, 768 ddr ram, 1x60gb maxtor, 1x120gb wd cavier

My Western Digital Cavier is my second drive. I reformatted and parttioned my smaller 60gb one and left the other alone(but still connecte). It had about 75gb of files on it and was used to back up all my other stuff. Now it is not there... but it is?:O

It is connected and i have checked all the cables and jumpers etc. On start up it is there on the bios and the back screen that tells you all the info at the start.

When windows launches, it is only the smaller 60gb maxtor hd and its partition that are shown. I have checked for hidden file, but there aren't any here. In the control/admin tools/comp mgt... the hd is shon as forign with a yellow '!' sign beside it. It has apprently no data, and here the other hd shows up ok. In device manager, the hd is there but when i try to populate it there is nothing there..... I'm thinking of reformatting the 2nd hard drive (120gb) but rather not. I am not sure what happened to it but i have reinsalled xp 3 times since just to see if it was xp.

I would really appreacite any help any one could offer

many thanks


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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

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i have 2 hard drives on my pc one is Maxtor 6L080M0 Plus 10 80GB 7200RPM SATA/150 8MB Cache which is my main hard drive and my second is a Maxtor 6E040L0 Diamondmax Plus 8 40Gb 7200RPM ATA/133 2MB Cache which i use for storing music and work ect. every now and again my pc will restart itself when i try to open my second hard drive then say windows has recovered from a serious error and sometimes the drive will dissapear and i will have to restart my pc to make it show up again. i have checked the cables and they seem to be alright, i have also check both drives for errors using the windows error checking tool and system mechanic 6 drive medic and they both say that there are no errors im just wondering if my hard drive is starting to fail

Answer:hard drive dissapearing/makeing pc reboot

No I would be much more likely to believe its a faulty EIDE cable or check the power supply to the eide drive is fully in. Then again it may be worth checing the power saving options on the drive and the ide drivers for the motherboard.

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hi i have recently noticed that random mp3 songs have dissappeared from my external harddrive.I have an 200gig usb2 harddrive that i store allmy music on, about 30gig of mp3 albums etc.when looking through my music libruary in wmp 11i have noticed that some songs and albums have gone!!i do a scan disc and defrag which it completes i re rip the missing songs and a couple of days later random songs are missing again. the drive is only 2 years old, is it failing or is there something else causing this to happen.My system is :Amd 3400+ cpu in a gigabyte GA K8Ns mobo with 2gig of ram.One 250gig internal harddrive.One 200gig usb2 external harddrive.creative xfi extreme sound cardGeforce 6800gs 512meg ram agpx8 graphics.2 dvd burners.1 usb2 tv tuner stick (haulpage wintv hvr 900).Thanks.

Answer:files dissapearing off ecternal hard drive??

Happened to me yesterday, Rang Targa up this evening, New Drive on its way.Old Drive (2 years and 8 Months) Duff.

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The last few days I noticed that My hard drive space slowly dissapears even when Im doing nothing. At first I thought I might have installed something so I deleted som files to gain back space. I had 1 GB avaialble and all was well...earlier today I noticed i had 800mBs available and then just before I suddenly got a warning that my drive was full and only 150MBs left! I went from 800 to 150 without installing anything....Im starting to think I have something bad in here is what I got from the Hijackthis program...does anyone see anything strange? Thanks in advance!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:03:52 AM, on 11/22/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Progr... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Space dissapearing in thin air! Help!

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Hey guys,

Sorry I am a complete novice at this sort of thing so I apologise in advance at my shocking wording or lack of knowledge! Basically I have a Toshiba laptop (it is quite old now) and my data c drive is completely full up. I will delete things, like I've gone and deleted loads of hidden Norton files because I have changed to ESET now. That gave me almost 4GB of memory. I then restarted and then when it came back on it had gone back down to 297MB and I hadnt done a thing on my laptop between those times. My data e drive is where I store all of my photos and everything and I have plenty of memory on there.

Any help/tips!?

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Something is really wrong with my computer.

Noticed it when I am constantly getting 'low hard drive memory' warnings.

So I went through the computer deleting stuff i didnt want such as music and films. 'wink wink' . Managed to free up about 3 gb worth of memory.

About a day later i got the low memory message. Very strange has i havent dowloaded or installed anything.

So im back down to 0bytes worth of memory. Ive just managed to free up about a further gigabyte of memory.

Its already gone down 300mb just sitting here!!

Ive noticed that just sitting here my hard drive memory is being eaten up.

Please help before i dont have any memory left!!

many thanks



Sorry to bump but any one got any suggestions?

Ive lost 700mb in the last hour!!!



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Hi All,

Thanks for taking your time to help me out. So recently, I've been using my mother's computer for some summer class stuff (i'm still in high school). And i noticed her memory was incredibly low (800 megabytes left out of the original 55 gigs). I snooped around and found something very strange.

On the <My Computer> window, tooltip over C: said that out of the 55 gigs, 54.1 or something very close was in use. I decided to look into this further and so I went inside <C:> and [Ctrl+A]'d to highlight everything and clicked properties in the right click menu. Strangely, the popup window said that all the data under the [Ctrl+A] took up a measly 27 gigabytes. At first, i thought that i had possibly missed the hidden folders or something, so i went to <Folder Options> and ticked show hidden menus and files and did the same process as before, and this time the total space used up was 28 gigs.

So now i am left wondering, what happened to the other 20 some gigs?

Now, why am i saying that there is a possibility of a virus? There seem to be many other problems with this laptop.

-This disappearance of memory loss in constant; even as i am typing this the memory left has shrunk to 730 Megabytes.
-Internet explorer closes itself immediately (firefox for some reason does not)
-When I do [Ctrl+Alt+Delete] and look at the processes, there are many new ones that i have never seen before, and the ones that are 'normal' to be there seem to be taking up ... Read more

Answer:Computer Memory Simply Dissapearing Along With Other Problems (possibly virus?)

Hello and welcome to TSF.


i sincerely don't want to download anything unless its absolutely necessary,

Unfortunately, any help without the required logs would not go beyond guessing which is not the way this forum operates.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined below. Use a USB flash drive to download and transfer the tools to the affected machine, if necessary. You might like to run the Flash_Disinfector.exe on the clean machine and the flash drive first to protect against any possible transfer of infection via USB.

NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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Hello i've recently purchased a  ThinkCentre A61 9137-W16 [change] Operating system: All [change]Original description: Based on 9137-CTO: AMD Sempron? 3600+, 1GB, 80GB 7200RPM S-ATA HDD, no diskette drive, PCI/PCIe Desktop (4x3), ATI Radeon X1300 256MB PCIe, 16x DVD-ROM, Marvell Gigabit Ethernet, Windows Vista Business 32 my computer appears to have a 80gb drive but only with the original configuration (!) and aprox. 9 gb of divers programes disk is almost at saturation. I've spend days trying to analyse the causes because when y add up the contents (explore and addition of weight of each file) I always comme very short of the capacity and free space figures for the disk. With quite complicated HD reading software it would appear that my HD contains only about 30-40 gb of identifiable contents.(system , windows, shared documents and programmes included) Where is the rest of my HD capacity ????????? Of course I have not partitioned the disc and no other disk, whatsoever, appears on my computer indications.Having said that I dont know Vista well and I'm not used to multiple account/user systems. For the moment I have only one user or account and as the administrator I have full access. Help.............. I just cant understand these figures and its driving me up the wall. Thanks in advance 

Answer:Dissapearing Hard Disc capacity !!!!

Adrianos77, welcome to the forum, possible solution in this thread

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First, if I posted this in the wrong section please tell me, and where I should have put it.

This ONLY happens after browsing the internet. Now, last night my computer had 151 gb left, but then it suddenly went down 5 gb to 146. Im not exactly good with computers so I wasnt sure what to do. I tried deleting temporary files, but nothing happened. I also download a program to find out where all this data is going (SpaceMonger, im going to list what it showed), but I dont what to delete and what not to.

Programs 10.6%
Windows 2.2%
Source Code 1.1%
Other 4.3%
Unscanned 14.2%
Free 66%

The only one of those to increase in data was unscanned, by about 4% in 3 hours.

Please help?

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Hey if anyone can help with this it would be greatly appreciated

Bascially my cd drives are missing, i go into my computer i cant see either of them they just dont work, no cd player anything
the lights on them both work and i hear them spinning away but no working,
Any thoughts?
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Answer:Dissapearing CD and CD/Rw drive

Any flags on the secondary IDE in device manager? That is most likely the problem. You might remove it and reboot.

You might also reseat the connection to the motherboard – with the computer shut down of course.

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Thanks to whoever is reading this...

A couple of days ago I was trying to burn files on Roxio and I got an error and then I noticed the E: Drive (my CD/DVD) drive was no longer showing on my settings. I rebooted a few times and it reappeared. I opened Roxio again and the same thing happened... an error then my drive dissapeared. Okay, I thought, maybe something was up with Roxio. I rebooted til I got the drive back. I opened up Musicmatch and burned files with no problem.

Later I opened up my winDVD player and I got an error and the E:/ Drive dissapeared again. It's done that two times now. What in the world? lol

I am on Windows XP

I hope someone can help.

Thanks muchly


Answer:My CD/DVD E: Drive keeps dissapearing!

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windows has decided to to find my dvd drive anymore.

it still shows up in device manager but has a yellow circle with black ! mark on it and has the message:

"Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)"

the computer is pretty new and i formatted it just yesterday and installed everything fine from the dvd drive then this morning after nothing changed it cant find the drive anymore

it happened the other day and formatting the pc fixed it for 1 day but now its back. i have recently got broadband and a wireless network card installed and thought this may have something to do with it but im not so sure anymore as it was all working perfectly yesterday.

my pc spec is:
Windows XP 64-Bit
Amd 64 X2 3800+
2gb RAM
nVidia 7900 GS
Abit KN9 SLI
Sitecom turbo g WL-171 Wireless PCI card
Sony DVD RW AW-G170A

Answer:DVD Drive Dissapearing Act

Microsoft say this:

Code 39
Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)

Recommended resolution

Reasons for this error include a driver that is not present; a binary file that is corrupted; a file I/O problem, or a driver that references an entry point in another binary file that could not be loaded.

Uninstall the driver, and then click Scan for hardware changes to reinstall or upgrade the driver.

On the General Properties tab of the device, click Troubleshoot to start the Troubleshooting Wizard.

That's probably not going to help, but it's the first thing to try...

You could try this too:

Start Registry Editor (Start, Run and type in regedit then click)

Find "UpperFilters" and "LowerFilters" (and "UpperFilters.bak" "LowerFilters.bak", if they exist) value under the following key in the registry, and delete it:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Quit Registry Editor.


NOTE: You might need to reinstall any CD recording apps you have, if they start to not work completely, after doing this.

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Every so often my cd drive dissapears from the list in MY Computer. All i have to do is restart and it comes back but it gets annoying. Anyway to stop it from happening? Also i think it happens after leaving kazaa lite on for a while but i haven't tested it and it hasn't happened before.

Answer:CD drive dissapearing

Is this Win XP Home? When your CD Rom dissappears from My Computer, stick a CD (any CD) in it and see if it comes back. It could be Kazaa doing this as it is loaded or bundled with all kinds of spyware. I have a suggestion. If you use Kazaa mainly for music, then try WinMX. No bundled spyware. Look at and get it HERE

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Here is the thing
I have a MSI 848P board with 2HDs one is sata the other is a normal PATA maxtor drive. any way when i tried to install a software called (Hamachi) that works as a virtual network card over internet to allow LAN play over internet When the software tried to start a BSOD appeared With error 0x0000007A which is about virtual memory (the current windows is installed in th PATA drive ) anyway i have a second windows on SATA so i installed the software on it and guess what the software worked but the Two partitions of the PATA dissapeared .So i guess now i know why the **** did the other windows crash its hard disk was ..gone

Anybody have any hint i can use to solve this??
Thanks for the time

Answer:Hard drives dissapearing when i install some kind of software

Hello any helP????

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I've got a 250gig Seagate drive that continues to just go away on it's own. After boot it's around for a short period...especially when I access it. SeaTools gives the drive a "pass" for that hardware being good. Does anyone think it could be that my PSU is not strong enough? I'm leaning toward that rather than hardware issues. Any advice would be great...

Answer:Dissapearing SATA drive

Your PSU, loose/bad power or data cable could be culprits. Try changing both.

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So, I have this problem, and it happens once in a while, maybe once a month. One of my hard drives stops working, it's like it gets deattached. For example, today I noticed that my download is limited to 9kB/s, what ever I tried to download. Then I noticed that when I try to access the hard drive, it's very slow. Then, I tried restarting my computer but that didn't work. And it never does. Even unplugging it from power didn't work. That works sometimes. I had to unplug my sata cable from the motherboard and plug it in another slot. That works. But the next time it happens, it will happen in this sata slot.

But last few days, whenever I restart my computer, even when I don't have that problem with my hard drive, I notice that it hangs on the post screen several more seconds and then it hangs on Windows 7 logo screen forever. I then have to unplug it from power and restart it again, and it works then. I checked all my hard drives with HD sentinel and couple more applications and no problems there. I've changed several sata cables, all new, and the problem persists.

Any idea what could cause this issue?

Answer:Weird problem with Windows starting and hard drives dissapearing

First thoughts
Is the OS on the primary partition, W7 hates being in second place.
If your specs are correct is there a 32/64 bit conflict.
Could be your RAM have you run Memtest (X8 passes)

And Marjan if this is the same comp that youve requested help for in the BSOD forum
run this tool, copy/paste the output

NO FURTHER HELP can be provided until you do so


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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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now im a computer tec and i know that memory cards and hdd are sold as "base 10" like 1gb=1000mb to them instead of 1024mb but im revisiting this question because i was looking into this for some time now and there are some people claiming thats its possible to use more then actual memory on these devices. now i saw a thread a while back, cant find it now though but these people say that its possible with some mods to get more memory out of your device. now from what i remember this apparently does not go without risk. They say if you push it too far you could damage your Drive/ card.
I believe this is possible because on Compact Disk and dvd's some drives have a "overburn" feature. This overburn has a ability to burn a little past the standard limit at your own risk. one more thisn i remember is that this was mainly done in the linux OS. anyone know anything on the subject?

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First, sorry if I'm a little slow with some of this as I'm moderate with my computer knowledge.

Earlier today I had 517 gb of memory available in the C drive. I restarted my computer earlier today and once it restarted I saw I was down to 1.84 gb. I ran crap cleaner already and did a quick scan with malwarebytes but no answers.

I also noticed a new file listed named c:\END. When you open this with notepad it says "conduitok"

There also seems to be ads and a new toolbar listed in IE. Any ideas how to find out what the heck is going on here?


Answer:Hard Drive Memory disappearing and c:\END appearing in c drive


welcome to the forums. The c:\End you can right click and delete. I would run Malwarebytes (free edition) and adwcleaner.

Also look here

Remove toolbars in IE

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Recently I sent my Sony Vaio PCG-FXA36 laptop off to be repaired under warranty through best buy. My hard drive was making loud clicking sounds every so often, loud enough to make me jump when I was typing a paper late at night. Also the combo drive was not reading dvd-r's and when I would try and play an audio cd or a DVD the sound would be stuttery and kind of digitized. So I finally caved and sent it off to get it repaired, knowing that it was going to take like three weeks to get the drives replaced.
I finally got it back and I was a happy camper because they had replaced the 20gig HD with a new 30gig Samsung spinpoint which is extremely quiet and, well, 10gig's bigger. Also it had a new combo drive. When I got it back there was absolutely nothing on the HD and I ran the system restore disks. When the computer shipped it had two partitions, I took this opportunity to set it up with only one. About a day after I had it all set up and had installed stuff like McAffe, Word, and Zone Alarm it started to freeze completely at start up. I ran the system restore again, and now my combo drive is not showing up in My Computer about 70% of the times I turn it on. I tried putting in a bootable disk and it started from the disk about half the time. Even when it is not showing up in windows the drive has power. All the guys a best buy are saying is they are going to send it off for 2-3 weeks again. Any thoughts on simple fixes, or other suggestions?

Also: the combo drive is phy... Read more

Answer:Dissapearing optical drive on Vaio laptop & Best Buy's ineptitude

unfortunalty, you are kind of stuck on this. the only real option here is to open the case and then find the missing screw that Sony forgot to put back in. at least that is what I'm suspecting. Problem is, as soon as you open the case, you are in violation of the warrenty terms for the machine. I do that stuff all the time and am certified by IBM and Dell so it's ok for me, but unless you feel ok with it and don't damage anything while your doing it, I would just say to take it back to them... Explain that this is not something you are going to wait 2/3 weeks for and that you want it done yesterday. This came back with a problem that wan't there before, so they broke something in prossess. it's their (sony) responsibility to get it back without a problem after sending it in to fix one.

my thoughts on it...

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I'm just wondering why my hard drive memory increased from installing a game (Fate)?
It went from 44 gb to 44.4 gb, is there a reason to this?

Answer:my hard drive memory went up

Which one went up, the free space or the used space?

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Hello, recently my computers hard drive memory has been almost completely filled up. I recently re installed windows so i had practically nothing on my computer. I had about 3 video games and about 100 pictures on my computer. I have a 250gb hard drive on windows vista sp2. For some reason it says around 245gb of memory is taken but the games and pictures come nowhere near that amount of memory. Any clues as to what may be the problem?

Answer:Hard drive memory gone

A reinstall can and will often leave the "old Windows" on the HDD taking up space. Unless you did a thorough cleaning (wipe and reformat) of the HDD I will assume this is the case. Have a look at the C: drive and see if there are "Old Windwos" folders.

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Question: Hard drive memory

Properties show free space 20% on 180 GB drive.   When I check the program files and my documents and C drive, the total is only half of what is shown as being used.   What is going on that the pie chart shows most of the drive being used and not free?  

Answer:Hard drive memory

check your rescue and recovery backup files, it is probably used by the backups of your systems. start -> program -> thinkvantage -> rescue and recovery. Delete those that you don't need.

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Question: Hard drive\memory

I am running windows xp on a hp pavillion desk top
A friend is sending me another hard drive and some more memory.
Can I connect two hard drives or should I just keep the other as a spare.
Is memory the same as ram( a stick that I can just put into the slot)
I am not new at computers but I am not knowledgeable about this

Answer:Hard drive\memory

You can connect the hard disk together and you find a standard cable has a spare plug too. There is a small jumper to connect two pins together for you to select

(1) Master
(2) Slave
(3) Cable select

Some manufacturer has another setting for a master working alone. There should be small diagrams on the disk showing the three positions of the jumper.

Best way is put both hard drives on cable select. The one goes to the end plug is alway the master and the one to the middle plug is automatically a slave. With one drive only alway plug to the end of cable.

Ram is a solid state memory (no moving part) while hard disk is like a record player with moving parts. Both give storage but the latter is for large volume of data that does not disappear when you switch off the machine.

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ok basically I'm running low on memory on my laptop, now my other hardrive area is preety much vacant, now how do I begin to save on that area?

I'm not sure whether its a seperate hardrive or psrtitioned or anything.


Answer:hard drive memory help

You can make your page file bigger but that will slow your computer down a ton and put a lot of wear on the hard drive. (and use more battery power)

You should get more memory.

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I would like to install a new motherboard, CPU and memory in my current computer using my current hard drives and current Windows XP.

My question is, can I install the above items in my current case and just hook up my current hard drives and have my current configuration of Windows XP boot? Or will Windows XP not allow a boot up?

OR, if is install the MB, CPU and memory, will I have to reinstall XP?

Thanks for advice,

Answer:New MB, CPU, Memory and Old Hard drive

I believe that if you were just changing your cpu and ram, you would be OK to keep you're current copy of windows, however I have always had to do a new windows install when I have got a new mobo.

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i hate to sound like a noob but well umm i am still learning .
i have alot of games but only so much space on my hard drive i also do movies and music what i am wondering do they all have to go on your hard drive?can you dl games to your memory?
i guess what i am saying is i need more room on my hard drive how can i get that without haveing to buy a new one or constantly dl and uninstalling games so that i can play another or store music and movies without useing all my harddrive space?will they function from a different location?how does that work?
point and i will read just need to know where and what to read so this dummy can get better performace out of what his cheap arse has
ty in advance for the info!

example: i do guild wars online it is a big program if i dl alil music and another game (call of duty 2) and then see a movie i might want to duplicate : i have to unistall something to make room for back up?

it is a real pain in my rear and i really want to figure out what i am doing wrong?

Answer:hard drive or memory?

the best bet would be to get another hard drive whether internal or external. Otherwise you could burn music to cd's so they dont clutter up the hard drive. you could also clean up the hard drive and get rid of old stuff you dont want or need and defrag it. you cant install stuff into ram, ram is what your system uses to operate . hope that helps

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Hi all, ive got an old thinkpad x22 2662-59d model, and want to see about upgrading it. what memory and hard drive can i get? i was looking on a site called zoombits at their memory, but they haven't got anything for my model that i can see. thanks all!

thinkpad x22 2622 95g

Answer:what hard drive and memory?

Hi darthballs,It supports PC-133 SDRAM (maximum of 640Mb) memory and  2.5" (9.5mm) IDE / ATA / PATA drive up to whatever the maximum size is available in market.Hope it helps.

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Question: hard drive memory

my problem is my pc needed a had two partions c drive/data d a total of 224gigs 112 on each partion.i took it to my brothers as i was installing more ram this he did as well as reinstalling op now only has 127 gigs on c drive i not know whats gone there a way to restore lost memory.

Answer:hard drive memory

Is your copy of XP(if its XP) pre service pack?.The original XP could only see HDD up to 127GB.Also did you delete both partitions before installing a new copy of XP.

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Well I got all my info backed up finally thanks to you guys here, and now I have a new hard drive to install. At the store I also bought my self a new stick of memory. And my question is should I install the mem or the hd first, the same time or does it matter?


Win 98 2nd
600 Mhz Proc
192 ramm

Answer:Hard Drive VS Memory

I see no problem with doing them both at the same time


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Answer:pc memory/hard drive

The hard drive stores files such as image files word documents etc and u can instal programs on it.The Memory is where programs run and is emptied when u excite a program or shut down your PC.

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I partition & formatted my hard drive, when I check to see memory on my computer icon, most of the memory is gone, how do I retrieve the memory back?

Answer:memory gone from hard drive

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Hey, this is my first post so please bear with me.......
My hard drive memory is really low. I regularly clear my temp files which improves matters a little but not conclusively. I really cant understand why it is so low as i use an alternative drive for storing all large files such as music and photos, and do not play games so have no large programs installed. its showing 9% free but it should be over 50% i think.
I would be very grateful for some help here. Many thanks

Answer:low hard drive memory

Three things to do to find the cause
Update your anti virus, then run a full scan
Download, update and make a full scan with malwarebytes

If Negative

Take memtest
Guide to using Memtest86+ - Geeks to Go Forums

If memory is ok test with clean boot
same for Vista

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I have a question, not sure if it's possible... I have 2 HD, 160 and 40gigs... i hardly use the 40... no i have 512mb ram, is it possible to convert some of that 40gigs and kinda make more ram from that then go out and buy more ram?

Answer:hard drive and memory

you can increase the Paging File
right click My Computer
-> properties
-> advanced
-> settings (performance)
-> advanced
-> change (Vitual Memory)

paging file is a file on the hard drive used as RAM.
the advantage is the ability to increase virtual memory
the disadvantage is the speed of the hard drive. it is much slower than normal RAM.
for that reason, I disable paging file on my system completely. but I have 1GB RAM, and I wouldn't recommend disabling it if you have any less than about 768MB RAM, unless you really do not run enough programs to take much RAM

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Have a question regarding how to get memory off of external drive. I want to delete all memory from my hard drive. How do I do this? Thanks.

Answer:External Hard Drive-Memory

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A friend of mine has a Maxtor 120gb hard drive that has beem formated and reformateded and also partitioned. The problem is this-- He recently had a new computer built and took this drive out and had it installed in his new box BUT the drive now will only seem to format to 40gb. No matter what he does it will not go back to 120 gb. Any ideas what is going on? He sure doesn't want buy another new H/D.

Answer:Solved: Hard drive memory

What are the specs of the new system?

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Hello Member,
I have a problem with my PC. I could not see all files been saved on my desktop. I have a system check window that comes up with the following error message:
Hard Drive and memory errors are detected on your PC
To fix detected critical errors you I will need to purchase the full version of the product
Please help me

Answer:Hard Drive Memory Error

Not sure but it maybe be virus especially if they want money off you.
Until someone can give you the proper advice try downloading Malwarebytes updating and run it to see if it finds any problems.

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Just bought an external hard drive with 160GB memory. I tried to download all of my present hard drive file 32GB to the external one. It transfered 4GB and then I got an error message saying "you have either run out of space or the backup file is too large for the disk. Note, if the disk is formatted with FAT32 the maximum possible size for the backup file is limited to 4GB."
I have no idea what all of this means. Can you help me? I have windows XP.

Answer:External Hard Drive-Memory

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My laptop is an advent 7201 which I bought about 3 months ago and is windows vista home premium.For the past 2 months,it has shown approx. 46GB free of 69.1GB.I installed sony ericsson PC suite on it transferred my photos from my camera phone to my laptop,then since I got a message that CAPI WORKER MODULE had stopped working,I uninstalled sony ericsson PC suite.My computer now shows 52GB free of 69.1GB.As far as I can see,everything on my computer is working O.K. and I am certain I did not uninstall anything else.Can anyone please explain to me why I now have more memory?

Answer:Hard drive memory puzzle.

When you removed the software did it perhaps take all the photos with it?Just a suggestion, I haven't a clue but if it did do that it wouldn't affect the way windows runs at all.

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I've just had a Corsair SATA 120Gb hard drive installed in my new computer. Trouble is when I checked how much memory I've got it said that it's only 111Gb in total with 67Gb free! I understand that a big chunk of memory would be taken up with basic systems memory, but it said I only have a drive with 111Gb in TOTAL, not the 120Gb as it says on the box! Can anyone explain where all the memory's gone?

Answer:Missing Hard Drive Memory?

For the record, memory and hard drive space are two separate things. That being said, hard drives have always had lower actual sizes than advertised. For years, the explanation was printed on the sides of the boxes, but it's become common knowledge, so the warnings typically aren't printed anymore.

A gigabyte isn't 1000 megabytes, it's 1024 megabytes. A megabyte isn't 1000 kilobytes, it's 1024....and so on. 111 GB of actual space on a 120 GB drive is normal.

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Hi, I wonder if you can advise me how I can identify what memory type I need on my old HP Brio/Windows 2000 PC in order to upgrade it (currently 256mb)Also I'd like to fit a larger hard drive (currently 10g) how do I go about that and again how do I identify what I needMany thanks. Harley D

Answer:Upgrade Memory & Hard Drive

Try click hereIt's a very comprehensive site and should be of help.

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I have a Gigabyte 7ZXE Mother Board1.1 Gig AMD Duron Processor40 Gig Western Digital Ptotege UDMA 100 Hard DriveI tried replacing the extisting 64MB memory with Crucial 256MB 168DIMM PC133 NP CL3.I checked with thew crucial web page to get correct memory for the Mother Board.However when I installed the memory the hard drive failed.Any ideas?

Answer:add memory - hard drive fails

When you did all this you could have messed up the bios if u took power off is ur battery low ? is it a slave or master, if you had to take the ribbion off to get at the ram slot's is back in right order ???

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I've been having a problem like so many others with mysteriously disappearing hard drive space. It has been rather full for most of the time I've had it (i have lots of music and pictures) but it's never been an issue.
Lately though it's been in the red, the least amout of disk space i've had is 4 something GB left of 62.2. I tried deleting programs, deleting restore points, disk cleanups and that sort of thing like everyone else has suggested and it seemed to work for a time, and then I ran a disk defrag and all the sudden more and more memory was disappearing each time i would refresh the window. I stopped the defrag, deleted some more stuff and it seems to be stable at 7.52. I was wondering what exactly I can get rid of to get more memeory (I am not very computer illiterate and am afraid of deleting files and programs I need...) and was wondering why in general my memory was filling each time i would refresh the page.
It's a dell inspiron 1525 with vista home basic if that helps.

Thanks so much.

Answer:Disappearing Hard Drive Memory. please help!

First lets be sure that the memory is being used for legit purppses
Run a full Anti Virus Scan
Download and run a full and updated malwarebytes
How to Fix Shrinking Disk Space in Vista ? My Digital Life
applicable to Vista

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I am running 32 bit vista and have a hard drive memory of 69.1 GB.

I kept getting messages to say computer very low on memory. I uninstalled all programmes except those installed as factory settings, virus scanner and microsoft office. I also did disk cleanup numerous times to no avail. I couldn't understand what was taking up so much memory.

I removed all photos which freed up about 6GB so was pleased with this. However,.....only a few days later I have only 996MB left and I haven't installed anything else. The only thing was a vista update which it said was important, but surely this would not take up so much space

Please help as I don't know what is taking up space and what to do

Answer:Help my hard drive memory disappears

I do not think that you mean hard drive memory. Memory has nothing to do with the hard drive. The rest of your post is worded as though you have lost space on your hard drive, space that is unaccounted for. If I am correct this is what you do
Make a full anti virus scan
Then download and make a full scan with malwarebytes.
If these steps do not produce any meaningful results
Download win dir stat which will allow you to see exactly what is on your hard drive.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
Usually when questions like this come up, it is discovered that Shadow copies are taking up room, ie the system restore points. If you want to free the space taken by system restore, turn off system restore, then boot, then turn on system restore, then make a system restore point. You do not want to remove all the points as they are there in case of emergency.
System Restore

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With reports from Computex 2007, several prototype products were coming out. One was PQI's "Flash Hard Drive 256 GB". I suppose this is similar to SSD. Anyway, if you use Flash HDD or SSD, do we have need for traditional Memory in their conventional slot then?

Answer:FLASH HARD DRIVE to do away with memory?

Considering that a flash drive has a latency of ~100000 ns versus ~50ns of DDR2 RAM and you have ~100MB/s throughput versus ~6000MB/s of DDR2..

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I would like to upgrade my hard drive to a SSD and also upgrade memory. I have a HP model 15-g010dx laptop/

Answer:Upgrade memory and hard drive to ssd

Roozell Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Both are certainly doable. Here is the Maintenance and Service Guide for your laptop: Memory and drive information are on page 2. As to memory, there is only one slot, and it will hold a memory stick up to 8GB. As to SSD, any 2.5" SSD should work without problems. The Easiest way to migrate to an SSD is to use one with the same capacity as your hard drive, connect the SSD to the laptop using a USB-to-Hard-Drive cable, and use a "cloning" app to migrate the contents of the HDD to the SSD. When this is done, all you have to do is then swap the SDD for the HDD in the laptop. My personal recommendation is to use a third party tool known as Macrium Reflect to do the cloning. What I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Connect the new drive to the PC using a USB drive adapter3) Follow the instructions in this link: Shutdown the PC when done5) Swap the drives and reboot the PC. You should boot from the new drive without any problems. Good Luck

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I have an old computer with a 386 processor and a 1.5gb hard drive which I re-formatted. When I tried to reinstall windows 95 it reported insufficient space. The hard disk is now only registering a capacity of 75mb?? How can I get the PC to recognise the 1.5Gb??

Answer:hard drive memory problems

Is it a full windows 95 disc not a restore disc. and have you got all drivers and software you need to reinstall

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i have been having lots of problems with my hard drive C and D drives .it tells me my hard drives are full even after i have defraged it ! can anyone help me?

Answer:fales hard drive memory

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I have a Dell Dimension 4600 with a 60 gig hard drive and 1 gig of memory. I run AutoCad and do drawings for my cabinet shop and the hard drive is almost full. If I bought a new 320 gig hard drive what's the best way to transfer the data? The only discs I have are the ones Dell sent with the original CPU. I have read in other posts that there is some times a problem reloading the operating system if you don't have the original retail installation disc.I have Carbonite service but I don't know if that will help or not.
Forgive me if this is a stupid question. I've been building cabinets for 30 years but I'm only 7 years old in computer.

Answer:Time for new hard drive and more memory.

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I'll soon be installing 2 additional memory chips, an extra parallel port and a second hard drive in my Compaq Presario 5461 with Win98-v2 OS. I want to do this all at the same time.

I've read that whenever something like that is done, I should back up everything, and make note of all my BIOS settings BEFORE I even open up the tower to install the new components.

Is this true?

Where do I find and record the BIOS settings for my Compaq??

Answer:Installing Memory and Hard Drive

When you bootup your computer, it'll usually say something like "Hit DEL to enter Setup" during the RAM count. This would be the BIOS. As for whther to backup, yes!!!!!!! There's a good chance a screwup will happen, whether your fault or not.

Just remember, i could be wrong.

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I have a problem with my laptop. It is a new machine with windows XP, 512Mb ram, and a forty gig hard drive. My wife was using it and she had two applications open, Word and Excel. When my wife went to save her work she received an error message saying the hard drive was full. So being the woman she is she saved it to a flash drive she had bought. When I looked at the files in question they totalled no more than seven hundred kilo bytes. I am worried now in case the drive is faulty.Can you help please?

Answer:No memory!!! hard drive full

How much of the drive shows as full when you right click on the drive and look at "properties"?

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I just installed WINXP PRO on my fujitsu lifebook c4230 laptop, and I'd like to add or upgrade more memory on it because it's still running slow. i installed xp from a clean slate and deleted WIN98 permanantly. As I was searching thru google for memory. I found something called "Memory" and another called "Hard Drive" What should I buy to get more memory on my laptop so windowsXP can perform flawlessly and open my programs in a snap! Below is a few information specs I got from the system information.

Total Physical Memory: 64.00 MB
Available Physical Memory: 9.75 MB
Total Virtual Memory: 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory: 1.96 GB

What's the difference between physical and virtual memory? and what's the difference netween memory and hard drive?

Answer:Laptop Memory/Hard Drive Help

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The H/D on my Acer lap-top (5720G) is split into two partitions. The C drive is now getting short of memory, so I would like to grab some from the D drive and move it over to C. How do I do this?

Answer:Moving memory in hard drive

I think you must mean that your C Partition is getting full dont you,they dont have seperate memory?

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I cannot remember what the Hard Drive requirements are for the Windows 10 upgrade but I  do remember that when I read it I immedialy concluded my Tablet has nowhere near enough free space, with only just over 3 GB at present (and likely to become less).  Am I right in thinking that the fact that W10 will be replacing W8.1, so the memory memory it occupies. will be available, does not alter this?  It might be a daft question (I have quite limited expertise!) but it got me wondering if an external USB HD or some other device can be used?  I have read that any recent machine (mine is only a few months old) which can run Windows 8 now, will be able to run Windows 10. The suppliers of my Quantum View 10.1 Tablet emailed customers while ago to tell us we would be eligable for the upgrade.
I would welcome some clarification of this issue. 

Answer:Hard Drive Does Not Have Enough Free Memory?

I found the article that set me thinking.  A quote below ---- for my own benefit really as I expect the rest of you are familiar with it already. 
'So once again, to reiterate, if you bought your computer in the past, well five years or so, you are going to get pretty good performance out of Windows 10. It may even run on older devices.'

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i have a new samsung laptop running windows 7 64bit.when i first set it up the 1tb hard drive partitioned. that was ok, everything worked fine. a couple of days later i couldn't start windows, no idea why. as it was new and not a lot of files on it yet i reset it to when i first recieved it. now the hard drive shows 2 partitions ,one of 360gb and one of 54mb. how do i get back to 1tb of hard drive?

Answer:memory missing from hard drive

You can do it two ways - Windows 7 has its own built in Disk Management Partition Tool or you can use a 3rd party Free download (EaseUs) - this link provides instructions for both - enter link description here

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Evening all, could someone please tell how to find where my memory is being used by each program?,Acronis partition was using 46GB, I have reduced this to 10GB, I did not see the large improvement in c drive I was expecting.I have 58GB free from usable memory of 186GB. I do not have much information stored from my input, the rest is mainly programs. I do hope you all can understand this writeup. regards Aine

Answer:hard drive memory /program used

I think you mean disk space not memory (RAM). WinDirStat shows where disk space is being used including a graphical display. Just let the mouse pointer hover over the coloured areas to identify different file types, here click here

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Hi Everyone,

I've had this problem with multiple hard drives, but when I delete a file or uninstall a program and go back to check to see if my disk has more space available, the free space doesn't change. (This occurs both on OS partition and extra storage partitions)

- I had norton Ghost installed and but uninstalled it along with the whole norton restore thing.
- I did empty the recycle bin
- I did a windows provided disk cleanup
- I would like to defrag but i don't have enough space.

If just feels like the memory isn't freeing up. I'm not sure what it is that taking up so much space. When i right click on C:\ and check the properties it tells me that I have used up 14.5gigs of the 15gigs available but then i go into the drive and check the file size of each individual folder (i.e "Program Files", "Windows", ...) then add up the files sizes, it doesn't come near the size of 14.5gigs. More like 8gigs.
Where's the rest of my 6gigs go?

I'm juggling with 700mb on my OS drive and would like to free more space.

*edit* The hard drive is NTFS format

Answer:Hard Drive memory problem

Give BCwipe a try. Download and install then try the wipe all free space option.

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I'm using Windows 7.
My D: Drive has 11.6 GB of space. It says that it is now 98.6 MB free of 11.6 GB. However, the contents inside the drive only add up to 1.26 GB. How do I fix this problem?

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Memory

Used TreeSize Free to find out the other 10 GB.

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Hi i have a compaq presario pc with 512mb of ram and 80 gb hddrecenly i done a pc recovery to fix a faulty boot up after that i went on my computrer and i found two probslemsfirts one is that even thpugh i have a 80gb hdd the,compiter only says that total disk space is 68gbsecond of all i am very low on memory only have 4 gb leftany help would be good

Answer:Hard drive memory issue

Go here click here as you really have way to little ram in your PC.Have a look in disk management and see if you have another partition which might explain the missing Gb. Remember that because of the way harddrives are measured your 80Gb is really only 74.5GBs. So in effect only 6.5Gb are missing.I have no doubt someone here will explain where it has gone.

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Can't find manuals or videos for this specific model disassembly. I'm an IT pro and I don't want to chance damaging an HP case (I just did that to a G3). Help? Ideas? 

Answer:How to replace memory or hard drive?

Hello, Please try this : 1) Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee 

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I work in the Communications department of a university. They are looking to buy memory and hard drive upgrades, 5 each. Here's some info:

-128MB RAM (qty. 5)
-20GB hard drives (qty. 5)

What brands would you recommend? I heard Crucial Memory is good:

128MB RAM for $44.09, I heard their product is good. Do you agree? What about for hard drives:

20GB 5400RPM Ultra DMA/ATA 100 for $59.00??
Seagate 20GB 5400RPM for $68.00??
20.5 GB - WD205EB 5400RPM Protg OEM ATA100 for $71.00??

Any suggestions? Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] with any suggestions, or if you need more info.

Thanks for any help

Answer:memory & hard drive upgrades

Hi, this is just my opinion, but here goes

First, the memory. Yes, Crucial is a very good choice for memory. Before you buy, be sure it is the correct type for what your requirements are ( use their Memory tool on the home page). Also, another good memory maker is Kingston. However, I do not believe that they sell directly to the public, so you would have to buy through a reseller. The important thing about buying memory is to be sure it has a lifetime warranty. This will protect you down the road, in cases of failure etc. under normal conditions

All of the Hard Drives you listed are good drives. I have no particular choice between them, Though I know from personal use that I have used Western Digital Hard drives without one failing on me. The only thing I see with the particular ones you have chosen is that they are all 5400 rpm drives. These drives will be a bit slower on seek and access, simply because of the speed of the platters ( 5400 rpm). If you have the budget, I would pay a bit more for a 7200 rpm drive.

Another Hard Drive maker to consider is Maxtor. They also make good drives.

Hope this is helpful to you

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I've never understood the relationship of hard drive capacity to RAM to system resources to whatever. Can someone give me a short-course explanation and tell me if I have enough stuff for today's needs? I have the following: Intel Pentium II with MMX, 300 Total RAM: 192 MB. 5 GB hard drive. System resources: 58 percent free. Don't play computer games much, but have lots of applications going, such as McAfee, Popup Ad Filter, Zone Alarm, a calendar program, Webshots photos, Ad-aware, Easy CD Creator. Also, how do I shut down some of the applications so they are running only when I want to use them? Do I just exit using the shortcut on the Desktop? Thanks.

Answer:Computers 101: Hard drive, RAM, Memory.

I'm sure someone will help me out here, but here's the short of it. Given what you are running I would say you're pushing it just a bit. Although it depends on how your system responds. If it seems sluggish or just plain slow then your tasking it a bit too hard. The pop up filter probably doesn't eat a lot of resources, and neither will Ad-Aware. The virus scanner and firewall will consume a good bit and I don't know about Webshots or the calendar program.

What operating system are you using? If you are using anything except Windows 2000 you can go to Start>Run type msconfig and press enter. Go to the startup tab and uncheck the programs that you don't want to run. They will launch automatically if needed but they won't run at startup which will free up some resources for you.

You may consider adding some RAM to your rig. That would help a good deal. Depending on your motherboard it would most likely hold 384Mb of RAM. If you want to add hardware then we really need some more detailed specs of your system.

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I am struggling with my hard drive memory on my laptop.

Im really struggling because I am unable to do things on my laptop now.

I have an acer aspire 4920 Laptop. Intel core 2 duo processor T5250, I have 120GB of memory. 1.5GHz, 867 MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache. 2GB RAM. Thats all I know really.

In My C Drive I have 49.5GB of space and only have 2.93GB of space left.
In my D Drive I have 49.5GB of space and only have 6.92GB of space left.

I only have like 20GB at the most of music and photos etc but have hardly any hard drive memory left. What is happening to the rest of my hard drive memory???

I would like to know what to do to free memory up on my hard drive???

I dont understand why I have this problem of lack of space If I hardly have any media stored on.

Please could someone help me.

Answer:Lack Of Hard drive memory

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I'm in the process of fixing a horribly infected computer, so the most logical thing to do is to reformat, but the problem is after the reformatation, i found that the other partitions were infected, and to make matters worse they re-infected (to my surprise) the partition i JUST formatted (virus scan of the reformatted partition showed approx 60 virues, bugs, trojans)

so the genius in me thought that i could just delete those partitions and re-allocate them into the c drive, and then reformat again...
when i tried that the d:/e: (2 other probably infected partitions) did NOT became unallocated space, instead, they just disappeared!
so when i look at the windows setup reformation screen, it only recognizes my C: drive to be active, even when i use various other programs to look for the other partitions, they exist, and can be restored, but only to replace the C: and will not recognize the full hard drive memory of 80 gigs.

Currently my computer stands at this status:
C: 40 gigs Recognized, allocated, windows xp installed, cleaned of viruses (because d/e are missing)
D: 30 gigs missing, ?, windows xp installed (inactive,used to originally take out important files after the initial virus issue, c drive did not have enough memory to carry another copy of Windows XP), probally still virus
e: 10 gigs missing, ?, just memory, probally still viruses

Of the 80 gig hard drive, only 40 recognized

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Answer:Missing Hard drive Memory

If all else fails, reformat with Fdisk. Check your disk manager (start>control panel>administrative tools>computermanagement>disk Management), and do a print screen.

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Forgive me if I've posted this in the wrong forum. Hopefully if I did a moderator will move it to the right place.

I've got a Dell Inspiron running Windows 7. I just opened a my computer window and noticed that I have almost no space left on my C drive. I've got 1.8 GB free of 58.5 GB, down from 2.5 GB left just a few weeks ago. I have no clue how I've chewed up that much hard drive space.

This is my work computer and I don't use it for anything other than internet access and word processing. I run Chrome, and Word Perfect for word processing. The only data intensive folder I have is My Pictures, and it's got about 12.4 GB.

At the same time, it shows I've got 396 GB free of 397 GB on my D drive (local disk). So here are my questions:

1. Does anyone have any idea why I'm losing so much space on my C drive? I don't have a lot of stuff loaded on this computer and certainly my Word Perfect documents aren't gobbling up that much space.

2. Can I move folders into the D drive to start using space there?

Answer:Hard drive memory is disappearing

Have you recently run a disk cleanup tool? There is one built into Windows. Type "Disk Cleanup" into the start button search box.

Windows gradually gets larger to some extent through updates. But mine is under 30 GB and always has been.

How much space do you have allotted to System Restore. That can be reduced to save space if needed.

Do you use hibernation? If not, you can turn it off and save gigabytes equal to the amount of RAM you have.

Are C and D on the same hard drive? If so, you can in effect take space from D and give it to C.

You can also save files to D directly, but that probably would involve some manipulation of your "user" folders.

How large is your C:\users folder?

If possible, post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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I already have 2 GB of memory on windows 7 32bit, so I'm guessing that I can't upgrade my memory any further.For hard drive, mine is currenly 120GB, but I would like at least 200GB, is it better to replace my current hard drive, or can I add to it using the ExpressCard/PC Card slot? thanks

Answer:how to upgrade my hard drive and memory on T60?

Whether you upgrade the amount of memory depends on the pocessor and whether your OS is 32 or 64 bits. It does sound as if you want to replace the disk in your system. Renee

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 My new SL 300s ( 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo) hard drive memory is decreasing rapidly. I have not installed any new packages. Please help.

_________________________________________________P8400 @2.26 GHz Dual Core 2 GB Vista Bu 32 SL300 Owner


Go to Solution.

Answer:Hard drive memory decreasing

Hello nmdial, please have a look at this thread to prevent decreasing disc space. Message Edited by Agotthelf on 12-03-2009 09:01 AM

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A week ago I had same problem 130 gig of hard drive memory and
was vanishing throughout the day.
it got down to 15 gig then I dont know what i did but it came back
Now yesterday same problem memory is vanishing and I went from 130 gig to 24 gig. How do I fix this

Answer:Hard drive memory vanished

This should help point you to the culprit in pretty short order.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

My first guess is virtual memory is shooting out of control for some reason. would more than likely be the result of a bad app running.

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Hello guys ,I wonder if someone can help me.I bought a laptop few days ago ,OS windows 7and 320 GB hard drive,I am losing so much memory more than 35 GB so far without instaling any thing on it ,I just did the recovery disc thing when I started ,I'd love to know where did this memory go ?thanks

Answer:hard drive memory loss

Why is this thread marked Solved? Did you find the solution to your question?

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Hello...I have a W700ds and I just installed a second hard drive (500 GB) to my machine. So now I have a 500 GB drive (using this as the primary) and a 160 GB (secondary) drive. I also just installed Vista 64 on the machine. I made sure to set my drives to non RAID, so that I may use them as two separate drives. When I boot up, before Windows comes up, I can see that it finds both drives. Under "Physical Disks" it shows 465.7 GB and 149 GB. The issue is when Windows finally comes up. I check Windows Explorer and it states that I now have a 316 GB drive and a 137 GB drive. My questions are, why did the drive go from 465.7 GB to  316 GB? Also, is there a way to recover the "missing" storage space. If so, please let me know how. Thanks in advance, for your help. --Max

Answer:Where is the rest of my hard drive memory?

Look for some hidden partitions. Lenovo creates them for recovery. If you have created recovery DVDs you "could" delete them. I would keep them around until I "really" needed the space.

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Having trouble on a fiends computer, P2, 233Hz, slow i know.But it been playing , on boot up, its ben checking memory, but has started to run thorugh this approx 3 imes before O.King it self, and then loading win98,But i has started to crash on boot up, get he post boot checks doe and then stops, requesting operating system in,Has anyone got any suggestion concerning why it keeps checking memory?and why it as started crashing on boot?Could this be just doen to memory, or is there something else happening, recently before all this happened I had put in a new 20Gb seagate hard drive in, could and if this has something to to with it, and how can I tell?

Answer:Is It bad memory, hard drive or conflict ?

If you want to stop the memory check just press ESC. Have you booting into safe mode? From there you could run scan disk and system file checker. If it won't boot into safe mode then try running scan disk from the C: promptTo boot into safe mode I have always pressed the Ctrl key as the PC is booting up before it gets to loading windows but others prefer to press F8. You will get a menu and you can choose which option you want by using the arrow keys

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Somehow adding 1Gb mem (2x512Mb) causes my PC to either reboot spontaneously or not see my HD at bootup.

I remove the additional mem and it boots and runs fine (note: running with just the two new sticks is fine as well).

The bios is reading all new mem correctly at POST.

Answer:Adding memory -> can't see Hard Drive?

It's obvious that the two sets of memory are not going to play well together.

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My wife's ACER 5100 has lately slowed WAY down. It takes forever to boot and do anything. When it does finish booting the memory is 80% used up and the hard drive light is constantly flashing... I ran CCleaner and Easy Cleaner, as well as a full system virus scan. Any clue what the problem could be and how to fix it? I have attached the hijackthis log, but after that have no clue
Thanks for any suggestions.


Answer:Memory is all used up and hard drive ia always busy,,,

I see in your log that she has pcap installed. This is used legitimately in network monitoring/diagnosis software to capture info flowing across the wire. If you have never installed such software, I would deem it suspicious, as capturing network traffic can reveal account #s and other juicy things of interest to hackers.

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I would like to increase my computers hard drive memory which is currently 50gigs. I admit I have little knowledge regarding this, please could someone advise how to increase this.
I have a bog standard Packard Bell.
Also what is the best way to increase from 196Mb to 256Mb?
Sorry if my questions are on the ignorant side!

Answer:how do I increase my computers hard drive memory?

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My Thinkpad T470 came with 500 GB and 4 GB of RAM and so planning to upgrade with an SSD and 8 GB of memory. Have finalized this SSD: Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW) Which  I think would work with these parts from Lenovo: 01AX994 Ct470 Adapter Hdd Asm Bracket 00UR496 Cable M.2Ssd Does anyone have any recommendations for the memory? Either Crucial or Samsung? Also, will I be able to make use of dual channel with my 4 GB + 8 GB setup? Or do I have to have 8 GB + 8 GB? Thanks a lot.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8200, pentium4 2.0GHz, 512 MB RDRAM, using Winows XP, home edition. The other day I got a "missing NTLDR file" error. Instead of choosing to repair, booting from CD ROM, I decided to delete the single partition and create 2 NTFS parttions, and re-install XP on the first one (C. During the installation, the formating part went smoothly. However, after that I got few "setup cannot copy the file <filenames>". I kept pressing ESC to continue without copying the files until I got the blue screen of death. I took the XP CD out, cleaned it, turn the power off. Then I retried to install, but got the same results. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive, Memory, BIOS ? problem

If you see setup seemingly suspended after copying a given file, while your CD-ROM drive is spinning madly and making noises, then setup says that it can't copy the file, then most likely your XP instal CD is damaged or just dusty. Try to clean it, or use a backup copy, if you have one, or borrow a XP CD from a friend.

If your CD-ROM behaves normally, and setup still can't copy, maybe your hard disk is failing. A disk surface check should be done. I don't recommend Scandisk for this purpose. Try something else, which boots from floppy, and doesn't use windows components to access hard disk. Spinrite, for example.

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This is my Board:click hereI want add a Sata hard Drive here it is:click hereMemory from Ebuyer Quick find code 48122Will the Sata Drive support my board???

Answer:Memory and Sata Hard Drive Upgrade

Anyone know???

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I cloned my failing hard drive (a 160gb) to a new one (500gb). The installation seemed to go smoothly enough (it was my first time though) as it just required me to stay grounded and remove about 4-5 screws. When I loaded the PC up it wouldnt start the first time so I had to a Windows repair, which didn't seem to do anything except now it worked (it said it failed or something). I then had an issue with Windows 7 claiming to not be genuine although for one reason or another that stopped. Now my issue is that I am unable to access the additional memory of my new hard drive, I am able to access the cloned portion but not the rest (about 316gb). Any help would be appreciated, my PC is a Dell Latitude E6400 if that helps.

Answer:Inaccessible Memory on Cloned Hard Drive

Hello there,

It is absolutely normal not to see the rest of the free space in the moment. When you clone a drive you create the exact same image of old drive on the new one. This includes the size of the original HDD. However if you go to Disk Management ( type diskmgmt.msc in the search in the start menu and hit enter) you will see that you have one partition of 160GB and the rest of the space will be listed as unallocated. To use it you have two options ? you can create a second partition or you can extend the original one to take all the available space.

To create a new second partition just right-click on the unallocated space and select ?New Simple Volume?. This will starts a wizard to guide you through the rest of the process. First it will ask about the size of the partition. To use all the remaining space just type in the same value you have for Maximum disk space. Click Next.

Then you will get to choose and available drive letter to assign to this partition. Choose one and click Next.

Then you get to the Format partition window. You should choose ?Format volume with the following settings: ?. For the file system is best to leave NTFS. Allocation unit size as default. You can also put a label for the volume here. Then tick the box for ?Perform a Quick Format. ? Click Next. Then Click Finish. And you're done.

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Hi I split my harddrive into 2 partitions and installed linux. I use windows 7 on the main partition and had ubuntu 10.10 on the other but I want to just remove ubuntu because I am going to add it to a different computer instead. I just removed the partition that ubuntu is on and it says I have free memory now instead of the ubuntu partitions.
How do I re-add that memory to my main C drive?

Answer:Solved: Hard drive memory adding

If you are looking to resize the C partition you could use Partition Wizard Home (freeware):

I have used the program to resize partitions and it worked flawlessly.

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I think I have a virus on my laptop. I'm receiving "hard drive and memory errors". There is a System Restore box that shows some critical errors being fixed and others needing me to buy an upgraded version of the software needed to correct the problem. When I click on Start, all my programs are gone. How can I remove the virus?

See below for the DDS info. Sorry for the length of it. I wasn't sure if I needed to only send a portion of it, so I'm sending all of it. I didn't see an ARK file, but will attempt to attach the ATTACH file.

I'd appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you.
DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_29
Run by Linda at 22:02:09 on 2011-11-07
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.5941.2936 [GMT -5:00]
AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {86355677-4064-3EA7-ABB3-1B136EB04637}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {3D54B793-665E-3129-9103-206115370C8A}
FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled* {BE0ED752-0A0B-3FFF-80EC-B2269063014C}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
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Answer:Virus - Hard drive and memory errors

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Please note that these fixes are not instantaneous. Most infections require more than one round to properly eradicate.

Please stay with me until given the 'all clear' even if symptoms seemingly abate.

Kindly follow my instructions and please do no fixing on your own or running of scanners unless requested by a helper.


Please download ComboFix and Save it to your Desktop.

**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**

* Ensure you have disabled all antivirus and antimalware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

Get help here

Double-click ComboFix.exe and follow the prompts to run it.

Your desktop may go blank. This is normal. It will return when ComboFix is done. ComboFix may reboot your machine. This is normal.

When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Please post that log, C:\ComboFix.txt, in your next reply.

Please re-enable your antivirus before posting the ComboFix.txt log.

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