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Question: 250gb hard drive not full 250

i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

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Answer: 250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.

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Certain simple activities (like opening certain documents) generate "not enough disk space" announcements. I want to move as much as possible to the D:\ drive, but I realize I can't simply drag and drop programs. I've made a backup of the system. I could start deleting things from the C, but I don't want to do something I'd be sorry for later. I need the steady hand of someone who knows their way around in this situation who can say, "do this, then do that." My iDrive backup subscription ran out in January and I can't afford to re-up just now. I think if I deleted the iDrive files from C:\ the SSD wouldn't be so full. I wondered if I could make an image with my other free backup software and save it to the other drive, then clear off a lot from the C:\ drive, then after that, selectively install to the cleaned up C:\? Any simpler, better comments and suggestions welcome.

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If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

Answer:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

Answer:PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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Hello guys.. newbie here.. just want to seek help regarding HARD Drive replacement , for some reason my laptop wont boot upit only does lights (LED) but will not continue to boot or show the logo/ BIOS so we suspected probably HArdisk problem - in that sense we decided just to BUY a new hard drive and replace the existing 160GB with a 250GB.. Now im not sure if this is compatible enough with the MoBO..and the bios..MODEL : LENOVO 3000 G430 just bought it 4months ago here in Hong Kong.. Advice & tips is appreciated.

Answer:is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

You probably can't update the bios in the machine's current condition and if it's only 4 months old that's probaly unwarranted.Check the size to make sure it slot 1, 2 or 3 ( Different thickness) and bring the old HD with you to the store.Also check to see if the HD is IDE, SATA or PATA. It should say on the HD. If not then check out the spec sheets for your machine. Didn't save them? Try doing a search on here. Good luck with that though, I've seen rubber duckies drown with the level of support that Lenovo offers.Ensure that you have the recovery disks or make them any way you can.Good luck to ya bro.

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Hello, We have a customer who has an R40 that we replaced the drive with at their request for more drive space. The biggest drive we could go with was a 250GB drive. Since we installed the drive, the R40 has found it way back to the shop a couple times for a bad hard drive. We use only NEW drives. The drives have been WD 250 ide notebook drives. The original drive was a 40GB in size. In talking with a colleague form another shop, he suggested that the power supply and battery could play some role in this problem. The laptop battery does not hold a charge. The OS is XP Pro with SP2, the computer does see the entire 250GB when installed, this is seen in My Computer and in the BIOS. Can anyone give a suggestion as to what might be causing the larger drives to not last in the R40. The R40 isa Type 2723-LU2. I would appreciate any advice in troubleshooting this. It could be time for her to move to a new laptop. Thanks, Peter

Answer:R40 on it's third 250GB hard drive in four months

well i don't think the R40 has the shock protection system that came in the later T and R series. This means if the laptop experience constant shocks of some magnitude, this may cause faults to develop in the larger hdd, as the fault tolerance level of these new drives are slightly less than the smaller capacity drives. Usually bad sectors or other mechanical faults may develop, if the the drive head routinely crashes into the platter.   

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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????

Answer:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.

Answer:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


System Information
Time of this report: 10/18/2010, 18:30:10
Machine name: SAM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
Processor: AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 146, ~2.0GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 890MB used, 3202MB ... Read more

Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didnít recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldnít work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldnít).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I havenít given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether itís fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I have been helping neighbour with their Lenovo-b50-80. It originally came with Windows 8.1 and I have upgraded it to Windows 10 and after a few hiccups is working perfectly.
The next stage of upgrading this laptop is to clone the 500GB original drive to a 250GB Samsung SSD using Aomei Backupper Standard 3.2 and Aomei Partition Assistant 6.0

When I go to Disk Management I find that the disk has 6 partitions. Most of which are probably linked to recovering the OS back to Win 8.1
I would like to get rid of all unessential disk space and so I thought I would ask for your suggestions.
At this moment all the files including Windows.old are located on the C: drive.
Many thanks,


Answer:Resizing Hard-drive To Clone To 250gb Ssd

So I found Towards the end of the page is this image;

Which is 2 partitions short of the Lenovo in #1. The 2 missing 1. Lenovo D: drive NTFS partition and 2. 1000MB partition.
Maybe I should keep them all...

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Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567

Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much


Answer:BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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I'd like to upgrade my current HD to the Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive. My computer is 7 years old this June, so I'm curious about whether it's compatible or not. My current HD's specs are located here:

Specifically: Embedded Controller Interface: (40 pin) EIDE
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D): 1" x 5.78" x 4"

I have the most recent BIOS update for my computer which was released in 2002. I run XP SP2, PIII 735 MHz, 256 Megs RAM. Do you think this upgrade would work or would I just need to toss the idea and get a new computer?

Also, the HD's specs are located here:

Thanks so much,

Answer:Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive

The 7200 hard drive wil give better data transfer, but on your system, p111, 735mhz, increasing your ram would help, I would say, more.
XP runs better with more memory.
Upgrading to a later cpu, and motherboard, would give your old pc, a new lease of life.

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!


Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode

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Ive been reading around and noticed that problems like this are fairly common. Im having troubles finding something that applies to me. I have a Dell Dimensin 8100 P4 1.4 GHZ, its sorta old i guess, it was a relatively new P4 computer i think. I just bought a Hitachi GSX 250GB ATA-100 IDE 8MB Buffer hard drive and havent been able to get it to be recognized at more than 127GB. I tried updating my BIOS (went from Revision A02 to AO9) but that didnt make any difference on the drive. DO i have to wipe the drive and start over with the blank drive or what? I also read that XP Home needs SP1 to recognized more than 127GB so i downloaded SP2 and it didnt make a difference. If anyone can clear up why this isnt working thatd be great.Thanks Alot

Answer:Solved: 250GB Hard Drive Only Showing as 127GB

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?


Answer:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.

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I'm trying to upgrade from the 30GB Toshiba harddrive that came with the unit to a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB EIDE drive.
I take the swap the 30GB out for the 250GB put in a bootable version of XP SP3 CD-ROM and nothing - no sign that any power is getting to the drive.
The CDROM tries to write boot files to the hard drive but nothing happens.

Same thing happens when I try to use the 3cd pack from Toshiba or the recovery CD from Norton Ghost.
The computer is not seeing the drive. Put the old 30GB drive in and it boots up right away.

My BIOS settings show it to be set up for EIDE and to boot from the CDROM. What steps am I missing?

Answer:Satellite 2410 wont see new 250GB hard drive


It looks like the BIOS does not recognize the new HDD? I assume it?s too large?
The Satellite 2410 series is old and I assume it will not support bigger HDD?s than 120GB due to the 28bit LBA

So try with smaller HDD like 80GB or 100GB.


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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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Hi, Im new to the forums.

Im having problems with my external harddrive i backed up all my data so i could sort out my virus problem which i used the removal of viruses guide on this site. After, my computer was "cleaned" i plugged in my harddrive and and it was recongnized by Vista but when i try to move all my data back to where it belongs it wont move back. Could this be a virus problem or is my system in need off a proper virus "hunt" and a good virus "clean". i can access the files they just wont go on my computer



Could it be my hard drive infected with a virus is so tell me how to remove it

Answer:WD 250GB hard drive wont move my files

What happens when you try to transfer files? Do you get an error message? You'll need to be more specific than 'it doesn't work'

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I'd like to get a 250GB SSD in my T450s when I order it, but Lenovo is charging $280 for the upgrade. So I'm thinking to order a T450s with a conventional 500GB spinning hard drive and buy a Crucial 256GB SSD elsewhere for $105. I would save $175 plus have a 500GB hard drive which I could erase and format and put into an external enclosure and use for other stuff. My question is -- I'm going to order the T450s with the Windows 7 Professional installation, so can I easily swap out the 500GB hard drive for the Crucial 256GB SSD (I'm ordering from elsewhere), and reinstall/recover Windows 7 Pro from recovery discs? I'm assuming that recovery discs are included or can be downloaded. Or, could I restore to the Crucial 256GB SSD from the recovery partition on the 500GB hard drive? How would I do this? 

Answer:Order T450s with 500GB hard drive, upgrade to 250GB SSD

Download and install Macrium Reflect.  There's a free version that makes clones.  Clone the factory drive to the SSD, then swap it out.  You don't get recovery disks.   The recovery software, though, has the option of creating a recovery disk set from the recovery partition that is installed on the drive.  So, you could burn the disks and put them away as your recovery solution.  When you clone the factory drive, you have the option of selecting which partions to include on the cloned drive.  If you've burned the disks first, you can simply not select the recovery partition (which is typically lettered "Q") and just clone the system reserved and Windows partitions and save yourself the disk space on the SSD. Once you've got it set up to your satisfaction, and you have the disks, then format the factory drive to use for your other purposes. 

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful...**

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB Hard Drive - Stopped working

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???

Answer:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.



Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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Hello, have been searching the net for an answer to this question with no satisfactory answers.

System details,
Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit
Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 2,4GHz
2GB Ram
500GB Packard Bell External Hard Drive - USB connection

I have a 500GB external hard-drive and Windows Vista is currently telling me it is full. When I check the hard-drive properties in Explorer it also shows up as very close to full. However when I select all folders on the hard-drive and check properties the size is only approx half. i.e 216GB

The drive system is NTFS and I have made sure in "Folder Options/View" that hidden files and folders are shown.

Does anyone have an idea what this could be ?

Answer:Ext Hard Drive Showing Full but actually only half full Vista

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hello,i have installed a 250GB Western Digital Caviar HD on my system. but i cant seem to get the full 250 GBi have installed XP PRO and service pack 1 but its showing 233GB and it says that its using 106 GB i dont know what to do to have the full 250GB showing, you guys have any pointers pleasethanksVJP4 3.2Ghz HTAsus P4 C800 E-Deluxe512mb PC3200 DDR RAMSapphire All In Wonder Radeon 9800 ProWestern Digital 250 GB Hard DriveAntec 350W PSU

Answer:cant get full 250GB

The drive manufacturers reckon a kilo is 1000 (reasonable, I suppose), but the rest of the computer world regards it as 1024.So a 250Gb drive is 250/1.024/1.024/1.024 = 233Gb.

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I've got a hard disk in my laptop partitioned into to two.

After a year of good service, my laptop is now, from time to time during use, displaying 'disk full' type messages when trying to save a file (Word) or unzip a file (Winrar) and things like that.

I can still access files on the disk, just not write to it, although the problem when it is occurring seems to be intermittent.

The disks aren't full and have over 10% free. When I restart Windows the problem goes away.

I'm guessing there is something wrong with the disk?

Any ideas on how to check for errors/problems or solve this?


Answer:Hard Drive Full Message but Disk Not Full

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I have a 250Gb Samsung EVO 850 that reports it just has a couple of gigabytes spare (edit 8Gb after removing some stuff) when i am using only 60Gb as per WinDirStat - i only realised when i turned on the comp and google drive said its runs out of space

I have everything off, 1Gb Page-file (8Gb RAM) - hibs OFF, screenshot of WDS and Disk Management below - 10% OP accounts for the unallocated space

Ive ran chkdsk /f but no change
I ran SFC /SCANNOW and it found corrupt files it could not fix and the text log is 166Mb

can anyone help please?

edit: I have noticed that recycle bin shows that i still have 209Gb available..??
SMART shows all fine, good health with 2.9Tb Usage


Answer:250Gb SSD showing as full when using only 60Gb..?

TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

Try Tree Size Free from the above link. It might give you a better idea than WinDirStat.

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I have a 250Gb Samsung EVO 850 that reports it just has a couple of gigabytes spare when i am using only 70.3Gb as per WinDirStat - i only realised when i turned on the comp and google drive said its runs out of space

I have everything off, 1Gb Page-file (8Gb RAM) - hibs OFF, screenshot of WDS below

Ive ran chkdsk /f but no change
can anyone help please?

edit: I have noticed that recycle bin shows that i still have 209Gb available..??
SMART shows all fine, good health with 2.9Tb Usage


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Hi folks,

I recently bought a new Hitachi 250GB SATA hard drive and created one primary partition of full size using Partition Magic on a boot disk. I then installed windows xp on it (no service packs). Straight after install I noticed it showed as a 232GB drive (fair enough) but also said around 113GB of space had been used.

I have now installed some more applications and the total file size of everything on the drive totals 24.1GB. My C drive shows 134GB used with 98.3GB free.

I guess it's something to do with partitioning larger HD's but I'm new to all that so any help would be greatly appreciated.

UK Jester

Answer:250GB HD showing half full after clean XP install

You need to download the latest BIOS and chipset from the manufacturer of the computer or the manufacturer of the motherboard.

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.

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When I bring up 'computer" (Windows + E) I've noticed that the bar graph showing how relatively full an external hard drive is is colored blue-green. But whenever there is less than 10 percent of the drive space free that bar turns red.

That made some sense for a drive with a few hundred gigabytes (although I don't understand the technical reasons) because I assume there needs to be a minimum amount of free space for the system to be able to do whatever manipulation of those files might be required, such as defragmenting the drive (something I've never done in decades).

However with a 4 terabyte drive the system says it is over 90 percent full when there is still over 350 gigabytes still available. That's a huge amount of space, as big as some drive C's on some computers, so I've been ignoring the red bar, but still keeping an eye on those hard drives that have it.

Does anyone have information on how much space should really be left unused on a hard drive? I hate to overfill a drive, yet also don't see the point in pulling a drive for storage with 200 or 300 gigabytes still available on it. Any advice (with sound reasons) appreciated.

Answer:How full is too full for a hard drive?

Defrag is done automatically when the PC is idle in Windows 7, you can also start it manually of course.

There is a tutorial or some such I remember seeing here to adjust when the bar turns red. I will try to find it.

Edit: Here it is low disc space partition color

It is not exactly setting the %, but disabling the coloring all together though. Can't find an exact answer to your question though. See if you will like the above solution.

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My hdd holds 72gigs, but I downloaded a movie that took up the rest on it and when I went to delete the movie it wont let me. Also tried to remove programs that were over 1gb and they were removed, but my hdd still says free space:0MB. I have deleted over 5gbs of programs and still no change even after restarting winsxp many times. I ran hijackthis and would like someone to look through it and tell me any files that I could remove. Thanks in advance!
Logfile of Advanced SystemCare 3 Security Analyzer
Scan saved at 6:06:38 PM, on 7/28/2010
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.1)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.0 (7.0.5730.13)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Roxio\BackOnTrack\Instant Restore\BOTService.exe
c:\program files\idt\wdm\stacsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\BackOnTrack\Disaster Recovery\SaibSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\... Read more

Answer:Hard drive full when not full?

no one can help?

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Hi, I have a question about what XP might do in the event that the C: drive gets absolutely maxed out.For a while now I've just been dumping crap onto my 80GB Seagate C: drive, and a few days ago I realized that there was less than 1GB of space left.  I planned on reformatting this drive in the next week or so, so I didn't pay much attention.Then last night it was, I kid you not, down to 38.5MB of free space.  I was in the midst of downloading the new Ubuntu release (to a different drive, because I knew I didn't have the space for it on C:) when I went to bed.  However, when I woke up this morning, I discovered that I had also been downloading two other files (which had been in progress for several days, hence my having forgotten about them), which WERE going to C:, and the C: drive suddenly had 1.04GB of free space.What is XP's protocol when a hard drive reaches absolute max capacity?  I'm hoping that it hasn't deleted anything that I'm attached to, but I honestly don't know where to start looking first.thanks in advance for your time and any insight you can offerRojer

Answer:hard drive full, next day less full

Normally you get a popup on the screen saying your drive is full. I have seen computers reboot when the drive is full.

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hello all

today i have buyed a 250 GB Western Digital 7200rpm 8mb casch but when i format the drive he wont give 250 but 232 GB its ATA/UDMA100 set as slave on a
AMD 1800XP
512 MB DDR
Geforce 3 ti200
80 GB WD 7200rpm 8mb casch
250 gb WD 7200RPM 8 mb casch
Windows xp pro corp.

tnx alot ppl


Answer:Western Digital Caviar 250GB wont give the FULL size

I didn't do the math, but that sounds about right. There is a difference in the size the manufacturere advertises, and the actual reported size once the disc is installed on the system. Manufactures report the size as 1billion bytes=1GB, where your computer uses 1024MB=1GB. Manufactures also round up sometimes to make the size even out and make it look more desirable. an example would be a drive with 123billion bytes capacity might be sold as a 125GB or 128GB because it looks better on paper. I believe that tactic is mostly used by lesser brands, but I'm not completely sure if some of the major makers may use it as well.

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Hi all, I purchased a external drive to back up files on our desktop and laptops. I am looking for easy way to do this, do I do all files or do I have to go into all of them one at a time. I say this because one laptop is my daughters, can I just send all her pic and music files all at once. Our main computer(desktop)is windows vista, everyday it's getting louder and louder and each morning its shows a message says configuring and it's like counting down. This takes long time. I looked at the space left. It shows space available on (c) and on d it's full which is recovery so I don't have a clue how files got on there. My hubby doesn't know much about even getting on computer, but when he does it seems something goes wrong. I want to clean up and get rid of files so my son who's 11 can use it for games. It's so slow and I don't want to delete wrong things.  From reading here and just knowing not to delete recovery. How do I clear out space on D...I tried opening some files on it but they all seem to do with the windows system. What can I do with my desktop ?And is it possible to clear out all files from is about 5 yrs old...and she has alot of music and pics on there..just wondering if it's worth time to clean out the files. It takes forever to get online and when we do its so slow. Hope I'm not sounding to confusing.any suggestionstygreat site so far

Answer:need help with using external hard drive also my recovery drive(d)showing full?

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum will help everyone with all computer questions. You have presented more that one issue. The forum will help you, but some detail is needed. What OS are you using?  What make and model of eternal drive do you use?The proper way to remove programs is in the con control  panel. But Music and pictures files can be copied to a CD-R or DVD-R and removed from the computer. The external drive can also be used to transport files from on PC to another. But using DVD-R or CD-R is preferable. The best use of an external drive is to make a backup of the operating system and programs.Avoid putting files on the recovery partition.

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I have a hard drive that showed no free space before taking it out of the desktop, this is a no name, custom built unit. I wanted to take data off of the hard drive to free up some space, but when I installed it into another unit, it's telling me "do you want to format" this hard drive. I cannot view the HD other than to see that it's full to capacity. Can I mount a full hard drive and make space without losing data. What if I partition the HD, I guess all the data will be lost? Have you used any third party software that really recovers data from a recently formatted HD? How do I know that my hard drive has crashed? What are the symptoms?

Answer:Full Hard Drive or Crashed Hard Drive

Sounds like the drive was moved to a PC using a different OS or the drive has become corrupted.

You can test the HDD using the drive manufacturers disk tools. Run the short and long test. If there are no errors, the drive is most likely fine.

I've had good luck with Partition Table Doctor on corrupt drives and Easeus Data Recovery for data recovery.

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On a Windows 7 machine, have the OneDrive and Dropbox folders on a separate 150GB hard drive, E:.  When I open Computer, it says my E drive only has 500MB available, when I highlight everything on the E drive (i have hidden files and system files visible)
and do a properties it only adds up to 65GB of data. 
I ran a chkdsk on E and it didn't find any issues.  How can I reclaim my 85GB (150-65) of "lost" space back?  Or how can I figure out what Windows thinks is using it.

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My daughter's PC has an 8.4GB HDD which is almost full, I have bought a 20GB disk, which I have set up as the slave, to replace it, as I want to transfer everything across to that disk. Having studied this forum it seemed that Drive Image 7.0 would be the easiest solution, but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE but it's all a bit beyond me! I have loaded XP PRO on to the new HDD, can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? All advice appreciated.

Answer:Best way to copy full hard drive to larger drive?

but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE - Give some more details?can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? - you would to reinstall programs.

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Can any one help please.I have, C drive (master) and T drive (Slave)C is so full only 4% free space, while T has 69% free space.My qustion is, how can i make the T drive the master, and the C drive the slave?. C is 16GB with a small partition. while T is 120Gb..


Get yourself a copy of Acronis,then image the drive that is full (basically known as cloning) and transfer this cloned imaged to the bigger drive and make this master.There are a couple of freeware imaging programs,but i would prefer Acronis.If you have an external drive,i would back up everything first and create the here keep having a look at the Amazon link daily,as the price goes up and varies.

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I have a Lenovo Y570 Ideapad with a 750GB Hard Drive. It is stating that I only have 1 GB of free space, when there is only about 60 GB worth of software installed. I am constantly receiving "Low Disk Space" messages, when I should have TONS of free space left. I have done hours upon hours of research trying to figure out what is causing this problem, and cannot seem to find the solution anywhere.Many people who have encountered similar problems have fixed it by disabling Windows Restore and deleting the restore points, etc. This is not the problem for me. I have it entirely disabled and have made sure there are no restore points sitting around. In fact, absolutely NONE of the solutions that have worked for other people have worked for me.I am completely out of ideas. Can somebody with advanced knowledge PLEASE help me? I have no idea what to do anymore and my computer is basically useless in this state. Please, please help me. Edit: Btw, I have run TreeSize, Spacesniffer AND WinDirStat (all in Administrator mode) and none of the 3 programs have been able to identify what is taking up the space. It just shows up as a gigantic chunk of "Unknown" space. message edited by Strype

Answer:Hard Drive says it is FULL. It clearly is NOT!

Do you have Java installed?

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Question: Hard Drive full

I need to add another hard drive.  Wasn't thinking 3 years ago and only ordered a 80 gb hard drive.  I have a Dell Dimension 8300 with a pentium 4 processor.  1g of RAM.  I believe it is an ATA because of the grey ribbon connection.  I'm not sure what kind of hard drive to purchase.  I know it should be ATA but can I use an ultra ATA or any ATA hard drive.  I want to have my current hard drive as the master and boot from that and move my files to the new drive.  I also will be upgrading my RAM to 2 gb.  I'm really confused with all the jargen .  I believe I can install it without any problems but I don't know the specs. of what kind I should buy.  I also have and external hard drive but use that only for strorage of pics and such.  Any help would be greatly appreceiated.  Thank you in advance. 

Answer:Hard Drive full

Yes this is a relatively simple process...You can choose either another ultra ATA drive or a SATA drive and the procedure will be the same.When you install the new HDD it should come with a manuf. utility CD.If it doesn't no worry the utilities are available at their website for free.Basically you install the new drive...then boot to the CD you created or that shipped with the new drive.In the utility program you prepare the new drive for using and when done select the "clone" utility...and run it.This will copy your existing HDD over to the new drive exactly as it is.You then power down...remove your original drive temporarily and hook up the new drive as master.When you boot up voila; all your data the OS and programs are there...except on a bigger drive.Then it's just a matter of testing to make sure everything runs as it should...if so you hook up the old drive , format it and use it for storage.This is the most reliable painless way to add an additional HDD.Any questions feel free to post back.

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Hi Everyone,

I was getting error messages about the paging file today, and when I went to adjust it, I realized that my computer, somehow, reading my hard disk sizes as 0 bytes (so I can't set my paging file more than zero). I then checked the properties of all my drives (1 main, one logical partition, and one back up drive). And they are all reading zero used, zero full. I haven't made any changes to my computer that I'm aware of and I'm not having any boot problems and all my files are still on the drive, so I have no idea how to "fix" this. Any suggestions? I've included a picture to clarify.


Answer:Hard Drive Zero used, Zero Full?

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My hard drive is divided into 2/18 gigs, which I am not happy about, but have been living with. I am on dial up, and this week my machine received the auto download of SP2. I am in big trouble now with space on my C drive and I have not even installed SP2. I am down to 20 MB! I uninstalled VCom Suite, Adobe Reader, and maybe a couple of small things. But instead of gaining MB, I seem to be losing more! Help! Before I received this download, I had about 12% on the drive, so I have been limping along as it is. But now it is critical to gain back some room. Should I delete the download of SP2 without installing it? If so, where do I find it? I don't even have enough room to install it, do I? I have always had a fight trying to keep enough free space. It is almost like something is eating up my free space. I did an online virus scan just before this happened, so I know it is not a virus causing the loss of MB. Thanks for your help!

Answer:Please help will full hard drive!?

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I have a ThinkPad T420i (4177/CTO)Model # 4177CTO Running Windows 7 Enterprise. It was recently wiped by my former employer. I've installed some missing drivers and Microsoft Office 2003. Other than that, I've not put anything on it, but it's telling me I have just one GB lef t out of 102 GB. I looked in Task Manager, but I really don't know what to look for. The cursor is also jumping around. Is this a possible virus? Any help or advice greatly appreciated.  Thanks! 

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I have three computers all with 30 gb hard drives.  Two desk top, one lap top.  What would be the max that you would want to fill up the hard drive before if could mess with the computer operation?Thanks,Duffy

Answer:How full should you have with a hard drive?

My rule of thumb is 15% of the total drive should remain free space.So for a 30 G HDD it should be a minimum of about 5 or 6 G....HDD's are relatively inexpensive these days. Upgrade.  

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My hard drive seems to be full way beyond what it should be. Its also working all the time and I don't know why. I am using Vista Ultimate 64 bit service pack 2Hijack this log belowLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:41:39 PM, on 11/12/2009Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18828)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\TomTom HOME 2\HOMERunner.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashDisp.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hp\QuickPlay\QPService.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Users\Bobby\AppData\Local\Autobahn\mlb-nexdef-autobahn.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\ONENOTEM.EXEC:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hp\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\ICA Client\concentr.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Citrix\ICA Client\wfcrun32.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.EXEC... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Very Full

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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What is the ideal free space you should leave on a hard drive? I have read it can be 99% full before causing a problem, but have also heard it can be 90%.Mine seems to be running rather slow lately and is 94% full.

Answer:Hard drive too full?

Remove some things you don't need or use. If files photos put them on DVD

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Hi all,

I bought a Western Digital 1TB, Elements Desktop external hard drive. Transferred just shy of 600Gb of music onto it when I first got it, and then pretty much left it alone - played some music off it, but other than that haven't touched it.

Now I can't transfer anything on to it at all, it tells me that the drive is full, despite there being 404 GB of free space.

I have run chkdsk on it (no errors). Checked for fragmentation (perfect). Uninstalled and re-installed the drivers (pointless). Unmounted and re-mounted (running out of ideas).

I downloaded WinDirSat which just shows me that everything is working fine.

It is, for some reason I don't fully understand, set up in FAT32, not NTFS - I have tried using CONVERT H: /fs:ntfs in command prompt to change that - but it hasn't worked, and I have no idea why, or even if that would fix the problem.

Frankly, I am out of ideas and at the end of my tether, I do a lot of video editing, so space is at a premium on my system - that 404GB would be really useful to get back, so if anyone can help me with this problem I would be eternally grateful.

Answer:Hard Drive Full... only not

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Hello, I would like to ask if there is a freeware program on the web to clean up a hard drive. My 37 gig drive has 21 gig on it and for what I use my computer for that is extremely high. If I keep going at this rate I will need a new HD soon!!!

Please help. Thanks in advance.


Answer:Why is my hard drive so full??

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I am trying to delete the backup files to recover 40Gb of space on my HDD.  How can I do this?  The files were placed there by the Recovery app from Lenovo.

Answer:X61 Hard Drive is almost full.

go into your start->program -> thinkvantage -> rescue and recovery, you can delete the backup (start from the smallest to the largest files). 

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Question: full hard drive

I have a computer at work with two hard drives and two partitions on each one. They are all just about full. Is there some way I can put these on a bigger hard drive and keep everything exactly the way it is now (I mean the operating system, the partitions and every thing). I

Answer:full hard drive

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Before the W10 upgrade, I had 3/4 empty harddrive, now it shows its dang near full, why?
Did the W10 updates eat all the empyty space up

Answer:Hard drive goes from 1/4th to 3/4th's full

The above image was AFTER a complete defrag.

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Question: Full Hard Drive

I have a desktop running Windows 98SE. It has two drives - C&D. C is getting pretty full and D is empty. I'd like to transfer some files over to D drive.

1. If I transfer some Program files, do I need to create a Program folder in D drive.

2. I plan to open My Computer twice - one with C drive open and one with D drive open and click and drag the items over.

3. Now what about the icons that are on my desktop. I do a right click on them and see that they refer to C: drive. So I go over to the D drive and do a shortcut and create a new icon to send the pc to the D drive for that particular program. But the icon goes over as a folder - not the specific icon that came with the program. Is there anyway to retain the original icon?

Any suggestions would certainly be appreciated.


Answer:Full Hard Drive

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I have this problem on my windows vista, I'm not running anything and I'm loosing free space on my Hard Disk. Can someone help me... (Using vista business professional)

Answer:Hard drive... is getting full when I'm not doing anything!!!

Good old system restore is eating up your space

try running disc clean up,de-frag your hard drive and delete temporery files and you should gain some of that space back

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Question: Full Hard Drive??

On my old ladys computer its saying she has a full hard drive but she doesnt, memory keeps changing also, i have a hijack file log any help would b fantastic thanks!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 8:07:39 PM, on 13/11/2010
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16671)
Boot mode: Normal
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Question: hard drive full

I've got a 60GB hard drive and I keep getting alerts telling me the hard drive is full.After looking through all my files and programs though, I can't account for the hard drive being full.Theres not 60GB worth on there.Also looking at the folder for the microsoft anti spyware program it says it is taking up 10.3GB.How can one spyware program take up this much space?

Answer:hard drive full

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Help. My hard drive is full, but I know it is not. When I click on properties, it say's it is full. 180Gb. Jez, I don't have that much stuff on it. My fault I know, but it has not been fragmented in awhile. And now I cant frag. I am wondering if it's that that is causing the problem. I have Diskeeper, ran that, and it wont defrag cause there is no space, only 7% available. I cant delete anything cause there is not that much to delete.. Helppppppp.

Answer:Hard Drive Full???????????

For a start, lets eliminate :

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OK i have two Drives in my computer DRIVE C AND E both 80g so when formated there about 74.5g's each.

Drive C has all my system files, programs like Microsoft Office and so on. Drive E i only install games on

here's my problem, DRIVE E says its almost full when its not! IN My Computer i right on drive E and click on Properties computer says used space 68g's, free 6.5g's.

I went in the E drive right click on program files and click on Properties. in Properties it says im only using 60g's out of 74.5g's. and i made sure i didnt miss any thing. (like i want in tools / folder options / view and show all hidden files and so on).

So i would like to know how i can get my full 14.5g's back than only having 6.5g's.

is there a program i can buy or freeware that can fix this?

thank u very much for any help.

Answer:HARD DRIVE FULL when its not

Normally this will be due to only a couple of things.. first make sure you have hidden files and folders turned on for that drive. Look for an extremely large hidden file... there will probably be one. .check it out before you delete it.

Secondly check to make sure your recycle bin isnt set to some huge amount of space (right click and then properties) make sure its not set to something higher than 10% of the total drive.. each drive CAN be set independent of each other as far as space used.

I would just about bet on the hidden file ..however, it could be that you are also running an automatic system restore point, and you may just have too many restore points taking up a lot of room.. check your task scheduler for that, or check your restore points.. you may have hundreds.

If you have a temp folder on the drive that is showing full, clear all those items.. Thats about all I can think of.. there could be more solutions, but this is what I see on a regular basis for the most part...seeing that you said you used that drive for games, I would assume it will be a temp file taking up space..

Check your page file size too, and make sure you dont have it set for that drive and some huge amount..people will overkill with paging files for some odd reason.

Mike at Mitek

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Only 14% left available. Done all the disc cleanup / CCcleaner / defrag (defrag wouldn't work, said I was too full.) So i've got a 32GB stick en route from Ebay.

My questions are : am I right in thinking it's my pics and videos that are clogging thing sup? And is it possible I can find a tab that tellos me how much space I'll free up if I put all those pics and vids onto a stick?

Is there also anything else I ought to be doing?



Answer:Hard drive almost full

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my c drive is nearly full up on my acer laptop.but im not sure why!how can i do a search to find out what it might be...i recently copied a DVD to the D drive, in an attempt to burn it- but as it was too large for the blank DVD- i had to give up.anyway- i deleted that... (from the c drive) so it shouldnt be that!thanks

Answer:hard drive full- why!?

click hereThis will show exactly where all your space is going.

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Question: Hard Drive Full

Good day to all you Gurus.
I am running XP pro with 2 internal hard drives [120/180] and 1 external hard drive [350].
I did some work on a video using Adobe Premiere. I tried exporting the finished item to my external HD and I get the message "Disk Full" so I put it onto an internal HD no problem. The external HD shows 250gb of free space. I can cut and paste the video from the internal HD to the external no problem. Any suggestions as to what is causing this problem.
As usual, T.I.A. for all the sage advise.GEORGE.

Answer:Hard Drive Full

May be related:'d suspect that the Adobe site would be a good place to find an answer.Louis

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I have been getting the error "C:\$Mft use chkdsk" today at random. After reading a bit, I decided to check my free space on my computer. 111 GB is my total space, while 92 is being used at 19 is free. A couple weeks ago the numbers were virtually reversed and I have no idea how that much memory has been taken up. Also, about a month ago, my computer has had to go through the blue check disk screen every time it boots up, and ever since the Mft error, it has stopped in the middle saying its getting an error. I'm completely lost, and would appreciate any advice and help.


Answer:Hard Drive is full from nowhere

sounds like a maleware/spyware infection of the major kind to me. I would reformat and start fresh.

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I've got a 6.4 gig HD partitioned into 3
drives c,d,& e. the E drive is only about
40% full according to pie chart in properties. But when I try to save any thing
to E:, I get a disk full error. However, I
can save to a folder in E e.g.,e:/my folder)
just not plain old E:. What's wrong here?

Answer:Hard drive full or not

The root directory of any drive letter can only hold 255 files. After that, it's full.

Folders have no limit though. So, if you have a ton of files in the root, you will get an error.

Move them into folders to fix the problem.

If you do NOT have tons of files, run a scandisk on the drive to make sure there isn't a FAT error.

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I have a 320 gig hard drive and I have only about 2 gig left. I have some music and some photographs, but not nearly enough to use this much space. What could cause so much usage and how can I find where the usage is?

Answer:Too Full Hard Drive

You could try a search for any file larger than 9,900KB

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Okay, I am about to set up my new HP computer which has Vista Premium
64 bit and a 750 gig hard drive.

With all the mp3's, lossless audio and avi's I have on various
external hard drives, 750 gigs isn't really "that big" anymore!

How full can I make my 750gig hard drive, before it causes sluggishness or
other problems, using Vista Premium 64bit?

Note: I am thinking of shrinking the C partition into various
about 20gigs for a cd/dvd ripping area
about 100gigs for Vista and programs and desktop working area" (C
about 400 gigs for mp3's
and the rest for .avi movie files

Is this a reasonable plan?

And is it okay to shrink it and divide it after I'm already up and
running with Vista, internet, etc.?

Thanks for the info!

Answer:How full can my hard drive get...

When it Will start to get sluggish depeds on ur system spizing your stuff coulld make your life easier.

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Question: Hard Drive Full???

Before we installed more memory the hard drive was only used up by about 4%. Now it says it is 97% used up and we can't install any programs. Any help.

Answer:Hard Drive Full???

Diadra Kuns......Please describe exactly what you did prior to this happening......Try and be specific.What operating system are you using ? Did you D/l any program updates etc. let us knowdl65  

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I have a full to the max C drive.  It won't do anything and I am desperate for a solution.  Retired with very small income so I am limited as to options.What is the best fix at reasonable price.  I have tried to remove unused programs and I think I messed it up further.  Still shows to be full after removing a lot of programs. Thanks so much for any help

Answer:Full Hard Drive on R 52

ozarkmo, welcome to the forum,
not knowing exactly what's filling your hard drive; files, programs etc. there is another possibility. Maybe an IBM/Lenovo utility called Rescue and Recovery has been nibbling away at your free space. R&R has a standard factory setting so that it will back-up your system once a week.
Please go to start > programs > think vantage > rescue and recovery, click on show all back-ups and you will see when and how many back-ups have been made. If you wish to you can copy the backups to somewhere else and then delete them. You can also cancel or change the scheduled back-ups if you wish to.
It's a possibility ??

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Question: Full hard drive

I'm running Win 98 on a pretty stable system i bought from Gateway a few years back. It has a 1Gb hdd, partitioned into C & D. Even though i made a habit of installing new apps to D, the C appears to be almost full. I want to keep my system as it is, so the idea of adding a larger C drive has come up. Can I just buy a bigger drive, say Seagate 120, and copy the old drive onto it then either remove the old or set it up as slave?Is this what 'cloning' is? Will I need additional software to do this?Also, think my cd writer is sharing the same ribbon cable as my hdd. Will this be a problem when i upgrade?I know the current system is getting on a bit, but it actually works very well and does just what I need it to do. I'm just concerned about the C drive getting bogged down!Thanks

Answer:Full hard drive

Anyone who can run 98 and applications on 1GB of space for "a few years" deserves praise indeed.You are ideally placed to use Ghost or Drive imageDon't go overboard with the new HD 40Gb+ will be enough space to manage with for yonks and you won't have any oversize problems with 98's acceptance of it.Your twin partition will be worth repeating in fact your good habits have allowed you to stay afloat this long.Suggest you first swop the old for the new HD for safety No need to use a screw driver yet, just burgle the power and dat cables from the old drive and let the new on hang somewhere safe as long as you dont disturb it while running ............. Boot from your setup floppy, FDISK to a C: (about 5Gb) and D: the remainder..............Then reboot and FORMAT both drives in turn.Now put the new drive in somewhere so that it is secondary master, and with the old drive back as it was. reboot normally and make sure that windows runs as usual and that you now have 2 "new drives" (E: and F:)If fall this is happening as it should it is back to a Ghost-made floppy to boot and make an image of your C: on F:Next boot again from this floppy and "restore" the image on F: to your new E: (soon to be C:drive).Next make an image of existing D: drive on the new E: where it will be safe for the final stage.Now you can restore this image to you big new F: drive. As always the restore process will wipe everything off the target so the already used old C: image will disappear.It is better to hav... Read more

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hello there Major Geeks... I recently unistalled adobe master suite cs3 plus a few other non related programmes from my pc with Revo uninstaller. My usual practice is to run the uninstallation then run CCleaner afterwards to tidy up everything. When this happened I noticed after CCleaner had run it course( clean up, registry clean up etc) that my tera byte hard drive had become completely full. Now before the unistallation I had around 60% free disk space. I also noticed that adobe acrobat was trying to reinstall after a restart and then I would get an error message from windowsC++ saying that Acrobat had requested an abrupt close. This always happens if I try and open a document in 'my documents'. And that on a few occasions, once I have cancelled the installation of acrobat, that windows explorer crashes and has to restart.
I then used the trial version of tune up utilities 2008. I ran the ''tune up disk explorer' and it reported that the files taking up most he space were mm University work folders and tutorial folders, which equates to around 250gb of storage. in total, I have around 400gb of used space. I then ran the tune up disk doctor. And after a complete analysis at start up, I was able to free up around 150 gb of storage. I then zipped up all my tutorials and videos and was able to free up another 60gb of hard drive space.. I then defragmented the disk(which took 3 days). Great then.. Sorted.. but no.. I ran CCLeaner once more, just the c... Read more

Answer:hard drive is FULL!!!

jedi123 said:

hello there Major Geeks... I recently unistalled adobe master suite cs3 plus a few other non related programmes from my pc with Revo uninstaller. My usual practice is to run the uninstallation then run CCleaner afterwards to tidy up everything. When this happened I noticed after CCleaner had run it course( clean up, registry clean up etc) that my tera byte hard drive had become completely full. Now before the unistallation I had around 60% free disk space. I also noticed that adobe acrobat was trying to reinstall after a restart and then I would get an error message from windowsC++ saying that Acrobat had requested an abrupt close. This always happens if I try and open a document in 'my documents'. And that on a few occasions, once I have cancelled the installation of acrobat, that windows explorer crashes and has to restart.
I then used the trial version of tune up utilities 2008. I ran the ''tune up disk explorer' and it reported that the files taking up most he space were mm University work folders and tutorial folders, which equates to around 250gb of storage. in total, I have around 400gb of used space. I then ran the tune up disk doctor. And after a complete analysis at start up, I was able to free up around 150 gb of storage. I then zipped up all my tutorials and videos and was able to free up another 60gb of hard drive space.. I then defragmented the disk(which took 3 days). Great then.. Sorted.. ... Read more

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Question: Hard drive full

I have a 40GB drive and according to the 'C' drive propertise it is full. I
have less that 1Gig of pictures and less than 1Gig music. Other than that
some of the larger folders appear in C:/windows Installer which is showing 26GB of files. On closer investigation they appear to be files with a .msp & .msi extention. There are over 140 files greater than 110MB each!!!
Purely at randam I noted 3 files - 546c5d.msp, 385f46.mso & 1cc101f.msp
Can anyone enlighten me as to what these are and whether I can remove from system. If so how do I go about it?
Also I have a folder called RECYCLER in the C:/Windows folder with 166MB can this be deleted?
My whole sysyem is slow and takes an age to load any thing inc IE and Outlook.
Any help appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive full

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Just over a year ago My HD had close to 35 gigs of free space. Now it has only 9.9 gigs of free space.

I turned off the system restore and started it back up and now I have 12.2 gigs of free space.

Is this something I should be concered with? Are there other back-ups that I might need to get rid of?

Answer:My Hard Drive is almost Full?

Only you know what crap you put on your hard drive

Use a graphical utility like SequoiaView to get an idea where your disk space has gone.

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Just bought a new computer (well, used but new to me). Last week there was 25GB free. I haven't downloaded anything and I got a pop up saying I have 8 mg. left. I have spent an hour trying to figure out where the space is. I can't tell. Windows 7. I have Dropbox on it, could this be it? I have downloaded a few small programs (less the 20 mg.) I also downloaded Java which has a very special way of screwing computers up, I have noticed. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard drive says its full but there is nothing on it

Hi Charlie,

Did you Install Windows 7 on it because The whole OS is 10+ GB baseline with no Updates?

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 ???My 40G hard drive has only 5.5 g free and when I have run scan disk in the past it did say I had some bad sectors.  Should I replace (HELP) or can I use an external HDD alongside?  If I use an external alongside can I use the external to load software and do pictures/video transfers or are they only any good for data storage? If I have to replace, is it as straight forward as say a new DVD rewriter that I have just replaced or do I have to give to a shop to do?

Answer:Hard Drive Nearly Full

you can install a second IDE drive - it's fairly straight forward providing you have enough room inside your computer.

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Hello, I have been having a strange problem where my computer seems to think its hard drive is full. I have used WinDirstat and spacesniffer to try and find abnormally large files I dont recognize but to no avail. I have ran CC cleaner, AWDcleaner, malwarebytes, ADaware, and avast antivirus (boot time and full scan) trying to track something down. I have also ran an "error check" and "defragment' on the drive and nothing was found.
Both WinDirstat and spacesniffer determined there to be 209GB of data on the drive, where under my computer and under properties, the hard drive belives it has 431GB of data. that leaves me only 21GB left on the drive. Help is very much appreciated, thank you guys.
After trying this in the windows 7 forum I have moved it here and used the FRST tool, these were the results....
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 18-02-2015 01
Ran by Mike (administrator) on MIKE-PC on 19-02-2015 18:56:42
Running from C:\Users\Mike\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Mike (Available profiles: Mike)
Platform: Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 (X64) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: FF)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool:
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not ... Read more

Answer:Hard drive says its full when it isn't?

I am not sure how to mark this as solved but I figured it out after all of this. sorry to waste anyones time and thank you all anyways. It had to do with a virus hidden in my "system volume information" files. deleted all my restore points and that did the trick for now it seems

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