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System restore disk space usage and using on a 2nd hard drive?

Question: System restore disk space usage and using on a 2nd hard drive?

Hey there, so I've just been looking at my old desktop PC and i was looking into the system restore settings and seen that 12% of disc space is reserved for restore points. i've changed this 10% now as the PC barely gets any use anyway, will that be ok? (Equates to about 10GB)
I also noticed that my 2nd hard drive was enabled for system restore... However, this drive only has media on it, no programs, no operating system nothing, just music files.  Now my question is, can i use this drive for system restore points even though the OS is not installed on it? The Reason I ask is because i have a lot more free space on this drive...  If not, should I just go ahead and disable monitoring on that drive?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: System restore disk space usage and using on a 2nd hard drive?

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Answer: System restore disk space usage and using on a 2nd hard drive?

First of all yes, 10% is fine. Second, system restore keeps it's files in a hidden folder named "System Volume Information", and there is one of those folders on each drive on which System Restore is enabled. Last, the system restore points for any given drive MUST be stored on that drive.
Personally, I'd suggest disabling system restore completely and using disc imaging software instead.

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I have a 250gb hard drive with Disk Space Usage for System Restore currently set at 12%...
XP Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Answer:Disk Space Usage for System Restore - How much is enough?

My suggestion would be to NOT count on System Restore for an unsupported O/S with any number of vulnerabilites...but to use any known software program to make and store routine backups of the system.
I believe that 3d-party software does a better job of being reliable...than the Windows SR function.  Just my opinion.

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I have a 250gb hard drive with Disk Space Usage for System Restore currently set at 12%...
XP Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Answer:Disk Space Usage for System Restore - How much is enough?

My suggestion would be to NOT count on System Restore for an unsupported O/S with any number of vulnerabilites...but to use any known software program to make and store routine backups of the system.
I believe that 3d-party software does a better job of being reliable...than the Windows SR function.  Just my opinion.

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My OS is Vista 64 Home Premium. I would like to minimize the disk space that the OS allocates for this function but don't see the option under System Properties where it is found in XP. Where can I find it in Vista?


EDIT: Nevermind this thread, I just found the answer here:

System Restore - disk space

Answer:Managing System Restore Disk Space Usage

had the same question. Thanks for posting the answer

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Yesterday I tried to do a system restore to fix a Flash Player problem but I did not have restore points going back as far I wanted. I only had 3 Scheduled system restore point going back to March 23rd and 8 restores points done by Revo and various Flash Player install/unsintall restore point created while trying to fix said problem. I thought those 8 restore points might have deleted older scheduled ones but my maximum space hasn't been reached yet and I did not turn off system restore.

From what I read online, I have a crazy amount of space allocated to shadow storage so I was curious as to why I did not have more system points to choose from. Any ideas? Is there anything that can delete restore point besides turn system restore off?
Used 33 GB
Allocated 35GB
Maximum 87GB

Also when I went to select the disk to restore it said
Partition_1(C:) (system) Ready to restore
(Partition_1(C:) The disk cannot be found
I have two disks Partition_1 (C:) and Recovery (D:) which is the factory restore stuff and is locked so I don?t create points for this one.

The Partition_1(C:) (Missing) shows in the available disks in system protection. Should I just uncheck it?

Answer:System Restore Disk Space Usage and System Recovery

Hello pineapplegrunt.

Do you regularly run programs such as CCLeaner and/or Disk Cleanup? It is possible to delete restore points with these tools (and other similar ones).

I believe your problem is that System Restore points are automatically deleted, by default, after 90 days.

I believe there are ways to change this, although from the top of my head I think you have to use a third party application (to do this easily). However, it is not really recommended to keep such long system restore points, if you want an image of your drive going that far back, you probably should look into creating a backup image or something and not relying on system restore.

Can I ask what your flash player problem is, have you been able to fix that?

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Just wondering what MG might suggest for System Restore disk
usage setting in Win XP.

At the lowest setting of 1% on my machine that is 2010MB,
and at 3% it is 3820MB. Setting at 2% is not available.
(148GB total space; 117GB free)

I rarely use it although occasionally it is a lifesaver.
When needed, a restore point from the last two or three days
is usually what I need, so a large number of restore points is
generally not necessary.

I do not know how much disk space is needed for each restore point.

Disk defragmenting takes a good deal longer with larger disk
usage settings.

I'm thinking 2010MB is sufficient.


Answer:Suggested setting for System Restore disk space usage?

IMO, looks like spyware....
Run me first

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It just keeps going back to this setting. I know about it and regularly adjust now, so it's more of just an annoyance now. But it caused me to reinstall windows twice before even thinking of this problem.

I'd really appreciate any advice, and sorry if this isn't the correct subforum.

Answer:Disk space usage for system restore constantly resetting to 50% of HD

This is a known problem that is sometimes caused by third party software, I just cant remember the name of the program that causes it, hopefuly someone else will fill us in

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HI guys
I am trying to reduce the disk space used by system restore.I am running Windows XP Pro SP3 and as you can see from the image attached (Restore.jpeg)that i have set the disk space usage to 799 MB.
When i did a scan using tree size free it showed that system volume information folder is 1435 MB(Treesize.jpeg).
Is it that system volume information folder is not just used for system restore but something else is also saved in that folder.
I guess i am not able to see whats causing this, hope i can get some help.

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So recently i have installed a new SSD into my Desktop computer. All Hard Drives are working fine.

However one SSD doesn't display the disk usage in "This Computer". I was wondering why and also how can i fix this please?

I have attached a screen shot to show what i mean.

I have already tried the following.

Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated please.

Answer:Disk space usage bar in My Computer is missing (Only One Hard Drive)

Originally Posted by FatCake


So recently i have installed a new SSD into my Desktop computer. All Hard Drives are working fine.

However one SSD doesn't display the disk usage in "This Computer". I was wondering why and also how can i fix this please?

I have attached a screen shot to show what i mean.

I have already tried the following.

Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated please.

Shorten the name of the drive.

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I did today a system restore and playing around for 30 minutes with my laptop i realised that something was not going good. The laptop was slower. I opened task manager and I saw that that hard disk had activity with random spikes and the more strange was that when i leave the laptop in idle the disk goes to 100%. Moving the mouse later it goes straigh to zero with the spikes remaining after.(You can see on picture)
Later I realised that I constantly loose free space in C drive(still loosing..). Any solutions?

Answer:Hard Disk free space lick after system restore windows 8.1

Welcome to the Forums.
The first thing I would do is a full scan with the free


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I just installed Windows 8.1 on my system (from Windows 8) and had to restore to an earlier time (to one from earlier today). The issue is that my solid state hard drive was reduced by about 20 Gigs! I even deleted the other restore points and rebooted, but my hard drive has about 136 gigs of space. Before the restore, it was 156.

Does windows restore really eat up this much hard drive space? Is there a way to get it back?

Answer:System Restore Took 20 Gigs of Hard Drive Space

Hi there and welcome to eightforums,I dont think a restoration would "cost" you 20 Gigs,was there a big game installed while you made that restore point?You could always install TreeSize and see where all of your disk consumption goes.

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I had no choice but to do system restore and found it consumed a lot of Hard drive space on computer.

I wonder if there is any safe method to get back consumed space by system restore?
Or can we Undo system restore to get back consumed space safely?

Any help (if possible with images) will be appreciated.

Thank you

Answer:System restore consumed much Hard drive space

Originally Posted by Ari94

I had no choice but to do system restore and found it consumed a lot of Hard drive space on computer.

I wonder if there is any safe method to get back consumed space by system restore?
Or can we Undo system restore to get back consumed space safely?

Any help (if possible with images) will be appreciated.

Thank you

Hi Ari, welcome to VF, i see we are having a problem with System resote consuming hard drive space.

luckily you can set the allocation to system restore and other advanced settings, just right click computer either from the start menu or desktop, click on properties, on the left of that window there is an option for system protection, click on that, now you'll get a window that looks like this:

now look for your system hard drive and click on configure, this will allow you to set how much space is allocated to system restore.

I have 1TB hard drive as my default HDD, it allocates 1% which is 10GB which is quite a lot but you can also set the level of restoring that happens from that screen as well

hope this helps


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I have quite a problem here. I have an HP A6200N (French) computer, which is only about 10 months old. I caught a virus two days ago and as nothing could be done, I used the master CDs that were given to me with the computer that were supposed to restore everything back to factory settings...

But there's a bit of a problem. The restore itself did work and reinstalled Windows Vista... but there's a serious HDD issue. I have 2 HDDs in my computer. I have a 160GB Western Digital (WDC WD16 00JD-22HBB0) that was added in from my previous computer and a 360GB Seagate Barracuda (ST336032) that was this computer's main hard drive. Thing is, before I did the restore, I had 4 partitions:

C: was my main partition (329GB), D: was my Documents partition (19.5GB), E: was the factory image drive (not sure how big it was) and F: is the other hard drive (129GB).

After the restore, this is what I have...

C: is now 48.8GB, D: is still 19.5GB, E: is 9.76GB and F: is still 129GB.

Where has all my hard drive space gone? All I did was slip the master CD in and chose "restore to factory settings" and the rest was pretty much done by itself. When I finally got back into Vista, when I checked into My Computer, I got the shock of finding out my C: shrunk from 329GB to 48.8GB!

I can definitely hold my own in multimedia apps but I'm honestly not much tech-savvy at all when it comes to hardware and systems properties. Could anyone point out what the... Read more

Answer:Missing hard drive space after system restore?

Take a look at your disks using the Disk Management console.

Could well be the missing space is now unallocated space on the drives.

Click here

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I used the system restore on my computer, but since I didn't have any restore points it went back to its original state.
Afterward I noticed that my hard drive lost a whole bunch of space. Is there a way to recover that space?

Answer:Lost space on hard drive after system restore

I never use Restore, however, I would imagine the lost space is the original system backed up.

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I'm trying to summarize here. I Googled this topic and found bits and pieces about how to do it, but not all together at once.

Original Q & A:

Q: "I have system restore set with an unbound upper limit, is this going to cause any problems later?"

A: "It depends on whether you need the hard drive space that you set for it as it fills up. As the space you set fills up, older restore points will automatically be deleted to make room for the new ones, so you shouldn't have a problem at all."

Now, as for viewing or changing the allocated HD space for System Restore Points, the only thing I can find is doing it via command prompt.

I won't go into what the command prompt is or anything because anybody who is worried about the size of System Restore Points probably knows their way around the command prompt and the Registry as well.

Anyway, to sum it up:

At the command prompt (Admin), to see the currently allocated space type: vssadmin list ShadowStorage

As in:
C:\Windows\System32>vssadmin list ShadowStorage

You will get an output like this:
Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.291GB
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.563GB
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 11.25GB

Sizes you see listed as well as sizes you can enter are in KB, MB, GB, TB, and up.

As you can see, 1.29GB is currently in use on my system.

To change the amount of used HD space: (increase or decrease)

vssadmin Resize /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=4GB

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Answer:Limit System Restore Size/Hard Drive Space Low

I just paste this into cmd.

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=18GB

and to view what it is currently set at

vssadmin list shadowstorage /On=C:

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Really don't think this is normal - just noticed my hard drive available space ticking down, right in front of my eyes - on the order of about 1G in 15-20 min. After mucking around a bit, discovered that turning off system restore made it stop. Another clue - when I boot in safe mode, there's about 2G MORE available hard drive space shown (in windows explorer), then when I boot back to normal mode that 2G is mysteriously gone again... this is weird.

Is this a virus? Ran all the scans but came up empty.

thanks for any info.


Answer:system restore eating hard drive space WAY too fast

What antivirus program are you using?

Certain versions of ZoneAlarm can fill up System Restore really quickly but it would not put that much in that quickly.

Is this 1 gig being taken up every 15-20 minutes, or did it just happen in one 15-20 minute period each day?

Have you looked in the System Restore folder to see how big your individual restore points are?

How big is your hard drive?

I do not see why System Restore would make any difference in available space shown in Safe Mode.

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Losing Hard drive space again. First time, it was due to system restore points (had several) along with large shadow copy allocation (now, system restore off and shadow copy size down to 700mb). Havent installed any new programs within last 2 days (that is approx when this occurred) but been receiving error message that last backup couldnt be completed. I also turned off user account control during this time period (really cant remember why, but it helped). Now I have 6.9 G of "unknown space" according to spacesniffer and same space is unaccounted for in treesize as well. I dont want to continue to lose hard drive space, esp. since I cant tell where it is going!!!!
Have Vista 32 with 3gb Ram and 115gb of free hard drive space (lost almost 7g in last day). It wouldnt bother me if I just knew where it was and could stop it.
Thanks in advance and always appreciate the help

Answer:Solved: Losing Hard Drive Space AGAIN but not due to system restore!

if system restore is off and any imagining software is off/uninstalled and you have checked you do not have a zillion music files than looking like a bug, if above correct please click report and ask to move to spyware/maware forum, if they say ok you will be moved back to this forum

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I was having trouble changing my user account picture back to what it was, so I tried to do a system restore. When system restore opened, it told me I had only one restore point, from yesterday afternoon. ALL other restore points were gone. I ran it anyway, but when the computer came back on, nothing had changed, and a dialog box told me system restore had failed. It hadn't been able to extract a certain file, and the restore point had been damaged or deleted during the restore. On top of that, where, before I tried system restore, I had 256 GB free on my hard drive, after system restore, that's gone down to 232 GB! I'm panicking now. What should I do?

Answer:System restore points gone and massive space eaten up on my hard drive

Replace your failing hard drive. That is most likely the cause of many of your PC problems.

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I was wondering after all the normal cleaning and maintenance how do I fix my problem when I get an error on my photo program that says not enough disk space on hard drive containing your system folder, need to free up more space. I have a new computor that has
dual core processor
3.20 ghz
4GB RAM memory
871 GB of free space
win 7
I Have oen pcture open that I am trying to print as a bussiness card that I want to print in a multiple print on a page of 10 and it won't allow me to print. Can someone please help me.

Answer:free disk space on system folder hard drive?

You have 871 gb of free space yet it is saying that you have no free space? I doubt that is true, can you show me a screenshot of Computer to see the 'free space' on your drives.


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Hi, I have a problem with my temporary internet folder because it has a 4 gig file in it.  I have erased everything in this folder and checked the show hidden file in the options menu but the folder still holds huge amount of data that is nowhere to be seen. I suspect that other folders in my pc have the same problem. I have updated my avg antivirus and i also have a spybot and zone alarm program running.  I had the same problem before and the only remedy I can think of is to reformat my hard disk but I don't want to go through the same process again this time. Hope you guys can help. Its eating up a huge space in my disk that I only have 200mb of free space.

Answer:Unseen Hard disk space usage

Does the folder show to be empty?  If so and nothing is seen how do you know it's there?  Temporary internet file can be emptied by clicking tools, then deleting cookies and then files including offline content.  If you have done this did you click settings, then show files?  If so what did you see? If nothing click objects and look there, you will have option of deleting those objects but be very carefull what you delete or you will need to reinstall.

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Hi, there's an app which show where all your harddisk space has gone, in nice pretty coloured blocks but my harddrive packed in and i lost it, any ideas what its called and where to find it? I think Phantasm recomended it in the first place.

Answer:Hard disk space usage Utility


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I use System Restore often when downloading new programs, after running security scans, etc. and set a good point to go back to. I have also turned System Restore off and back on again to remove old points that may have had a problem in them and also to save space on System Restore.

Recently went to do a System Restore and received a screen after clicking "next" to restore it to a specific point, that I've never seen before and have been using this computer for 3 years (Vista Home Basic 32 Bit).

Question 1:
My computer is 1 TB - how can I not have enough free space to restore the disk? Is this telling me that if I have a problem with my computer that I will not be able to Recover my system? How/Why did this change and what do I need to do?

Question 2:
Local Disk C: (System) says "Ready to restore" ... but it grayed out. I don't recall it being grayed out in the past, but perhaps I just didn't notice because I've never had the big CAUTION "!" show up before. Am I able to go ahead with a System Restore even though it is grayed out?

Thanks for any help/advice.

Answer:System Restore indicates: Not enough free space to restore the Disk?

Hello Windey,

That error means that the "RECOVERY" partition doesn't have enough free space left on it to use as working space to do the system restore on.

You should turn off system protection for the "RECOVERY" partition since it saves the shadow copy of that partition on that partition. This will delete all restore points on the "RECOVERY" partition.

You should never save anything to the "RECOVERY" partition since this is your Vista factory recovery partition. If anything should happen to the "RECOVERY" partition, you would no longer have any way to reinstall Vista unless you created a set of factory recovery discs as a backup.

Hope this helps,

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I am trying to restore my computer because it launches into system recovery. After I get to the recovery options I tried to do system restore but it tells me there isn't enough space on the disk.


Answer:Can't do system restore , not enough free space to restore the disk

Also I have been trying to fix this for 1 month

Anyone who can help will receive rep

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Running Windows 7 Home Premium on a laptop with 390 GB unused HD space.

I want to restore to an earlier date, but I get a message: "There is not enough free space to restore the disk" even if I try to restore it to two days ago.

What can I do?

Answer:There is not enough free space to restore the disk - System Restore

Hi, abredt.
Could you kindly attach a screenshot of Disk Management displaying all drives and partitions?

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I was doing to some research and found out that my system protection usage is using 226 GB. For some reason it is at 53%.

Can I delete the restore points w/o causing harm to my computer? What is in those files?

If I decide to delete, what is the recommended size should it be? I have a 500GB HHD

Answer:What is the default disk space usage for system protection?

Your specs show Avast AV, and Avast has a known problem with setting the max usage for system restore.

Here are some Avast forum threads about this:

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Just wondering how much disk space should I use for System Restore? with:

Dell 8100 (an oldie buy I still like it)
Pentium 4 1400MHz
256 Ram
75GB hard drive (I am currently using 6.25GB)
Windows ME
Explorer 6.028

And in general what gets saved in System Restore, the registry? browser settings? other stuff? And where is it saved to? Is it in Windows folder System or System32 or to the hidden folder in Windows called SYSBCKUP or some other place?


Answer:how much disk space for System Restore

It's saved in System Volume Information.

The Registry is backed up along with personal settings.

As for how much space? It's up to you. With 75G Windows will use 12%
or 7.5G which is alot of space.

Set it to about 2 or 3 % which will save about 20 restore points.

It's a personal thing. The debates are endless.

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I hope you fine
my problem i think its simple
I want to restore my system before a week but my windows 7 restoring points just before 2 days
when i searched through internet i found that i must increase the disk space of restoring but when i did just like
How much disk space does System Restore require?
but after i press apply the following messages :


thanks in advance

Answer:Disk space for system restore :(

Hello Dentelle, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Just to clarify, the restore points would have already needed to been created before you will be able to restore back to a week ago. Increasing the disk space will just allow you to be able to store more newly created restore points.

Double check to make sure that your Windows Event Log service is enabled, started, and set to Automatic. Afterwards, try again.Services - Start or DisableIn addition, see: System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

Hope this helps,

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I installed some MS Office Updates, which ate up .6 GB of hard drive. I regretted doing so and wanted to back out the changes & recover the space, so I ran System Restore and then disk cleanup. But then I was out another .3 GB! How do I recover?

Also, System Restore renamed several small files and added "(2") before the suffix of the cloned file (i.e. wmasf.dll was copied and renamed wmasf(2).dll.) Can I delete these "(2)" files? How can I find other obsolete files I don't need, and remove them?


Answer:System Restore Ate Up Disk Space

I installed some MS Office Updates, which ate up .6 GB of hard drive. I regretted doing so and wanted to back out the changes & recover the space, so I ran System Restore and then disk cleanup. But then I was out another .3 GB! How do I recover?Also, System Restore renamed several small files and added "(2") before the suffix of the cloned file (i.e. wmasf.dll was copied and renamed wmasf(2).dll.) Can I delete these "(2)" files? How can I find other obsolete files I don't need, and remove them?ThanksI don't think System restore remames files or adds any but if you want to get more disk space you can do the following.Go to Disk cleanup and click more options and under system restore select the option " You can free up more disk space by removing all but the most recent restore points."

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

Answer:XP looking for hard drive space usage

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

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Anyone know how I can limit the system restore cache to just 10 GB? Everytime I clear up system restore, it comes right back hogging up my disk space 50 - 100 GB at a time. I'm running Vista Home Premium.

Answer:System Restore is eating up my disk space

Hopefully this guide will help you:
Change the amount of space used by System Restore | Windows Vista for Beginners

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I had to use system restore point yesterday. I ended up running it twice to go back to a previous restore point. First time it did it?s job but second time around it flailed to restore. Somewhere in the process of these I have lost approx 15 gig disk space as when checking my free space it plummeted from 65gb to around 50. I ran disk clean up but only got about 1 gig back. So I wonder where this ?orphaned? disk space has gone and if there is any chance of getting it back?

thanks, Wayne

Answer:Lost 15 gig disk space after using system restore

Windows can be a bit unpredictable in the way it handles free space reporting I find. Firstly, the lost space may well 'reappear' on its own, particularly if you leave the PC on and allow it to run its auto maintenance schedule. Secondly, when you ran a disc clean did you do a full system file clean and (at your own risk) use the 'more options' to delete old restore points. If you do that you WILL lose the restore points you used earlier unless they were the last in the set.

Tbh, restore points are not a great option, if you need to roll back you should ideally be using a disk image (imo).

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I?ve moved this problem here from the SP2 forum because I?m not sure if it?s directly related to SP2.I?ve tried and failed four times to install SP2 onto my XP Pro laptop. This led to me trying five system restores over the last week or so. The first three completed successfully; the fourth looked like it had but then on reboot said it hadn?t because the power had been disconnected; when I tried again, system restore eventually said it couldn?t complete because there wasn?t enough disk space.That?s because over the same period the amount of free space on my drive has dropped from 80% (of 56 Gb) to 5%. In other words over 40 Gb has gone. This has happened in big chunks after each restore.The restores took longer and longer. The final, failed, one took over nine hours. I don?t know if this is relevant but I think I?ve also got a new directory called Windows.0. It?s 488 Mb and contains about 3,500 files.I?ve given up on SP2 for now but I would quite like my disk space back. All ideas very gratefully received.Jim

Answer:System restore is eating my disk space

I would start by checking for temp files.look at c:\windows\temphow big is it?search for files, and enter 'tmp' and ditto for 'chk'i am guessing, but i wonder if the temp folder is full of bumf, or you have loads of check disk stuff that needs deleting.Maybe you have loads of *.tmp files and/or *.chk files.IE. you have loads of tmp files that need deleting (*.tmp), or loads of check-disk found lost cluster (*.chk) ditto.generally these can be deleted with out a care in the world.try and post back?

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I'm trying to restore a system restore point through windows 8 installation but it gives me the error that I do not have enough disk space.
is there any way I can free up disk space so I can do a system restore?
maybe through command prompt?

ive also tried to do the option of Refresh your PC, but it's also giving me the same error.

any help would be great. Thanks

Answer:System restore point: not enough disk space

So how much space is used on your Hard drive?

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I noticed the night before yesterday that my disk space began disappearing rapidly for no discernible reason. After doing a bit of digging on Google, I am now fairly certain that this is due to System Restore and Shadowcopies.

Two issues. First off, when I go to Disk Cleanup and delete the System Restores and Shadow Copies, I only get a few hundred MBs worth of space.

Second, and more important issue: When I go to the command prompt and type in vssadmin list shadowstorageI get the following message:

No items found that satisfy the query.

I've tried enabling and disabling System Restore in System Protection, to no avail, and when I try changing the maximum shadow storage size, I get the error The specified volume copy shadow storage association was not found.

I'd appreciate any help anyone can offer me, since my current free space is at 90MB and is dropping as I type.

Answer:System Restore gobbling up my disk space

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I had to use system restore point yesterday. I ended up running it twice to go back to a previous restore point. First time it did it?s job but second time around it flailed to restore. Somewhere in the process of these I have lost approx 15 gig disk space as when checking my free space it plummeted from 65gb to around 50. I ran disk clean up but only got about 1 gig back. So I wonder where this ?orphaned? disk space has gone and if there is any chance of getting it back?

thanks, Wayne

Answer:Lost 15 gig disk space after using system restore

Windows can be a bit unpredictable in the way it handles free space reporting I find. Firstly, the lost space may well 'reappear' on its own, particularly if you leave the PC on and allow it to run its auto maintenance schedule. Secondly, when you ran a disc clean did you do a full system file clean and (at your own risk) use the 'more options' to delete old restore points. If you do that you WILL lose the restore points you used earlier unless they were the last in the set.

Tbh, restore points are not a great option, if you need to roll back you should ideally be using a disk image (imo).

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I recently noticed that my computer had lost several gigs of disk space. I found them in System volume information. It seems that system restore is overriding the manual control - which should set the limit at one gig. The folder at the moment contains 10 gig! I don't have a problem with deleting the files but am worried about what may be causing the problem. I checked the times when new files are created and they seem to coincide with times when the computer has been hanging. This hanging was caused by games and by P2P programs.
Could anyone out there advise me as to what the problem is and how to prevent it from happening again?
I would really appreciate your help.
Thanks in advance

Answer:System restore eating up disk space.

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After running WinXP for almost 7 years I took the plunge last week and bought a new computer with Win 7 Home Premium. Today I upgraded it to Win 7 Professional.

Now my computer specs are:
HP p7-1157c AMD A6-3600 APU w/Radeon ? HD Graphics 2.10GHz
8 Gbs of Memory
64-bit running Windows 7 Pro w/Internet Explorer 9.

Today while still exploring the features of Win 7 I noticed all my previous Restore Points except for two that were created today were gone. It seems all the ones created before my last reboot had been deleted.

I think I found out why after checking the Restore configuration settings for the drive.

Only 1 % of the 919 GB drive was being allotted for Restore Points. So I changed that to 20 % for the time being.

Now I am trying to find out how much space should I actually set aside for restore points for the size of my hard drive?

Thanks and regards,


Answer:How much disk space is needed for System Restore?

I have 5G physically allocated and have about 20 restore points.

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When my disc was empty, I allocated 10% of it to System Restore. Now I want to recover that space. I tried disabling System Restore and rebooting, but the _RESTORE folder still shows it using 4 GB, 10% of my disc. I also slid the slider down to 4% and then running disc cleanup, still no change.

What would happen if I delete that folder? Is there any other way to recover the space? Thanks.

Answer:System restore - how to recover disk space from it?

reenable restore, run system restore and tell it to remove restore points. then disable it. it should of removed the points during the disable, dont know why it didn't

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Does it make a difference to delete old system restore points in order to free up disk space? My computer is 3 and a half years old, and I have never deleted restore points before or used the system restore utility before. Does that mean that my computer has saved restore points from the time I first obtained it? Or does it delete the oldest restore points itself?
My disk size is 27.9 GB.

Answer:Solved: system restore: disk space

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While trying to help on another thread came across this website click here This shows you how to do it. J.B.

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I'm using Vista Home Premium, and I'm wondering if there is any easy way of finding how much disk space the System Restore Points take up? And I would like to determine that without having to turn off System Restore and doing a comparison of HDD usage. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Answer:System Restore Points -- how to find disk space they use?

Open an elevated comand prompt. (Start, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator)

Type:vssadmin List ShadowStorage
Press Enter.

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Want to increase disk space for system restore. to 1GB
have winXP SP2,


Answer:want to increase disk space system restore on WinXP SP2

How much is it now? . . just move the slider to the size you want

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Hello there!

I just don't understand - I had to do a system restore ('course I forgot for what reason) but when I booted up again I had lost a fair amount of disk space. Then XP kept hounding me to DL SP2, although when I did a "search" SP2 entries were all over the place. How can I get back my disk space? I only have a 40G Hard Drive and it truly was holding it's own at about 87%, now I'm down to 80% and still have to install Roxio again. I also used up a lot of space with the HP Photosmart software files. That's another forum! I also installed the SP2 again. I found a lot of folders with duplicate names of programs that I had. I don't know what to do at this point. I just got this computer and so far it hasn't given me any trouble except being a hog with the free space. Seems like I must have a lot of garbage files.

What to do?

I have a Gateway E3460 (think that's the model) with a 40G HD, Pentium 2Ghz processor, 512 RAM and Nividia Video.

Thanks so much for your help.


Answer:Solved: Loss of disk space when I do system restore

If you are sure you dont need to restore your system back .. turn off system restore and renable it .. I have mine set on 5% to save space

Then run a program like ccleaner to take out the trash so to speak

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It's set to maximum in the restore menu in system properties at 22gb but I believe there is a way to increase that and I just can't remember how. If this is large enough to not be a concern then I will leave it.

Answer:How to make system restore disk space larger?

If this is large enough to not be a concern then I will leave it. It is usually emough for 95% of users - With the systems you list in your signature it will/should be plenty -

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My System Restore has been allocated 3% (10GB) of disk space that it can use, but it's using more than its allocated amount - 13.32GB.
Why does this happen?

Answer:System Restore using more than its fair share of disk space

Post a shot of disk management.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

It`s supposed to boot out older restore points to keep it at the required space you have allocated.

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I have the same problem. Disk C: properties show 108 GB are used but Treesize for example shows only about 84 GB are used.

Attached are two files that may help and the 3rd is coming soon.

Thanks for any help,


Answer:[SOLVED] Windows 7 Hard Drive Space Usage

And here is the 3rd file.

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Could somebody please explain to me why System Restore would show the status as disabled and direct me to run diskcleanup and make sure there is at least 200 MB of free disk space, when there is over 20Gb of free disk space? Thanks.

Answer:System Restore - Status Disabled But Lots Of Disk Space?

Hello,try going to start run services.msc find system restore and starting the service?

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Thank you for WindowsSeven forums. I have just registered but during the last 6 months or so I have used the resources provided here - particularly the tutorials - to set up my Wndows Home Premium x64 system.

Looking at one of the tutorials: System Protection Restore Points - Delete
I have a couple of questions I hope someone can help me with.

Options 3 and 4 of the tutorial cover deleting system restore points selectively with CCleaner or System Restore Explorer.

My questions about doing such selective deletions of restore points with these utilities are:
1. Does it actually save any disk space; or is it simply cleaning up a list so that after the deletion of unneeded ones only the restore points considered useful are presented in the list - whereas system restore disk usage is left unaffected.
2. Is there any risk in deleting restore points at various arbitrary points; are they interdependent? Will deleting some cause a risk of others not working?

Essentially, if it is possible, I would like to keep restore points done at the begiining (after drivers, windows updates and installation of programs etc.) and delete the remaining ones except the most recent one - but I only want to do this to save significant disk space by the selective deletion.

Thank you.

Answer:Deleting System Restore Points Selectively - disk usage

Deleting the points does recover disk space. You can see it with
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

You can use this shortcut to make restore points with your comment

System Restore Point Shortcut

Makes it easier to know what happened. For instance before installing a program I may use it and comment "before installing zappos untried newsreader" or whatever.

I would not only rely on restore points. I've heard a thorough disk defrag can mess them up. It's good to also image your system to an external drive. You can find free imaging programs.
There's a list here:

Free Hard Disk Backup and Restore, Hard Disk Image and Cloning Utilities (

But you may find some additional if you search the Software sub-forum on thiis forum.

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I am running Windows Vista and have not had problems in the past, but recently got the Vista Update that gets stuck at 0% and continuously restarts. I found the only solutions were to go to a restore point or perform a full system restore. I had no restore points (stupid I know), so I was forced into the full system restore. After completing it and exploring my hard drive, I found I only had 10GB free out of 102GB. I have searched all the files on my hard drive and cannot find anything that is using that much space. It is very hard for me to function with only 10GB of free space, and was wondering if someone knew what steps I should take to get my disk space back, or just point me in the right direction.


Answer:Lost large amount of disk space after full system restore

Hi Fr3e Bird. . .

Welcome to TSF - Vista.

Download and install TreeSize. Go to your desktop and run Treesize at an Elevated level - right-click on the icon and select run as admin. This will provide hard drive space usage by folder. Click on Scan and select the drive. Give about a minute.

Regarding the Windows Update @ 0% - what anti-virus/ 3rd party firewall are you running?

Also... let's check on your VSS points - Volume Shadow Service - Vista System Restore. Download the attached zip file, un-zip it and copy the batch file to your desktop. Go to your desktop, right-click on the batch file, select Run as Administrator. A Notepad will open with the results - copy and paste them into your next post.

Here is what is in the batch file:


vssadmin list ShadowStorage > %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt

vssadmin list Shadows >> %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt
vssadmin list Volumes >> %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt

vssadmin list Writers >> %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt & start notepad %userprofile%\documents\$vssinfo.txt

Regards. . .



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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...

Answer:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.

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hey all! just googled pc forums and this site came up. its amazing!!!! going to be up all night reading some tips and stuff cos this is one huge forum.

I live in west yorkshire currently, soon to be the dales when the house completes. Beginner at pc's and am a financial recruitment consultant during the day.

good to be here! will be doing more reading than posting though!

got a bit of a problem that I could do with some help with:
my system is grinding to a halt.

i have 80gb hard drive but only 9gb left.

i am going to back up my music and pictures but they only add up to 4gb which means I am still losing masses of space.

is there anyway I can search to clear more hard drive space?? where do all the move clips go when you stream them??

this is wierd - i dont have 70gb worth of rubbish on my system.

any advice greatly appreciated!!!


Answer:freeing hard disk space on my system

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My old Seagate 1TB hard drive was filled to 780GB out of the 1TB. Since I was getting close to filled I upgraded to a WD Black 2TB. I used the Windows 7 back up to create a complete system image. I replaced the hard drive with the WD then did a system restore from the image. Everything works fine and everything looks exactly the same except the new hard drive is only showing 322GB used out of the 2TB. I now have both hard drives in the computer and opened up the contents side by side, they both contain the same files and folders. The 1TB drive is showing 780GB used and the 2TB drive is only showing 322GB used. Am I missing something here? Shouldn't they both have the same amount of space used?

Answer:New hard drive using less space after image restore then old drive?

I think it only copy your operating system drive to your new disk?
You can check your disks in Disk Management. And also you can create new volumes there.
Right click on Computer - Manage. You will see Disk Management.

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I was faced with a steadily reducing amount of free space on my C: drive and decided to check System Restore. I found that after a new installation and setting the first restore point it was 124MB. After installing Norton and another restore point it was 278MB. 10 days later, and no new restore points set by me, it now shows as ?Size - 352MB? and ?Size on Disk? as 463MB. I understand from the MS site that disabling System Restore will loose all set restore points. Is this something that is happening on everyone?s system? Is there any way that I can claim this space back again, as when I look at System Restore, there are only 2 restore points that I can access.

Answer:System Restore eating drive space

Right Click on My Computer,select Properties,then click the System Restore tab,then the settings button,and you can specify the amount of space allocated to System Restore.

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I have a friend who is running ME. They recently asked me to free up some space on their hard drive, i've identified 2 folders in the program files total 1GB in size, from old games that have not been uninstalled correctly. The other is a hidden folder inside windows called "restore" i think, containing about 800 cab files each between 7.5mb and 8.5mb in size. As you can imagine it's quite a chunk of the hard drive.I've set system restore to it's lowest setting 200mb, but this has made no difference. I can't get system restore to work. Personally I'd go for a reformat, but my friend can no longer find his ME disk.Is there a way to turn off System restore, if there is would it be safe to delete the offending folder. Or is there another option

Answer:System restore taking 70% of drive space ?

If you can't get System Restore to function then you may as well disable it[which will flush out all existing restore points]and then try enabling it again on the minimum setting.To disable; Control Panel/System/File System/Troubleshooting and check Disable.

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Hi, I am using Windows Vista Ultimate Dell 1525 Laptop, Intel CPU 1 Processor, 1.GHz, 4GB RAM, 100GB Hard Drive. The reason I am asking about my disk space is this: As I only have 100GB Storage, and I now only have 48GB left, I have noticed a slow down?,is this normal?Like Photoshop CS4 takes forever to load up, and just general browsing in my laptop.

I really do not have much running in the background, as I have turned most of it off?
Is there any other way I can speed it up more?

Answer:Hard Drive Disk Space


If its just disk space you are concerned about its probably backup, page file, hibernation file, etc


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Hello. What is a fast and easy way while using Windows...Win7 that I can assertain how much disk space I still have left to use on the disk?

Is there a feature that will tell me how much hard disk space is already being used by the programs I have on the disk?

Thanks for any responses

Answer:Hard drive disk space

Open file explorer and double-click on the drive in question or right-click on the drive and select properties.

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A (friend) tried to help me with my system and not its a real mess. I need lots of help.
First of, he partatitioned the HD then deleted it, did have 10 Gb now I have 2 and most of that is used up.
Second, my PC wont reconize my CD ROM Drives.
I am running 56K win voice modem........win98 se........
Also everytime I start my PC I get the screen to put in my win cd, but when I do the system dont find it................... If anybody can help TY............

Answer:Hard Drive/Disk Space & More

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Last night I noticed it had turned the bar to red, and said I had only 12 GB left of 135 GB. I’m not into video, music, games or anything else I know of that would use that much space. I surf the web, and keep some scanned and some text documents.
A few months ago I carefully installed Windows 7, instead of Vista which my PC came with. No problems. I just now deleted the old Windows stuff, and that freed up 47 GB, so that’s good.
I suspect that my hard drive was partitioned during that installation of Windows 7, and I don’t know that that is necessary. Can that be undone?
Thank you. Help is appreciated.

Answer:Where did all the space go on my hard disk drive C?

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I'm not sure if it's part of a malware, trojan or something that some games cannot be installed. I understand that compatibility problems might surface with Windows Vista but this is a case where I can't install the games which my friends can.

Can someone help me check my log for stuffs which is not supposed to be there? Or maybe something is supposed to be there?

Btw, I'm losing lots of hard disk space. It's running out fast too. It might be the works of Vista log files...or virus.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:43:10 AM, on 9/7/2007
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Bioscrypt\VeriSoft\Bin\AsGHost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Motorola\SMSERIAL\sm56hlpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\DAP\DAP.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
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how can i reduce it. I can not imagine why it takes so much space. does anyone have an idea?System: T400, Vista bussiness 32 


Go to Solution.

Answer:why the system takes so much space of the hard disk (about 110GB)?

Hi Halloechen_Wei, Probably Rescue and Recovery has made a bunch of backups that are taking up space. I don't remember exactly what the option is called, but if you start the Rescue and Recovery program, there is some way to "reclaim space" or something like that. Essentially you can delete some of the backups to reclaim some of the hard drive space. Good luck,Frank 

---------Results of Your Ideal Business-Class Laptop survey, concluded 2009-07-29.Did someone help you?Say thanks! with a kudo.Even better: Pay it forward, help someone else.

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Hi Geeks,

So far you guys have been amazing in helping me get this year old laptop up to par.

I have another issue though (issue #2)

My Hard Drive space does not add up. At first you will see in the picture that my C: drive has about 70GB free (out of 287GB). I used some HD scanner to see where the big files are and to my suprise I was only using 35.8 GB (As you see the BIG portion is Windows but only using 16GB)

Well I come here, do a search...find out the restore on here eats up space. I clear that up, I already manually went through everything, use CCleaner to rid some more. I am doing well up to 114GB Free / 287GB. STILL doesn't make sense.

I know vista takes up a bunch but I feel like I am missing close to 100GB of space.

Is there any other program I can use to figure out what is eating up my space?

Thanks in advance - Syn

Answer:Hard Drive Space Gone - Cleared Restore and Used CCleaner

I like Space Sniffer for fast overview. It doesn't have a right-click "explore here" function whic would be helpful but I find it much easier to read than the program you used.

WinDirStat is another one but it won't show some hidden files by default.

Your Windows folder looks a bit large but I would leave it alone and concentrate on surprisingly large files that space sniffer or windirstat might show you.

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

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

Answer:SSD Hard drive disk usage

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

Maybe that accounts for the discrepancy?

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hi guys, I have been browsing through the topics here. and although there have been a few that address the problem of reduced free space, no solution seems to work for me here.

I'm running on windows XP, and my C drive is 60GB. the first time when I had system restore, the drive had like almost 40GB free space. but after my second system restore just now, it shows only 20GB free space. I have tried running disk cleaner (even deleting the old restore points), Ccleaner and deleting all other temporary files, but the drive still cannot have much more free space.

the weird thing is, even though drive c shows only 20GB free space and 40GB used space, when I open drive C, and display all hidden files and folders and see properties, it shows that all files and folders under C only occupy about 17GB.

I am really troubled over this. please help!!!

Answer:Drive C free space reduced after system restore

TreeSize FreeV2.2.1 might try this

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Dear Friends, hope all is well...

I was wondering about changing the various Storage spaces listed in the attachments. What good would that do for me? What numbers would be safe to change them to?

Used Shadow Copy Space Storage
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage
Thanks again,

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista? Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2330 @ 1.60GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2037 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 100 GB (47 GB Free); D: 11 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 30D9
Antivirus: Trend Micro AntiVirus, Enabled and Updated

Answer:System Restore Use Less Drive Space in Windows Vista

dino7 said:

What good would that do for me?Click to expand...

Probably none. Why are you thinking of changing anything? The computer, or at least the hard drive, will probably die before you run out of the maximum Shadow Copy Storage. So why increase it? You still have 47 GB free space on the "C drive" so why decrease the maximum Shadow Copy Storage until when and if you begin to get low on hard drive free space?

If that partition called the "C drive" is most or all the hard drive then, if you acquire considerably more data, you will probably need a larger hard drive instead of fiddling with the allocation of space on it.

dino7 said:

What numbers would be safe to change them to?Click to expand...

If you do not expect to change the way you use the computer I'd say you could safely change the max. Shadow Copy Storage to anything from 2 GB to 30 GB.

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I've recently noticed my hard drive C disk space keeps getting smaller and smaller even when I am not doing anything.
I don't know what to do.  The space keeps shrinking and shrinking.  I am down to 7.5 GB of free space.
I am on an Asus laptop Asus Notebook K52F/K62F Series.  Windows Home 7 Premium.
Someone please help me.  I don't know what to do.
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16660  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.45.2
Run by Derek at 4:44:19 on 2014-05-26
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3885.1792 [GMT -4:00]
AV: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.2 *Enabled/Outdated* {77DEAFED-8149-104B-25A1-21771CA47CD1}
SP: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.2 *Enabled/Outdated* {CCBF4E09-A773-1FC5-1F11-1A056723366C}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== 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
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Sandboxie\SbieSvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey\ASLDRSrv.exe
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Answer:Hard Drive Disk Space C Is Decreasing!

Hello bmetay,My name is Cody and I'll be helping you clean up your computer. I will reply as soon as possible (typically within 24 hours). In turn, I ask that you please respond within 72 hours. If you know you will be away longer than that, I just ask for notice ahead of time.Please do note any time differences between us. If I do not respond within 48 hours, feel free to send me a private message.==========================================================================Some points for you to keep in mind:We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not run any tools or take any steps other than those I will provide for you while we work on your computer together. I need to be certain about the state of your computer in order to provide appropriate and effective steps for you to take. Most often "well intentioned" (and usually panic driven!) independent efforts can make things much worse for both of us. If at any point you would prefer to take your own steps please let me know, I will not be offended. I would be happy to focus on the many others who are waiting in line for assistance.Do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.Periodically update me on the condition of your computer, and provide detail in every post.In the upper right han... Read more

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Alright so ive looked through here and i cant find any body that is quite having the same problem as me... I have two hard drives my C: and D: both are about 142G capacity. On my C: drive i have about 111.5 gigs used up from computer games and the sort, but all of a sudden 2-3 days ago my computer has been telling me im running low and disk space, so i did a bunch of disk clean ups, defragmented my drives even deleted all restore points except my last two. I have also looked up in my drive all the files and it still adds up to be about 111.5 gigs give or take a gigabyte. Then i installed JDiskReport and IT says i have with everything on C: drive i am only using 116.7G... I do not know where this extra 30 ish gigabytes have come from but they were sudden and the only way i can keep my computer running is by deleting a game at a time to free up some space before it dissappears again... I am doing this on my laptop, and the problem is on my desktop. Its windows 7 4 Gigs of DDR2 memory and this is the only problem that i actually have had with this computer since i have gotten it in 2009. Also my D: drive is exactly the same as before.
Thank you for any help you guys can give...

Answer:Disk space on one hard drive has disappeared.

closing duplicate, please do not create duplicate threads for the same issue. Respond at



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Hi,I hope someone can shed some light on this problem for me!!The disk space on my laptop keeps going up and down - too drastically from the actions i carry out, like deleting large unwanted files etc.I have a HP NX9005 laptop with a 40GB HD. The free space showing as available has been as low as 118mb - but then, after deleting a file of 300mb it increased to 4.8gb! I have now deleted lots of old files and generally trimmed it down, defraged etc. But today i have gone from 12.5gb, to 11.6gb, to 11.9gb, 10.6gb, to 11.7gb!Does anyone have any idea what is going on?Thanks

Answer:Flluctuating Hard Drive Disk Space

Check the page file. In the control panel>systemgo to the advanced tab then click the setting button of performance, then advanced. This varies depending on the amount of ram but it usually is quite large. Considering the differences are all about a gigabyte I would suggest this as the reason plus the removal & addition of files. Try changing it to 1mb and see if it stops. If it does return it to about 2times what ram you have and there is the answer.A

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I use a few cloud storages (Dropbox, box, and skydrive )
Today, I installed Google Drive. When it was installed it created two folders in C-drive:

c:\Users\user name\Documents\My Google Docs\
c:\Users\user name\Google Drive\

Dropbox also creates a folder on hard drive but Google drive creates two folders as above.
Box and Skydrive do not create any folder on hard drive.

My question is whether Google's two folders take space in C-drive. I feel that it is not worth to install Google Drive if these folders eat precious hard disk space.

Answer:Does Google Drive eat hard disk space?

They're just there if you want to have any of your stuff on your hard drive instead of Google's servers.

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Assalamu Alikum all forum members,

i just purchased a new desktop PC HP EliteDesk 800 G1 but after installation of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit. It shows that 54GB free space out of 117GB. i just installed windows without any software. can anyone help me in this regards that how i can recover my hard drive space.


Muhammad Asif

Answer:Hard Disk Drive Space Problem

Did you format the old installation or just install on top of it? Download and run WizTree portable and post a screenshot of C. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I'm amateur pc user. Been trying fix problems all week. Changed power box due to over heating, used AVG & Superantispyware. Keeps asking to reboot and choose boot device, and several hints of mysterious behavior inside machine. Feels like something is eating it (paranoid spirituality). Anyone know what's going on. Please be gentle with me;Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 14:43:58, on 30/04/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AASP\1.00.61\aaCenter.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kontiki\KHost.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\Sup_SmartRAM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\DT Utilities\DT Utilities PC Backup Pro\mgCtrl.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\EntriqMediaTray.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Entriq\MediaSphere\\EntriqMediaServer.exeC:\Windows\Integrator.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeR0 - HKCU\Software\Micr... Read more

Answer:Unknown problem,system restore&recycle bin&2nd hard drive vanished, 2nd hard drive

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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I am running Win 98 SE and have noticed a slow loss of free disk space. This seems to occur over time even if I am not downloading any new programs. I do create new files but they tend to be small and for the most part are deleted within a few weeks. What is especially puzzling is even when I delete the files I actually wind up losing more disk space rather than adding disk space. Any help and or explanation would be appreciated.Win 98 SE, Dell Inspiron 7500, 196mg RAM, 6.3gig driveThanks

Answer:Hard drive free disk space loss

Do you have a) Anti Virus installedb) Any sort of restore software installed such as Goback or Second Chance??

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Hello, i have a problem with the disk space with my external hard drive.

My external hard drive had 698gb in total.

I wanted to install Linux Fedora along with my windows vista but it said that my hard drives (internal and external) need shrinking to get disk space for fedora. I went to disk manager and i did shrink my internal C drive but it was only 2GB. So i tried it with my External drive but it didnt work.

Now in disk manager it says that the hard drive has 698gb in total but in MY COMPUTER it says that i have 349GB in TOTAL!!! Please help? because i lost lots of space!!!!

Here is an image:

Answer:External Hard Drive disk space problem

What I'm guessing is on the disk management window obscured by the properties window is two partitions on Disk 1. Presumably you've shrunk the original NTFS partition and created an extra partition to install Linux to. You'll need to delete that partition and resize the NTFS partition to use the extra space.

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I run Kasperski Internet security 2012 (licensed) and updated daily but two days before yesterdayi downloaded a torrent file 789 mb after that my c drive is full of virus. now how to remive this virus from the c drive by online.

Answer:my hard disk c drive isout of of space, i have installed lic

The safest and surest way of getting rid of the virus is to re-format the hard drive and re-install Windows.If you had created a "clean" image of your hard drive before getting infected, you could easily have restored everything in ten minutes.After re-installing Windows, stop downloading torrents or using P2P filesharing software. They are the easiest ways to get a virus infection.

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Ok i installed a TB hard drive as a slave. I have 40 GB hard with my OS on it. I just added the TB for storage. Now it appears that all these programs going on the TB are storing temp files or something on the 40 GB. Is there a way i can stop this? I tried to copy the 40GB over to the TB several times but the program that came with the HD was crap and didnt do it so i gave up and started using the comp like normal.

I think my options are
1. to make an image of the 40 GB and transfer it to the TB, then remove the 40 GB.
2. Simply take all the personal data and non windows files off of the 40 and move them to the TB, but this will cause all kinds of problems with the registry, no?
3. Remove the 40 GB wipe the TB and reinstall windows on the TB and start the rebuilding process for the eight time this year. (Darn you Windows Defender and your tricky little pop ups!!!)

Ok so most of this is based off of what i read and heard so don't yell at me for using the wrong lingo. I am moderately computer knowledgable(?). This was my first HD install though.

Any help would be fantastic.

Answer:Installed TB Hard drive-Low disk space message

What is the size of your "My Documents folder?

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Due to a missing or corrupt System\32 file, I had to reinstall Windows XP with my manufacturer's Recovery disk.

I knew this would wipe out my access to all my files and computer programs, and it did.

Starting fresh again with Windows XP, I decided to defragment the disk drives, perform an Error Check, and scan for any viruses or spyware.

To my amazement, all the old files and programs I had before reinstalling Windows are somewhere still on the computer's C: Drive!!!

So I did a Disk Cleanup and compressed some of the old files.

However, these files and programs are still taking up 251 GB of space, over half the space of my computer's capacity of 451GB.

I only have 214GB of free space left.

I was not able to uninstall or remove or delete the old files and programs before I reinstalled Windows XP; my operating system was not working at all.


So, my questions are:

1) Is there anyway to access the old files and programs after reinstalling Windows XP???

(My understanding is it is basically impossible to do so).

2) If I cannot access the old files and programs, how do I get rid of them and free up the 251 GB of Disk Space on my C: Drive???

Here's my computer information:

OS: Windows Home Edition XP Version 2002, Service Pack 3, 32 bit

Processor: Intel ® Core ? 2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)

Memory: 2046 MB RAM

DirectX 9.0c

Sound: Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
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Answer:Reinstalled Windows XP; Hard Disk Drive(C:) Still Has 251 GB of Used Space

Have a look for a folder called windows.old or program files.old to see if your old programs are there. If they are not, have a look in the program files folder to see if there are still programs there that should not be.

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Hi All,
I just purchased a new internal hard drive (Seagate Barracuda hard drive - 3 TB - SATA-600) to be used for storing data. Installation was simple, and Disk Management noticed it right away, with 1 problem: The free space is 743.48 GB, not the 3000 or so I was expecting. Disk Manager says it is 100% free. So the big question is: Where is all that other disk space?

Thank you!!
HP Z600
Win7 x64

Answer:Missing disk space in new internal hard drive

Hello and welcome, Sparky67

Can you post a screenshot of your full screen disk management window, and your my computer window ?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Apologies if this is a really basic question that you've all come across a thousand times!
I have a PC which used to have a FAT32 and NTFS partitions (it used to have Windows 2K). I reformatted the hard disk to get rid of any previous partitions and I now have 37GB of space on a 40GB HD. There is just a single NTFS partition with Windows XP Pro. The 3 GB does not appear as unallocated space. I want to sell this PC and I'm concerned that the reformat did not completely clear the HD and may still contain personal data. What do you recommend I do?

Answer:Missing Disk Space After Reformat Of Hard Drive

37GB sounds about right. Hard drive manufacturers use decimal measure for size, whereas normal computer practice is binary. The discrepancy annoyed some people:

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I just bought a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) netbook recently and I currently have 30.89GB of unusable disk space. It is listed as ?Free space? in Disk Management. I installed Jolicloud (distro of Linux made for netbooks) in a dual boot configuration (dedicating 30.89GB to Jolicloud), but later decided that I was better off with just Windows 7, so I deleted the partition that Jolicloud was on. During the process I ended up doing a clean install on Windows 7 Starter onto my netbook. I also used a program called ?Active @ KillDisk - Hard Drive Eraser? to delete the partition that Dell allocated to recovery I think, which is now part of the partition Window 7 Starter is installed on. So as of now I have three partitions on the hard drive: ?System Reserved? 100MB NTFS, ?(C? 201.90GB NTFS and 30.89GB ?Free Space?. When in Disk Management and trying to create a new partition using the full amount 30.89GB, 30GB, 20GB or any amount, I get the error: ?There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation.?. Also I tried to install Windows 7 Ultimate on the this free space and got the error: "Windows could not create partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code:0x8004240F"
Does anyone know of any solution to either extended my main partition, create a new partition or install another OS or anything with this free space.
Thank you in advance.

Answer:30.89GB Unusable Disk Space On Hard Drive

Right click on the free space and click format. Then right click on the space and choose delete volume. It should then say unallocated.

Then right click on the C drive and hit extend to gain the space.

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I know that HDD manufacturer's use one unit of measurement while OS's use another unit of measurement for HDD disk capacity. I expect my "500GB" drive to have about 465 GB of actual free space. Yet Windows, DISKPART, and (3) different hard drive testing software programs all indicate that the actual free space on the *used HDD I am installing is reported at 371 GB.

The drive shows up in Windows Disk Management as signed and initialized and sized as 371 GB. I thought there might be a hidden partition or a shadow copy of some kind on the drive, but I found nothing. I ran the drive through the Diskpart command's "Clean" process with no change in the free space available. I do have Windows system protection ON, but only on my "C:|" drive and not on the HDD I am concerned about. The HDD did not show up in Systems Properties\System Protection. I purchased the HDD online as "used". I must be missing something, but I do not know what. Any help will be appreciated.


Answer:Hard Drive Problem - 500 GB Disk - only 371 GB un-allocated space ??

Make & Model of HD ? Sata or IDE ?

a screen shot of Disk Management ?

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi,I posted in the forum (here's the link click here) and thought i'd begin a new post with more info.I have a HP NX9005 laptop which has a 40gb hard drive and 512mb RAM. I connect to the net using a Netgear wireless router (DG834G) and my laptop connect wirelessly.Over the past week or so i have noticed that my HDD free space has been going down. It has reached as low as 118mb! After deleting a few big, unwanted files it went back up again, but then began to go down again soon afterwards.I have now deleted the restore points, my Norton protected files, the recycle bin, plus other large files that i didn't want.After gaining 14.3GB of free space at about 10pm last night, i have now lost another 1GB in the 12 hours since then! Surely 1GB in 12 hours is a bit excessive?My current space available is showing as 13.2GB.I have looked high and low on the net and carried out a few suggestions but the problem still persists. Can anyone please offer any othr advice?Thanks.

Answer:Disappearing Hard Drive Disk Space - Pleae Help!

What is the drive filling up with? Have you had a look at the current processes that are running (by pressing CTRL - ALT and Delete)? It may be worth Googling each process to see exactly what they do and whether or not you need them. You can then start eliminating the ones that are not required or are suspicious.Also worth checking you start-up items prior to doing this.You can download a free start-up manager if you click here

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Hi GuysMy drive C is showing full and low disk space i have noting on it i count all files include hidden with paging etc total is 18 GB total disk is 30GB. Help me guysI tried disk cleanup remove unwanted software and folders but noting change

Answer:System C drive is full & showing low disk space

Windows 7 requires more space than that. Expand the drive. You cannot 'See' your (required) paging files and you cannot 'See' your system restore files. Depending on the hard drive size, 100GB is a more realistic partition size for Windows 7 but 80GB might work.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Hi, I've just recently installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit on my laptop.

I've performed all the latest Windows Update until the point where it showed 'Windows is updated'.

However, when i was performing Disk cleanup, i've realised my hard drive space is reducing. The space will keep on reducing for everytime i execute Disk Cleanup.

Any ideas why this is happening?


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Hello all. First of all, I am a newbie. Second, I am not very knowledgeable about computers, so please forgive me if this question/issue seems stupid. Hoping someone can help me.

I used a utilities program called Glary Utilities. From time to time, I use the File Shredder to Wipe the free space of my hard drive. For the last couple of years, I have not had an issue and it increases my free space on my drive. Until a few days ago, the File Shredder/Wipe free space funtion would automatically shut down my computer about 65% of the way thru the wipe down process.

When I restarted my computer, I had lost over 89gigs of free space and do not know how to recover it. I tried to perform a system restore, but that did not help. Did I destroy my laptop? Is there anyway to get the free space back? Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Answer:Lost Hard disk drive space using Glary Utilites

hi, first let me say i do not like programs like Glary Utilities,registry repair tools ,as they tend to cause more problems than fix .
my suggestion are what i use , windows defrag tool ,and TFC Temp Cleaner ,get that here ,

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My computer was running very slow. I tried everything to fix it, but nothing seemed to work. So I formatted my drive and re-installed Windoes XP Professional. Now, I cannot install Service Pack 2 because "I do not have enough free space?" HUH? The hard drive is very small. About 7 gigabytes, but when i right click on it in My Computer, and go to "Properties", It says that the drives capacity is 2 gigabytes. I figured that checkdisk might fix my problem, so I told Windows to start it at the next boot. It started fine...BUT, I got the error message "Cannot open volume for direct access." It then skipped the checkdisck utility and started up fine. I then tried to defrag my hard drive. Almost all of my drive is "Unmovible files". I went to the microsoft website and they said that to fix my problem, i need to install SP2. I really wish that I could! I am thinking that I made the problem when I was formatting my drive from the Windows XP Pro CD. I deleted the partition that Windows XP was on before formating it. You know what?... I bet that is my problem! My old Installation is probbably still on my drive, and I have very little free space left over. Maby I should format my drive again and then create a new partiton. Then install Windows XP Pro on THAT.

If anyone has any comments or things that you found out that I did wrong (which was probable alot), PLEASE TELL ME!

Thanks alot to whoever can help.

Answer:Solved: ***Small amount of disk space on Hard drive***

Try running chkdsk from the command prompt, if it skipped the one when you reboot . That's worked for me sometimes..

That's all I know how to do, sorry

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I have a problem with my computer's hard drive. I have recently formatted, re-installed windows 98 (In some thread here), then re-partitioned into two drives and installed XP. I noticed that IO was missing 250mb on drive c:. I than repartitioned into one drive, and installed XP Home. That is my current setup.

Drive c:, is 3GB and when going into C:'s properties it says it has 196mb free. However When I select all files in C:, and view properties it displays that all files total to only 1.73GB. So why does c:'s properties display the wrong disk space.

Windows is reminding me that I have under 200mb on the windows drive (c. I have hidden files shown.

Could someone please help me fix this problem, thanks.

Answer:Win XP displays wrong disk space. 1.3GB missing on Hard Drive.

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I've had low disk space problems on my main drive C: for a while. One reason is because it's only 9gb... my external is 100gb, but too bad i can't make that my main.

But anyway, it says i have about 300 mb free on my C: drive. I went to my my computer then double clicked C: drive and looked at all of the folders' space. I added them all up and they equal about 6.5 gb. What happened to the other 2.5 gigs?

And since it's so small, there's not much i can delete to save room. I have a few cleanup things, and have done them all, but it's still at 300 mb. i have run disk cleanup, disk defragmenter, deleted temps, and ran a couple of programs that cleanup, but still at 300mb. does anyone know where the other 2.5 gb have gone?

Answer:Hard Disk Space-added up all folders in C: drive...doesn't equal what's taken up....

Hi crazygamer901 !

In windows explorer go to tools => folder options => view. Tick "show hidden files and folders" and untick "hide protected operating system files". This will allow you to see all the files on the drive except the content of the system volume information folder. If you want to see the content of the system volume information folder as well you'll need to restart in safe mode (repeatedly press F8 at startup) and log as "administrator".

9GB is too small fo XP. You could run the disk cleanup utility but I doubt it would make any changes : start => all programs => accessories => system tools => disk cleanup (tick everything except compress old files since this can have a negative impact on your performances). 9GB would barely be enough if you only had the operating system on the drive. Since you also have all your documents and programs XP doesn't have enough free room to operate properly.

If you had another internal drive you could move your documents and page file to that other drive but doing so on an external drive would only cause problems. You should keep 1-2GB of free room on the system drive at all times.

Hard drives are really cheap nowadays. Buy a bigger drive, clone your current system drive to that drive using XXclone, swap the drives and your problem will be solved.

What's your computer's brand and model ? Beware that if it's pretty old the newest drives may not be recognized by your B... Read more

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I used windows 7 disk management tool to make a new partition.
It didn't work and I kept receiving an invalid parameters error.
I restarted my computer to find that my hard drive was partitioned.
I extended the drive back and rebooted.
Now in windows explorer I am at a loss of about 200 gb of space.
The space is apparently missing.
I will attach two pictures.
One of the Windows explorer and the other of a tool I used called partition wizard.

and here is partition wizard

Partition clearly shows that I have all the space I originally had, but windows explorer doesnt.
How can I fix this?
Thank you for everyone's time in advance.
All help and info will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Missing Hard Drive Space After Using Windows 7 Disk Management Tool

Hello xlad mate have a look see in DISKPART at the drive there - take the SD out first to stop it being listed.

In PW right click on the C: and > Explore see what there is listed too.

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Ok I installed Windows on an old 80 gig HD I had laying around, and everything was successful. The system was working great until recently when I try to boot up the machine I would get DISK BOOT ERROR please insert bootable disk. I would then restart the machine, and then it would boot into Windows fine. I found it very odd, but thought it was because the MBR may be confused since on another HD there used to be a windows installation and I had to remove it manually. (Not sure if that was the case)

Ok, so today I tried to fix the error cause Windows would refuse to boot. I ran Windows setup to check the partitions, and initially it showed that my 80 gig HD was unpartitioned space. I reset the machine, went into Windows setup again and then it showed the partitions.

At the current moment I can't get my machine to detect the partitions for the life of me. I currently have it removed from the computer, plugged it into an external HD case and plugged into my laptop. I ran Norton Partition Magic and it's detecting the HD as unallocated space.

Is there a good program I can use to recover my lost partition table? Is it a lost cause? What the heck is going on?!

Please feel free to ask questions, and I will respond promptly. Thank you for reading.

Answer:DISK BOOT ERROR...hard drive shows as unallocated space?!

A BartPE disc or Windows UBCD should have a few data/partition recovery tools.

Get Data Back is a good one.

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Hi everyone. I'm on a Lenovo 3000 n100 laptop with Vista. Lately I began noticing that the free disk space on my hard drive was filling up, so I deleted most of my movies and games. Now explorer shows me that I have 46GB of space free within my 106GB hard drive, and that I've used 60GB.

However, I am quite positive that I have NOT used 60GB of disk space. Highlighting all of the files in my C drive and hitting "properties" shows that they take up 25GB. I downloaded a program called JDiskReport which shows my disk usage and, as I suspected, only about 30 gigs of disk space is reported in C.

Now, I've run chkdsk and done a system defrag. I've gone into the windows disk cleaner utility and deleted most of the temporary files, including the hibernation files. I cleared all but my most recent system restore point and I also checked my shadowcopy usage in the command line (it says shadowcopy is using only about 1 gig). I ran ccleaner and have done full scans with windows defender and AVG.

Anyway, I'm all out of ideas now and I want to reclaim my 30+ GB of hard drive space! . The 60GB I'm supposedly using was actually around 75GB before I went through all of the above steps, but it still tells me I'm using twice as much disk space as I actually am. I've uploaded a picture below. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!


Answer:explorer shows the wrong amount of disk space on my hard drive

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I have two questions. I bought a dell 7567 gaming for 3 days ago but the laptop become very slow when I run programs like uTorrent and during the installing of a game. When I look the disk on task manager it shows 100 procent or a high number like 99 (its not always such high disk procent just when I run a program t ex uTorrent and any program like this even internet explorer). And my question:
My hard disk is sshd 1Tbyte. My laptop become slow because my hard disk is sshd and not ssd? It will be help if I combine my sshd with a ssd hard drive?( I mean buy a ssd and use bouth ssd and sshd)
My system spec:
Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.8GHz), 8GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB SSHD Hybrid Hard Drive w/8gb , 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2, NVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti w/ 4GB GDDR5
Thank you for your time

Answer:Can I decrease disk usage with buying a ssd hard drive and combine with my sshd?

Hi parham62,
Thanks for posting.Apologies that your system is not performing as expected.  Downloading programs from torrent sites can be very dangerous, and can introduce viruses into your machine.  These viruses can exhibit issues like you are experiencing.  Here is some information from another Forum user who was able to resolve their issue:

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I am currently working on windows 7, and I restored my system using "system restore". Previously, I had two partitions of hard disk namely C and E. Now I can't see the E drive in "My Computers", however it is still visible in Disk Management. But when I right click on the E drive only "help" option is shown.

How do I access the "E" drive. Any help would be hugely appreciated

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