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This is very weird! I havent looked at the size of my C: Drive in about a month. I havent put all that much on there, but in the control panel, it says there is only 48.7 GIGS lieft out of a 55.2 gb hard drive. At first I thought maybe I installed something big , but then I highlighted allllll the files in my only drive, C: and clicked property, it only showed that every file on my c: drive only took up 3.78 gigs! Why is this?
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by:jtoopitsin
ID: 8076437
It could be that the computer just didn't read the free disk space correctly.  Run scandisk and then you will get the correct reading. If its still the same then you must have something that you haven't accounted for.  Good Luck
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by:kwijibo
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Do you have hidden files visible.  Unless you go to edit and select all, the hidden files are not selected, even then it normally asks if you want to select hidden files as well.  Even with all files selected there can be a small difference between used space that the hard drive reports and the amount of space used by files.  I am only guessing but maybe that is because of reserved space for things like, Page File, System restore or recycle bin.  

Maybe a dingo took your gigabytes :)

Happy Searching

Sean
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by:drag0n
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naw, i selected view hidden files, im gunna try the scan disk, but i would appreciate it if poeople would give me some more ideas. Thanks for the previous ones!
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by:oomikus
ID: 8077518
What's the OS you are running?  Different OSes report disk sizes differently.  Also, where are you getting the 55.2Gb size from? (The drive label maybe?) If this is the case, be aware that the drive makers also report their drive sizes differently.  MD
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by:drag0n
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i got it from WinXP Pros free hardrive space that it reports. The  harddrive is 60 gig actually
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by:drag0n
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Actually its weird, I tried to get this PC Info program and I tested my Computer it does actually say Im using 3.3 gbs which is alot more reasonable then 7.8 gig. But in there it also reports that the free Space is on 49.0 GIgs and total space was 55.2 gigs. Why is this? Is it something wrong with the reporting or with my harddrive?
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by:kwijibo
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The reason I said there is a small difference is that the computer I am using currently reports 9.92 Gigabytes used in files but there is 10.1 Gigabytes Used space.  But then I noticed that the reported Bytes used in files and used on C:\ almost matched with a difference of 16834560 Bytes.
Check how many Bytes the reports show and compare the reports.

Sean
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prettyhatemachine earned 100 total points
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Sounds like hard drive monitoring is on, to the max. I had a problem with this. Somewhere in the system control panel there's an option called hard drive monitoring. I can't remember where it is, because I've downgraded to w2k. I found that it took masses of my space without reporting it. Find this, and lower the amount of recover points it stores. This solved the problem for me.

It's a feature of XP that means if you're dumb enough to perform major system change and forget how you did them, you can roll back to an earlier system configuration.

Hope this helps ;)
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by:drag0n
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So glad it wasnt that my hard drive was screwed up, Thanks =)
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