C: drive usage stats erratic
Posted on 2003-03-09
I have a 30 gig hard drive with Windows 98. The problem is that the drive usage stats for it are usually completely out of whack.
I know from when it *is* right that it's about 1/3 full (about 10 gigs used). But when I call up C: > Properties it will show the drive completely full (all blue on the pie chart). "Used space" says "(gobbldee-gook characters) bytes" and "Free space" says "90 (odd) GB". Norton Sysinfo > Drive reports similar numbers. DOS "dir" at C:> gives:
46 file(s) 172,771,670 bytes
16 dir(s) 92,667.95 MB free
The strange thing is that it sometimes clears up and reports credible stats (about 10 gigs used). I can't tell what clears it up, except that it usually is after I run C: > Properties > Disk Cleanup. I've run Norton System Check several times and that doesn't change it.
The other thing is that when it is right, I get the grey/white pie chart on the left space in Explorer with View > As Web Page on. But I don't get it when it's wrong.
Again, this is after running Norton Disk Doctor and System Check many times, Defrag'ed a couple of times. The only thing I think I haven't run is the complete Surface Test.