Used space not adding up

Posted on 2003-03-25
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I have a simple server win2k sp3 running AD, DNS,DHCP, just the usual. I have a c: drive of 10 gigs and a d: drive of 24 gigs. In the original install about a month ago, I copied about 7 gigs of info from the old 3.2  Novell server over to the d: drive. We didn't notice till about a week later that there was mysteriously 16 gigs of info on the drive. I have deleted a ton of stuff, gone directory by directory adding up the space being reported and it only comes up to about 4.2 gigs, which is about right after I have deleted stuff. The windows explorer and chkdsk both report about 15.5 gigs used. I have run "dir /ah /s looking for hidden files and everything I could think of. Something doesn't add up. Could there be a hidden area caused by a trojan or whatever? Could the block size of the drive just be so large that I am losing space fast? I just can't see a reason for such a difference between the actual numbers and the reported numbers.
Also, this drive is mirrored to an exact duplicate drive.
Thanks for help.
Question by:Premiernc
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Expert Comment

ID: 8207489
Any background process chewing CPU time with permanent disk activity.

Run an advanced file search for any large files.

I had a recent problem with the file indexing service that consumed massive amounts of cpu time and hd space.

Disable it.


Author Comment

ID: 8210338
No large files to speak of, only the expected ones. How do I turn of the indexing?
I will check on the cpu usage to see if it comes up higher during work hours.

Expert Comment

ID: 8213929
Indexing is turned off by opening windows explorer and right clicking the hard drive properties. Uncheck the index option
Get real performance insights from real users

Key features:
- Total Pages Views and Load times
- Top Pages Viewed and Load Times
- Real Time Site Page Build Performance
- Users’ Browser and Platform Performance
- Geographic User Breakdown
- And more


Author Comment

ID: 8214409
I will try it tomorrow, thanks

Author Comment

ID: 8344019
I found that the recycle bin had been hacked and used as a honey pot. Thanks for the ideas

Expert Comment

ID: 8344845
Thanks for posting that.

Glad you fixed that problem

Accepted Solution

modulo earned 0 total points
ID: 8344922
Dear Premiernc

As you answered your own Q, I've refunded all 250 points.
You can always post a "Points for <expertname>" Q for an expert in this topic area.

1) Post the link to the original Q in the "Points for <expertname>" and
2) Add in the original Q a comment with the link to the "Points for <expertname>", thus the email notif will warn the expert.


Community Support Moderator
Experts Exchange

Expert Comment

ID: 13833262
Premiernc ,

How is you fix this.  I am having the same problem.


Featured Post

Does Your Cloud Backup Use Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain technology has already revolutionized finance thanks to Bitcoin. Now it's disrupting other areas, including the realm of data protection. Learn how blockchain is now being used to authenticate backup files and keep them safe from hackers.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
This is a fine trick which I've found useful many times, when you just don't want to accidentally run a batch script or the commands needs administrator rights.
Monitoring a network: how to monitor network services and why? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the philosophy behind service monitoring and why a handshake validation is critical in network monitoring. Software utilized …
Add bar graphs to Access queries using Unicode block characters. Graphs appear on every record in the color you want. Give life to numbers. Hopes this gives you ideas on visualizing your data in new ways ~ Create a calculated field in a query: …
Suggested Courses

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question