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HD appears inaccurate (too little) free space

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My 2nd HD is a 74 gig, has just a few files in it, but shows as only 27 gig free. I’m guessing that that space is being used by Windows XP in some manner, like the old swap disk area. No hidden files that I can find.

Any suggestions as how to figure this out?
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by:LucF
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Run chkdsk to see if it comes up with any errors.

Also, "My computer" => "C:" => press ctrl+a => rightclick on any icon => choose properties => here you should see how much space is being used on your harddrive, be sure to look at "size on drive"

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by:kmlevine
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No problems on the drive, but chkdsk shows 52 and 49 gig filled. BUT there are but 12 files visible and all quite small. Mysterious.

At one point I ran Norton Ghost and put an image on F drive, but nothing like 40 files = 49 gig shows up anywhere
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by:LucF
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Have you checked what file kind of files are using up your diskspace. Check Swapfile, Temporary internet files, cookies, downloaded program files, tempfiles etc.

Also scan for ad/spyware using adaware from lavasoft: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download

What operating system is this?? Can you give some specs on your system??
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by:kmlevine
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How do I check the swapfile info?
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by:kmlevine
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System is a 486, XP, 512 memory, 2 HD @74M. I already use adaware and the internet temp files are deleted..
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by:LucF
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> 486, are you sure about that, I think it should be something like pentium III or pentium IV.
If you want to find out, rightclick "my computer" on your desktop and choose properties, it should say what kind of processor you have.

If you check the properties of your harddisk contents, does it say "52 Gb" on drive? If so, try finding what is using so much space. Could be videofiles, games, etc.

>How do I check the swapfile info?
Not sure, I'm using win2k, but you should be able to find it by doing this:
Rightclick "My computer" => choose "properties" => choose "advanced" => choose "Performance options" => note what is listed at "total pagin file size for all drives"

Other things you can check:

1) try the "Disk cleanup tool"
2) recycle bin <= I guess you already checked that, but just in case
3) Check system restore (or disable it, not recommended) just set the amount to use to let's say 100Mb wich should be enough for normal things

LucF
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by:kmlevine
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I've done all these things. Still no change. Perhaps there is some sort of virtual partition or ?? tying up the disk space?
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by:LucF
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Can you please try to find out what kind of files are using up your diskspace. Or what directories.
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by:kmlevine
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My system is a pentium 4, running xp. The 74.5 Gig disk is now without any files, but shows only 24 gig available and the rest sued. What could be cuasing this? Should I reformat, partition or???
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by:LucF
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If you really want it to be empty, I suggest you try removing all partitions and recreate them, afterwards format them. You can do this all through windowsXP disk manager. You can also check there what it sais about the size of the drive.

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by:kmlevine
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When I go to delete the partition, I get a message sayiing ithe volume is still in use. with a crashdump file or page file. XP Asks if I want to force deletion?there is still a WU folder and a temp folder within the WU folder. Should I delete thsi folder?
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What do you mean by a WU folder?

>>with a crashdump file or page file.
Check those:
Start => Settings => Control pannel => System => Advanced => Performance options => here you should check on wich drive the pagefile is, change it if neccesery.
Start => Settings => Control pannel => System => Advanced => Startup and Recovery => here you should check where the crashdumps are saved to, change if neccesery.

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by:kmlevine
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Thanks for your assistance. I cleared the problem up by changing the drive letter designation to d, formating etc.

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Glad to help
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