Hard drive nearly full but shouldn't be...........

Posted on 2004-10-29
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have a 37 Gig hard drive with Win XP Pro SP2 on it.

The space being used can be broken diown as follows:

pagefile.sys 4 Gigs
hibefil.sys 1 Gig
Gobackio.bin (Norton/Powerquest GoBack) 4 Gig
Windows Directory 2 Gigs
Program Files 2 Gigs
Documents and Settings 2 Gigs

TOTAL SPACE USED approx 15-16 Gigs

ACTUAL SPACE AVAILABLE as reported by Win XP 3 Gigs / I should have 37-16=21 Gigs.  

I have my settings set to show hidden & system files and folders.

How do I fix this?

Thanks in advance!

David Springer
Question by:d_springer
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello d_springer =)

    Have u already run Disk Cleanup and Chkdsk /f/r on ur hard drive to make sure that its error free ??

    That seems to be new problem in SP2..... many questions are posted on this same problem !!
    So can u plzz try to uninstall SP2 and then can check if u can retain ur hard drive space back or not ??
    This will confirm abt the issue related to Sp2 or something else :-?

    First try to uninstall it using the method given here:

    XP SP2: How to Remove or Uninstall Service Pack 2

    If above fails then try the Recovery Console method as described below:

    How to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2 from your computer
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    Assisted Solution

    There's a shareware program that comes with a 30 day trial.
    It's called Treesize Professional.
    it's very good in situations like this.
    I run it myself and would recommend.
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    Found another good one which addresses MISSING HARD DRIVE SPACE:

    Author Comment

    As soon as I removed SP2 the space showed up as 20 gigs.
    David Springer
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    Expert Comment

    What was taking up the rest of the space then?
    Is this a situation that would have been fixed by chkdsk /f ?
    In other words, file system error somewhere, wrong free space reported.

    If sp2 is actually using the space, with what?


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